Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer

Rick Stroud

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.

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  1. Gerald McCoy says Bucs defense has earned title of being 'soft'

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    Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says the Bucs defense is soft. Worse yet, he says, it's on tape for all of the NFL to see.

    "If you look out there on tape and you see a bunch of guys sitting on blocks, are you not earning the title of being soft?'' McCoy said Thursday. "I mean, guys get so sensitive around the league but we have to be men. This is a man's league. We're professionals and guys have issues with criticisims. I've been getting criticized since I've been in the NFL. I don't even feel it anymore. We have to accept what happened like I did last week.''...

    Gerald McCoy said the Bucs have been making too many excuses for not playing well: a new scheme, injuries, breakdowns. He wants players to take more accountability. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  2. McCoy says Bucs defense has earned title of being 'soft'

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    Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says the Bucs defense is soft. Worse yet, he says, it's on tape for all of the NFL to see.

    "If you look out there on tape and you see a bunch of guys sitting on blocks, are you not earning the title of being soft?'' McCoy said Thursday. "I mean, guys get so sensitive around the league but we have to be men. This is a man's league. We're professionals and guys have issues with criticisims. I've been getting criticized since I've been in the NFL. I don't even feel it anymore. We have to accept what happened like I did last week.''...

  3. McCoy says Bucs defense has earned title of being 'soft.'

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    Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says the Bucs defense is soft. Worse yet, he says, it's on tape for all of the NFL to see.

    "If you look out there on tape and you see a bunch of guys sitting on blocks, are you not earning the title of being soft?'' McCoy said Thursday. "I mean, guys get so sensitive around the league but we have to be men. This is a man's league. We're professionals and guys have issues with criticisims. I've been getting criticized since I've been in the NFL. I don't even feel it anymore. We have to accept what happened like I did last week.''...

  4. Bucs coach Lovie Smith "disappointed" in Bowers over PED suspension

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    TAMPA — Bucs coach Lovie Smith said he was "disappointed" in DE Da'Quan Bowers' decision to violate the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, resulting in a two-game suspension without pay.

    Bowers is the second Bucs player in a week to face a two-game ban. FB Jorvorskie Lane violated the same policy. Lane's announcement came during the team's bye week, so both players will miss Sunday's game against the Vikings at Raymond James Stadium and the Nov. 2 game at Cleveland....

    Da’Quan Bowers, chasing Rams quarterback Austin Davis, is out for two games without pay.
  5. There's 'not a QB controversy,' as Glennon will start vs. Vikings

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    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.''...

  6. Bucs plan to sign WR/KR Holliday

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    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....

  7. Bucs retain hope thanks to weak NFC South

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    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....

    “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 Sunday … we’re excited about that,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith says of being idle Sunday while all three of the other NFC South teams lost.
  8. Josh McCown back to throwing at practice

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    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."...

    Josh McCown, left, started the first three games and was 0-3 with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He left the loss at Atlanta on Sept. 18 with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
  9. Downtrodden NFC South leaves 1-5 Bucs still in the hunt

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    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.''...

  10. McCown returns to practice and comes out throwing

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    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....

    Josh McCown 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.
  11. Free agent performance leaves Bucs feeling shortchanged

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    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....

    Bucs Michael Johnson (90) runs with the football after recovering Dolphin qtr back Ryan Tannehill’s fumble caused by Bucs Gerald McCoy during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium Saturday night 8/16/2014.
  12. With Bucs on break, coaches seek solutions

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    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."...

    Torrey Smith beats Brandon Dixon, center, and Major Wright during a dominating performance against the Bucs secondary.
  13. Bucs might try accepting first kickoff to try sparking offense

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    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....

    Bucs receiver Mike Evans hangs onto a 17-yard touchdown from Mike Glennon while being hit by Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in the third quarter of Sunday’s game.
  14. Lovie Smith says Bucs will improve

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    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....

    Lovie Smith has been part of turnarounds as a Bucs assistant in the 1990s and again as Chicago’s head coach in the 2000s.
  15. Bucs coach Smith to disappointed fans: 'Give us time.'

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    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....