Rick Stroud, Bucs Reporter

Rick Stroud

Bucs Reporter

I’m glad we don’t change beat writers the way the Bucs change coaches. My first season was Ray Perkins’ last. He called me to ask if he was getting fired that day. He was. I’m in Tony Dungy’s book, Dirk Koetter’s phone and can sound like Jon Gruden’s voice. Covered the Gators, pinch hit on the Rays beat. Listen to my podcast SportsDay Tampa Bay M-F and you’re set. Dixie Hollins, SPJC, Arkansas State. Played baseball for all of them. St. Pete native. Married to Valerie. Three kids, grown son and two elementary school girls. I love this job. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve stood in the Oval Office, but One Buc Place is my White House.

Bucs’ Byron Leftwich will be ‘joined at the hip’ with Jameis Winston

Byron Leftwich, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new offensive coordinator, speaks to reporters Friday. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
The former Steelers backup quarterback and new offensive coordinator sees a lot of similarities between Winston and Ben Roethlisberger.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Deciphering DeSean Jackson’s and Gerald McCoy’s cryptic social media posts

Gerald McCoy watches warmups before a game between the Bucs and Browns in October at Raymond James Stadium. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Plus, we preview the NFL's conference championship games. And, the Lightning loses to the Maple Leafs.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Mailbag: Gerald McCoy, Bruce Arians, J.T. Realmuto and more

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy warms up before a game against the Saints in December at Raymond James Stadium. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
It's our weekly mailbag episode, as Rick Stroud answers your questions about the Bucs, Rays, Lightning and more.

Bucs announce hiring of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, 17 other assistant coaches

Then-Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich warms up his players prior to a game against the San Francisco 49ers in October in Glendale, Ariz. [AP Photo/Ralph Freso]
Leftwich, who played 10 seasons, will call offensive plays under Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians in 2019

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Tom Jones on Bruce Arians, NFL playoffs, Lightning, more

Bruce Arians speaks during his introductory news conference earlier this month at One Buc Place. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
The former Tampa Bay Times sports columnist joins Rick Stroud on our podcast for the first time in 2019.