Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

GIMME 5

John Romano's Gimme 5 on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Philadelphia Eagles game

Talk of the town

Five topics suitable for inane debate on talk radio.

1. Keep the throwback jerseys handy: At 0-5, you can not seriously talk about a winless season. At 0-6? Blab away. If the Bucs do not beat Carolina at home next week, their chances for seasonlong misery greatly increase. At that point, it would be difficult to see in which of their remaining games they would be considered the favorites.

2. Run into the ground: Not sure if Jeff Faine is that good or Sean Mahan is that bad, but the running game has disappeared in recent weeks. Another grave miscalculation for a coaching staff that was planning to blow opponents away on the ground.

3. Best receiver pound for pound: Finally, a receiver who knows the meaning of yards after catch. If only the other guys were as explosive as Donald Penn.

4. Welcome to the fight: This is how it's supposed to work when you pay a guy big bucks to be the centerpiece of your offense. I don't know whether Kellen Winslow did a better job of running routes, whether offensive coordinator Greg Olson designed the game plan around him or whether Josh Johnson looked for him more, but the Bucs need to continue exploiting that tight end mismatch.

5. Sorry, it has to be said: Remember a few weeks ago when Raheem Morris dared reporters to write that Michael Clayton shouldn't have been re-signed? Okay, Raheem. I dare you to say Michael Clayton is not overpaid.

A list of five

Five signs the Bucs are improving.

5. Raheem Morris' winning percentage is stable.

4. Haven't fired an offensive coordinator in weeks.

3. Referee handbook no longer refers to a false start penalty as a "Trueblood."

2. Sold another ticket for next week's game.

1. Won Nobel Prize for sucking.

Five numbers to consider

50 Average yards gained by the running backs in the past four games. They're getting 16 carries a game and averaging 3.1 yards per carry. Pathetic would be the word for that.

7 Combined sacks for all the defensive ends and tackles on the Bucs roster. Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom has eight by himself.

40, 21, 50 Seconds required for three of Philadelphia's touchdown drives. The drives went 64, 57 and 27 yards.

157.2 Donovan McNabb's passer rating. He's the winner in the battle of NFC East quarterbacks against the Bucs defense. Tony Romo had a 140.6, and Eli Manning was at 106.4.

2.5 Victories the Bucs averaged the six previous seasons when they began 0-5.

Five super picks

Checking out the best bets for Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.

1. Saints: Better hope they're not as overrated as LSU.

2. Giants: Tom Coughlin pushing Bill Belichick for most unlikable genius title.

3. Vikings: Brett Favre had to turn 40 to get the first 5-0 start of his career.

4. Bengals: I don't really think they're that good, but it's the first chance I've had to include Cincinnati in 10 years of doing this list.

31. Bucs: It's a toss-up between Rams and Bucs for the worst team in the NFL.

Final five words

Good thing they switched kickers.

John Romano's Gimme 5 on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Philadelphia Eagles game 10/11/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. NFL owners' unity with players might be short-lived

    Bucs

    The image was striking — several owners of NFL teams locking arms with their players on the sidelines Sunday, and the Cowboys' Jerry Jones on Monday night, in a dramatic statement of defiance to a president who ridiculed their sport and condemned players for refusing to stand during the national anthem as a …

    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, currently without a team, has cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for not standing during the national anthem. [Associated Press]
  2. Anthem protest, the latest: Jerry Jones joins Cowboys on field in show of solidarity

    Bucs

    As President Donald Trump continued tweeting Monday about his displeasure with NFL players for staging demonstrations during the national anthem, the Cowboys took a knee on the field just before the anthem was performed on Monday Night Football. Dallas players were joined by owner Jerry Jones, and they quickly …

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, center, joins the team in taking a knee before the national anthem Monday night. They stood and linked arms for the anthem.
  3. Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says players who kneel have team's support

    Sports

    TAMPA — Receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson were the only Bucs players kneeling during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Vikings, but DT Gerald McCoy said the team supports their protest "100 percent."

    Bucs tight end Cameron Brate pulls in a touchdown catch as Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo (34) hits him in the back of the head.
  4. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  5. Luke Del Rio regains UF starting job, for now

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio is once again the starting quarterback for No. 21 Florida.

    Luke Del Rio provided a needed spark when he replaced starter Feleipe Franks and rallied Florida past Kentucky.