Saturday, November 17, 2018


Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): Listen live

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter watches  quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during practice in September in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

The end of the Bucs’ Dirk Koetter-Jameis Winston partnership

It's hard to imagine the head coach and the quarterback both back with the Bucs in 2019.
Updated: 6 hours ago
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) big flaw, according to a New York Post headline, is

Bucs haven’t seen anyone like Saquon Barkley since Barry Sanders

The Bucs picked a lousy week to potentially be without LB Lavonte David as they face Barkley, who is third in the NFL in yards from scrimmage
Published: 11/16/18
Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) works out with his right hand fully wrapped during practice Thursday at One Buc Place. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Bucs’ Jason Pierre-Paul can’t wait to face Giants

With the Bucs heading to East Rutherford, N.J., to play the Giants, Jason Pierre-Paul is anxious to face his former team.
Published: 11/16/18
Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Cairo Santos (5) and punter Bryan Anger (9) on the field for Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice on November 15, 2018 at One Buc Place in Tampa. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)

Holder Bryan Anger is Lucy to Bucs’ ever-revolving list of Charlie Browns

Bryan Anger has had a toe-eyed view of the Bucs place-kicking woes over the past three seasons as the holder on field goals and extra points.
Published: 11/15/18
Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken speaks to reporters earlier this month at One Buc Place. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Bucs’ Todd Monken on decision to play Ryan Fitzpatrick: ‘We keep our jobs by winning’

Monken said the only reason Fitzpatrick will start against the Giants is because he gives them a better chance to win than with Jameis Winston at quarterback
Published: 11/15/18
UCF wide receivers Dredrick Snelson (5) and Tre Nixon (16) celebrate after a Snelson touchdown against Navy earlier this month at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando. [Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Matt Baker on UCF-Cincinnati, FSU-Boston College, USF-Temple

Times college football beat reporter Matt Baker joins Rick Stroud on today's episode to preview the weekend in college football.
Published: 11/15/18
The Bucs signed kicker Cairo Santos.

‘Brutal business’ lands Cairo Santos as the next placekicker for the Bucs

The former Kansas Chiefs, Bears and Rams PK replaces Chandler Catanzaro, who replaced Patrick Murray, who replaced Nick Folk, who replaced Roberto Aguayo
Published: 11/14/18
Bucs quarterbacks Jameis Winston (3) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) interact before Sunday's game against Washington in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Mailbag: Bucs quarterbacks, Dirk Koetter’s future, more

Rick Stroud takes your mailbag questions on today's mailbag episode.
Published: 11/14/18
Shaun Wilson runs with the ball during a preseason game against the Jaguars in August. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Bucs place Evan Smith and Shaun Wilson on IR; sign Dare Ogunbowale, Kevin Minter

The Bucs promote Ogunbowale from the practice squad and re-sign Minter, who may play a bigger role with LB Lavonte David nursing a knee injury
Published: 11/13/18
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws for a gain of 17 yards and a first down during the third quarter of the Bucs' loss to Washington Sunday in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Ryan Fitzpatrick will stay under center for Bucs

Rick Stroud discusses the news, plus the signing of kicker Cairo Santos to replace Chandler Catanzaro.
Published: 11/13/18