With temperatures near a record high of 82 degrees Thursday, the Bucs spilled some sweat as their scout team offense simulated the Buffalo Bills’ up-tempo attack. The forecast Sunday calls for 80 degrees and no chance of rain, which might create a home field advantage for the Bucs.
“As we all know it’s really heated up here the last couple of days and it’s going to be very warm on Sunday,’’ coach Greg Schiano said. “Today we were simulating the no huddle with running a couple huddles and running guys in and out and I’m sure we’ll have some IVs flowing in the training room. So real feel (like temperature) out there was close to 90 (degrees). That will have an impact, I’m sure....
TAMPA — Coach Greg Schiano has always preached to his team that the clock is its enemy. If that's true, the 12 minutes at halftime have been the Bucs' toughest opponent this season.
Tampa Bay has gone scoreless in the third quarter in nine of its dozen games. For that matter, the Bucs average 5.6 points in the second half, the fewest in the league.
When you consider all that happens between the end of the second quarter and the third-quarter kickoff — players take bathroom breaks, adjust equipment and visit the trainers — it doesn't leave many minutes for halftime adjustments....
TAMPA — After his team set a season low for yards gained — for the second straight week — Bucs coach Greg Schiano said he regretted not calling some specialty plays that might have sparked the offense Sunday against the Panthers.
During its three-game winning streak, Tampa Bay was more aggressive: An option pass, a throw to the tackle eligible, a fake field goal and an onside kick....
After back-to-back weeks setting new lows for the fewest yards gained in a game this season, coach Greg Schiano said he regretted not calling some specialty plays that might have sparked the Bucs offense against the Carolina Panthers Sunday.
During their three-game winning streak, Tampa Bay was more aggressive in calling an option pass, direct snaps to the running back, a throw to the tackle eligible, a fake field goal and an on-side kick....
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One play Sunday typified the Bucs' performance against the league's hottest team.
From the Carolina 4 with a chance to take the lead early in the second quarter, rookie quarterback Mike Glennon rolled to his left looking for an open receiver in the end zone, cocked his throwing arm and watched in disbelief as the ball slipped backward out of his hand, creating a fumble recovered by the Panthers....
Black Friday came and went without the Buccaneers shopping for a quarterback.
After all, it would be hard to find a better bargain in the NFL than Mike Glennon. So many teams discounted the talent of the 6-foot-6, 225-pound rookie from N.C. State that he admits being overlooked until the third round of the draft put a chip on his shoulder pads.
"That still lights a little fire in me," Glennon, 23, said. "But I like to look at it in a positive way. I want to prove that the Bucs made the right decision. I want to do it for my coaches that believed in me and for the players on my team. Overall, it's more about proving those that believed in me right than proving those that didn't believe in me wrong."...
Imagine an NFC South team with a young, inexperienced quarterback who wasn't winning games, an upstart defense that couldn't close and a second-year coach on the hot seat after back-to-back losing seasons.
A year later, the Panthers (8-3) own the league's longest current win streak at seven, quarterback Cam Newton is playing lights out, the defense is ranked third in the NFL and Ron Rivera is a candidate for coach of the year....
TAMPA — Bucs CB Darrelle Revis said his groin strain is "way better," and he practiced Friday in a limited capacity for the first time this week. But he is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina.
"It will probably be a game-time decision," Revis said. "I'll probably have to get out (on the field) a little earlier and try to run and see how I feel when I cut and when I move. It's better. It's way better. Hopefully, the rest of (Friday) and (Saturday), I'll get a lot more rest and move forward to Sunday."...
Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis says his groin strain is 'way better,' and practiced in a limited capacity for the first time Friday but still is listed as questionable against the Carolina Panthers.
TAMPA — The earliest the Bucs might know if CB Darrelle Revis will play Sunday against the Panthers is pregame warmups.
Revis, who strained his groin against the Lions, participated in a walkthrough but did not practice Thursday for the second straight day.
"We'll know more (today)," coach Greg Schiano said. "It is an injury where rest helps it."
If Revis cannot play, the Bucs will have to decide if rookie CB Johnthan Banks will cover Steve Smith, Carolina's top receiver....
The earliest the Bucs may know whether Darrelle Revis will play against the Carolina Panthers may be Sunday when he tests his groin strain by running around Bank of America Stadium.
Revis participated in a walk-through but did not practice on Thanksgiving for the second straight day since suffering the injury near the end of the first half in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Detroit Lions.
"We'll know more tomorrow,'' coach Greg Schiano said. "It is an injury where rest helps it. So we're hopeful. But until you get out there and do it after the rest, you don't know. So we'll see. And it could be one of those deals where you go out Sunday and run around and see how it feels.''...
TAMPA — Positioning is everything to a cornerback, and it's no accident that Bucs rookie Johnthan Banks' locker is adjacent to that of Darrelle Revis. They are left just man to man most afternoons, talking about opposing receivers, money, life, family — you name it.
"I've done what he's said the whole season, and it's worked," Banks said, motioning to Revis.
The second-round pick from Mississippi State has had a lot to discuss with Revis....
Safety Dashon Goldson said he 'felt like a convict,' while serving a one-game suspension that prevented him from being at the Bucs' training facility or having any contact with players, coaches or trainers until Monday.
Appearing on his weekly radio show Tuesday night, Goldson vowed to work hard on lowering his target after being suspended for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons receiver Roddy White Nov. 17. Goldson has been fined nearly $400,000 this season for personal fouls resulting from illegal hits to defenseless receivers....
TAMPA — Assuming Greg Schiano remains Bucs coach, the long-term answer at quarterback will likely be Mike Glennon.
"I think this is a guy that certainly, as long as he continues on this trajectory, is a guy you'd love to have as a quarterback for a long time," Schiano said.
Monday, in giving his strongest endorsement yet of Glennon, Schiano highlighted two aspects of Glennon's play well beyond his years: Protecting the football and completing passes downfield....