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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. Former Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is a free agent after one season in Carolina.
  2. An ESPN analyst's recent criticism of Jameis Winston was based on what he saw as excessive delay-of-game penalties.
  3. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) passes in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Baylor in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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  5. LSU linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson walks on the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas.
  6. NFC quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass, during the first half of the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26 in Orlando.
  7. Teddy Bridgewater could be on the market if Drew Brees returns to New Orleans, and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians likes Bridgewater.
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians shakes hands with quarterback Jameis Winston (3) after his touchdown pass against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 8 in Tampa.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is seen during warmups just prior to taking on Houston Texans Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  10. Cardinals rookie David Johnson manages only 35 yards on 15 carries in Saturday’s game vs. the Packers.
  11. Derrick Brooks, co-chairman of the Super Bowl 55 host committee, holds a helmet with the new logo during a press conference last September in Tampa.
  12. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (29) during the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
  13. Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes hoists the trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
  14. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, left, doesn't make the Pro Football Hall of Fame but fellow safeties Steve Atwater and Troy Polamalu do.
  15. Tom Brady, left, could be changing teams. Philip Rivers, right, will be changing teams if he keeps playing. The Bucs are compiling scouting reports on both.
  16. It's been over two years since Chris Foerster's drug use and reckless lifestyle was exposed by a viral video of him snorting a powdery substance in the Miami Dolphins facility. The former Tampa Bay  Buccaneers assistant coach returns to Miami Sunday in an off-field role with the San Francisco 49ers for their Super Bowl 54 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
  17. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander poses for a portrait at Super Bowl Opening Night, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 in Miami.
  18. 49ers general manager John Lynch has brought his experience as a Stanford-educated Pro Bowl safety and Super Bowl champion in Tampa to bear in San Francisco, where his franchise is one victory away from the sport's ultimate achievement.
  19. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Aventura, Fla., for NFL Super Bowl 54 football game.
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) warms up his arm before a game against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 17.
  21. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has come a long way from his days as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers quality control assistant with a closet for an office at One Buc Place.
  22. NFC quarterback Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, throws a pass during a practice for the NFL Pro Bowl football game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  23. NFC linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hands Sean Silverthorn, of Largo, Fla., two tickets to the Super Bowl after a practice for the NFL Pro Bowl football game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla.
  24. Former Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, left, started a Twitter beef with San Francisco's Richard Sherman, right, on Sunday.