St. Petersburg Times staff writer Tom Jones looks back at Sunday's Bucs-Falcons broadcast on Fox.
Most mediocre performance
Maybe this Bucs season was just too long with too many games that, in the grand scheme of things, didn't mean a whole lot. But the broadcasting seemed less and less inspiring as the season limped to an end.
Sunday, the Bucs had the always steady Dick Stockton calling the play-by-play and Charles Davis on analysis. It's hard to be too critical of Davis. He is solid, isn't prone to hyperbole or stupid comments and, obviously, can dissect the game.
But he is better at reacting to what just happened as opposed to hinting what is about to happen. Davis is hardly alone among analysts who are better at looking back than looking forward. Most of the analysts on Bucs games this season were that way.
Most obvious statement
Fox's Charles Davis, talking about what kind of identity the Bucs want to have on offense:
"They want to establish the run, win on third down and take some shots downfield when (the opportunities present themselves).''
Davis described what pretty much every team in the NFL, college and high school wants to be on offense.
Rumor of the day
The NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora believes Bucs coach Raheem Morris will not be fired today. Or any time soon. Uh, maybe.
LaCanfora: "Morris may not be let go on Monday, but the Buccaneers may decide to part ways with him down the road, especially with their interest in Bill Cowher.''
Best shootdown of a rumor
Fox NFL "insider'' Jay Glazer did address the Bill Cowher-to-Tampa Bay rumors but seemed to hint the Bucs would not make a move for financial reasons.
"(Cowher) wants to coach this coming year,'' Glazer said. "We've heard that Tampa Bay has interest. But if they go out and hire Cowher, they have to pay him, Raheem Morris, and they have to pay (Jon) Gruden."
Finally, for the first time on CBS's pregame show, studio analyst Bill Cowher, above, addressed his name being associated with various coaching jobs, including the Bucs.
"As I referenced to before,'' Cowher said, "I am not going to talk about any jobs during the regular season.''
It was a no comment, but at least CBS asked the question instead of ignoring it as it had in recent weeks.
Most overused phrase
Phrase I would like to see all football broadcasters boycott for at least one year:
"Live to fight another down.''
Maybe you saw the ad just before the second half, but the NFL is now running public service commercials about concussions. The commercials encourage youth coaches to learn more about concussion symptoms and care. Unfortunately, there is no youth football going on right now. Hopefully, the NFL will continue its efforts by running more ads in the spring and summer.