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Saturday, Feb 06, 2016

Ira Kaufman

Tribune Staff

Possible Hall of Famer Lynch’s physical presence helped set tone for Bucs defense

- John Lynch is eager to help the NFL solve one of its safety issues. Only seven pure safeties have been inducted, and Lynch has an opportunity to expand that list today when the Class of 2016 is announced during a nationall...

Ex-Bucs coach Tony Dungy learns his Pro Football Hall of Fame fate Saturday

- Tony Dungy is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2016. Last year, he survived the initial cut from 15 nominees to 10 before being eliminated on the final vote from a 46-member panel of selectors. His strong saf...

Talib has matured from Bucs burden to Broncos blessing

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Aqib Talib’s startling journey from troublemaker to playmaker has vaulted the former Buccaneers cornerback to the pinnacle of his profession.

Players skipping Pro Bowl en masse; game’s future in doubt

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— It has been more than three years since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sounded the two-minute warning on the Pro Bowl.

Super Bowl 50 is set: Broncos, Panthers will set tone with defense

- The golden anniversary of the Super Bowl features a golden oldie quarterback matched up against a young superstar as the Broncos face the Panthers, established as early 4-point favorites. Who will win?

QBs in NFC game not too shabby either

- While today's AFC championship game has generated the bulk of the headlines, the NFC matchup between the Panthers and Cardinals certainly doesn't lack for historical story lines.

Bucs add ‘humbled’ Lynch to Ring of Honor

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— Whenever John Lynch ran onto the field at Raymond James Stadium, he was looking for someone to hit. This fall, he’ll be looking for someone to hug.

Source: John Lynch picked to join Bucs Ring of Honor

- Hard-hitting safety John Lynch, a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, has been selected as the next member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor.

Lightning’s Kucherov showing off his talents

- Only 22, Nikita Kucherov has established himself as one of the NHL’s elite young scorers as the Lightning prepare for tonight’s home matchup against Edmonton.

Kucherov’s two goals lift Lightning to fifth straight win

- The streaking Lightning closed within five points of the Panthers atop the Atlantic Division with a 3-1 victory against Florida behind two goals from Nikita Kucherov and clutch goaltending by Ben Bishop.

In journey to being Bucs coach, family has inspired Koetter

- You can’t underestimate the amount of coaching DNA that Dirk Koetter inherited from his father, who retired in 1993 after leading Pocatello High to three state championships within a four-year span.

Much to prove: Three of four playoff QBs haven’t tasted Super Bowl glory

- All four quarterbacks know what it’s like to be the chosen one, but only one of them knows the feeling of being No. 1 at the end of a season.

Bucs hire ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith as defensive coordinator

- On Friday, in his new role as Tampa Bay’s head coach, Dirk Koetter proudly announced the hiring of Mike Smith as defensive coordinator. The long-time associates will work together for the third time, Smith tasked with...

Family, players, analysts react to expected naming of Koetter as Bucs coach

- The Bucs’ expected decision to promote Dirk Koetter from offensive coordinator to head coach received his daughter’s seal of approval, as well as plaudits from others around the NFL One predecessor, Jon Gruden...

Playoff Pedigree: Rich history follows teams to wild-card round

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As the NFL playoffs begin this weekend, it’s the wild-card teams that boast all the postseason pedigree.

Ex-Bucs Dungy, Lynch among finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

- For the third consecutive year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has recognized the reign of the Buccaneers as a former perennial NFL power by naming safety John Lynch and coach Tony Dungy on its list of 15 modern-era finalis...

A look at potential Buccaneers coaching candidates

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The list may include some big names, some up-and-coming coordinators and even some former NFL head coaches.

Q&A: Details of Bucs coaching change explained

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Questions and answers about the firing of Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith on Tuesday night.

Koetter ‘a very strong candidate’ for Bucs coach, GM says

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TAMPA — Described by the man heading up the Bucs’ search for Lovie Smith’s successor as “a very strong candidate,’’ Dirk Koetter could be closing in on his first NFL head coachin...

Dungy, Lynch hope to be among 15 finalists for Hall of Fame

- Safety John Lynch and coach Tony Dungy, key contributors when the Buccaneers emerged as a perennial NFL power, are hoping to advance tonight when the Pro Football Hall of Fame announces its 15 modern-era finalists for the C...

Ira Kaufman’s NFL awards, all-star team

- It’s no surprise that Carolina dominates The Tampa Tribune’s postseason honor roll, led by dynamic quarterback Cam Newton.

Bucs notes: CB Verner not sure of future with team

- Alterraun Verner often found himself trapped by that revolving door in the Bucs secondary.

Bucs offseason primer: 5 issues to address for 2016

- After a fifth consecutive last-place finish in the NFC South, the Bucs face some critical issues in their annual quest for relevance. Here are five things the Bucs must address in the offseason.

Martin, Conte among Bucs’ potential free agents

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The 2016 offseason will be a busy one for the Buccaneers as they approach the March 15 start of free agency. Here is a list of Tampa Bay’s potential free agents and their status.

Losing seasons stacking up for Bucs’ McCoy

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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 First and 10: Back in the basement

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An inside look at Tampa Bay’s 38-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers:

Bucs Pulse: Tampa Bay at Carolina

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

Bucs Hot Reads: RG Marpet wraps up solid rookie season

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TAMPA — The Bucs traded up in the second round of the 2015 draft to select a feisty offensive lineman out of Hobart College, and Ali Marpet feels good about rewarding Tampa Bay’s faith.

Buccaneers’ penchant for penalties has been perplexing

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There’s no truth to the rumor the NFL has asked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to change their primary color from red to yellow. But Tampa Bay fans would surely understand such a directive.

Bucs notes: Turnovers to blame for Week 4 loss to Panthers

- Demar Dotson wasn’t part of the carnage in Week 4 as the Panthers rolled to a 37-23 victory at Raymond James Stadium, but the veteran offensive lineman knows what buried the Bucs on an afternoon that featured Mike Als...

Bucs Hot Reads: Passing game misses WR Jackson

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TAMPA — Entering this season, Bucs WR Vincent Jackson had not missed a regular-season game since 2010.

Bucs’ Winston faces stiff competition for Offensive Rookie of Year

- Jameis Winston has three primary competitors, but this year’s rookie field is so distinguished, Arizona’s versatile running back David Johnson can’t get any traction. Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota, ...

Bucs RB Martin fumbles twice against Bears

- Doug Martin entered Sunday’s game with Adrian Peterson in his sights. Three hours later, the only thing he was looking for was the football.

Bucs’ defense fails to register takeaway in loss to Bears

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— Although Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw for only 156 yards, Tampa Bay’s defense failed to make the key stops in Sunday’s 26-21 loss while continuing a distur...

Bucs LB George uses setup strategy to block punt

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— Jeremiah George victimized the Chicago Bears with the old 1-2 punch Sunday. The second-year Bucs linebacker blocked a punt in the first quarter, setting it up by executing a s...

Bucs RB Sims steals spotlight from Doug Martin with record-setting day

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TAMPA — Doug Martin might have been the Tampa Bay running back in the spotlight entering Sunday’s matchup against the Bears, but it was backfield mate Charles Sims who made things happen for the home team.<...

Bucs-Bears Pulse: A capsule preview of this week’s game

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Here’s a quick look at Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears.

Bucs players will look to solidify their spots in final 2 games

- By closing the year with a two-game winning streak, the Bucs can finish 8-8 and avoid a fifth consecutive losing season. That’s a worthy team goal, but for some individual players, these final two matchups can go a lo...

Bucs Hot Reads: Strong finish can carry over to 2016

- From experience, Bucs coach Lovie Smith knows how a strong finish can create a positive vibe for the following season.

Bucs notes: Teammates, opposing QB vouch for LB David

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  Finishing up his fourth NFL season, Bucs LB Lavonte David is still seeking his first Pro Bowl berth. That omission doesn’t sit well with teammates — or the quarterback David will face Sunday at Raymond Jame...

Bucs' Martin, McCoy named to Pro Bowl

- Doug Martin's resurrection and Gerald McCoy's resilience were recognized Tuesday when the 2016 Pro Bowl rosters were announced.

Bucs notes: Individual goals remain in final two games

- Football has been termed the ultimate team sport, but there are also individual honors to be won as the Bucs approach the final two games of the 2015 season.

Bucs Hot Reads: LB David sees big 2016 for MLB Alexander

- Kwon Alexander has served half of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and Lavonte David is already anticipating a more productive 2016 season for Tampa Bay’s d...

Bolts strike for two early goals to ignite 5-2 win over Senators

- Two days after yielding three power-play goals in a loss at Washington, Tampa Bay fell behind 1-0. But instead of being demoralized, the Lightning drew energy from a resurgent power play and kicked off a two-week homestand ...

Bucs ‘not quite there yet’ in quest to be contenders

- Back-to-back drab performances wrecked Tampa Bay’s postseason chances, ensuring a fifth consecutive year without a winning record.

Moffitt salutes Grudens’ giving, unveils Huddle Room

- Jon Gruden, ESPN analyst and former Bucs coach, and wife Cindy were honored at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute’s new satellite facility for their legacy of charitable endeavors as the Gruden Hudd...

Bucs Pulse: Tampa Bay vs. St. Louis

- A look at the Bucs' matchup against the St. Louis Rams.

Bucs WR Evans having erratic sophomore season

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— By his own admission, Mike Evans has dropped the ball coming off a record-setting rookie season.

Bucs-Rams matchup, statistical comparison

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— Coming off a crushing 24-17 home loss against New Orleans, the Bucs travel to St. Louis for Thursday night’s prime-time matchup. Tampa Bay is two games behind Minnesota...

Ira Kaufman’s Week 15 NFL power rankings

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Each week, 12 national media members — including The Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman — rank teams in what is known as The Associated Press Pro32 power rankings. Her...