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  1. Season in review: Linebackers

    Pat Yasinskas

    TAMPA, Fla. -- We continue our position-by-position breakdown of the 2014 season with the linebackers. Coach Lovie Smith likes to call Lavonte David the best outside linebacker in the game. He might be right. David is at least among the best playe...

    Blog | January 07, 2015
  2. Last stand for Da'Quan Bowers

    Pat Yasinskas

    TAMPA, Fla. -- When he came here in 2011, there was hope that Da'Quan Bowers would blossom into one of the league's best defensive ends. Now, he is auditioning just to prove he belongs in the NFL. The final two games of the season mark Bowers' las...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  3. Gerald McCoy sees 'great' future for Buccaneers

    Pat Yasinskas

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The competitor in Gerald McCoy didn't want to let the knee injury he suffered in Sunday's game end his season. But the rational side of McCoy knows it's best that he sits out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' final two games. "I believe thi...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  4. QB snapshot: Josh McCown

    Pat Yasinskas

    A quick observation of quarterback Josh McCown and how he played in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 34-17 loss in Week 14: McCown took a horrible pounding from one of the league's best defensive fronts. He was sacked six times and hit a whole bunch of o...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  5. Bucs look to keep pass rush clicking

    Pat Yasinskas

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' pass rush had its best outing of the season during Sunday's victory at Washington. Now comes the challenge of keeping it at that same level the rest of the season. The Bucs had a season-high six sacks again...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  6. The Film Don't Lie: Buccaneers

    Pat Yasinskas

    A weekly look at what the Buccaneers need to fix: The Bucs played -- by far -- their best game of the season in Sunday's 27-7 victory against Washington. But they weren't totally flawless. As we pointed out last week, the team continues to fail...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  7. Bucs' punting game is struggling

    Pat Yasinskas

    TAMPA, Fla. -- At a salary of $3.25 million this season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Michael Koenen is among the league's top paid punters. But that doesn't mean he's among the best punters. In fact, the numbers suggest Koenen is the worst punter in the...

    Blog | November 12, 2014
  8. Lovie Smith: Bucs don't have QB controversy

    Pat Yasinskas

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Without naming a starter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith did his best to downplay talk of a quarterback controversy Wednesday. "I don't see it that way at all," Smith said. "We have two quarterbacks. You might say that, but ...

    Blog | October 22, 2014
  9. Lovie Smith won't touch QB question yet

    Pat Yasinskas

    TAMPA, Fla. - If the Buccaneers have a quarterback controversy, coach Lovie Smith is doing his best not to fuel it. A day after backup Mike Glennon sparked the Bucs to their first win of the season (a 27-24 defeat of Pittsburgh), Smith wasn't in t...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  10. Buccaneers Camp Report: Day 5

    Pat Yasinskas

    TAMPA, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp: The defense dominated the first few days of camp, but Wednesday was the best showing by the offense so far. There were two players in particular tha...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  11. Spence, McDonald in close contest

    Pat Yasinskas

    One of the best competitions of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training camp is at nose tackle. Clinton McDonald was brought in as a free agent and Akeem Spence, last season's starter, returns. The competition between the two is intense, but healthy. ...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  12. Countdown to camp: Linebackers

    Pat Yasinskas

    The next stop on our pre-camp position-by-position overview of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is linebacker. This could be a position of strength for the Bucs. Weakside linebacker Lavonte David already is one of the best in the league and he's just ente...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  13. Camp preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Pat Yasinskas

    NFL Nation's Pat Yasinskas examines the three biggest issues facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into training camp. Josh McCown needs to play like he did last season: McCown's been a backup most of his career. But he played the best football...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  14. Top 15 Buccaneers: No. 1

    Pat Yasinskas

    We conclude our list of the top 15 Buccaneers with No. 1: Gerald McCoy, defensive tackle What he did in 2013: McCoy's fourth season was the best of his career. He led the team with 9.5 sacks and had 50 tackles while earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  15. Top 15 Buccaneers: No. 2

    Pat Yasinskas

    We continue our list of the top 15 Buccaneers with No. 2: Lavonte David, linebacker What he did in 2013: David had an outstanding second season and firmly established himself as one of the league's best young linebackers. He recorded 145 tackle...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  16. Top 15 Buccaneers: No. 12

    Pat Yasinskas

    We continue our list of the top 15 Buccaneers with No. 12: Josh McCown, quarterback What he did in 2013: Playing for Chicago, McCown stepped in for an injured Jay Cutler and played the best football of his career. He completed 66.5 percent of h...

    Blog | June 26, 2014