Rick Stroud - Bucs Reporter

Bucs Reporter

I’m glad we don’t change beat writers the way the Bucs change coaches. My first season was Ray Perkins’ last. He called me to ask if he was getting fired that day. He was. I’m in Tony Dungy’s book, Dirk Koetter’s phone and can sound like Jon Gruden’s voice. Covered the Gators, pinch hit on the Rays beat. Listen to my podcast SportsDay Tampa Bay M-F and you’re set. Dixie Hollins, SPJC, Arkansas State. Played baseball for all of them. St. Pete native. Married to Valerie. Three kids, grown son and two elementary school girls. I love this job. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve stood in the Oval Office, but One Buc Place is my White House.

  1. The San Francisco 49ers' Fred Warner (54) chats with Bucs quarterback Tom Brady after the Niners' 35-7 win in December at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
  2. Tom Brady talked with the Dolphins last season about possibly playing in Miami, but the Dolphins seem content with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for now.
  3. Todd Monken was the play-caller for a Georgia program that won the past two College Football Playoff national championship games.
  4. Then-Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, left, talks with quarterback Tom Brady during training camp in July at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  5. Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin returned from two torn knee ligaments to make a career-high 104 catches for 1,023 yards and three touchdowns this season.
  6. Former Bucs receiver Keenan McCardell is among at least three candidates set to interview for Tampa Bay's vacant offensive coordinator job.
  7. Tom Brady isn't thinking much about football or his future these days, so don't expect him to rush to a decision about his playing status for next season.
  8. Raheem Morris endured cost cutting by the owners during his short head coaching stint with the Bucs.
  9. Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean intercepts a pass intended for Saints wide receiver Chris Olave during the first half of the Sept. 18 game in New Orleans.
  10. The Bucs have fired Byron Leftwich, left, after four seasons as the team's offensive coordinator, including three with quarterback Tom Brady, right.
  11. Bucs head coach Todd Bowles speaks to reporters during a news conference Tuesday at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  12. Bucs wide receiver Russell Gage (17) is hit by Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson (6) during the fourth quarter of Monday night's NFC wild-card game at Raymond James Stadium.
  13. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) raises his cap toward fans and jogs toward the locker room after his team is defeated by the Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium on Monday night.
  14. This easily was one of the toughest seasons of Tom Brady's illustrious career.
  15. Bucs wide receiver Russell Gage is thrilled about his first trip to the postseason, which he never reached in four seasons with the Falcons.
  16. Bucs guard Shaq Mason (69), guard Nick Leverett (60), and quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) work during the end of the first half last Sunday in Atlanta.
  17. Bucs head coach Todd Bowles greets linebacker Lavonte David (54) after the NFC South-clinching victory over the Carolina Panthers earlier this month at Raymond James Stadium.
  18. In his first year as Bucs head coach, Todd Bowles' team finished the regular season with a losing record at 8-9 but did clinch the NFC South title.
  19. Quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes a snap from Nick Leverett (60), who replaced Robert Hainsey at center, during Tampa Bay's loss the Falcons last weekend in Atlanta.
  20. Bucs center Ryan Jensen missed the entire regular season after suffering a significant knee injury on the second day of camp and going on injured reserve.
  21. "We're definitely a confident group, it feels like. I’m sure they’re a confident group," Bucs linebacker Lavonte David said of the Cowboys. "We understand what they’re bringing, and we’re going to be ready for it.”
  22. Wide receiver Mike Evans and the Bucs clinched the NFC South with a win over Carolina on Jan. 1, but with a loss to the Falcons the following week they were assured of entering the playoffs with a losing record.
  23. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) joins teammates to celebrate running back Rachaad White’s touchdown during the fourth quarter of a Dec. 5 win over the Saints. Tampa Bay has rallied in the fourth quarter quite a few times this season.