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Evan Winter

Bucs Nation Roundtable: What Happened In Atlanta?

The staff discusses Sunday’s loss to the Falcons

Ladies and gentleman, it’s time for a good old-fashioned debate!

After losing to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now 2-3 on the season. They’ve lost three straight after starting 2-0.

The 34-29 loss to the Falcons was the culmination of bad defense, a missed kick, and a turnover in the Falcons’ end zone that left at least three points off the board.

But which play hurt Tampa Bay the most? At Bucs Nation,...

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Alex Salvarezza

Koetter speaks on the firing of Mike Smith

He broke the news to his good friend.

Big news dropped today inside the walls of One Buc Place as the Buccaneers announced the firing of defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

It was simply time for the team to make a change. It wasn’t going to get any better, in fact, it was only getting worse as each week progressed. Linebackers coach Mark Dufner will serve as the interim DC for the remainder of the season.

It was a tough thing for head coach Dirk Koetter to do and something that he never...

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Ten NFL teams facing must-win situations

While teams like the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints could not have scripted much better starts to their 2018 season, there are plenty of others that have ground to make up heading into Week 7. Some teams are facing must-win situations if they want to remain in postseason contention. Others simply need a win to prevent their seasons from spiraling out of control, and to maintain job security. Here are 10 NFL teams that badly need to win their next game, whether that is in Week 7 or...

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Gil Arcia

The Crow’s Nest: Reactions to Mike Smith’s firing

Web links on the Bucs.

Players Wanted Buckner?
Now this is a whole level of new intrigue.

Lavonte David: Defensive Coordinator Mark Duffner Brings Energy and Excitement
LB Lavonte David spoke to the media on Monday, the day after the Falcons game.

Buccaneers almost stunned the Falcons with miracle final play, but one thing went wrong
The Buccaneers almost pulled off a miracle on Sunday

Why the Bucs waited to fire Mike Smith
Smith is being replaced by linebackers coach Mark Duffner.

Dirk Koetter...

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Gil Arcia

JPP to players dancing on the sidelines: Check yourselves

Pierre-Paul is showing his leadership.

When defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Kwon Alexander were caught on cameras smiling and dancing in the third quarter down eight points, it did not sit well with many fans.

Veteran defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was a special guest on the weekly Buccaneers Total Access on Monday. Taking call-in questions from fans, Pierre-Paul did not shy away from any question. Especially the one about McCoy and Alexander dancing on the sidelines.

“I’m...

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Buccaneers reportedly fire defensive coordinator Mike Smith

Highly-touted defensive coordinator Mike Smith is out as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith, who took over as defensive coordinator prior to the 2016 season, was fired Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Smith is known for having served as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2008 to 2014. Given the comments Dirk Koetter made after an embarrassing loss two weeks ago, he may count himself a bit lucky that he held on for as long as he did, as only three teams...

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Evan Winter

Mike Smith Has Been Fired

The former head coach had been with the Bucs since 2016

The Mike Smith era is over in Tampa Bay.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, players were informed that the team would be making a change at the defensive coordinator position today.

Bucs have fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 15, 2018

Linebackers coach Mark Duffner is expected to take over as the interim.

With #Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith being fired, expect LBs...

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Report: Bucs fire defensive coordinator Mike Smith

The Buccaneers have fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Linebackers coach Mark Duffner is expected to serve as Tampa Bay’s interim DC, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Smith’s firing shouldn’t come as a total surprise, as the Buccaneers have fielded one of the NFL’s worst defenses this season. Tampa Bay ranks dead last in points allowed per game (34.6) and the second-most yards per game, and has allowed a...

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Buccaneers fire defensive coordinator Mike Smith

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Dirk Koetter knew that a change needed to be made following a three-game losing streak. While Koetter himself might still get his walking papers at some point this season, he appears to be safe for now. Instead, the Buccaneers have reportedly fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith. This comes with Tampa Bay having given up 112 total points during its current three-game losing streak. Overall, the team ranks 31st in total defense and dead last in points...

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Kyle_Marks

Buccaneers at Falcons day-after-game reactions

The Buccaneers lost in a very Buccaneer way against the Falcons, how much worse can things get?

All things considered, this loss will sting for a bit when you look back at how close the score was despite the feel of the game rarely warranting a positive feeling as fans watched from afar. The Buccaneers defense dug the team a steep hole in the first half and the offense fought an uphill battle to get back into the game. The defense appeared to turn things around to start the second half,...

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Bucs fire defensive coordinator Smith - reports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith, according to multiple reports.

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Chemistry with Jameis Winston key to DeSean Jackson's future with Bucs

The Tampa Bay WR has struggled to connect with his QB, and that's an issue for a 31-year-old who will be entering the final year on his deal in 2019.

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David_Harrison

Why the Buccaneers fell to the Falcons in Week 6

It was a close contest, and had plenty of action. In the end, Tampa Bay came out with their third-straight loss. Here’s why.

With a loss to the Atlanta Falcons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-3 with four divisional games remaining, three of which are at home.

All is not lost. Stay the course.

What was lost, was this week’s game. Let’s take a look at why.

THE PLAY: Chandler Catanzaro sets the team back a peg.

It was a giant peg. There’s no gif to show. Catanzaro simply missed the...

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James Yarcho

Yarcho’s Pick Six: Bucs Fall Short To Falcons

In a tale of two halves, the Buccaneers can’t overcome first half ineptitude to beat Atlanta

Welp. For the third straight game, the Buccaneers fell on the short side of the scoreboard - this time to division rival Atlanta. In a game that was as frustrating as any we’ve seen this season, the Bucs came a wild play away from stealing a win. Instead, they fall 34-29 and have their hopes of a postseason berth bludgeoned over the head.

There was a lot to go into this, and no one player is to...

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Alex Salvarezza

The blame shouldn’t be on Jameis Winston

Bucs defense is to blame

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered yet another devastating loss on Sunday as they fell to the Atlanta Falcons 34-29. With that being said, the people out there blaming Jameis Winston for the defeat need to get lost.

I mean, seriously, enough is enough when it comes to blaming Winston for everything that goes wrong with this team. He can’t control the defense, nor the kicking game, or the coaching. If it wasn’t for Winston on Sunday, the Buccaneers would have lost...

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Top takeaways from Sunday's Week 6 NFL action

We learned a whole lot from the sixth Sunday of regular season NFL action this year. Seemingly prepared to take a stranglehold on the NFC North, the Chicago Bears laid an egg at the worst possible time in South Beach. Out west, the Los Angeles Rams continued to dominate. This time, it came against what has quickly become a bad Denver Broncos team. What does that loss mean for Case Keenum and Co.? Meanwhile, Dallas made quick work of the Jaguars in another late-afternoon game. And in the...

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Bucs find season slipping away despite Jameis Winston's four TD passes

The Buccaneers have lost three in a row after a 2-0 start, and the old, unwanted feelings of dread and regret are starting to take hold.

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Watch: Bucs almost pull off miraculous final play

The Atlanta Falcons got into another shootout Sunday afternoon. But this time, they came out on top. Just barely, that is. Down 34-29 with seven seconds to go, the Bucs would have one more chance to win it. And, they got to call their final play from Atlanta’s 21-yard line. So what did they go with? A quarterback draw. Well, sort of. To be honest, we don’t think DeSean Jackson makes it into the endzone even if he does come up with that one. But at the same time, who knows? He might have...

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Evan Winter

Buccaneers vs Falcons Recap: Bucs Fall To 2-3 In Atlanta, 34-29

A costly turnover and missed PAT dug the Bucs’ grave

Stop me if you’ve heard this before - a win or loss can be decided by a single play in the NFL.

Tampa Bay found that out the hard way against the Falcons on Sunday.

A missed extra point and a crucial turnover in the end zone - along with bad defense - were the catalysts to Tampa Bay’s third consecutive loss on the season.

The Bucs first drive of the game was perfect. Great pass protection, play-calling, and run blocking allowed...

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James Yarcho

Buccaneers vs Falcons Week 6: Full Inactives

Here is the full list of inactive players for the week 6 match-up between the Bucs and Falcons

The full inactive report is out. We already knew coming in that the Falcons would be without star running back Devonta Freeman. As for the Buccaneers, it’s somewhat surprising to see that tight end O.J. Howard is going to suit up merely two weeks after spraining his MCL.

Here are the inactive players for both teams;

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

QB - Ryan Griffin

CB - Carlton Davis

RB - Shaun Wilson

DT -...

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