ST. PETERSBURG — Six days before he re-signed with the Bucs and caught the biggest pass of the season, Louis Murphy was just another armchair quarterback.
"I was at home, relaxing on the couch, watching football," he said Wednesday.
Murphy's 41-yard reception set up the winning touchdown pass in the Bucs' 27-24 victory Sunday in Pittsburgh.
By the time quarterback Mike Glennon connected with Vincent Jackson on a 5-yard strike in the end zone with seven seconds remaining, the Bucs had a season-high 302 yards passing. Five of the daring downfield throws went for 20 yards or more, as many as they had in three previous games. Murphy and rookie Mike Evans each had catches of more than 40 yards....
Injured Bucs quarterback Josh McCown is improving but still not able to throw a football, coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday.
McCown, who tore a ligament in his right thumb in the first half of the Bucs' 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sept. 18, still has not practiced.
There were multiple reports over the weekend that McCown would test his thumb by throwing footballs Monday.
"Josh isn't ready to throw a football yet,'' Smith said. "He's making progress. He didn't practice today. He's making progress.''...
TAMPA — The best game of Mike Evans' young NFL career may be his last for a few weeks.
The Bucs' first-round pick, who had four catches for 65 yards, including his first career touchdown Sunday, will miss 2-4 weeks with a groin strain he suffered late in the third quarter, according to multiple reports Monday.
Evans pulled up running a deep route in the third quarter of Sunday's 27-24 win over the Steelers. The pass resulted in an easy interception for CB Cortez Allen....
TAMPA — Quarterback Mike Glennon posted the first victory of the season for the Bucs on Sunday, but he hasn't won the starting quarterback job.
Not yet, anyway.
With Josh McCown still out with a ligament tear in his right thumb and his status unknown for Sunday's game at New Orleans, coach Lovie Smith was noncommittal in his choice of quarterbacks despite Glennon's last-second feats in a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh....
Quarterback Mike Glennon posted the first victory of the season for the Bucs Sunday, but he hasn't won the starting quarterback job.
Not yet, anyway.
With Josh McCown still out with a ligament tear in his right thumb and his status unknown for Sunday's game at New Orleans, coach Lovie Smith was non-committal in his choice of quarterbacks despite Glennon's last-second heroics in a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh....
PITTSBURGH – A week ago, quarterback Mike Glennon got a text message from exiled receiver Louis Murphy, who was released by the Bucs a day before the regular season opener against Carolina. The exchange didn’t last very long....
PITTSBURGH — A week ago, quarterback Mike Glennon got a text message from exiled receiver Louis Murphy, who was released by the Bucs a day before the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against Carolina. The exchange didn't last very long.
"I asked him what he was up to, and he didn't mention the Bucs," Glennon said.
That's odd because Murphy always talks about the Bucs. The former Florida Gator and Lakewood High star grew up rooting for his hometown team. ...
Bucs coach Lovie Smith could spend another year in the basement. But this time, it's the cellar of the NFC South — not in self-exile at his home in Illinois, where he took 2013 off to formulate his plans for a return to an NFL sideline.
Smith's team is 0-3, having allowed the second-most points in club history on Sept. 18 in a 56-14 loss to the Falcons. Turns out, many analysts might have been wrong about the Bucs this season....
TAMPA — It's hard to know if Jeff Tedford would have been a mad scientist experimenting with exotic receiver combinations or a breakneck, no-huddle, up-tempo attack. But losing the Bucs offensive coordinator for the season is not a formula for winning.
Tedford, 52, was placed on an indefinite medical leave of absence Wednesday. He had coronary last month and two stents placed in an artery near his heart. Turns out, he never called a play in the regular season....
TAMPA — The Bucs' banged-up roster will get a boost this week.
RB Doug Martin said Thursday that his injured knee is 100 percent and he expects to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. "Knee's coming along just fine," Martin said.
Martin rushed for 1,454 yards in 2012 and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. But injuries limited him to 127 yards in six games last year before he landed on IR. He started the opener against Carolina and had 9 yards on nine carries before exiting with a left knee injury....
At 35, Josh McCown knows the time is running out of his hourglass to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Having climbed back to that position for the first time in a decade, he suffered a crushing setback when he tore a ligament in his right thumb during the first half of the Bucs' 56-14 loss at Atlanta Thursday night.
Even worse, the Bucs are 0-3, McCown has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions and the team is preparing to play second-year pro Mike Glennon agaisnt the Steelers Sunday....
He is not taking over the Greatest Show on Turf. But the Bucs offense has, at times, featured football jugglers and a McCown carload of turnovers so zany that all that's missing from the 0-3 start is a calliope.
Clearly, it's time for quarterback Mike Glennon to step back into the spotlight and steal the show.
"He got thrown into a circus already," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "So he had to take over the circus. He's like the (ring)master. So he's been through this. The circus is just having its annual trip. We've got to make sure the circus stops."...
Even notoriously vague coach Lovie Smith couldn't disguise the Bucs' intentions to start quarterback Mike Glennon against the Steelers Sunday.
Veteran Josh McCown has a torn ligament in his right thumb and has not practiced since suffering the injury in Thursday night's 56-14 loss at Atlanta.
Glennon took over as the starting quarterback at the same juncture last season, with the Bucs 0-3 and Josh Freeman having been released....
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy knows what it's like to be winless after three games. It's happened two years in a row.
But he had never experienced a blowout like the 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Thursdsay night. He says the team needs to feel embarrassed by it.
"I had somebody close to me, and only somebody close to me I would allow them to tell me this, but they said 'Thursday was pathetic,'' McCoy said. "And I believe that. It's kind of bad it comes from the outside. We have to feel that in the building that our last performance, our last performance, was pathetic. It's very embarrassing and that's not us at all. Coach hasn't coached us to be that way. And if nobody else will say it, I will say it. It's was embarrassing and we've got to be better.''...