Monday, Oct. 29
The final word on the Jags loss, 3:41 p.m.
My Observation Deck review of Sunday's loss to Jacksonville is at Bucsblitz.com, and it includes why Kevin Carter is concerned about this team, why the Bucs aren't out of the race and my Game Balls for Sunday's game. Get the final word on the game by clicking here.
Gruden's words are up, 3:38 p.m.
The complete transcript from Jon Gruden's Monday press conference is up at Bucsblitz.com, an exclusive premium service you can only find here every time Gruden has a press conference. Get his unfiltered views on Sunday's game by clicking here. Also, catch up with his complete post-game press conference from Sunday by clicking here. .
Injury update, 11:24 a.m.
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden updated the injury situation on Monday morning:
Defensive end Greg Spires had a calf injury and is being evaluated, said Gruden. He said it did not appear to be a strained Achilles' tendon, as reported. Cornerback/returner Torrie Cox had a knee injury and is also being evaluated. Gruden had no other updates on Brian Kelly, Patrick Chukwurah, Michael Pittman, Alex Smith and Michael Clayton, all of which are hurt and missed Sunday's game.
"We're concerned about them," Gruden said of Spires and Cox.
An injury to Spires would likely mean more playing time for Kevin Carter on the left side, as it would for Greg White, his likely backup.
Assessing the future, 11:19 a.m.
Jon Gruden on the NFC South race:
"You win your division you're in the playoffs and every year it starts right there. New Orleans is a good football team. Carolina and Atlanta have had their share of injuries. There is blood in the water in the NFC South. Hopefully we get some guys back and be a factor."
That fumble was big, 11:13 a.m.
Jon Gruden on that Quinn Gray fumble deep in the end zone on Sunday:
"Why didn't we get that? What the hell's going on? We didn't get it done. Our players will feel like, ‘Hey, we're a pretty good football team but we have to make a couple of more plays.' That was unfortunate."
On Stovall, 11:12 a.m.
Jon Gruden on Maurice Stovall:
"He had a couple of penalties in the two minute. His inexperience showed at times. He made some nice catches. He played on special teams. We got tired. We had to take a time out late to get some guys some air. It was a good start."
Jags catch some big passes, 11:10 a.m.
Jon Gruden on the two big Jacksonville receptions in the fourth quarter on Sunday:
"You look at Matt Jones go up and make a one-handed freak catch, and Wilford did the same thing the play before that. Those two signature plays won them the game."
Turning it over, 11:07 a.m.
Jon Gruden was asked what has to change from the past two weeks against Detroit and Jacksonville. He focused on the team's minus-5 turnover ratio.
"You can play fantasy football all you want, but it's turnover ratio that wins and loses football and we haven't acquired a turnover in two weeks," Gruden said.
Getting ready for Gruden, 10:43 a.m.
Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden will speak shortly to the media. We'll get injury updates on Torrie Cox, Greg Spires and other Buccaneers. Keep stopping by Bucsblitz.com all day for Gruden's press conference transcript from both Sunday and Monday, our "Press Pass" feature with Ronde Barber from Sunday's post-game locker room and my "Observation Deck" post-game review. Also, be sure to check out the story links provided in this blog. They'll get you up to speed on what happened yesterday.
Wall-to-wall coverage, 10:40 a.m.
If you haven't stopped by Bucsblitz.com since the Buccaneers' 24-23 loss to Jacksonville, you should. We have an in-depth game package. First, find out why veteran defensive end Kevin Carter is so distressed after the Bucs lost for the third time in four games by linking to my game story. Next, second-year wide receiver Maurice Stovall made a nice showing on Sunday, setting career highs in receptions and yards. It wasn't enough to help the Bucs win, but it was certainly encouraging. read about that, plus a comprehensive set of game notes from Sunday's contest. Also, if you missed the game for any reason, you can catch up with my official in-game blog, featuring injury updates, analysis and commentary. And, you can view the best images from Sunday's game in our free photo gallery.
Once, twice a whiff, 10:37 a.m.
You're probably thinking what the Lakeland Ledger's Mike Cobb wrote this morning — that the Bucs should be 6-2 and not 4-4. Why? Cobb provides a succinct breakdown of the Bucs' downturn at theledger.com.
Blitzing Jags, 10:36 a.m.
Jacksonville didn't make it easy on Tampa Bay defensively, bringing blitzes all afternoon on Sunday. At times, the Bucs handled it. Other times, they didn't. Quarterback Jeff Garcia was only sacked twice, but his feet seemed as if they were on the move all day, writes Joanne Korth in this article at Tampabay.com.
Bucs transforming before our eyes, 10:34 a.m.
Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times writes that the Buccaneers have transformed themselves from a possible playoff team into the team most Bucs observers expected at the start of the season — one that would break fans' hearts. Find out why in by linking to this story at Tampabay.com.
Not-so-special day, 10:30 a.m.
The Tampa Tribune's Mick Elliott wrote that, even though Jacksonville's game play lacked subtlety, it was effective in wearing down the Buccaneers to open up key gains late in the contest. Find out Elliott's opinion in this link to TBO.com.
Bucs sitting at .500, 10:29 a.m.
Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson writes that there's no reason to talk about what might have been for the Buccaneers during the past two games, even though two victories instead of two losses would have meant firm control of the NFC South. Find out Henderson's opinion in this article at TBO.com.