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, Browns may end up trading playoff drought places in 2019

Baker Mayfield is one of the reasons the Browns are picked to end its playoff drought in 2019. If Cleveland succeeds in making the postseason, and the Bucs don't, Tampa Bay will then hold the dubious distinction of longest playoff absence. The Tylt/Tribune News Service The Tylt  |  cleveland.com
Tampa Bay faces a team in its third preseason game that may surpass it for the NFL’s longest post-season absence.

Interpreting the injury news in Tampa Bay sports

Rays infielder Brandon Lowe (8) has halted his injury rehab assignment and headed back to St. Petersburg for re-evaluation. DIRK SHADD   |   Times Dirk Shadd  |  Tampa Bay Times
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Mike Evans is out Friday, there’s encouraging signs for a couple Rays pitchers and discouraging news on Brandon Lowe.

Jack Cichy has made it back from his second ACL surgery

Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy starred in the 2016 Holiday Bowl, but that was before overcoming two ACL injuries to land a spot on the Bucs preseason roster. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, file) Lenny Ignelzi  |  AP
The Bucs linebacker had five tackles and a quarterback hit playing in his first game in 10 months

'Noteworthy’ Ryan Griffin is the NFL’s best preseason quarterback

Ryan Griffin (4)  has become the Bucs' Mr. Preseason.  (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio) Mark LoMoglio  |  AP
This year he’s learning a new offense under Bruce Arians but still stuck as the team’s No. 3

What if Jameis Winston struggles again?

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) greets teammates at the door to the locker room before a game against the Saints in December 2017 in Tampa. [Times files (2017)] Tampa Bay Times
Sports Day Tampa Bay mailbag episode: How is tightly is Bruce Arians’ fate tied to Jameis? Why is Licht’s tied to Arians? How much of the Bucs’ success is riding on their seven-week sojourn?