Tag:Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Posted on: June 4, 2011 9:53 pm

Jeff Faine misses his Buccaneers teammates

J. Faine was delighted to bump into Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One aspect of the lockout that has not really been discussed (at least in these parts) is the fact that friends that are used to hanging out this time of year have been kept apart by forces beyond their control.

Which, on the surface, sounds a bit silly, I guess.

But think about it: what if the dude who you hang out with seven days a week for a six-month span and consider a teammate and (possibly) a brother didn’t come around any more? Or worse, what if your employer made sure you guys didn’t come into contact because he locked the doors to your place of employment?

You probably wouldn’t cry in your beer or anything, but you’d probably be bummed out a little bit. Hell, you might even miss your boss (somewhat).

That’s the situation in which Buccaneers C Jeff Faine has lived lately, and the Tampa Tribune shares a quick anecdote about what happened when Faine found himself within spitting distance of Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik.

Basically, the two were attending a local soiree in which the local sports heroes were being honored, and Faine and Dominik accidently conducted interviews within a few feet of each other.

"It's good to see Mark's face,” Faine told the paper. "I miss (offseason workouts) because I miss being around the guys. I had dinner with (left tackle) Donald Penn the other night and it was fantastic just to see his face. These are the guys you go to work with every single day. You have a relationship with them that goes beyond football.

"You're friends and this situation we're in right now is taking us away from our closest friends. I am an optimist at heart and the next couple of days will tell us a lot about what direction we're heading.''

When a big, tough offensive lineman is telling a newspaper reporter that it was just good to see his boss’ face for a few seconds, well, that tells you all you need to know about how badly some of these guys want to get back on the football field.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:44 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2011 12:07 am

No trial date set yet for Bucs CB Aqib Talib

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib’s attorney met with the Dallas County (Texas) district attorney today, and the meeting went well enough that the two sides will continue trying to avoid going to court.

That means a trial date has not been set, and that’s good news, according to Frank Perez – who represents Talib in his aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case.

Wrote Perez in a text message to the St. Petersburg Times: “The meeting with the DA went well. We agreed to discuss it further on the announcement setting 6-16. I didn't set it for trial.''

That’s significant because if Perez thought the case needed to go to trial, he would need it set as quickly as possible to avoid further damaging Talib’s career.

But perhaps there’s a settlement brewing, so avoiding a trial is an even better option if at all possible.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 7:36 pm

Hot Routes 6.3.11: Cooley is a Jerky Boy?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • I hate to keep talking about zany members of the Washington organization, but this story about Chris Cooley's prank-call love is just too good to pass up. Apparently, Cooley spent the offseason playing jokes and jokes and jokes on people via the phone. Via Andrew Sharp of SB Nation, Cooley went on Rich Eisen's podcast and told stories about pranks he likes to pull. He called Carson Palmer, he claims, and pretended to be John Elway and told him, "Listen, I hate Tim Tebow. I want you. I want you out here in Denver." And then he called Elway and pretended to be Carson and then he called John Fox ... and, well, it really doesn't sound like it can be true. But either way, it's enjoyable.

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Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:05 am
Edited on: June 1, 2011 10:07 am

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Warrick Dunn played 12 NFL seasons and by the time he retired in 2008, he had rushed for nearly 11,000 yards and 64 touchdowns. But Dunn is probably better known for his contributions off the field, specifically the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation which, according to the website, is "dedicated to providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability." Essentially, Dunn helps families become homeowners.

But last week police stopped Dunn outside Atlanta because the window tinting on his automobile was too dark. Dunn was also told that he fit the description of a criminal.

On Friday, Dunn wrote about the incident on Facebook.

"Pulled over outside Atl because he said my window tint was too dark. During the stop he asked a lot of personal questions, said I had the characteristics of people transporting drugs & guns. So he searched my car and gave me a warning for my tint. Felt violated and I've had my car since '08, nvr been pulled ovr for tint. Taken back bc I think the reasoning was bad. Ruined my day but not my spirit."

He also tweeted that, "Funny thing is you can see inside bc my tint is not dark. It was cloudy and 5-0 was 20 yards behind at an angle."

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a spokesman for the Georgia state patrol didn't have any information on the incident, and Dunn couldn't be reached for comment.

Three weeks ago, former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart was arrested in Alpharetta, Georgia for driving with a suspended license due to an outdated traffic ticket for tinted windows.

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Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:07 am

Raheem Morris is cool with Marvin Lewis

Raheem Morris says everything is good between him and Marvin Lewis (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last October, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis voiced his frustration at the Buccaneers signing one of Cincinnati’s 2010 draft picks, WR Dezmon Briscoe, after the Bengals had cut him in the preseason.

It wasn’t simply that Tampa Bay signed him and placed him on the practice squad. It was that the Bengals really wanted Briscoe back and that the Buccaneers gave him a contract worth more than three times what normal practice squad players earn ($325,000 vs. about $90,000).

But at last week’s Marvin Lewis charity golf outing, Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said everything between the two coaches was just fine, thanks very much.

"That's business; this is about the community and the bigger picture," Morris told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's not about whether you have a disagreement on the field or whether I like him on game day. I wanted to come in for Marvin and be supportive of him because he's always been supportive of me."

Lewis didn’t seem all that supportive in October when he said this: "(Briscoe) was in camp for us, but when you overpay a guy on the practice squad, you create a problem in the system for teams. I don't know that teams want to set the precedent and they did with Dezmon."

Not only did Lewis come off looking clueless about business in the NFL (and the risks of cutting a WR you actually want to keep), some of those words alluded to possible collusion among the teams. Apparently, somebody from the NFL office said something to Lewis, and from then on, he didn’t make a peep about the issue.

Still, Morris looks up to Lewis and what he’s accomplished.

"When you talk about guys that paved the way not only for coaches but young African-American coaches,” Morris said, “he's been a consummate leader.”

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Posted on: May 28, 2011 7:57 pm

Jeff Faine decides to attend workouts after all

J. Faine (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

A few weeks ago, Bucs center Jeff Faine dismissed the importance of the team’s player-organized offseason workouts. Faine essentially said that the workouts are only productive if the receivers are working against a full slate of defensive backs, and getting a full group together just isn’t realistic.

“I was actually invited,” Faine said on WQYK in Tampa. “I guess they wanted me to come snap the ball a little bit and block air. But I decided my time was best served in the weight room than making sure that our snaps were still good.”

In that interview, Faine did iterate that, overall, it’s a good thing Josh Freeman and the wideouts are working together. “It’s great for our young receivers and our young franchise quarterback to be able to get together and throw the ball around the yard a little bit and spend a little time together. They’ll hopefully be able to basically supplement what we’d normally be doing. But of course it definitely isn’t replacing the amount of work we’d normally be putting in, and that’s something that’s definitely going to be missed this upcoming season.”

Nevertheless, many listeners/readers came away with the impression that Faine was not interested in partaking. Indeed, the veteran (and Bucs NFLPA rep) skipped the first three sessions.

But Faine has since changed his stance. He wrote an open letter on TampaBay.com Faine wrote:

I don’t typically respond to blogs but I found it necessary to respond to a recent post when my dedication to my team and the quality of my character as a captain was questioned. The Buccaneers fans deserve to hear the truth directly from me. There is nothing more I’d rather be doing than going through the offseason program and preparing for the upcoming season with my teammates on our journey to compete for a championship…

As Josh (Freeman) well knows, the relationship between a center and the quarterback is of utmost importance and he knows that I support him completely in his efforts to prepare during the lockout. Although I missed the first three days of field work in Tampa because of prior commitments, I will be part of future sessions to build team camaraderie. As professionals, we are all accountable for our training and preparation regardless of where we live in the off season. I can assure you I will do all I can to continue to build on our team success from last season.”

If you think about it, Faine’s original stance makes the most sense. After all, in these passing drills, Faine will be snapping the ball to Freeman and then…what? There will be no opponents to block (at least in full contact) and no defensive looks to read. Maybe in exchange for his presence, Faine can lead some of his skinny receiver teammates in weight room sessions.

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Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:13 pm

Talib's mom told police Aqib could have fired gun

Posted by Andy Benoit

On Friday, Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib was officially indicted by a grand jury on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.A. Talib (US Presswire) His mother was also indicted.

In an affidavit obtained by Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, it's revealed that Talib’s mother told police in an interview that “it could have been Aqib” who fired the handgun in the dispute with his sister’s boyfriend.

Stroud writes:

“Police say that Talib pointed a 9mm handgun at the head of Shannon Billings, the live-in boyfriend of his sister, Saran Talib. He then attempted to pistol-whip Billings before the gun was lost in the struggle, striking a fence and jamming.

That's when police say Talib's mother, Okolo, arrived at the scene and fired several shots at Billings with a .380-caliber Ruger. At some point, Aqib Talib gained possession of his mother's gun and fired two shots at Billings, according to documents released Friday. None of the shots hit Billings.”

A conviction could carry up to 20 years in prison. Talib, 25, has been working out with his Buccaneer teammates during this offseason. His time with the organization, however, could come to an abrupt end after the lockout. It’s also possible (even likely) that he’ll be subject to a league-issued suspension as a repeat offender of the personal conduct policy.

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Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:27 pm

Kellen Winslow finally feeling healthy

Posted by Andy Benoit

Something Kellen Winslow does not get enough credit for is his ability to play through discomfort. The Bucs tight end has had five operations on his right knee during his seven-year NFL career. Injuries limited Winslow to just two games over his first two seasons, and a staph infection wiped out nearly half of his ’08 campaign.
K. Winslow (US Presswire)
Since being traded to Tampa Bay in 2009, Winslow has been on the field for all 16 games, but he’s still battled pain – particularly during the offseason. That, Winslow says, is changing now.

"Last year, I was hurting, but I know how to rehab my knee better," he told the St. Petersburg Times earlier this week. "I feel good. I feel as ready as I can be right now."

The outspoken ex-Hurricane has taken some heat in the past for not always attending voluntary offseason activities. Fans were most notably unsettled when he stayed home in 2009 instead of acclimating himself to the Bucs team that had just dealt a second-and fifth-round draft pick for him. “The reason I wasn’t back, honestly, is I didn’t feel like my knee was where it should be, so I needed to rehab back in San Diego, do my own workouts,” Winslow said.

And in the years before that? “When I was in Cleveland, well, it was just Cleveland. I would rather not be there and be at home training in the offseason.”

Hey, he’s nothing if not honest. And these days, the Bucs can be glad that he’s honest and healthy.

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