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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Fans award Winston Pepsi Rookie of the Year honors

- Jameis Winston was rewarded for his resurgence and resiliency when he was named the winner of the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award, which was voted on by fans via NFL.com.

Bucs WR Jackson wins NFL’s Salute To Service Award

- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson thought he was just going to be hanging out with Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach for a few minutes at the Super Bowl on Friday morning.

Bucs sign four players to futures contracts

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday signed four players to futures contracts, including two familiar to head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

Bucs announce 21% hike in season-ticket prices; first increase in eight seasons

- The cost of a 10-game season pass will range from $400 to $1,250. The only area not affected is in the stadium club, where 2015 prices will remain in place for approximately 18,000 seats.

Bucs OC Monken to make WR Evans’ drops a top priority


TAMPA — Todd Monken may be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator in name, but with head coach Dirk Koetter planning to call the offensive plays. Monken has another job he says is more important.

New coordinator Monken wants Bucs’ offense to be fun, explosive

- Explosive plays, trick plays, even a fight song. Those are just a few of the things new offensive coordinator Todd Monken would like to weave into the fabric of the Bucs.

Bucs WR Jackson finalist for Salute to Service Award

- Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson and Colts punter Pat McAfee are the two finalists for the fifth annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

Jameis Winston named to replace Brady at Pro Bowl, joining Bucs’ David, Mankins

- Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston’s rookie season didn’t end with the regular-season finale against the Super Bowl-bound Panthers.

Koetter finalizes Bucs’ staff, names Maxie defensive backs coach

- New Bucs coach Dirk Koetter finalized his coacting staff with the hiring of Brett Maxie as defensive backs coach, the team announced Monday.

Bucs tap Monken as offensive coordinator

- Though Dirk Koetter still plans to call offensive plays, he has hired former Southern Mississippi head coach Todd Monken to help him organize the attack and gave him the dual title of offensive coordinator and wide receiver...

Bucs ex-coach Dungy preaches patience to Glazers with Koetter

- A week after the Bucs hired their fourth coach in eight years, former Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy called on the Glazer family that owns the team to show the same patience with new coach Dirk Koetter.

New Bucs DC Mike Smith will have ‘flexible’ scheme

- Though the Bucs will work primarily out of a four-lineman, three-linebacker scheme, the front will change depending on what the offense is doing and what the defense’s intentions are.

Buccaneers hire four new assistant coaches

- The Bucs filled four of the openings on their coaching staff when they officially named Nate Kaczor as their new special teams coordinator, Mark Duffner as linebackers coach, Jay Hayes as defensive line coach and Jon Hoke a...

Koetter plans to be more aggressive with Bucs’ offense

- New Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made it clear last week that he will continue to call offensive plays in his new role, just as he did last year when he was offensive coordinator. He suggests it will likely result in the team be...

Koetter: With Mike Smith as DC, Bucs will focus on reducing penalties


One of the reasons Lovie Smith lost his job as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is because the 2015 edition of the team was the most penalized in franchise history.

Koetter promises more aggressive offensive play calling as new Bucs coach


TAMPA — New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter made it clear last week that he will continue to call offensive plays in his new role, just as he did last year when he was offensive coordinator.

Emotional Dirk Koetter introduced as Bucs’ fourth coach in eight years

- An emotional Dirk Koetter choked back tears as he was introduced Friday afternoon as the 11th head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. Stay with TBO.com for updates.

Bucs announce that Koetter is team’s next head coach; press conference today

- Dirk Koetter, the 11th head coach in team history, “brings the passion and drive that will re-energize our organization and help us establish the winning culture that will help us become the championship-caliber team...

Bucs executive Robinson agrees in principle to become Titans GM

- A 14-year NFL scouting veteran who boarded the Bucs’ ship along with GM Jason Licht two years ago, Jon Robinson agreed to terms on a deal that will make him the new general manager of the Titans.

Koetter spotted getting license tags but was ‘not buying’ Bucs vanity plates


Football coaches aren’t any different than football fans when it comes to abiding by the rules of the road. Just like the fans that cheer them on and second guess their every move, they have to take car of their l...

Report: Koetter lining up staff in case he gets Bucs job

- Citing an unnamed source, ProFootballTalk late Wednesday reported that Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has started lining up assistant coaches in the event he is named the Bucs new head coach.

Source: Bucs interview in-house candidate Koetter

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers interviewed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter for their head coaching vacancy on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the search process.

Ravens owner suggests Bucs’ revolving door of coaches only bad for team

- Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti took a bit of a swipe at the Bucs and their owners last week when he suggested during his annual state of the team address that constantly changing coaches and general managers is no way to buil...

No word on Bucs’ coach expected while Glazers attend NFL meetings


Not one member of the Glazer family that owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was on hand to help general manager Jason Licht officially usher former coach Lovie Smith out the door last week.

49ers interview Bucs’ Koetter for coaching job

- A rival suitor has officially emerged to challenge the Buccaneers for the services of offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Bucs want new coach to decide fate of 2 defensive assistants

- The only two assistants to survive the Tampa Bay Buccaneers purge on the defensive side of the ball this past week were line coach Joe Cullen and linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson.

Bucs RB Martin named to AP All-Pro team

- Fresh off his second career Pro Bowl berth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was named to his first Associated Press All-Pro team on Friday.

Bucs interviewing Cardinals OC Goodwin, Panthers DC McDermott

- Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht began the team’s search for a new head coach on Friday by reaching out to a pair of candidates whose work he is directly familiar with.

Bucs QB Winston named NFL Rookie of Year candidate

- Quarterback Jameis Winston continues to reap rewards for leading the Buccaneers’ fifth-ranked offense this season.

Bucs’ Jackson says knee injuries won’t limit offseason workouts

- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson said Friday his offseason workouts won’t be limited as a result of the two knee injuries he suffered during the 2015 season.

Bucs GM on Smith firing: ‘This franchise needed a new face’

- Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht stood stooped over a lectern in an auditorium at One Buc Place on Thursday looking like a man who had slept all of about 22 minutes the night before.

Source: Bucs OC Koetter is candidate for head coaching vacancy

- Dirk Koetter, who helped groom rookie QB Jameis Winston and orchestrated an offense that set a franchise record for total yards, will be among those interviewed to replace the fired Lovie Smith.

Source: Bucs part with DC Leslie Frazier, defensive assistants

- The Bucs informed defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd and safeties coach Mikal Smith that the team will not be picking up the options on their contracts, an NFL source told The Tampa Tribune.

Bucs fire Smith after two losing seasons; GM Licht to lead coaching search

- The Bucs tripled their victory total during Lovie Smith’s second season, but neither that nor the arrival of a franchise QB was enough to save his job. GM Jason Licht will oversee the hunt for a replacement.

Bucs executive Robinson to interview for Titans GM job


— The Tennessee Titans, in search of a new general manager, appear to have some interest in trading out one former Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive for another.

Among No. 1 picks, Bucs QB Winston posts impressive rookie stats

- Jameis Winston posted the second-best passer rating for a rookie quarterback selected first overall. Of the 21 quarterbacks drafted at No. 1 since the NFL merged with the AFL in 1970, only Cam Newton of the Panthers posted ...

Bucs GM Licht may play waiting game on free agency

- Bucs general manager Jason Licht prefers to build football teams through the draft. That’s probably a good thing. His record in free agency is not stellar.

Bucs sign ex-USF WR Davis, 8 others to futures contracts

- The Bucs still believe that former USF wide receiver Andre Davis has a future in the NFL. And they’d like that future to be with them.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith says Winston speaks the truth

- If Jameis Winston says the Bucs don’t have enough players who care about winning, they probably don’t. That was coach Lovie Smith’s assessment of comments Winston made after the Bucs’ season-ending ...

Bucs RB Martin fails to win rushing title


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin racked up 108 total yards during the Sunday’s 38-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers, but only 48 came on the ground. As a result, he did not wi...

Bucs WR Evans’ season ends early with ejection


— The season ended a little earlier than planned for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, who was ejected from Sunday’s game late in the fourth quarte...

Winston vows change after futile finish for Bucs, 38-10 loss at Carolina

- If the Bucs are going to break their string of last-place finishes, which now sits at an NFC-record five, and their eight-year playoff drought, something has to change. And QB Jameis Winston says he knows exactly what it is.

Losing seasons stacking up for Bucs’ McCoy


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With Sunday’s 38-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers racked up another ignominious record, becoming the first NFC team since the 1970 merger to finish last in its divi...

Bucs Pulse: Tampa Bay at Carolina

- Preview today's season finale for the Bucs as they take on the 14-1 Carolina Panthers.

Bucs looking to Panthers as franchise model to follow

- A Tampa Bay team facing the very real possibility of finishing in the basement of the same division as Carolina for the fifth time in as many years can’t help but look up reverently at today’s opponent.

Bucs notes: Contract talks ongoing between team, RB Martin

- The Buccaneers decided not to wait until the end of the season to begin negotiations aimed at signing two-time Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin to a new contract.

Winston: Bucs WR Jackson taught him to be a pro

- Wide receiver Vincent Jackson has done a lot more than just catch passes and score touchdowns during the four seasons he has spent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bucs Hot Reads: Offense nears franchise mark for yards gained


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could have their worst offensive game of the season in their season finale against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and still break the franchise record for net yards gained in a season.

Bucs notes: Evans looking forward to Norman matchup


WR Mike Evans didn’t see a lot of CB Josh Norman during the first encounter with the Carolina Panthers this se...

Bucs seeking ways to minimize hits on Winston


Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter already has started putting together his offseason to-do list. One of the items near the top is reducing the number of hits opponents get on quarterback Jameis Wi...