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Roger Goodell: We need to move past anthem controversy

During a conference call on Tuesday, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said that discussions about the national anthem would be “front and center on the agenda” for next week’s league meetings. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to top team executives and presidents on Tuesday expressing the same and also outlining some of what will [more]

Roger Goodell’s memo to teams regarding national anthem

[On October 10, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a memo to NFL teams regarding plans to discuss the national anthem and player protests at next week’s league meetings. That memo appears in full below.] MEMORANDUM To: Chief Executives Club Presidents From: Commissioner Goodell Date: October 10, 2017 Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem We live in a [more]

Patrick Murray will be new Bucs kicker

The Buccaneers brought in a bunch of kickers on Monday to assess their options for replacing Nick Folk after Folk missed three field goals in last Thursday’s loss to the Patriots. Folk also missed three kicks in the team’s Week Four win over the Giants, so there was likely already some thought of making a [more]

Lamarr Houston visiting the Buccaneers today

The Buccaneers are apparently having quite the cattle call today, and it’s not just the bus full of unemployed kickers rolling in. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Bucs are hosting former Bears pass-rusher Lamarr Houston today. Houston was released with an injury settlement, and worked out for the Saints and Patriots [more]

More on the non-call for grounding from Thursday

On Thursday night, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston seemed to commit intentional grounding by launching a rainbow more than 15 yards down and at least five yards away from where his intended receiver was standing, in order to avoid a sack in the end zone. It wasn’t called by the officials, and it wasn’t mentioned at [more]

Bucs lining up kickers for tryouts

Football try-outs are coming to Tampa. Specifically at the kicker position. Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Buccaneers are arranging workouts for available kickers, in the aftermath of Nick Folk‘s 0-for-3 effort on field goals of varying distances on Thursday night. After the loss, coach Dirk Koetter said there will be no “rash decisions” [more]

Thursday Night Football gets strong rating on CBS, NFL Network

Thursday night’s Patriots-Buccaneers game generated a strong rating for CBS and NFL Network. The game had a combined 11.1 overnight rating, up 26 percent from the Thursday night game in Week Five of last season, which also aired on both CBS and NFL Network. Apples-to-apples year-to-year comparisons of Thursday Night Football ratings are a little [more]

Buccaneers still not ready to ride the bike

On Thursday’s PFT Live (and last night at PFT), the Bucs were compared to a kid learning to ride a bike. Whenever they seem to be starting to find their balance, they crash into a tree. Last night, they seemed to be starting to find their balance. And then they crashed into a tree. They [more]

Officials (and broadcasters) missed obvious intentional grounding call

As explained in the opening segment of Friday’s PFT Live, plenty of things that happened during last night’s game made me #salty. This one made me the #saltiest. Fourth quarter. 10:40 to play. Leading 16-7, the Patriots had just pinned the Buccaneers on their own three yard line with a punt. Lined up under center, [more]

Tony Dungy almost pulled Peyton Manning before comeback in Tampa

The Colts are honoring Peyton Manning on Sunday, and Manning’s former coach is recalling one of his greatest moments as one that nearly didn’t happen. Tony Dungy said this morning on PFT Live that when he thinks of what it was like to coach Manning, he thinks of the incredible 38-35 overtime win over the [more]

Belichick: Late fourth-down strategy was a “tough decision”

The Buccaneers had a chance to win last night’s game against the Patriots, thanks in part to a decision from Bill Belichick to take the ball out of the hands of Tom Brady on fourth and three from the Tampa Bay 30 and place it on the foot of Stephen Gostkowski and, ultimately, on the [more]

Jameis Winston calls it “honor” and “blessing” to chat with Tom Brady

When Tom Brady finished his postgame press conference last night, there was an eager fan waiting in the tunnel to meet him. It was the guy he had just beaten. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who raved about Brady earlier in the week, waited for the chance to meet one of his heroes. “I just said, [more]

Dirk Koetter: No “rash decisions” about Nick Folk

Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk missed three field goals in Thursday night’s 19-14 loss to the Patriots, which likely had some people wondering if the team would walk him off the plank of the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium before heading home. That didn’t happen and Folk remains on the team’ roster on Friday morning. [more]

Nick Folk after three missed field goals against Patriots: “This one’s on me”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicking woes continued Thursday night against the New England Patriots. Nick Folk missed three field goals for Tampa Bay as the Patriots managed to escape with a 19-14 victory over the Buccaneers. Folk missed from 56, 49 and 31 yards, forcing the offense to score touchdowns they would not have needed [more]

Patriots hold on for 19-14 victory over Buccaneers as last second throw falls incomplete

The New England Patriots came into Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowing a league-worst 456.8 yards per game and an average of 32 points per game through the first month of the regular season. They held the Buccaneers to just 14 points but had to sweat out a final throw to the [more]

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