Former NFL running back Charlie Garner, whose 11-year career ended with the Bucs in 2004, was arrested early Monday morning in north Tampa on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
Garner, 42, who twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards while with the 49ers, refused a blood-alcohol test after being stopped by the Tampa Police Department, according to arrest reports. He was arrested at 2:29 a.m. Monday, booked at 3:48 a.m., and remained in jail held on $500 bond. He is listed in the arrest report as living in north Tampa....
TAMPA — DT Gerald McCoy, held out Thursday with a broken left hand, had to watch from the sideline as his Bucs teammates took a 56-14 loss to the Falcons and fell to 0-3.
He said he understands the frustration fans are feeling.
"There's some really, really upset fans right now. … To get the fans back on our side, we can't sit and sulk in this," McCoy said Friday. "We're going to watch the film, and we've got to get back to work. In 2001, the Patriots started 1-3 and ended up winning the Super Bowl. It happens. This is an unpredictable league. You never know what can happen....
The Bucs went into Thursday's game in Atlanta tied for the fewest penalties in the NFL, but came out of a 56-14 loss with 11 flags for 110 yards, including four 15-yard penalties for unnecessary roughness.
"You look at our record, we were one of the least penalized teams before that. That's not who we are," coach Lovie Smith said Friday. "Last night, the wheels kind of fell off in a lot of different areas. We weren't as disciplined as we need to be and as we've been. That was a one-game happening that we don't want to see again."...
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, held out with a broken left hand, had to watch from the sidelines as his teammates took a humbling 56-14 loss to the Falcons, and he understands the frustration fans are feeling.
"There's some really, really upset fans right now, but in order to get the fans back on our side, we can't sit and sulk in this," McCoy said. "We're going to watch the film today and we've got to get back to work. In 2001, the Patriots started 1-3 and ended up winning the Super Bowl. It happens. This is an unpredictable league, you never know what can happen. One thing you can't do is sit back and sulk in it. You have to accept it as what it is. You can't change it. The score is what it is. It's set in history. Now we have to move on."...
Busy morning traveling back from Atlanta -- we'll have an open locker room with players at One Buc at noon, then Lovie Smith at 2 p.m., but here are a ton of notes we've been tweeting out since the end of the game.
-- Five Bucs on defense -- Foster, McCoy, Johnson, Clayborn, Jenkins -- played 264 snaps in opener. With injuries, combined for 6 vs. Falcons.
-- Who are Bucs throwing passes to? 15-for-17 to RBs (88 percent); 17-for-20 to TEs (85 percent); but just 28-for-53 to WRs (53 percent)....
ATLANTA -- In a half where everything seemed to go wrong for the Bucs, starting quarterback Josh McCown left the game in the second quarter after injuring the thumb on his throwing hand on a sack.
McCown, who had earlier seen his fourth interception of the season returned for a touchdown by Atlanta's Kemal Ishmael, went 5-for-12 for 58 yards before the injury. He was replaced by second-year pro Mike Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie last season....
ATLANTA — In a half where everything seemed to go wrong for the Bucs, starting QB Josh McCown left in the second quarter of Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons after injuring the thumb on his throwing (right) hand on a sack.
McCown, who had earlier seen his fourth interception of the season returned for a touchdown by S Kemal Ishmael, went 5-for-12 for 58 yards before the injury. He was replaced by second-year pro Mike Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie last season. Glennon was 17-of-24 for 121 yards and a touchdown....
Greetings from the Georgia Dome, where the Bucs have a short turnaround to tonight's game against the Falcons as they seek their first win of the season. Key players again are out for Tampa Bay -- no Doug Martin, no Gerald McCoy, no Mason Foster, no Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and no Jeff Tedford, so Marcus Arroyo is calling the plays for a third game in a row.
12:30 p.m.: Danny Lansanah's fourth-quarter pick-six is only reason Bucs didn't suffer most lopsided loss in their history. Lots more to come in notes and quotes ......
The Bucs will play in Atlanta tonight without defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and running back Doug Martin, who are inactive with injuries and will not play against the Falcons.
Two more starters will be out as expected: linebacker Mason Foster and rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who have been limited by shoulder and ankle injuries, respectively. For the third game in a row, the Bucs deactivated three young offensive linemen in guard Rishaw Johnson and rookies Kevin Pamphile and Kadeem Edwards....
The Bucs proudly say they have a run-first offense. • They took that pretty literally during Sunday's loss to the Rams, running twice as often on first down as they threw the ball. And they stuck with that plan despite netting 7 yards on their first 13 first-down runs (0.6 per carry), including six straight that gained a yard or less. • "We just decided we've got to hang our hat on something and you can't get away from it," said quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who called plays in the first two games as coordinator Jeff Tedford recovered from a heart procedure. • "No matter how those 13 turned out, at the end of the game, we averaged 5.2 yards a rush. That's what you want. That's hard to average 5 yards a pop. That's a winning element in a lot of cases."...
With kick returner Solomon Patton.
1. You made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Florida. What was your first "I've arrived" moment in the NFL?
"I'd definitely say the last preseason game, when I scored that touchdown. I actually got a chance to make a big-time play. It finally hit me: 'This is real.' "
2. You guys were in your hotel rooms late before your game Sunday when the Gators pulled out that triple-overtime win against Kentucky. Did you get to watch?...
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, attempting to play despite a broken left hand, was upgraded to "limited participation" on Wednesday and is officially listed as "questionable" for Thursday night's game in Atlanta, as are RB Doug Martin and DE Michael Johnson.
Only two of the injured Bucs players are ruled out against the Falcons -- MLB Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams, and rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, out since the opener with an ankle injury. Martin (knee) and Johnson (ankle) missed last week's game but were held out with the hopes of playing in Atlanta....
TAMPA — He is that rare NFL quarterbacks coach younger than his starting quarterback, thrust into an even larger role and asked to call offensive plays in the Bucs' first two games.
And as the Bucs seek their first win and an offensive identity, they do it with Marcus Arroyo, 34, stepping in as offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford recovers from a heart procedure that has limited him the past three weeks....
Arkansas State didn't complete the pass and ended up losing at Miami, but a creative fake punt — wonderfully named "The Fainting Goat" — has gone viral in the days since a Red Wolves player faked a collapse to distract his opponent.
"The Fainting Goat has taken over the conversation," first-year coach Blake Anderson said Tuesday by phone. "The fact that it didn't work has had very little conversation."...
TAMPA — The Bucs defense will play Thursday in Atlanta without starting middle LB Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Will DT Gerald McCoy be joining him on the sidelines?
The Bucs have a short week to prepare for the Falcons, with little time to mend a long list of injuries.
Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that McCoy, Foster and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins would not have practiced if the team had done so Monday....