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 Buccaneers.com.  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, Buccaneers.com 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.  Buccaneers.com 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 Buccaneers.com 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.

NFL.com has compiled a short list of some of those reaction tweets. Check it out.

National Spotlight for NFC South

As much as the NFL schedule-makers like Peyton Manning and any matchup between two NFC East teams, no division is going to get more exposure on Monday Night Football this season than the Buccaneers’ own group of four.

The 2013 NFL schedule that was unveiled on Thursday included 48 nationally-televised prime-time games – three per week, but an extra Monday-nighter in Week One, no Thursday games in Weeks 16 or 17, no Monday night game in Week 17 and a still-to-be-scheduled Sunday night affair in Week 17).  That’s 96 prime-time spots for teams to fill and, for the most part, those spots are divided pretty evenly among the eight divisions.  Here are the prime-time game appearances per division so far (Sunday night games can be “flexed” into other matchups later in the year):

NFC East: 16

NFC South: 13

AFC North: 12

NFC North: 12

NFC West: 12

AFC East: 11

AFC South: 10

AFC West: 10

Besides favoring the NFC overall, that’s fairly well-distributed.  The various Cowboy-Redskin-Giant matchups push the NFC East to a clear lead, with much of that concentrated on NBC’s excellent Sunday Night series.  NFC East teams get eight Sunday night spots (again, often against each other); no other division gets more than five.

It’s on Monday Night Football where the South takes the lead.  The Bucs, Saints, Falcons and Panthers combine to make a league-high six appearances on Monday night; moreover, that’s six different dates because none of those games are between two NFC South teams.  Essentially, you’ll be watching an NFC South team on Monday Night Football one out of every three weeks.  The NFC South, NFC East and NFC North are the only divisions which get all four of their teams on MNF at some point this season.  The NFC South is the only division in which all four of its teams have a home Monday night game this season.

In an effort to get appealing matchups on prime time, the NFL schedule-makers must annually make some educated guesses as to which teams are on the rise.  The 6-10 Jets get a Monday night date, but the 6-10 Bills do not.  The 4-12 Lions make it onto MNF, but the 5-11 Cardinals do not.  The fact that all four NFC South teams made the MNF list – three of whom finished 7-9 last year – is an indication that the schedule-makers know what fans of the Bucs, Falcons, Panthers and Saints have been seeing for more than a decade: The NFC South is utterly unpredictable from year to year, but often competitive from top to bottom.

Doug Martin Twitter Takeover on April 23

Doug Martin was one half of the Buccaneers first round prizes coming out of the 2012 NFL Draft. And with the primetime first round of the 2013 NFL Draft quickly approaching, we think it only fitting to let the Dougernaut take the stage and take your questions.

That is why, on Tuesday, April 23, from 1-1:30 PM, Doug Martin will be taking over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Twitter handle, @TBBuccaneers.

This event is your chance to ask Doug Martin (@DougMartin22) your pressing questions about his experiences from the 2012 NFL Draft and his phenomenal rookie season. Doug will also be giving away some special autographed memorabilia to some of the best Tweets that hit his inbox.

From 1-1:30 PM, send the Dougernaut your questions by tweeting at @TBBuccaneers, using the hashtag #itsabucslife to ensure your comment can be seen.

And as if that isn’t enough to get you fully excited to learn the 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie class, don’t forget to join us on Thursday, April 25, to watch the primetime first round at Raymond James Stadium for the Official Draft Party!

Point/Counterpoint: First Annual Captain’s Blog NFL Mock Draft!

Less than a week left until the beginning of 2013 NFL Draft. Needless to say, we are all getting a little antsy. With big news coming out yesterday with the NFL schedule release, we at least have something to tide us over for the long week of waiting ahead.

However, since we have already speculated about which opponents we are most excited about seeing and which game we want to see for our opener, I say we spend this week working out just how this draft might go down.

Since January, we’ve been seeing and reporting on the experts from ESPN, NFL.com, and countless other mock draft about who the Buccaneers could potentially snag with the 13th selection. So, I propose that we make our own.

Ladies and gentlemen: the First Annual Captain’s Blog NFL Mock Draft (FACBNFLMD)! One-by-one, pick-by-pick, let’s conjure up our own 2013 NFL Draft opening round.  As a gentleman, I’ll let you get the first overall pick with the Kansas City Chiefs. I’ll take the Jaguars at number two and send it back to you with the Raiders at pick three. Et cetera, et cetera.

Without further ado… With the first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs (via Scott Smith) select… Continue reading

Share your VIP Experience at the Official Draft Party

The Buccaneers are throwing the 2013 Official Draft Party presented by Miller Lite on Thursday, April 25, at Raymond James Stadium. And as if watching the primetime first round of the NFL Draft with thousands of Bucs fans on the home turf of your favorite team wasn’t enough, you now have the chance to upgrade your experience and share it with thousands of Bucs fans worldwide!

Click here to enter to become the Bucs Life First Mate. Follow the link and simply send us your Twitter handle, your best fan picture and explain what the Bucs Life means to you in 120 characters or less.

The winner will get the VIP treatment at the Official Draft Party and the Buccaneers will showcase your tweets and photos through Bucs social media. Entries will be accepted until Monday, April 22. Enter today to live the Bucs Life in style at the Official Draft Party presented by Miller Lite.