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Bucs continue to be unable to get out of their own way on Freem…

Bucs continue to be unable to get out of their own way on Freeman

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com yahoo.com Updated Oct 1, 2013
If the Buccaneers have a plan for dealing with the aftermath of benching quarterback Josh Freeman, we’re not sure what it is. We’re not sure they’re sure, either. Six days ago, the former franchise quarterback officially fell out of favor with the franc…
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  • Falcons OT Holmes admits being out of shape

    Falcons OT Holmes admits being out of shape

    ESPN.com Oct 1, 2013
    Atlanta Falcons second-year offensive tackle Lamar Holmes has come to grips with one of his shortcomings -- his conditioning.
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  • Priority No. 1 vs. Bears: Protect the ball

    Priority No. 1 vs. Bears: Protect the ball

    ESPN.com Oct 1, 2013
    METAIRIE, La. -- Every week, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton likes to come up with a point of emphasis that he drills into his team. It’s not hard to guess what his message will be this week as the 4-0 Saints travel to face the 3-1 Chicago Bears: P…
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  • Bucs could look to Owusu or elsewhere to fill slot receiver rol…

    Bucs could look to Owusu or elsewhere to fill slot receiver role

    profootballtalk.com Oct 1, 2013
    With slot receiver Kevin Ogletree officially out in Tampa, the Bucs need a new slot receiver. As Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times surmised during a Tuesday appearance on PFT Live, the new slot receiver could be Chris Owusu. Coincidentally, Owusu was e…
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  • Edholm’s Early Edition (Week 5): Saints take unbeaten record on…

    Edholm’s Early Edition (Week 5): Saints take unbeaten record on road to Chicago

    yahoo.com Oct 1, 2013
    These are the biggest early storylines as we look ahead to Week 5, ranked in order of significance: 1. We’re way too far away from the playoffs to be talking about seeding, but New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears could help shape the NFC picture a littl…
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  • Former Buccaneers QB Shaun King believes coach Greg Schiano sho…

    Former Buccaneers QB Shaun King believes coach Greg Schiano should be fired immediately

    yahoo.com Oct 1, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are actively trying to trade quarterback Josh Freeman after a series of public relations snafus over the past few weeks.However, former Bucs quarterback Shaun King believes coach Greg Schia…
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  • NFLPA files grievance against Bucs on behalf of Lawrence Tynes

    NFLPA files grievance against Bucs on behalf of Lawrence Tynes

    profootballtalk.com Oct 1, 2013
    After kicker Lawrence Tynes was placed on the non-football injury list by the Buccaneers in the wake of contracting a MRSA infection at the team’s facilities, Tynes argued that the Bucs decision was the wrong one. “This whole thing is wrong,” Tynes said…
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  • The Turmoil Continues

    The Turmoil Continues

    CNNSI.com Oct 1, 2013
    The turmoil in Tampa Bay grows worse by the day. Who comes off looking worse: Josh Freeman or the Buccaneers?
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  • Schiano defends victory formation tactic

    Schiano defends victory formation tactic

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Once again, Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano has found himself defending his approach to victory formations by other teams at the end of games. Some members of the Arizona Cardinals griped after the Bucs continued to play hard as the clock wa…
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  • Frazier: Ponder is starter but injury a factor

    Frazier: Ponder is starter but injury a factor

    ESPN.com Oct 1, 2013
    Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said that Christian Ponder is "still our starting quarterback" but wouldn't commit to starting him Oct. 13 against the Carolina Panthers, even if his fractured rib is healed by then.
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  • Source: Jets, hurting at WR, to add Nelson

    Source: Jets, hurting at WR, to add Nelson

    ESPN.com Oct 1, 2013
    Faced with the prospect of not having their starting wide receivers next Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets will sign veteran free agent David Nelson, a league source confirmed Tuesday.
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  • Old Orleans: The Sizzling Saints Look Very Familiar

    Old Orleans: The Sizzling Saints Look Very Familiar

    CNNSI.com Oct 1, 2013
    The Saints are looking every bit as dangerous as they did before the bounty scandal. The NFC race is now on.
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  • PFT Live: Buccaneers talk with Rick Stroud, PFT Planet calls an…

    PFT Live: Buccaneers talk with Rick Stroud, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com Oct 1, 2013
    The Buccaneers hit the bye week with an 0-4 record and they started making moves on Tuesday to reshape the roster for their next 12 games. Cutting wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and safety Ahmad Black weren’t the moves people have been waiting for, though…
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  • Bucs shake things up, cut Ogletree, Black

    Bucs shake things up, cut Ogletree, Black

    The Buccaneers announced Tuesday that receiver Kevin Ogletree and safety Ahmad Black have been released.
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  • Philbin on pass protection: “It’s a big concern”

    Philbin on pass protection: “It’s a big concern”

    It was hard to tell last night if the loudest sound was the Dolphins falling back to Earth, or Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill going down again. Tannehill was dropped for four sacks by the Saints, which actually lowered his average per game. But he’…
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  • The Josh Freeman Mess Could Reach A Head Today

    The Josh Freeman Mess Could Reach A Head Today

    deadspin.com Oct 1, 2013
    Our "Buccaneers" tagpage is a chronicle of sadness, from a staph outbreak to the ignominious shelving of Bucco Bruce to an incipient player mutiny against college-to-pro hardass Greg Schiano to the swift divorce from once-franchise quarterback…
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  • Upon Further Review: Saints Week 4

    Upon Further Review: Saints Week 4

    ESPN.com Oct 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- An examination of four hot issues from the New Orleans Saints' 38-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins: Feeling it: Saints quarterback Drew Brees insisted that the Saints still haven’t played their best game and still have plenty of work to…
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  • Thomas thankful for concussion awareness

    Thomas thankful for concussion awareness

    ESPN.com Oct 1, 2013
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers starting cornerback Josh Thomas practically begged doctors to let him play against the New York Giants nine days ago. He told them he felt fine, that there were no side effects from the concussion he suffered a week …
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  • Sam Baker could miss Falcons’ next game

    Sam Baker could miss Falcons’ next game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 1, 2013
    The Falcons are struggling to find consistency in several phases of the game, and injuries are a big part of the problem. So the news that left tackle Sam Baker could miss next Monday’s game with the Jets comes as unwelcome news. According to D. Orlando…
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  • De Smith will visit Buccaneers today

    De Smith will visit Buccaneers today

    profootballtalk.com Oct 1, 2013
    The Bucs should sell the naming rights to the lingering brouhaha between the team and quarterback Josh Freeman. Then at least something good would come of it. From the team’s perspective, nothing good will come of it today. The organization is trying to…
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  • Saints point to return of “genius” coach for 4-0 start

    Saints point to return of “genius” coach for 4-0 start

    profootballtalk.com Oct 1, 2013
    The difference in feeling in New Orleans from this time a year ago is obvious. “Oh-and-4 to 4-0, I’d say this feels better,” quarterback Drew Brees said. And so is the reason for the flip, the return of coach Sean Payton, who has his team playing like n…
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  • Pick your poison: Sproles, Graham deadly

    Pick your poison: Sproles, Graham deadly

    ESPN.com Oct 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- For the first 21 minutes of Monday night’s game, the Miami Dolphins did something that no other defense had been able to do against the New Orleans Saints all season. They contained tight end Jimmy Graham, holding him without a single cat…
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  • About Last Night: Saints Make a Statement

    About Last Night: Saints Make a Statement

    grantland.com Oct 1, 2013
    In case you were busy watching Senator Ted Cruz do his best Eli Manning impression, here's what you missed in sports on Monday: The New Orleans Sain...
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  • Video - Official Review: Week 4 01:59

    Official Review: Week 4

    Oct 1
    NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino joins "NFL Total Access" to help clarify why Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was called for unnecessary roughness against Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and other penalties from Week 4.
  • Video - New Orleans Saints' explosive 4-0 start 03:47

    New Orleans Saints' explosive 4-0 start

    Oct 1
    Starting the season 4-0, the New Orleans Saints have been explosive on both sides of the ball. The "NFL Total Access" crew evaluates the team's great start this season.
  • Video - New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson: 'Never seen anything like (this) offense' 05:00

    New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson: 'Never seen anything like (this) offense'

    Oct 1
    New Orleans tight end Benjamin Watson explains the difference between the Saints' and New England Patriots' offense and comments on the rise of a pair of Cleveland Browns youngsters.
  • Video - Trade value of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman 01:23

    Trade value of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman

    Oct 1
    With rookie Mike Glennon taking over at quarterback, what is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter Josh Freeman's trade value?

Sports Columnists

  • Clayton's mailbag -- Don't give up ground game

    Oct 1
    Mailbag: Teams that let their run game slide too much usually struggle, writes John Clayton.
  • Don Banks: Matt Schaub's time in Houston may be running out

    Oct 1
    Imagine how strange and downright novel it must feel to be Tony Romo about now, waking up each day as merely the second-most embattled NFL quarterback in Texas. He owes Houston's Matt Schaub for that one.
  • Old Orleans: The Sizzling Saints Look Very Familiar

    Oct 1
    Everything seemed to be going the Saints’ way Monday night, as Kenny Vaccaro (32) and the defense forced Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill into committing four turnovers. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images) In New Orleans, time has a way of standing still, …