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BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
Army fired head coach Rich Ellerson on Sunday afternoon following another disappointing loss to the Naval Academy on Saturday afternoon. Ellerson and the Black Knights fell 34-7 and finished the season 3-9, making it 12 straight years without a win over Navy in the Annual Army-Navy game.
As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the final two games of the regular season, the coaching rumors will certainly heat up in the coming weeks. Fox Sports NFL insider reported Monday afternoon that Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan could be a person of interest to fill the vacancy at Army.
Among candidates expected to interview w/Army for vacant HC job is Buccaneers OC Mike Sullivan, a candidate the last time the job was open.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 16, 2013
Sullivan, a former Army ranger and former assistant coach for the Black Knights, currently leads a Buccaneers offense which ranks last in the NFL in total offense.
By Tom Krasniqi
Plenty of mistakes were made by the Bucs yesterday as they were blown out at home by the 49ers 33-14. The defense was on the field for nearly 40 minutes and the offense couldn't sustain enough drives to be effective.
During his Monday press conference, head coach Greg Schiano documented those mishaps and offered few answers. The inability to contain 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick proved to be a major difference in the game.
"A couple of them were missed assignments, didn't do our job," Schiano said. "A couple of them were just physically got-- underestimate, overestimate-- however you want to look at it, what we thought was contain all of a sudden wasn't good enough."
The offense couldn't get much done aside from two drives where the Bucs were in no-huddle mode. On those two drives where the Bucs went up-tempo and scored two touchdowns, they piled up 172 yards. There were 10 drives where the Bucs totaled just 11 yards. Ouch.
"You know, we have some inexperienced guys playing but I don't believe that in this league that's ever an excuse," Schiano said of his struggling offense. "You have to figure out-- OK, if the guys you lost, they allowed you to do one thing-- you have to re-invent what you are and what you do."
At the end of the day, the Bucs were flat out beat by a better 49ers team. Now, the 4-10 Bucs will have to go on the road to finish out their schedule-- At St. Louis and at New Orleans. The Rams just devoured the Saints. The Bucs will have their hands full.
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wrapped up the home portion of their 2013 schedule with a loss to the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Here is what the Bucs had to say following the game.
By Dory LeBlanc
The Bucs were looking to make it five straight wins at home, but the defending NFC Champions extended their win streak to four games with a 33-14 victory over Tampa Bay Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.
After going three-and-out on their opening drive, the Bucs allowed the 49ers to sustain a nearly seven minute drive that was capped off by a four-yard TD to Michael Crabtree, who tore his achilles tendon in the offseason and kept him out of action until Week 14 before suffering an ankle injury last week against the Seahawks. The touchdown was the fifth-year receiver out of Texas Tech's first of the 2013 campaign.
The offensive woes continue for the Buccaneers, who were forced to punt the ball on all three first quarter possessions and registered only one first down in the first 15 minutes which was the result of an encroachment call on LB Ahmad Brooks. The Bucs
Colin Kaepernick and the Niners, on the other hand, were in the driver's seat offensuvely all afternoon, extending their lead to 10 points when Phil Dawson made a 47-yards field goal, his 21st consecutive converted attempt good for a San Francisco franchise record and then made it 17-0 when Kaepernick connected with Vernon Davis on a 52-yard bomb on the play following the two minute warning,
With 1:18 until the half, the Bucs took the field and eventually narrowed the gap back to a ten-point 49ers lead when Mike Glennon hit Vincent Jackson with an 11-yard toss to put Tampa Bay on the board. On the 80-yard scoring drive, San Francisco safety Donte Whitner was called for unnecessary roughness, giving the Bucs a first down at the 49er 12.
Through 30 minutes, the league leader in penalties Tampa Bay were not flagged for any infractions, while San Francsisco committed six penalties for 42 yards, However, when the second half began, Gerald McCoy's offsides call negated a pick-six by Lavonte David. On the return, David was shaken up with an ankle injury that kept one of the NFL's best defensive players off the field for the next two series.
The Niners took a 20-7 lead with 7:51 to go in the third quarter on Dawson's 22nd straight field goal, this one, a 43-yard attempt.
Tampa Bay has struggled offensively in the second half this season, but got within six points of San Francisco on a 10-play, 92-yard drive that began in the closing minutes of the third quarter and ended with a 24-yard TD pass from Glennon to fellow rookie Tim Wright on the first snap of the fourth.
On San Francisco's following drive, Kaepernick transformed into Houdini, eluding sacks and getting out from pressure, while making clutch throws to convert two-out-of-three third downs, but the Bucs defense stopped the Niners' from getting into the end zone, limiting the damage on the 17-play, 77-yard drive which took 10:27 off the clock to a Dawson 21-yarder to make it a two-possession game with four-and-a-half minutes to go.
On the ensuing kickoff, Eric Page misfielded the ball, which Kendall Hunter picked up at the two-yard line and dove into the end zone to put San Francisco up 30-14.
The Bucs offense continued to sputter on the next drive, turning the ball over on downs after a failed fourth-down conversion attempt.
The 49ers' Mr. Automatic, Phil Dawson, kicked his fourth FG of the contest, extending his consecutive FGM streak to 24 while broadening San Francisco's lead to 33-14, the eventual score, as time was winding down off the clock.
In a desperation attempt, Glennon threw the ball downfield to nothing but white jerseys and one of them, Eric Reid, came up with the interception - giving Kaepernick the opportunity to take a knee as the clock expired.
Glennon completed 18-of-34 passes for 179 yards, two touchdowns and the late pick, while Tim Wright led all Tampa Bay receivers with 82 yards on seven receptions and a score. The Bucs ground game was essentially non-existent as Bobby Rainey and Brian Leonard combined for 39 total rushing yards.
Next up: The Buccaneers head to St. Louis to take on the Rams next Sunday at 1:00. Coverage begins on 620 am/95.3 fm WDAE at 9am with the Floor and Decor Countdown to Kickoff hosted by Tom Krasniqi.
(via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - Today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that the NFL-United Way public service ad (PSA) from 1999 featuring 11-time Pro Bowl linebacker DERRICK BROOKS has been voted by fans as the favorite NFL-United Way PSA from the past 40 years. Brooks, alongside local youth from United Way Suncoast, was recognized in front of fans following the first quarter of Sunday’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers-San Francisco 49ers game at Raymond James Stadium.
“I’m honored and humbled that fans supported the campaign and voted this ad to the top of the list,” said Brooks. “It’s just another reflection of the positive impact that United Way continues to have on the community, and I feel blessed to have played a part in it.”
This fall, the NFL and United Way teamed up with USA Today Sports Media Group to host a nationwide vote to identify the best NFL-United Way public service ads (PSA) of the past 40 years in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the NFL-United Way partnership. Thousands of fans took part in the online vote, with Brooks’ ad being recognized as the favorite.
From November 5-11, fans had the opportunity to vote for the PSA featuring Brooks as their favorite. The comedic ad, which can be viewed at Buccaneers.com, originally aired in 1999 and features Brooks leading students in their “favorite” song
Since the partnership’s inception in 1973, more than 800 NFL players, coaches and club executives have appeared in NFL-United Way ads. The list of PSAs was narrowed to 40 in honor of the milestone, with the Top 40 featuring at least one player from each of the 32 NFL teams and crossing all four decades of the partnership. The NFL’s 40-year relationship with United Way is the longest-running partnership between a sports league and nonprofit organization.
Powered by USA TODAY Ad Meter, the top 40 ads were revealed by the decade over a four-week period. Fans rated each ad on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) at nflunitedway40.usatoday.com. Voting for PSAs from the 1970s took place October 21-28, coinciding with the 15th annual NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle league-wide day of service, and continued with PSAs from the 1980s from October 29-November 4, from the 1990s November 5-11, and ads from the 2000s between November 12-18. The top 10 were featured on NFL.com.
“We are proud of the NFL’s 40-year association with United Way,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “The memorable NFL-United Way messages have highlighted the importance of serving our communities through the leadership of our players and clubs. This year's campaign features current and former NFL players encouraging young people to continue to stay fit, maintain healthy lifestyles and contribute to their communities.”
From building fitness zones and playgrounds to hosting youth football clinics, the NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle events continue to encourage kids to stay active for 60 minutes a day as part of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign. The NFL-United Way partnership connects NFL PLAY 60 with United Way’s 2018 goal to get 1.9 million more young people healthy and active.
Since 2011, NFL players have joined United Way TEAM NFL, a special volunteer group committed to helping United Way recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. Comprised of college-educated, civic-minded NFL players from teams across the league, United Way TEAM NFL ambassadors have participated in community events, each with the goal of recruiting 3,000 volunteers. Buccaneers two-time Pro Bowl guard DAVIN JOSEPH has led the way in these efforts, having served for the past three years as the Buccaneers’ spokesman for the NFL/United Way’s LIVEUNITED campaign, promoting volunteerism and service throughout the Tampa Bay community. His partnership has gained significant recognition throughout the Bay area for his active role in promoting TEAM DAVIN, a call-to-action effort for fans to join forces with United Way Suncoast to build the next generation of volunteers, mentors, and tutors. The TEAM NFL leaderboard is led by Joseph, who has recruited over 3,750 volunteers. To learn more about TEAM DAVIN, visit www.unitedway.org/team-nfl/players/davin-joseph.