Josh McCown is throwing footballs again but Mike Glennon still will continue to be the Bucs starting quarterback against the Vikings Sunday.
Coach Lovie Smith did not officially name a starter but gave no indication there would be a change even when McCown is healthy.
"The quarterback position, it seemed like a lot of cameras were on the quarterback position,'' Smith siad. "We don't have a quarterback controversy. Our quarterback position has been strengthened with Josh coming back.''...
Bucs plan to sign WR/KR Trindon Holliday following his workout with the team Monday.
The 5-foot-5 Holliday was released by the Giants Oct. 6. He also played for the Texans (2010-12) and Broncos (2012-13). He runs a sub 4.4 40-yard dash. Holliday became the first player to return a punt and kickoff for a TD in the same playoff game for Denver vs Ravens Jan. 12, 2013.
The impending signing of Holliday can't be good news for rookie Solomon Patton, the undrafted rookie from Florida....
TAMPA — Here's how bad things are in pro football's loser's bracket, otherwise known as the NFC South.
The 1-5 Bucs awoke Monday after their bye week to discover that despite slumbering through the first six games in the Lovie Smith era, they are only two wins out of first place in their division. That's because the Panthers (3-3), Saints (2-4) and Falcons (2-5) all lost on Sunday.
In lieu of a real victory, it was something to celebrate at One Buc Place....
TAMPA — The bye week was good for quarterback Josh McCown, who returned to practice Monday and had his first extensive throwing session since tearing a ligament in his right thumb in Week 3 at Atlanta.
McCown, 35, still wore a wrap but didn't appear to have any trouble making short and intermediate throws in individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media.
"He threw the ball fairly well today," coach Lovie Smith said. "And we're encouraged by his progress."...
It was a perfect Sunday for the Bucs: they didn't lose and gained a half game on all three other teams in the NFC South.
The Panthers, Falcons and Saints each lost during the Bucs' bye week, leaving 1-5 Tampa Bay rejuventated and only two games behind division leading Carolina (3-3).
"I watched all the games this week,'' coach Lovie Smtih said, "I know what happened in our division. I realize how many games we're out of first place. We're in it as much as anyone with our record. That's what we're focused on. There's life when you take a little time off to not play a game and you end up in better position than when we started the Sunday...we're excited about that.''...
The bye week was good for quarterback Josh McCown, who returned to practice Monday and had his first extensive throwing session since suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb in Week 3 at Atlanta.
McCown, 35, still had a wrap on his thumb but didn't appear to have any trouble making short and intermediate throws during individual drills during the portion of practice that was open to the media....
TAMPA — On the second play of the season against Carolina, Bucs DE Michael Johnson tried to shed a crack back block from Panthers TE Greg Olson, got caught up on a running play to his right and had teammate Clinton McDonald fall on the back of his left leg. He returned to the game and recorded six tackles, but he had trouble pushing off and was never explosive out of his stance....
TAMPA — Bucs players scrambled to catch flights after practice Wednesday, headed to parts unknown with the next four days off during the bye week. But coach Lovie Smith and his staff will have to settle for a "staycation" in an effort to solve their problems on defense.
"Don't assume that because we're in the bye week, everybody is taking it to the Bahamas right now," Smith said. "We have time to really evaluate, to be real with ourselves and see what we need to do."...
TAMPA — Lovie Smith is considering changing something in an effort to improve the Bucs' slow starts on offense — he might not defer until the second half if his team wins the coin toss.
Tampa Bay has scored a total of 27 points in the first half of six games this season, an average of 4.5 points. Smith has elected to start games on defense when the Bucs win the coin toss....
TAMPA — Six games and two blowout losses into his first season as the Bucs coach, Lovie Smith is pleading for patience while recognizing it is in short supply with Tampa Bay fans.
Smith said Monday it was "disheartening" to watch the Bucs trail the Falcons 56-0 and the Ravens 38-0 in a span of three weeks. But he insists that while those performances didn't show it, the Bucs are getting better and asked for more time to get it right....
Six games and two blowout losses into his first season as the Bucs coach, Lovie Smith is pleading patience while recognizing it is in short supply with Tampa Bay fans.
Smith said it was 'disheartening,' to watch the Bucs trail the Atlanta Falcons 56-0 and the Baltimore Ravens 38-0 in a span of three weeks. But he insists while those performances didn't show it, the Bucs are getting better and asked for more time to get it right....
t was an ugly day, coming just three weeks after a stunningly similar ugly loss....
TAMPA — It was an ugly day, coming just three weeks after absorbing a stunningly similar lopsided loss.
So after the Bucs' 48-17 defeat to Baltimore in which Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco fired five touchdown passes in the first 16:03 of the game Sunday, players and coaches were left only to compare massacres.
Was trailing the Falcons 56-0 on Sept. 18 at the Georgia Dome worse than trailing the Ravens 35-0 just 1:03 into the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday? How do you compare your worst flu viruses? Or flat tires?...
TAMPA — Losing is not the end of the world. It's not even the end of the NFL season.
These are the sort of things the Buccaneers have to remind themselves of after a 1-4 start under new coach Lovie Smith. Since Oct. 16, 2011, the Bucs have lost 35 of 47, or roughly three of every four. For their long-suffering fans, most of the time it's Deja P.U.
Perhaps that's why after practice Friday, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy gathered team captains and a few core players for a five-minute meeting to tell them it's time to mop up the mistakes and play a clean game today against the Baltimore Ravens....
TAMPA — Bucs offensive players failing to line up properly, delay of game penalties, defensive calls coming in too late. These are the silent assassins that can wipe out a season and such has been the case lately with the Bucs.
Some of the miscommunication certainly can be attributed to playing in loud, hostile environments such as Heinz Field and the Superdome the past two weeks.
But the loss of offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford and a change of vantage point for defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier also have been a factors....