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Lovie's return to Chicago is strictly Bucs business

Tampa Bay Online CHICAGO -- He might never say so publicly, but in many ways Chicago is still home for Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith. His wife, MaryAnne, a native of nearby Des Plaines, grew up here; he raised his...
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NFL column: Bears' players-only session yields positive results

Tampa Bay Online CHICAGO -- Like their counterparts in Tampa, the Chicago Bears might have found a defensive identity last week. In preparing for Washington, Tampa Bay's defense watched films of Chicago cornerback...
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After long road to Bucs, Smith making most of his chances

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA - Jacquies Smith felt secure about his status with the Buffalo Bills, right up to the moment he was told to turn in his uniform. Summoned to the front office two days after the...
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Bucs notes: Defense looks to keep turnovers coming

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA -- Two early interceptions last week at Washington sparked the Bucs to a 10-point lead, and there figure to be more chances for takeaways Sunday when Tampa Bay heads to Soldier Field....
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Hot Reads: Bucs have choices at running back

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA -- Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith might have a difficult decision to make at running back on Sunday. For the first time this season, Smith likely will have to choose from among Doug Martin,...
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McCown returns to Chicago after another comeback

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA -- Before the season, he was supposed to be the bridge to the future. Then the season began and he was the bridge to nowhere. Then an injury -- more waiting, then more backing up, like most...
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Bucs' McCown to face familiar opponent

Tampa Bay Online At 2 and 8, the Bucs are coming off one of their strongest performances this season against Washington as they prepare for Sunday's match-up against the Chicago Bears. Last season Bucs quarterback...
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Bucs Hot Reads: QB McCown recalls Chicago freeze

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA -- Bucs QB Josh McCown has mostly good memories of the two seasons he played for the Bears in Chicago. One of them is virtually frozen in his brain. "It was like seven degrees and it was...
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Bucs Bonus podcast: Lovie and Bears reunion

Tampa Bay Online In this week's Bucs Bonus Podcast, Tampa Tribune's NFL writer, Ira Kaufman and Olivia Stacey discuss the Bucs victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, standout players from week 11, and the...
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Bucs have no plans to abandon run-first philosophy

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith isn't opposed to throwing the ball 40 or 50 times a game. If that's what it takes to move the ball and score points consistently, he said, he's all...
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Bucs' Mike Evans named NFC offensive player of the week

Tampa Bay Online The NFL announced today that Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Evans has been a standout the past few weeks, but managed to kick it up a notch on...
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Bucs rookie WR Evans setting records, but still learning

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA - Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans is so new to the game of football that he still has a tendency to talk about it in basketball terms. Just look at the answer he gave Wednesday...
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Bucs notes: RB Forte is key to Bears offense

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA -- Veteran RB Matt Forte is keeping some pretty good company at the top of the Chicago Bears record book. In his seventh season with the Bears, Forte ranks No. 2 to Hall of Famer Walter...
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Bucs Hot Reads: Passing success could help running game

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA -- The struggling ground game of the Buccaneers could get a boost by the emergence of rookie Mike Evans into an elite receiver. Tampa Bay's run game ranks 28th in the NFL, averaging only...
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Ira Kaufman's NFL Power Rankings for Week 12

Tampa Bay Online Each week, 12 national media members -- including The Tampa Tribune's Ira Kaufman -- rank teams in what is known as The Associated Press Pro32 power rankings. Here is Kaufman's ballot. 1. Arizona...
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Bucs Lookahead: Tampa Bay at Chicago

Tampa Bay Online Coming off their most complete effort of the season, the Buccaneers head to Chicago, where the Bears snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Minnesota. Here's a closer look at Sunday's...
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Lynch, Dungy get another shot at Hall of Fame

Tampa Bay Online The former Bucs safety and coach are among the semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which were announced late Tuesday.
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Steelers release ex-Buc LeGarrette Blount

Tampa Bay Online PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday released former Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount, less than 24 hours after Blount left the field early in a victory over the Tennessee...
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Bucs defense inspired by Chicago crime film

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA -- When the Buccaneers reported to work last week, they were treated to a private viewing of a legendary crime film. No, it wasn't "The Godfather'' or "Goodfellas,'' and that wasn't Al...
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Bucs WR Evans has TD celebration dilemma

Tampa Bay Online TAMPA -- As a kid growing up in Galveston, Texas, Mike Evans' favorite football player was Randy Moss. But that's only one reason the Buccaneers rookie wide receiver has made Moss's signature...
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Blog Articles

Buccaneers vs. Bears: Three key matchups on offense

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to win these three key matchups to beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday. T Anthony Collins vs. DE Willie Young Willie Young was a free agent this offseason. He has...
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Daily Bucs Links: Koenen had mono

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — Here's your open thread for today. Bucs' Michael Koenen Reveals Mystery Surrounding Punting Woes Bucs punter Michael Koenen reveals why he hasn't looked like himself this season: He's been...
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Buccaneers vs. Bears injury report: Jeffery, Marshall are probable

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — The Chicago Bears are largely healthy, but the Bucs have a few key injuries. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to struggle with injury issues, as four starters are listed as questionable for...
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Lavonte David misses second consecutive day of practice

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have new injury issues to deal with, and Lavonte David could miss a game for the first time in his NFL career. Lavonte David missed his second consecutive day of...
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Lovie Smith and Jason Licht deserve time and patience

Buc 'Em (Nobleskid) — Good drafting and player development were keys in the Bucs’ turnaround and success in the 1990s, leading up to their Super Bowl XXXVII win. Looking back at the past two decades of personnel and...
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Daily Bucs Links: Josh McCown returns to Chicago

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — Here's your open thread for today. Buccaneers vs. Bears preview - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Bucs coach Lovie Smith returns to Chicago looking for a winning streak with the Bears coming off a...
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Thursday Night Open Thread

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — Chiefs at Raiders. Meh. Draft relevance, I guess? Here's your open thread!
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Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall return to practice; Lavonte David misses practice

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — The Thursday injury report for the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears is out. After missing practice with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively, Alshon Jeffery and ...
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Gerald McCoy: "Mike Evans doesn't understand yet that he's special"

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a truly special player in their midst. Mike Evans is really, really good. And Gerald McCoy offered some insight into what makes him special, today. "I don't...
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2015 NFL Draft: Evaluating the quarterbacks

Buc 'Em (DraftPhantom) — Draft Phantom evaluates the top quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL draft, with one surprising inclusion. As I pen this article the Bucs are a vile 2-8, devoid of defensive secondary talent, mired in...
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Lavonte David is the Buccaneers' unsung hero

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — Lavonte David is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ' unsung hero. Unsung, because while he's often recognized as a very good player, the number of splash plays has decreased drastically -- mostly...
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Daily Bucs Links: Josh McCown is okay, I guess

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — Here's your open thread for today. About That First RGIII Interception Josh McCown's success with Bears led him to Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ESPN Josh McCown parlayed a strong 2013 season in...
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DLT's Deadlocks - NFL Picks Week 12 2014

Buc 'Em (JCDeLaTorre) — DLT finally breaks from average and goes...below average Welp, last week I was complaining about hitting my average for the past couple weeks. The NFL Gods saw fit to rectify that by slamming me...
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NFL Week 12 Capsule – Buccaneers vs Bears

Buccaneers Gab (Matt Loede) — TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-8) AT CHICAGO BEARS (4-6) SERIES BUCCANEERS BEARS SERIES LEADER 36-18 STREAKS   3 of past 4 COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 0-0 Trestman: 0-0 LAST WEEK W 27-7 at Redskins W...
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Mike Evans named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have at least one really good player on offense. The NFL has named wide receiver Mike Evans the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. After putting up 209 receiving yards...
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DLT's Crazy Insane Bucs' Playoff Scenarios Week 12

Buc 'Em (JCDeLaTorre) — Yes, I'm doing it. I didn't think I'd do it this year but the suckitude of the NFC South has forced my hand. Keep in mind, the Bucs are in such bad shape that none of these scenarios likely will...
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Pro Football Hall of Fame has John Lynch, Tony Dungy among semifinalists

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — Will the Bucs get another Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee next year? The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its 2015 semifinalists, and three former Tampa Bay Buccaneers were included on...
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Daily Bucs Links: Jacquies Smith coming up

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — Here's your open thread for today. Buccaneers "Defend Your Turf" Celebration A large contingent of Buccaneers traveled to Pinellas Park Middle School on Tuesday to congratulate students for...
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Buccaneers vs. Washington drive analysis

Buc 'Em (Hockey Duckie) — Game 10 Drive Analysis: Tampa Bay v Washington. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won their second game in 10 attempts facing the Washington Redskins.  This time around, they won it in a very...
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Buccaneers have 0.3% chance of winning NFC South

Buc 'Em (Sander Philipse) — The Bucs could still win the NFC South, but it's a long shot. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't done yet, but they have only an 0.3% chance of winning the division, according to  rough...
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