Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

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. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): Listen live

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) drops back to pass during the first quarter of the Bucs' loss to the Steelers. [JIM DAMASKE  |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Did Ryan Fitzpatrick do enough to keep his job?

Rick Stroud and Times sports columnist Tom Jones break down the Bucs' 30-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday Night Football.Ryan Fitzpatrick  had a difficult first half, throwing three interceptions, but  led a...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter has a big decision to make at quarterback before Tampa Bay travels to Chicago for a Sept. 30 game at Soldier Field. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Winston or Fitzpatrick? Reading between the lines in the Bucs locker room

TAMPA — At some point Tuesday morning, Jameis Winston will walk into the office of head coach Dirk Koetter and get the news.There will likely be hugs and handshakes, but within the first few minutes, Koetter will tell Winston what...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) scrambles from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Vince Williams (98) during the second half Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 in Tampa. JIM DAMASKE  |   Times

The Bucs Jameis Winston left aren’t the Bucs he returns to

TAMPA — Welcome back, Jameis Winston.At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, your three-game suspension ended.It looked as if the clock may have struck midnight much earlier than that for Ryan Fitzpatrick.Turns out Fitzmagic may have...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Bucs defensive end William Gholston (92) and cornerback Carlton Davis (33) walk off the field as the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate Antonio Brown's second-quarter touchdown. [MONICA HERNDON  |   Times]

Bucs’ second-half rally falls just short in 30-27 loss to Steelers

TAMPA — Ryan Fitzpatrick's magic seemed to wear off against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he had enough tricks to make it interesting.Fitzpatrick was intercepted on three consecutive passes in the first half to fall behind by 20...
Updated: 10 hours ago
James Winston (3) takes a snap from Ryan Jensen (66) during Bucs workouts in June. JIM DAMASKE | Times

Bucs center Ryan Jensen added to the injury list as questionable tonight against the Steelers with an illness

The Bucs have done a good job protecting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has been sacked only twice in 61 pass attempts this season.But they may have to play Monday Night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers without center Ryan...
Published: 09/24/18
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) passes during a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)

Bucs QB Jameis Winston hires agent Joel Segal

Jameis Winston has hired agent Joel Segal, one day before he is set to return from a three-game suspension.In July, shortly after suspension was announced, Winston fired representatives Greg Genske and Kenny Felder, a pair of baseball...
Published: 09/24/18
Wide receiver Mike Evans (13) helps teammate Chris Godwin (12) celebrate his touchdown catch during the Bucs' victory over the Eagles. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rick Stroud previews Bucs-Steelers

The Bucs host the Steelers tonight as Monday Night Football comes to town. Will the FitzMagic continue and move Tampa Bay to 3-0? Rick Stroud breaks down the game. Also, Tony Dungy will be enshrined in the team's Ring of Honor.Plus,...
Published: 09/24/18
DeSean Jackson (11) led the NFL in receiving yards through two games and is second among active receivers with 1,180 receiving yards in 11 games on Monday night. Jackson and the Bucs face the Steelers Monday night at Raymond James Stadium. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

Bucs-Steelers: The stage is set again for Mr. Monday Night

TAMPA — At this stage in his career, DeSean Jackson is a celebrity who plays football. Movie producer, actor, host of the self-named One on One podcast and...
Published: 09/23/18
Tony Dungy with the Bucs' No. 1 draft pick, Anthony

McFarland on FitzMagic: ‘Play the guy with the hot hand’

TAMPA — Why wait until Monday Night Football? We got former Bucs defensive tackle Booger McFarland, the field analyst for the ESPN crew, to break down the Bucs-Steelers matchup. In his straight-forward, brutally honest style,...
Published: 09/23/18
ESPN announcer Anthony

How Booger McFarland rose from a Tampa FM station to ‘Monday Night Football’

TAMPA — When Booger McFarland auditioned for the new Monday Night Football broadcast team, producer Jay Rothman was blown away."I closed my eyes and said, 'Holy (bleep), I feel like I'm listening to football's Charles Barkley,''...
Published: 09/22/18