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Filed under: Bengals, Buccaneers, NFL Media Watch, NFL RumorsTeen Wolf is, of course, an awesome movie. It has Michael J. Fox, a girl named "Boof" and, well, werewolves. Also, it has Styles, Fox's lovable sidekick-type friend that has huge sunglasses and sports crazy antics. Yeah, he's awesome.Greg White, Tampa Bay defensive lineman, thinks the character is so awesome, actually, that he has officially changed his name in order to honor the guy.Tampa Bay's second-year DE has officially changed his name. On Monday, a Hillsborough County Circuit Court granted White's request to change his name from Gregory Alphonso White Jr. to Stylez G, White. Circuit Judge Steve Scott Stephens signed off on White's petition and as White walked through the Bucs locker room Monday, he gleefully distributed copies of the final judgment. White said he picked his new name from a character in the 1985 movie "Teen Wolf,'' starring Michael J. Fox. This is, naturally, not the first name change we've seen in the NFL this year. You may recall Chad Ocho Cinco, some guy for the Bengals who made some noise about getting a different name at some point this season.Of course, 85's "logic" was that, well, there was no logic. He's just desperate for attention. White on the other hand seems to legitimately believe that Stylez is an awesome name (it does have a "z" in place of an "s", so there's an immediate cool factor there) and that Teen Wolf is the end-all, be-all of pop culture bad-assness. He, naturally, would be 100% correct.Greg White, Er, Stylez G. White, May Have Himself a Little Issue With Teen Wolf originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Tue, 16 Dec 2008 10:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Tampa Bay’s growing injury list now includes LB Derrick Brooks. Brooks is questionable for Sunday’s home game against San Diego after injuring his ribs at Atlanta. “We are concerned about him,’’ Coach Jon Gruden said Monday. “I’ll remain optimistic because of who we’re talking about.’’ …
The injuries are mounting for the 9-5 Buccaneers. Safety Jermaine Phillips is out for the year with a fractured forearm and LB Derrick Brooks has a rib injury that is "very concerning." Head coach Jon Gruden said he would not know which quarterback would start vs. the Chargers until Wednesday at the earliest.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' growing injury list now includes linebacker Derrick Brooks.
HE HAD A TUMULTUOUS START TO HIS CAREER. NOW ANTONIO BRYANT HAS SETTLED IN.
If veteran quarterback can't go, Luke McCown is set to make eighth career start.
Quarterback Jeff Garcia spent most of Friday's workout at One Buc Place watching from the sidelines. He's not likely to do the same come game time Sunday in Atlanta.
Despite A Shaky Start, Veteran Ronde Barber Remains A Valuable Piece Of Bucs Defense
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 9-4 on the season with a 38-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football. What did the Pewter Report editorial staff think of the Bucs' loss in Carolina? They sound off in this article.
TAMPA — Antonio Bryant had arguably the greatest game by a Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver in franchise history Monday night.
Jon Gruden and Monte Kiffin switched into their team psychologist mode Wednesday, to talk their players off the ledge following Monday night's 38-23 loss to the Panthers in Carolina.
After both teams came out on the losing side need-to-win games last week, Atlanta and Tampa Bay come into this week's NFC South matchup needing to knock off each other. They don't just need to look good, they need to take home a victory.
The 8-5 Atlanta Falcons come off a heart-wrenching loss to the Saints.
Many people (including me) believed that the Falcons could have finally shown they were ready to prove themselves, but ended up dropping a game that changed leads every few seconds. The Saints ended up capping the game off with a touchdown and a big defensive stop. So, where do the Falcons go now?
They meet Tampa Bay, a 9-4 team who need a win JUST AS BAD.
The Buccaneers went into the game against a strong Panthers team trying to take the NFC South lead on a Monday night. Most football experts were truly questioning who would win this faceoff between a strong defense for the Buccaneers and a well-rounded team for the Panthers.
So what happened? The Panthers came in and they hit hard. The Buccaneers fell hard.
Let's get our hands dirty with some real analysis.
Matt Ryan is the true Rookie of the Year. The quarterback with such great talent that everyone could see.
His touchdown-to-interception ratio hasn't been great (14-to-7), but he is catching fire. In the last three games, he has averaged around 250 yards with a combined 3 touchdowns and an interception. Plus, he is completing around 70 percent if his passes. He is starting to catch on fire, but can the Bucs slow him down?
The Buccaneers secondary is ranked fourth in the land. They have been superb, a veteran club that was recently talked about it Sports Illustrated. Plus, they weren't the reason for the recent loss. The unit got two interceptions and held Delhomme to just 173 yards passing.
I look for Matt Ryan to throw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, but surrender a pick.
Michael Turner has shown he is not just LaDainian Tomlinson's understudy, he is legitimate. When he joined the Falcons and became a true starter, he made sure he stayed a starter.
Turner had a slow, 61-yard game against the Saints though. Still, in the two games before, he averaged 118.5 yards and crushed the teams. Oh, and don't forget this 'Jerious Norwood'. He has become a small yard player who could sprout.
Tampa Bay got BURNNEDD! The burning keeps on, and Turner has a huge 100-yard day.
Jeff Garcia just won't go away.
Lately, he has been having quiet games, with little more than a 100 yards per game. But, he KEEPS AWAY FROM THE INTERCEPTIONS! It has been key for the team's success. Not to mention he had a bit of an explosion against the Panthers, with 351 yards and two touchdowns.
The Atlanta Falcons went up against the mighty Brees-inator, and also got burned. They aren't exactly the best defensive team, and have a 23rd-ranked pass defense. So, don't be surprised if this doesn't go as well as hoped.
I would say that Garcia gets a 250-yard, one touchdown day (roughly).
The Buccaneers like running, a lot. Well, once upon a time they did. Earnest Graham is out though and Cadillac Williams along with Warrick Dunn can't keep up the pace. The two combined for 71 yards last week, and they are barely moving...
The Falcons running defense gives up over 120 yards per game...ouch.
Still, what happens when two negatives come together? Nothing, so nothing happens for the running game here.
Atlanta 27, Tampa Bay 21
Another great match up, tough pick!
NO: 24 CHI:17 Tough one though.
WASH:16 CIN:10 Redskins win this one, but not by much.
TEN: 21 HOU: 13 I can never decide this one.
GB:31 JAC: 20 Green Bay is much more impressive.
MIA: 21 SF: 13 Miami is sweet.. and rollin'.
SEA: 28 STL: 20 Seattle isn't bad, they almost beat my Patriots.
NYJ: 24 BUFF: 14 Jets lose in weird games though....
SD: 21 KC: 20 San Diego isn't THAT bad.
IND: 31 DET: 7 When ones hot and ones cold, the hot BLOWS OUT THE COLD.
MIN: 24 ARI: 28 Its a great match up, I am very intrigued.
PIT: 27 BAL: 17 The Steelers are rolling pretty well right now.
CAR: 28 DEN: 20 Denver isn't that impressive.
NE: 28 OAK: 17 New England WINNSS!!!
NYG: 24 DAL: 23 This one will be tight....
PHI: 20 CLE: 14 Philadelphia isn't bad.
You're already envisioning a Bucs defense without its architect, Monte Kiffin. Now close your eyes and imagine that Jermaine Phillips, Jovan Haye and Phillip Buchanon are gone, too.
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How might Tampa Bay fare in Carolina on Monday night? Could the upcoming game be the Bucs' last prime time contest until the playoffs? Is Monte Kiffin's situation a distraction to the Bucs? Find out by reading this Pewter Insider column.
You're already envisioning a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense without its architect, Monte Kiffin. Now close your eyes and imagine that Jermaine Phillips, Jovan Haye and Phillip Buchanon are gone, too.
Just wanted to share this tidbit gleaned from today's locker room interviews. Spent a little time talking with Clifton Smith after learning the news that he was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. I asked him whether he's...
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The Bucs' Clifton Smith was named NFC special teams player of the month for November, the NFL announced Thursday.
--RB Cadillac Williams, who scored on an 8-yard touchdown against the Saints, says he's a more patient runner since his injury.
"Well, we're better on the offensive line than the last time he carried the ball, and I think he can be a little bit more patient," coach Jon Gruden said. "I think he likes what he sees. I think he feels like he's going to get some genuine good looks, and I think he's confident that his leg is back and he's healthy again.
As tempted as the Bucs might be to repeat history by hiring a proven coach with plenty of wrinkles in his playbook, as well as on his brow, they are probably better off making their own history with a new face. And Bucs defensive backs coach Raheem Morris is on his way to being a star in the NFL.
We don't know the extent of DT Jovan Haye's knee injury, but Jon Gruden sounded like he is making plans for playing Monday's big game at Carolina without his starting under tackle. In talking about Haye's replacement, backup Ryan Sims,...
Jermaine Phillips is one heck of a safety. He's one of the best in the NFC. He should have gone to the Pro Bowl last year ahead of Dallas' Roy Williams. Injury will keep him out this year. Phillips had 83 tackles, four interceptions, and a sack last season, missing one game through injury. This season, he has missed four games with a broken forearm he suffered at Dallas. A metal plate holds the bones in place.
"I have two plates—one on each side," Phillips explained. He has 41 tackles and two picks this year. Both have been huge. The first was instrumental in the defeat of Carolina in October, and the second was ever bigger.
Playing his first game in more than a month, Phillips provided a clutch, fourth-quarter interception of New Orleans' Drew Brees to set up Matt Bryant's winning 37-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining in the Bucs' 23-20 victory.
"I like to say I'm a human sacrifice," Phillips said. "I throw my body in there at will for the team. I love to do it. That's my role, and that's what I'm going to do. It's either I'm playing real physical and I'm going to break some bones, which happens, or I've got some really weak bones and I need to drink more milk."
Drew Brees, who hung 51 points on the Packers on Monday and is on pace to break Dan Marino's season yardage record, passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns. But the Bucs intercepted him three times.The victory improved the Bucs to 9-3 and kept them tied atop the NFC South with the Panthers heading into their Monday night showdown with Carolina.
Phillips can become a free agent at the end of the season and knows Sabby Piscitelli, a second-round pick in 2007, is here to take his job. He doesn't worry about it. "Enjoy the people you're around while you're here, and if you can help somebody out, help them out," Phillips said. "That's what (John) Lynch and Dexter (Jackson) did for me, and I just want to continue to do that for them. When it comes down to it, this game is bigger than me." Many Bucs fans are high on Piscitelli as a starter. He reminds many of John Lynch—quick and hard-hitting. But Phillips is a leader on this team. He is a key cog in one of the better secondaries in the league that ranks third against the pass. The Bucs are fourth in total defense.Jermaine Phillips is too good a safety to lose to free agency. He will command big money this offseason, so General Manager Bruce Allen would be wise to avoid a bidding war for Phillips' services.In his own words, Phillips said, encouragingly: "This safety position in Tampa, I want it to carry on."
Lane Kiffin did not offer any specifics about his coaching staff during a news conference Monday afternoon in Knoxville introducing him as the University of Tennesee's new head coach. "It's gonna take time,'' Kiffin said. "When it's all said and...
The Bucs are 9-3 and in first place in the NFC South division. They travel to Carolina to take on the 9-3 Panthers in a Monday Night Football game that could decide the NFC South winner. PewterReport.com will keep Tampa Bay fans updated on how the Bucs fit into the NFC playoff picture over the last four games of the season.
Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden spoke with the media on Monday morning and had nothing new to add to the Monte Kiffin speculation. There is strong speculation Kiffin will leave to be the defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee with his son, Lane. “It’s going to…
PLAYER(S) OF THE GAME They were quick to give a lot of the credit for their success to the defensive line, but it was the players in the Bucs secondary who played the biggest role in this victory.
The storyline never gets old. The Buccaneers used dominant defense to stymie one of the NFL's best offenses in Sunday's rain-soaked 23-20 victory against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay had three interceptions, including one that set up Matt Bryant's winning 37-yard field goal.
Tampa Bay’s defense just sealed an impressive 23-20 victory against New Orleans at home. The Bucs were able to intercept Saints QB Drew Brees three times and hold his team’s offense in check all afternoon. Saints RB Pierre Thomas had 11 carries for 34 yards, while Reggie Bush was…
BUCCANEERS HEAD COACH JON GRUDEN QUOTES FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2008 Courtesy Of The Buccaneers HEAD COACH JON GRUDEN (On injured players) “Pretty much everything’s the same. Alex Smith did more today than yesterday, which is a good…
What will the Bucs do at quarterback next year? Is an assistant coach a candidate to leave for a college head coaching job? How will Cadillac Williams be used down the stretch? How did the NFL do a disservice to the Bucs? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this Pewter Insider.
Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation QB Brian Griese Right Elbow Limited Participation/ Limited Participation S Jermaine Phillips Forearm Limited Participation/ Limited Participation TE Alex Smith Ankle Limited Participation/ Limited Participation WR Ike Hilliard Shoulder Full Participation/ Full Participation
Ronde Barber was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week due to his two interception performance, with one being returned for a TD, and the other setting up a TD drive.This was clearly an overdue performance, as Barber was getting picked on repeatedly, and has begun to show signs of slowing down. Whether or not this performance will launch him forward and impact his play in the future games is a big question mark. If it does, however, it will certainly help this team's defensive play down the stretch.The Bucs could certainly use a more effective Barber to help solidify the pass defense further and make this team a dominate defense for the play offs. We'll get to see real quick if it does with the Saints coming to town. If this team can markedly improve it's defensive effort against the Saints over what it did in the first game, that will be a real good sign. We shall see.
Jeff Garcia is the well-travelled veteran. From San Francisco to Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia, Jeff Garcia has never been so important as he is now, in Tampa.In short, the Buccaneers' offensive success hinges on Jeff Garcia. He understands Gruden's scheme. He knows his receivers. He'll happily check down to Warrick Dunn or the clutch Ike Hilliard. He's brought Antonio Bryant back from the wilderness. He's even getting production from Michael Clayton, who has struggled since 2004. Garcia's ability to stretch the pocket and force defensive linemen to chase him are among his greatest strengths. His legs are his "ally", according to head coach Jon Gruden. There isn't a quarterback like him in the NFL today. The Buccaneers are 8-3, top of the NFC South. They have a remaining schedule of New Orleans, then at Carolina on Monday Night Football, then Atlanta in the Georgia Dome, before finishing with two home games against the AFC West's San Diego and Oakland. Tough games. But winnable games. On Sunday, the Buccaneers face divisional foe New Orleans at Raymond James Stadium. When the Bucs last faced the Saints in the Superdome, Jeff Garcia was distinctly off-colour, and the Bucs fell to a 27-24 opening day defeat.
Garcia lost his starting job that day. Brian Griese came in, and didn't get the job done, despite an impressive comeback win in Chicago. Griese hurt his elbow in the Bucs' loss to Denver, and Garcia took over. Since then, he has thrown for 1,783 yards and seven touchdowns. He completes 69.8 percent of his passes and has only thrown three interceptions. His rating is 94.5. Simply, Garcia is in excellent form.
He does not have the spectacular stats of Drew Brees, but his efficiency and penchant for ball-security fits perfectly into Tampa Bay's scheme. Providing the top-10 Buccaneer defense stays hot (24 sacks, 14 picks, and averaging only 16.4 points per game), Garcia is always in a position to make plays. If the Buccaneers can continue their excellent home form (5-0), then they will be well-placed to retain the NFC South. Should they do this, they will be the first team to do so since the league's 2002 realignment.
A road victory at Carolina in front of the nation will go a long way to showing the rest of league exactly what kind of team they are.
If the Buccaneers can win out their remaining five games, they will be superbly placed for a play-off run. If Garcia can remain injury-free, then Tampa could be a surprise package in the NFC race.
Time doesn't stand still in the National Football League, but Joey Galloway does. At least that's how it has been lately for the guy who made a name as the fastest receiver for the Bucs. He is apparently healthy - normally big news – but it hasn't mattered. He has lost his job to Antonio Bryant, so Galloway has been on the sideline for all but a few plays of recent games.
I won't make a definitive statement like I did with the Redskins, but in my opinion, the Bucs are flying very under the radar. The Bucs are 8-3 and have replaced the Panthers as the leaders of the NFC South. If the playoffs started today, the Bucs would be the No. 2 seed and have a bye into the next round.
So, let's take a look at what makes the Bucs so good.
1. Well, their defense helps. Allowing under 16.5 points a game, the Bucs' D ranks third in the league in that category and are in the top five in two other defensive categories, yards allowed, and passing yards allowed, ranking second in the latter.
Their rush D isn't bad either, allowing 100 yards, they rank 12th. The Buccaneers have allowed 20 or less points in seven of their 11 games thus far, and the highest total they have given up came against the Chiefs. They also have three TDs through their D.
2. So we've already established that their defense is not too shabby, but what else? The numbers on offense aren't too flashy, but look closer. Garcia alone averages a whopping 274.3 passing yards per game and only three interceptions. They also have a nice RB tandem, although Earnest Graham is now done for the year.
Both Warrick Dunn and Graham have over 550 yards and have a combined six touchdowns. So, to avoid saying the obvious, by saying their defense and offense are good, this category will be the individual play, as the numbers aren't that flashy.
3. Special teams- Yep, they even succeed here, too. Matt Bryant has made over 86 percent of his field goals, and all his misses have come from 40+ yards, half of them coming from 50+ yards.
This may seem trivial, but the Bucs rank in the top 10 for most punts inside the opponents 20. This actually does matter, an NFL game is won and lost on field position. Add two Clifton Smith returns for touchdowns, and you have yourself one extremely balanced team.
I truly believe the Bucs are underrated simply because their stats aren't nearly as flashy, as say, the 5-5 Saints, specifically Brees. They might not be flashy, but hey, I'll take Garcia's mere three INTs to Brees' 11.
As for the rest of the year, well, their schedule is not too favorable. They have the Saints, Panthers (whom they beat 27-3 the first time around), Falcons (whom they beat 24-9 in their first meeting), and then two sub-500 teams in San Diego and Oakland.
10 minutes into the game, this looked like the KC game all over again. We got down 17-0 quickly, but after that, really put the clamps down defensively, and began what would turn into an ass kicking. Some random thoughts from the game.
It was great to see Cadillac Williams back on the field. The guy [...]
Loss number 11 was the same old, same old. Nothing changes, save for the final score. I'm at a loss as to what I should be writing, as I've said it all before. The offense is awful. Check.The defense is worse. Check.Special teams are not-so-special. Check.Rod Marinelli should be fired immediately. Check.As should Joe Barry. Check.The whole damn team, from the front office on down, needs to be blown up. Check.Calvin Johnson doesn't get the ball anywhere near enough. (3 lousy catches?) Check.Neither does Kevin Smith. Check.Daunte Culpepper is nothing more than a bigger, younger, more injury prone Jon Kitna. Check.Finishing 0-16 would be for the future good of the Lions franchise. Check.William Clay Ford needs to speak up, and say, well, anything about his floundering team. Check.Marinelli's post game pressers have become one long running joke, "It's on me." Check.Thanksgiving Day is going to be a nationally televised fiasco/embarrassment/joke. Check, check and double check.Anything I'm missing here? Oh yeah, how could I forget a facepalm?Captain Picard feels the Lions fan's painThere's only one thing to add. Jason Hanson, the longest tenured and most accomplished Lion (He kicked his 400 career field goal today), had the most pointed post-game quote. "We've played so bad that we actually have something to play for now." How sad is it that the only thing the Lions have to play for is to avoid infamy, the stain of 0-16? Knowing the Lions, they'll fail at failing, and somehow win one lousy game, finding a way to screw up their draft status. Which reminds me, we need a FAIL pic, preferably of the lolcat type. Cheesecat feels the Lions fan's pain, tooI think that about covers all angles of another Detroit Lions loss: Bullet points, facepalm and FAIL.I have a feeling I'll just need to cut and paste this same post 5 more times this season.
Sunday’s victory at Detroit included many contributors, but none more important than Clifton Smith. The Bucs rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Lions 38-20, improving to 8-3 and evening their road record to 3-3 before facing three consecutive NFC South rivals in a stretch that will define…
DETROIT (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting pretty good at rallying against bad teams after...
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas So much for all that talk about Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber being washed up. He sure looked like a guy who still as some legs as he just trotted down the sideline with an interception return for a touchdown against Detroit. It was Barber's second interception of the game and that should help silence some critics. Barber's taken some heat in Tampa after having some games this season that didn't measure up to the standard he's set throughout his career. That's led to talk that he could be at the end of the road. But the Bucs, particularly coordinator Monte Kiffin, don't agree with that assessment and they now are being rewarded for that. Even if Barber doesn't have the speed he once did, he still is one of the smartest cornerbacks in the league and a guy you want on the field in a playoff drive.
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DETROIT (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put Carnell "Cadillac" Williams in drive in the Motor City....
Everyone has lost keys, money or their cell phone at some point, but Detroit has made losing a lifestyle. The Lions are 0-10, six losses away from finishing the season winless. Detroit already has lost fans, respect, and possibly its auto industry, but can start to shed its losing persona today when Tampa Bay travels to the Motor City.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas Just got into Atlanta and had an e-mail waiting from the Buccaneers, announcing that tight end Alex Smith and safety Jermaine Phillips didn't make the trip to Detroit because of injuries. Phillips has been out with a broken arm and his absence was totally expected. But there was some optimism earlier in the week that Smith (ankle) might be able to play. But that's not going to happen. Look for Jerramy Stevens and John Gilmore to split the work at tight end.
The Buccaneers must remain focused this week as they can’t afford to overlook the 0-10 Lions who beat them 23-13 last season. That shouldn’t be a problem for the Bucs as they had two weeks to prepare for the Lions due to the bye they had last week. The Bucs might tilt a tad more [...]