Monday, Nov. 5
Gruden's Sunday transcript is up, 11:22 a.m.
The complete transcript from Jon Gruden's Sunday post-game press conference is now up at Bucsblitz.com. You won't find it in any newspaper or any blog. You can only get it at Bucsblitz.com and it's a premium service. Why? Because you should get to read every single word the head coach has to say. Click here for the transcript. .
Practice this week, 11:17 a.m.
Jon Gruden said that the Bucs may only practice once this week — Wednesday — a nod to the team's injury woes.
Usually the team practices on Wednesday and Thursday during the bye. But the Bucs have had walkthroughs on Wednesday the past two weeks because they didn't have enough players to practice effectively.
"We have to be sharp (on Wednesday)," Gruden said, on what has to happen to give the players Thursday through Sunday off.
If the Bucs use that one-practice schedule, they would use next Monday as a bonus day of practice for Atlanta.
Trueblood fallout, 11:10 a.m.
Jon Gruden said he didn't anticipate any fallout from Jeremy Trueblood's ejection on Sunday's game. He said that he felt the execution on the preceding play was lacking and that the officials missed a call.
"That was an ugly sequence of plays," Gruden said. "I'm not going to be tolerant of a 15-yard ejection penalty when we're trying to ice the game."
Injury update, 11:08 a.m.
B.J. Askew came out of Sunday's game with a minor ankle issue, Jeremy Trueblood had a shoulder stinger and Alex Smith re-aggravated his injured ankle, but Jon Gruden indicated the injuries weren't that serious.
On Adams, 11:05 a.m.
Jon Gruden on Gaines Adams after his first start:
"He got a couple of pressures, he was excellent in a couple of zone blitz drops. He nearly picked off a pass. We'll need a lot more from him."
Getting ready for Gruden, 10:15 a.m.
Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden will speak shortly to the media. The Bucs are expected to engage in a light week of workouts as they try to get their bevy of injured players healthy and ready for Atlanta. The Buccaneers will also take advantage of the extra week to game plan for the Falcons, a team that absolutely must beat to be a playoff contender. So, we're looking for injury updates and, possibly, Gruden's thoughts on Gaines Adams' first start. He didn't have much to say, but surely he's broken down the film by now.
Wall-to-wall coverage, 10:10 a.m.
If you haven't stopped by Bucsblitz.com since the Buccaneers' 17-10 win over Arizona, you should. We have an in-depth game package. First, get the low down on Earnest Graham's biggest game as a Buc and why the Buccaneers made such a commitment to him on Sunday in this game story. Next, second-year wide receiver Maurice Stovall only made one catch, but he had, as Jon Gruden put it, a ‘Pro Bowl' day on special teams. Find out how in this. game notebook. 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. Then, go inside the numbers with my scoring summary and position grades for the contest. And, you can view the best images from Sunday's game in our free photo gallery.
Time for some rest, 9:53 a.m.
The bye week is finally here, and the Bucs — now in first place in the NFC South — are looking forward to some well-earned rest, according to this article at Tampabay.com.
Can't cash in, 9:51 a.m.
The Bucs chewed up nearly 12 minutes of clock and drove 86 yards and got nothing but a missed field goal against Arizona. Joanne Korth goes inside the drive in this article at Tampabay.com.
Trueblood's emotions, 9:50 a.m.
Bucs transforming before our eyes, 9:48 a.m.
Jeff Garcia didn't want to go into the bye week with three straight sub-par performances, writes Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune. So, Garcia went out on Sunday and returned to his efficient self, leading the Bucs to a win — without a turnover — in this article at TBO.com.
Earnest's mantra, 9:45 a.m.
The Tampa Tribune's Martin Fennelly writes that Earnest Graham's mantra — run hard — served him well on his 34 carries during the Buccaneers' victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Read what else Fennelly had to say at TBO.com.
A visit from the Deacon, 9:43 a.m.
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden arranged for a visit from Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones. Apparently Gaines Adams, Tampa Bay's first-round pick, took notes, because his performance seemed a bit more spirited on Sunday, according to this article at TBO.com.