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Monday morning: Your Bucs-Saints reading ...



Could be a busy Monday morning for Bucs news -- or, just as easily, could be a simpler day reflecting on a long 4-12 season for Tampa Bay -- but first we'll give you all our coverage from Sunday's 42-17 Bucs loss in New Orleans. Players have a 10 a.m. team meeting at One Buc Place (typical end of season meeting) and should be talking to the media around 10:30, with Greg Schiano scheduled to speak at 2:30 p.m. ...

-- Here's Rick Stroud's game story, appropriately focusing as much on Schiano and his uncertain future as the minutiae of Sunday's loss. 

Used to controlling his environment right down to the thermostat, he knows the heat is going to be turned up on the Glazers, the team's owners, by frustrated Bucs fans. • But Schiano didn't believe he needed to explain why he believes he still is the best man to lead the Bucs.


"I don't think I need to say anything," Schiano said. "That's not being smug in any way. I come and do my job the best I can, and that's other people's decisions to make. That's how I've always approached it. That's not going to change."

-- Gary Shelton writes about the scene at the end of the game, about the Bucs and Schiano and "the final, wheezing breaths of a season that had been lost long ago."

-- Tom Jones writes about how the Bucs need to find answers and not just excuses now. "Heads have to roll," he writes.

-- And here are our scenes from the game -- on the botched field goal, the flea flicker, Drew Brees' prolific first half, the Bucs' penalty record and little-known linebacker Danny Lansanah returning, five years after his last NFL game.

-- Stay tuned for updates this morning -- follow us on Twiitter at @gregauman, @NFLstroud and @TBtimes_JSmith

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