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REAR ENTRIES: Excuse For A Post

May 12, 2010 at 03:33pm by Scott   •  6 Comments »

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Note: Fixed a problem with the clicky on this post and the one below it.

GALLOWAY ARTICLE: Joey Galloway was one of my favorite players while he was with the Bucs. After he got cut and went to the Patriots, he did exactly jack shit and I thought that would be the end of him. He apparently went to the Steelers, although this is the first I heard about that, and has now landed with the Redskins. CSNWashington has a good article about his arrival there and how he’ll fit in.

“He’s an exceptional player and been at it for so long to the point where you tip your hat off to him for lasting this long,” Santana Moss said. “To see him running at the pace he’s running at is exciting. We all know he’s a very explosive player and can do a lot.”

I also like Galloway’s answer to the question of how much he has left in the tank:

“I don’t know how you measure that,” he said. “There’s no way to put a measuring stick on that. Keep going until you can’t go.”

NEGOTIATE FOR BETTER SEATS: Being that I don’t live in Tampa, I’m not a season ticket holder so I don’t know how the whole process works exactly. But if you are one and you’re debating about whether or not to renew, Pat Yasinskas thinks you might be able to squeeze a better deal out of the Bucs.

One friend of mine who hasn’t renewed yet, said the Bucs call her just about every week and offer to upgrade her seats at no extra cost. I told her to hold out for a car.

If they’re not calling you, call them and tell them you’d like to renew if they would just sweeten the deal. And tell them you demand that a portion of your ticket price be spent on getting Raheem Morris public speaking lessons.

MARTIN FENNELLY CAN SUCK MY BALLS: I’ve gotten so used to hating Martin Fennelly that I just assume he’s being a douche all the time, even when his writing could be totally innocent. Like this crack about Doug Williams leaving the Bucs:

I never thought Williams would get a real crack at running the show around here. He knew that all along, and was willing to get some experience in the front office.

I mean, the guy was willing to work for Bruce Allen.

And he was grateful for that.

That’s a shot at Bruce Allen, right? Just reading it, it could possibly be taken as a simple statement of fact. “The guy was willing to work for Bruce Allen.” But there’s an attitude in the words that just reeks of assholery, so I’m going to go ahead and assume he’s being a dick. The guy has been gone for more than a year now and Martin just can’t help himself. Oh, but Bruce didn’t answer his questions back in 2006, so might as well take cracks at the guy who is 900 miles away now. Fuck you, Martin. No jokes here, just fuck you.

Patriots Release Galloway

October 20, 2009 at 10:49am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

If football games paused for 2-minute somersault breaks, the world would be a better place.
Not really Buccaneer news, but Joey Galloway getting cut by the Patriots makes his dismissal from Tampa not look so bad in retrospect. I’m pretty sure the Bucs would still be 0-6 with him on the team.

Are The Bucs Horny?

July 23, 2009 at 11:51am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

The single dumbest touchdown celebration ever. And that includes Steve Smith's diaper-changing routine.
Look, just because a player’s agent says something doesn’t make it true. Several media sources have grabbed on to this blurb by Ralph Vitolo, Joe Horn‘s agent, about him coming to the Buccaneers if the Ravens don’t want him.

According to Horn’s agent, if the Ravens do not work out, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is another team that could use his talent.

He didn’t even say that the Bucs were interested in him; only that they could use him. But they won’t. They had Joey Galloway and Ike Hillard, both players who have more in the tank than Horn, and they let them go. If one of the Bucs’ main receivers gets hurt and they need to go out to the scrapheap and pick someone up cheap, I’d say Hilliard would get the call. But the youth movement is in full swing in Tampa and media sources who mention the Buccaneers as a landing place for all the decrepit and unemployed veterans who happen to get a minute of screen time obviously don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t let them trick you!

Tampa Media Really Hated Gruden

March 17, 2009 at 10:08am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

The one thing I did like about the Winslow press conference is that he called out Roy Cummings by name.
During the Jon Gruden/Bruce Allen era, Roy Cummings was one of the most negative voices in the local press. Four out of seven winning seasons, the last two back-to-back 9-7, a few division titles, a salary cap position that went from pathetic to the best in the league… Roy was there to tell you why it all sucked. And now that the old regime is gone and the new one has culled the experience from the field and left in their place players who are only a little more experienced than their head coach, well, Roy’s suddenly the president of the Tampa chapter of the Optimist Club.

The big winners in free agency, though, are not the teams that spend the most. They are the teams that spend the wisest. With many of their objectives already met, the Bucs appear to have spent very wisely.

If you had told him in early January that Gruden was going to cut Derrick Brooks, Cato June, Ike Hilliard and Joey Galloway and replace them with no one, essentially trade out Warrick Dunn for Derrick Ward, and fortify a tight end position that wasn’t a weakness with a malcontent that even the Browns didn’t want — spending a second round pick in the process — he would have worn out several keyboards with story after story that rode the line between editorializing and criminal hate speech. I realize Raheem Morris gets a honeymoon period as a new coach, and I’m willing to grant him that. But Roy was already blowing him in the limo as it left the church. I knew he hated Gruden, but man, he really fucking hated him.

Speaking of assholes changing their tunes, Steve Duemig said on his show last Thursday (which, for some reason, isn’t posted in his list of podcasts) that… fuck, I almost can’t say it. He basically gave his stamp of approval to Jerramy Stevens because he had kept his nose clean for two years. Remember, Duemig is the guy who wanted to run Stevens out of town on a rail because of shit he was accused of eight years ago. It all had to do with that Seattle Times article about shit that happened in 2000. After that article ran, Duemig said Stevens should never be allowed to play in Tampa (he may have even said the NFL; I don’t remember exactly.) Called him every name imaginable that the FCC allows. And now, one year later — coincidentally right after Gruden is fired — everything is okay. And why wouldn’t it be? After all, when Gruden signed Stevens, it was just another example of Gruden giving some criminal scumbag a chance to make loads of money. Gruden was the king of the no-character athletes, right? But now that Stevens was re-signed under the Morris administration, he must be a good guy.

It’s simple physics. When you swing your pendulum so far in one direction, it has to eventually compensate by going just as far in the other. And these guys spent so many years hating on Gruden and everything he did that now everything Morris does must look to them like unparalleled brilliance. “They signed a placekicker? What a stroke of genius!”

And while it didn’t jump out as a need, the Bucs improved their kicking game by signing Mike Nugent, who is five years younger than Matt Bryant and a lot more accurate from that critical range of 40 yards or more.

Except he’s not. For their careers, Nugent is 20 for 31 from 40+ (64.5%) and Bryant is 37 for 57 (64.9%). But Morris made the move, so it exists in the Reality-Free Zone where everything is happy and things like facts don’t matter as much. Actually, the Reality-Free Zone sounds kinda fun and sexy.

Here’s reality: Right now, the residents of Denver are pouring charcoal into a large pit at Mile High in preparation to barbecue Josh McDaniels for fucking up a Bronco offense that was working perfectly well before he got there. All he had to do was go in, deliver a new speech that players hadn’t gotten tired of, add some pieces to the defense, and he would have been fine. Raheem Morris had basically the same task. Come in, bring a new energy and spark to a team that may have been running on auto-pilot for a while, add a couple playmakers, and push his 9-7 team over the hump. Tampa fans aren’t digging the pit yet, but a lot of them have put shovels on their shopping lists. He’s betting his pot on a group of largely untested young guys that he hopes will show some progress in 2009. If he plays them, they gain some valuable experience and are noticeably better as a result, this Sartre-esque offseason will be forgiven. If they fall on their asses and continue to lose while not visibly improving, he should be held accountable.

It’s not all doom and gloom like they thought it was with Gruden, and it’s not all sunshine and unicorns like they seem to think it is now. It’s new territory, it’s unconventional, and it’s risky. No major additions are left to be made in free agency (which is why I’ll remove the tracker and Rumors page soon) and the only real additions before the start of minicamps will be the draftees. So we’ll go to camp with guys like Quincy Black and Geno Hayes and Luke McCown in the starting positions and hope that they rise above their obscurity and can manage some success. Christ, people, show some balance in your reporting.

Cut Wide Outs Want To Keep Playing

February 26, 2009 at 11:35am by Scott   •  No Comments »

I'm calling it here... after he retires, he'll come out of the closet.
Both Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard have made statements about their futures. Hilliard wasn’t quoted directly, but his agent addressed it. Galloway did a radio interview, so there’s more good stuff there. Both want to continue playing, and Galloway has a little chip on his shoulder about it.

Host, Solomon Wilcots: “Do you plan to continue playing?”

Joey Galloway: “Absolutely. I feel great. Physically, at the end of last season, because I didn’t play a lot during that season, I came out probably as healthy as I’ve been in my 14 year career. So I’m pretty excited about what happens next. I’ve started working out, preparing myself, which I always do at this time of year. So I’m looking forward to it and I feel great physically, mentally. I’m looking forward to the new challenge. So we’ll see what happens.”

[Hilliard's] agent, Neil Schwartz, said Hilliard “plans on playing in 2009. I don’t know for who just yet, but he plans on playing.”

Galloway went on to address if being cut was a surprise to him.

“I wouldn’t say it was a surprise, especially with the way the season went for me last year in Tampa. I fully understand that when you sit down and start making business decisions that sometimes guys don’t fit into what you plan to do. So, as part of this business, today is my last day in Tampa and I’ll look for a new team.”

So far, two guys have been unceremoniously cut and had nothing but nice and positive things to say about the team and its leaders. We’ll hear from the rest either today or very soon after. Derrick Brooks is going to be the interesting one. I really expect nothing but the same from him.

UPDATED: The Apocolypse Is Nigh

February 25, 2009 at 01:28pm by Scott   •  21 Comments »

I'm pretty sure plays like this were why Brooks was released.

[I'll be updating this post as I learn more. Page Last Updated: February 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm]

The Bucs release Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Ike Hilliard, Joey Galloway and Cato June. I gotta make some calls. I’ll update more when I know it.

Okay, I don’t really know any more than I did before, but I think the situation merits a swift response.

Cases can be made for each of these players being cut, mostly because of their age. Hilliard was a sure-handed third-down receiver, but lost his game-breaking skills years ago. Dunn wore down as the year wore on and his responsibilities increased. Galloway is getting fragile and has been replaced by Antonio Bryant. June didn’t turn out to be the playmaker at linebacker that everyone thought he was going to be. Fine. Despite all of their positive contributions, you can stand behind the reasons for letting these guys go.

But Brooks.

Brooks has earned the right to leave on his own terms. They could have chosen to not play him as much or use him as mostly a role player and a team leader and a mentor. But unless he asked for his own release, this wasn’t cool. One of the things I’m trying to find out is if Brooks did, in fact, ask to be released once he found out he was going to be riding pine for a lot of the season. I don’t think my contacts will know this, but I’m still trying. But if that’s the case you shake his hand, wish him well, and do as he asks. Otherwise, wow.

In politics, this is what new administrations call spending political capital. The new regime at One Buc inherited some capital of their own, and they just shot most of their wad in one big load. Remember all that change the Gruden haters wanted? Well, here it is! Hope it fits.

One thing that really surprises me is that Ronde Barber is still with the team. His Pro Bowl bid was on reputation and he was inconsistent for most of the season. If you’re truly purging the old, Barber should have been included. Did he survive because there’s no one better waiting to take his place, or because he’s a member of the secondary and Raheem Morris couldn’t stand to ax a guy he’s so close to?

So, does this put us far enough under the cap yet? What do you think? At least $60-million now, right? I really hope this doesn’t lead to some kind of Dan Snyder-esque free agency orgy where the Bucs sign a bunch of talented free agents for too much money that don’t play well together. We all know by now that you can’t buy a Super Bowl, right? Is it legal to trade cap space for draft picks? Son of a bitch, they better fucking re-sign Jermaine Phillips and Jerramy Stevens right the fuck now. There is absolutely no reason not to at this point.

I have to think that the Bucs have identified some players in free agency and the draft that they are going to aggressively target. There’s no way they cut these guys without a specific plan for who was going to replace them.

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Check out the banner on top of Buccaneers.com.

The old man in this picture is Earnest Graham.  Let that sink in.
None of those guys are on it anymore. Bryant, Barrett Ruud, Aqib Talib, Davin JosephJeff Faine got cut off by my screencap app, but he’s there, too. They wasted no time. Out with the old, indeed.

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Warrick Dunn released a statement:

“I am thankful for my Tampa Bay Buccaneer experience – in its entirety. It all started here and now in my second term I know I have been blessed to be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer in the NFL. I am thankful for the ownership, coaching, every teammate and especially the fans who have been with me through the highs and lows. It all adds up to an experience I often call “living the dream.” From here I don’t know what the future holds but wherever it goes I go with a full and grateful heart.” – Warrick Dunn

Not even a hint of a harsh word or even a sense of disappointment. What a class act.

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Yeah, Brooks had no idea this was coming.

“Right now, like all of you guys, I’m just trying to get a feel for it all, trying to come to grips with it,” Brooks said. “I don’t even know what to think. I’ll speak to all of you guys (Thursday).”

Yes, Brooks was getting slower and older. And there are definitely guys out there or even in-house that are better than him at this stage of his career. But this was flat wrong.

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Okay, umm… how can I put this? Is Raheem Morris… special? Like, you know, retarded-special? Did you see the press conference? I don’t expect him to be The Great Communicator in his first month on the job, but he really sounded unprepared, hesitant and completely lacking in confidence. Go watch it and see if you agree.

And Mark Dominik says he doesn’t know how these moves affect the cap? Oh holy fucking hell, tell me that’s not true. IT’S YOUR JOB TO KNOW EXACTLY THESE KINDS OF THINGS! I am scared for opening of free agency. My big concern is that they will drag their feet signing guys or they will fuck it up altogether.

Jagz Says The Right Things (Mostly)

February 17, 2009 at 03:32pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Doing this in the press box is bad for the equipment.
Jagz made his first public comments as a Buccaneer to the press today and they pretty much covered all the bases. You can read the whole thing here. Basically…

- Zone blocking is a go.
- He loves Earnest Graham.
- He plans to use tight ends “a bunch”.
- He plans to get Clifton Smith involved in the passing game.
- When talking about putting Joey Galloway and Antonio Bryant on the field at the same time, he said “We can get anybody to play together.” I still don’t fully understand why Jon Gruden didn’t get this.
- He likes Luke McCown, but refrained from offering a huge vote of confidence.
- Terminology will be less complicated. This was almost a given.
- Prefers to coach from press box.

He didn’t really discuss his Boston College exit, except to say he doesn’t have any regrets. Of course he has to say that, but he didn’t get the job he was seeking when he disobeyed orders, and now he’s an offensive coordinator for an NFL team instead of a head coach of a college team. The way he left that situation still bugs me, but I’ve always been one to respect the chain o’ command. Raheem Morris better hope that some high profile college head coaching job doesn’t open up while Jagz is under contract.

Overall, I like what he had to say and am looking forward to a more open offense. Next to what we saw with Jeff Garcia and Brian Griese behind center, I suppose ANYTHING qualifies as more wide open, but it’s refreshing to hear a coordinator talk about emphasizing the endzone and power running. Sign Bryant.

Joey Galloway Likes NASCAR?

February 16, 2009 at 12:09pm by Scott   •  No Comments »

Just a couple guys doing somersaults down a football field.

Apparently, Joey Galloway was spotted at the Daytona 500, along with Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow. My wish of Tebow being hit in the face with a flaming tire was cruelly unfulfilled.

If you had to pick one player on the Bucs who would didn’t care about NASCAR, wouldn’t it have been Galloway? Seems like he’d just he hanging out in Ohio, doing his thing. Hmm… I’m not sure what I’m trying to say here. It just seemed weird.

Bucs Were Negligent With Simms?

February 11, 2009 at 09:29am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

Aww, shit, a headache.  That's injured reserve for sure.
The Titans are talking about re-signing Chris Simms to backup Kerry Collins or even compete for a starting job if Collins himself doesn’t re-sign. Simms is pretty realistic about his chances for being a starter in the league right away.

“Whoever brings me in is more than likely bringing me in as a backup and kind of seeing where it goes from there.”

He says (yet again) that he’s finally 100% and back to the way he was before he got injured. No thanks to the Buccaneers and their training staff.

“There were definitely times when I doubted whether it would happen or not. I’m not gonna lie to you,” Simms said. “At this time last year, I was somewhat concerned if I would ever be the same, and I didn’t have a whole lot of answers or people pointing me in the right direction.

“I got better, yes, but I can honestly say that I didn’t get back to 100 percent until I got to the Titans and they stepped up my rehab two or three notches, which I’m extremely grateful for. They got me over the that hump, so I can say I feel like the old Chris Simms again.”

He doesn’t come out and say he was neglected or mistreated by the Bucs, but the implication is definitely that he was not given the best treatment in Tampa. Of course, the Tennessee training staff got a hold of him two years after the injury, so they kind of had a head start in the whole rehab thing. That’s like Tennessee installing the cupholders and then telling the world that they built the car. The Bucs rebuilt your engine, Chris.

But I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention that this is the second mention in two or three weeks of incompetence within the Buccaneer medical staff. If you recall, Martin Gramatica claims that his torn groin was misdiagnosed by the Bucs as a sports hernia and that mistake led to the end of his kicking career. So, not for nothing, but maybe someone should look into what (if anything) is going on with the medical and training staff at One Buc. Joey Galloway took forever to heal this season, as did Jeff Garcia. Granted, they both had pet dinosaurs as kids, but they’re not the only examples of prolonged injuries over the last couple years. Something to think about, anyway.

Distant Early Warning: Wide Receivers

January 09, 2009 at 11:24pm by Scott   •  6 Comments »

This is Nathan Vasher's reaction after Antonion Bryant caught a 38-yard pass on him to set up the winning field goal.  Sign Bryant.
The Buccaneers entered 2008 basically with Joey Galloway as the sure thing and high hopes that someone else would also step up. As it turned out, someone else did. Too bad Galloway was as useless to the Bucs as a rifle is to a Frenchman.

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