McCoy Expects Chain Reaction from Secondary Additions

What kind of impact will All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis have on the Buccaneers’ defense?  According to his new teammate and fellow Pro Bowler, Gerald McCoy, the answer doesn’t have to be measured in points or yards, but in seconds.  And not even plural, but singular.  As in, one second.

One more second is all McCoy wants.  In many cases, it’s all any defensive lineman wants.  It’s the difference between turning and watching a pass zip downfield (no fun) and getting up off a recently-flattened quarterback (lots of fun). Continue reading

What They’re Saying About the Bucs’ Draft

At this point, even those analysts who fill out post-draft report cards are quick to acknowledge that a draft class can’t really be accurately judged for several years.  Still, reading those report cards are a fun part of the whole draft-coverage process for fans, so here’s a look at what various media outlets are saying about the Bucs’ 2013 efforts:

Jason Cole of’s sports section hands out the highest grade we found to the Buccaneers, an A-.  In his estimation, the grade hinges on one’s opinion of the Darrelle Revis trade, and he clearly is high on that move for Tampa Bay. Continue reading

Trivia Time: Obscure Facts About the Bucs’ 2013 Draft Efforts

The following fact about the Buccaneers’ 2013 draft probably falls less under the “Did You Know?” category and more under, “You Probably Could Have Guessed.”

Yes, defensive end Steven Means is the first University of Buffalo player the Buccaneers have ever selected in the NFL Draft.  Oh, and drafted or not, if Means makes the team he will be the first Buffalo Bull ever to suit up in a Bucs uniform. Continue reading

Bucs Follow Rare But Promising Pick Pattern

After gladly surrendering their first-round pick in Sunday’s trade for All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis, the Bucs were left with a draft hand that began with the #43 overall pick in Round Two and the #73 overall selection in Round Three.  As it turned out, they decided against trying to trade up or down and stayed put at those two very selections, eventually nabbing Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks in the second frame and North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon in the third.

On one hand, those picks weren’t shocking.  In his pre-draft press conference on Monday, Buccaneers G.M. Mark Dominik had been asked directly and pointedly about those two positions, reflecting a widespread belief that the team was looking for depth in the secondary and under center.  The Bucs may have had a variety of options in mind, but the directions they ended up going in surprised few.

On the other hand, the selections of Banks and Glennon were rare in terms of the team’s drafting history.  Rare, but promising. Continue reading

Some Early Answers in the Draft Contest

The blockbuster Darrelle Revis trade threw some complications into the process for those trying to win the Twenty Questions Draft Contest on  Predicting the team’s first overall pick – now #43 instead of #13 – became much more difficult, and several other questions were impacted by the trade as well.  Fortunately, the swap with the Jets came down on Sunday, at least giving participants a couple days to send in revised entries.

That #1 question – who will the Bucs take with their first pick – is still awaiting an answer on Friday afternoon.  The same is true of the next two questions, which ask for predictions as to the positions the Buccaneers will target with their second and third overall picks (now third and fourth-round selections, respectively).  Likewise, we don’t yet know which player will come off the board immediately before the Bucs pick, and that one too got a lot harder when the Bucs traded away #13.

Some of the Twenty Questions answers came into focus on Thursday night, however.  In fact, nearly half of the contest – nine of the 20 questions – has already been determined.  Here is what we know so far (number indicates which question in the contest it was): Continue reading

A Different Kind of Mocking

Mock drafting is hard.

It always seemed that way from afar, watching the experts spend months gathering information and tweaking their predictions only to see everything fall apart in minutes as soon as the actual picks begin.  This year, however, we jumped into the fray ourselves here in the CB, and the results were…

Well, let’s just say we’re not quitting our day jobs.  (Our day jobs are writing about football, so maybe I don’t want to think too hard about that statement.)  Late last week, Andrew Norton and I took turns assigning all 32 picks in the first round and the best thing I can say about our efforts is that we really didn’t do any worse than anyone else.  Including the so-called experts. Continue reading

Still Something to Mock

Last year, just days before the real thing, provided a run-down of what the latest mock drafts were predicting they would do at #5 overall.  That close to the draft, and that high up in the first round, a real consensus had developed.  Nineteen of the 20 experts had tabbed the Bucs to take LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne.

Of course, Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano threw everyone a curve ball, trading down two spots and then selecting Alabama safety Mark Barron.

Last year’s pick seemed like a sure thing.  This time around, it really is.

The Bucs, of course, have already spent their 2013 first-round pick, sending it to the Jets on Sunday to acquire All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. could survey 100 mock drafts this year (and believe me, there are that many out there) but the only consensus would be that Tampa Bay isn’t picking in the first round.  Obviously, there will be no “Taking Stock of the Mocks” story on this time.

Fortunately for us, however, some industrious mock drafters go beyond Round One, even if the chances of actually hitting on predictions grows increasingly minute as the picks proceed. Continue reading

What They’re Saying About the Revis Trade

The blockbuster deal that sent All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis from the Jets to the Buccaneers on Sunday was obviously not a simple transaction to complete.  It came down, essentially, to the 11th hour, not surprising given that it included two of most coveted of NFL assets: a shutdown cornerback and a first-round draft pick.

But G.M.’s Mark Dominik and John Idzik got it done, and one assumes that wouldn’t have happened if each side hadn’t been at least somewhat satisfied with its haul in the bargain.  Dominik called it a “rare and unique” opportunity for the Buccaneers to acquire “the premier defensive player in the league.”  Meanwhile, Idzik laid out the Jets’ reasoning as to why the trade was the “best thing to do for really all concerned,” with his squad receiving “very valuable compensation.” Continue reading

Schiano Already Scheming Around Revis

Revis Island may be brand new to the Bay, but it didn’t take the Buccaneers’ long to start exploring its resources.

On Monday, at the press conference to introduce new Buccaneer cornerback Darrelle Revis, Head Coach Greg Schiano hinted at how significant an addition Revis was to his defense.  The coaching staff is already tweaking the defensive scheme to account for its new star.

“It certainly has a big effect on any coach when you can have a player that you can match up on another teams’ best receiver,” said Schiano.  Continue reading

Welcome to Tampa! Twitter Response to Revis Trade

Darrelle Revis is going to get a warm reception from his new Tampa Bay teammates the first time he steps into the locker room at One Buccaneer Place.  He already got one on Twitter.

It is probably an understatement to say that Buccaneer players are thrilled with the addition of one of the NFL’s true superstars to their roster.  Hot on the heels of the Dashon Goldson signing, and with several prime picks in the 2013 draft still to be spent next week, the Bucs can legitimately believe that their playoff chances got a whole lot better on Sunday afternoon.

Not surprisingly, some of those excited Bucs took to everyone’s favorite social media platform on Sunday to react to the Revis trade, and to welcome their new teammate to the fold.  They weren’t alone in being drawn to the topic: At one point, Revis was one of the top trending Twitter topics in the world.  Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy, who likely has visions of coverage sacks dancing in his head, was one of the first to reach out to Revis, and other players around the league quickly reacted, as well. has compiled a short list of some of those reaction tweets. Check it out.