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Game: Madden 13 (PS3)

Quarter Length: 11 minutes (1st 2 games were 7 minutes)

Rosters: Most recent ones from EA

Coach Firing: Off (I am acting as Owner, so I will decide when/if the coach gets fired)

Pre-Existing Injuries: Off

Trade Deadline: Off



Bucs hire Greg Schiano as coach


Updated: January 27, 2012, 2:56 AM ET

By Adam Schefter | ESPN


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finalized a five-year deal to hire Rutgers coach Greg Schiano as their new head coach.

The 45-year-old former Scarlet Knights coach was hired Thursday, more than three weeks after the Bucs fired Raheem Morris following a 4-12 record.

"We are thrilled to introduce Coach Schiano as the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," new Bucs owner Kirk Plum said in a statement. "During our thorough search, we met with numerous impressive candidates, but Coach Schiano surely distinguished himself. From his leadership skills to his impressive track record, he is, simply put, the right man for the job."


The Buccaneers said Schiano would be formally introduced at a news conference Friday.

"Coach Schiano is a bright, meticulous teacher who knows how to get the most out of his players," said Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said in the statement. "He built and ran a pro-style program at Rutgers, and he's a defensive-minded coach whose teams have always been characterized by toughness and a physical style of play."

Schiano was intrigued by the challenge of coaching in the NFL and also was concerned about the perceived uncertainty of the future direction of the Big East Conference, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad.

The two sides met Wednesday for the second time and then spent some of the night into Thursday morning working out the contract.

Schiano has previous NFL experience as an assistant coach with Chicago from 1996 to '98. He played linebacker at Bucknell but never in the NFL. His first big break in coaching came at Penn State, where Joe Paterno hired him to coach defensive backs in 1991. He was at Penn State through 1995, before being hired by the Bears.

Because of his success at Rutgers, there had often been speculation for years about Schiano possibly replacing Paterno when the Hall of Famer was done coaching. But when Penn State was looking for a replacement after firing Paterno amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving former longtime defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the school hired Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

Schiano has been courted by several other colleges during his time at Rutgers, most notably Miami in 2006 and Michigan in 2007.

"I've had several opportunities over the years and none of them felt right," Schiano told The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., as he left Rutgers' football facility Thursday night. "This time, this one felt right."

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who played for Schiano at Rutgers, was among former Scarlet Knights players to talk about the news on Twitter.

"Congrats to coach @GregSchiano the Bucs are getting a great man and a great coach. #salute," he wrote. Rice is scheduled to be a free agent but has said he expects to be back with the Ravens.

Eric LeGrand, who suffered a spinal injury in 2010 but has continued to be a constant around the Rutgers program, tweeted his surprise at the news.

"Really? Not going to lie I am a little bit shocked right now," he wrote.

New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty, who also played for Schiano at Rutgers, said Thursday he thinks his former coach will do a great job in the NFL.

"He's a great coach, so I'm not surprised that he was offered the opportunity," McCourty said. "I think he'll do a great job."

Schiano is an under-the-radar coach, but Tampa Bay has been eyeing him throughout this process. Buccaneers college scout Bill Rees made contact with Schiano at the outset of Tampa Bay's coaching search, and the two men stayed in contact.

Kirk Plum also conducted a massive amount of research, reaching out to various NFL people. One of the people they called was Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who spoke highly of Schiano.

Belichick on Thursday praised Schiano.

"I think he is a tremendous coach that's done a great job with that program. And his players have been very NFL-ready. Guys that come out of that program, when they get to the NFL, most of them make it. It may not be first-round picks or whatever but if they have enough talent to really compete in the NFL most of them end up staying in one way or another and I think that's a credit to the preparation and the program that he's built there," Belichick said, according to the Buccaneers in their statement.

Now, they have hired Schiano, who has a 49-28 record at Rutgers since 2006. Schiano is said to have impressed the Bucs in the two interviews he had -- one in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, another as recently as Wednesday morning.

Schiano's contract with Rutgers was scheduled to run through 2016 and paid him around $2.35 million per year.


Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.

Edited by msuboy11

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ESPN gives Tampa Bay Buccaneers an A- for Free Agency


By Sander Philipse on Mar 30, 1:35p


ESPN has been handing out free agency grades, and they've given the Tampa Bay Buccaneers an A- in free agency. That's a good grade, but we'll have to see whether it sticks in the long term. While the Bucs have certainly fixed a number of holes, they are from a complete team - with major problems at linebacker and running back still remaining. In addition, we've seen offseason and free agency winners fizzle out too often in the past to feel very secure about the Bucs' additions.


"The Bucs were huge early spenders in free agency. Jackson and Nicks are two of the better players at their respective positions and fill massive need positions for Tampa Bay. Wright was a questionable signing for the dollars it cost, but cornerback certainly was a major weakness on this roster. I would have liked to see Tampa Bay add a veteran or two with outstanding leadership skills to help lead this very young and sometimes troubled roster. However, the Bucs' key losses were minimal, and Tampa Bay is set up quite well to take the best player available with the No. 5 overall pick in the draft."






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Traded L. Blount (HB) and 2013 1st Round Pick to Titans for M. Griffin (FS) and J. Ringer (HB)

Traded A. Benn (WR), 2013 & 2014 4th Round Picks to Colts for 2013 & 2014 3rd Round Picks

Traded Jeremy Trueblood (RT), 2013 & 2014 3rd Round Picks (Our 2013 & Colts 2014) to Jaguars for 2013 & 2014 1st Round Picks


Game 1 @ Dolphins: W 42-23

Josh Freeman: 2/3 17 yds 1td/0int

Adam Weber: 12/21 402 yds 5td/0int


Doug Martin: 4/27/6.8/0td

Javon Ringer: 10/60/6/0td/2fumbles


Chris Owusu: 9 rec 352 yds 39.1 avg 5 TD 154 YAC


Schiano: "I thought we had a good week of practice leading up to the game, so to see us go out there and have our guys execute and get a win is a good sign."


Game 2 vs. Titans: W 42-21

Josh Freeman: 5/6 123 yds 1td/0int

Adam Weber: 12/24 265 yds 3td/2int


Doug Martin: 6 att 18 yds 3 avg 1 TD

Javon Ringer: 11 att 53 yds 4.8 avg 1 TD


Vincent Jackson: 3 rec 100 yds 33.3 avg 1 TD (All in 1 quarter)

Chris Owusu: 5 rec 156 yds 31.2 avg 2 TD

Luke Stocker: 4 rec 75 yds 18.8 avg 1 TD


Mark Barron(SS), Ronde Barber(CB), Cody Grimm(SS), Da'Quan Bowers(RE), Quincy Black(LOLB) all had 1 int.


Schiano: "I think like any other game, there were positives and negatives for our team. But we or the win so it's an overall good game."


Players Cut:

Dan Orlovsky(QB)- Freed $1.2M

DJ Ware(RB)- Freed $1M


Game 3 vs. Patriots: L 34-28

Josh Freeman: 3/5 64 yds 1td/0int

Adam Weber: 8/24 191 yds 2td/4int


Doug Martin: 4 att 58 yds 14.5 avg 1 TD

Javon Ringer: 5 att 52 yds 10.4 avg 0 TD


Vincent Jackson: 2 rec 43 yds 21.5 avg 1 TD

Chris Owusu: 5 rec 137 yds 27.4 avg 2 TD


Da'Quan Bowers: 6 tackles 2 tfl 2 sacks

Mason Foster: 2 tackles 1 tfl 1 sack 1 int


Brady(Patriots): 4/8 59 yds 0td/2int (1 quarter)


Schiano: "


Players Cut:

David Douglas (WR): Freed a net $0

Danny Noble (TE): Freed $500k

Desmond Wynn (LG): Freed a net $0

Corey Irvin (DT): Freed $540k

Matthew Masifilo (DT): Freed $500k

Danny Gorrer (CB): Freed $540k


Game 4 @ Redskins: W 31-17

Josh Freeman: 4/6 58 yds 0td/0int

Adam Weber: 8/22 160 yds 3td/2int (1 was dropped and fell into hands of L.Fletcher. He also had 1 rush for 1 yard for a TD)


Javon Ringer: 17 att 130 yds 7.6 avg 0 TD

Michael Smith: 2 att 42 yds 21 avg 0 TD


Chris Owusu: 6 rec 138 yds 23 avg 3 TD


Da'Quan Bowers and Roy Miller each had 2 sacks


Schiano: "


Players cut:

Brandon McDonald (CB): Freed $540k

EJ Biggers (CB): Freed $500k

Markus White (LOLB): Freed $450k, Penalty of $90k

Lazarius Levingston (LE): Freed $450k, Penalty of $90k

Andrew Economos (C/LS): Freed $950k, Penalty of $200k

Roger Allen (RG): Freed $540k





Offense: Chris Owusu- 25 rec 783 yds 31.3 avg 12 TD image-31_zpsccca290e.jpg

Defense: Quincy Black- 19 tac 2 tfl 2 sacks 2 int 2 defimage-31_zps748aca05.jpg

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Offense: Balanced

Defense: Base 4-3


QB: Strong Arm

HB: Balanced

FB: Blocking

WR: Red Zone Threat

TE: Receiver

OL: Run Blocker (All are)

DE: Balanced 4-3

DT: Balanced

LOLB: Cover 2

MLB: Run Support

ROLB: Cover 2

CB: Balanced

FS: Playmaker

SS: Run Support

K: Balanced

P: Balanced



Tampa Bay Bucs Depth Chart - 2012
Regular Offense
WRVincent Jackson (95)Tiquan Underwood (76)Sammie Stroughter (68)
TEDallas Clark (82)Dennis Pitta (80)Luke Stocker (67) Drake Dunsmore (64)
LTDonald Penn (94)Demar Dotson (82)Derek Hardman (64)
LGCarl Nicks (99)Hayworth Hicks (61)Jamon Meredith (76)
CJeremy Zuttah (85)Ted Larsen (70)Jamon Meredith (76)
RGDavin Joesph (93)Jamon Meredith (76)Hayworth Hicks (61)
RTDemar Dotson (82)Derek Hardman (64) Ted Larsen (70)
WRMike Williams (86)Chris Owusu (67)Roscoe Parrish (67)
QBJosh Freeman (88)Adam Weber (70)
FBErik Lorig (91)
HBDoug Martin (87)Javon Ringer (74)Michael Smith (65)
Base 4-3 Defense
LDEMichael Bennett (87)Da'Quan Bowers (80)Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (77)
LDTGerald McCoy (93)Gary Gibson (80)
RDTRoy Miller (81)Gary Gibson (80)
RDEAdrian Clayborn (83)Da'Quan Bowers (80)Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (77)
WLBDekoda Watson (74)Quincy Black (79)Adam Hayward (79)
MLBMason Foster (80)Najee Goode (83)
SLBLavonte David (92)Quincy Black (79)Adam Hayward (79)
CBRichard Sherman (90)Ronde Barber (82)Leonard Johnson (71)Myron Lewis (70)
SSMark Barron (81)Cody Grimm (71)
FSMichael Griffin (91)Ahmad Black (75)
CBJason McCourty (83)Anthony Gaitor (72)Keith Tandy (71)LeQuan Lewis (70)
Special Teams
KConnor Barth (81)
PMichael Koenen (87)
HAdam Weber
PRRoscoe Parrish (84)Chris Owusu (67)Michael Smith (67)LeQuan Lewis (66)
KRRoscoe Parrish (83)Chris Owusu (74) Michael Smith (73)LeQuan Lewis (73)
LSCarl Nicks (99)Davin Joesph (93)Jeremy Zuttah (85)


The Bucs are adding to their plethera of talent, as they have acquired Conerback Richard Sherman from the Seattle Seahawks. Sherman, a 5th Round Pick out of Stanford last year, had a productive rookie year last year, as he had 62 tackles, 4 interceptions, 17 deflections, and one 1 forced fumble. Sherman, an ex-WR at Stanford, has great size for a CB at 6'3" and weighing 195 lbs. He has good speed also. He is one of the best man cover corners in the league (98) and is a great zone defender too (89). He is a smart player, as evident by his 4.25 High School GPA, and for the fact he graduated in 3 years at Stanford. He is such a good player that many people called him Optimus Prime, who was the opposer to Megatron in the movie Transformers, because of his ability to shut down Wide Receivers such as Calvin Johnson (Megatron). It came at a price though, as the Bucs gave up their 1st round picks in the 2013 and 2014 drafts. They had 1 in the 2013 (from Jacksonville) and 2 in 2014 (1 from Jacksonville & 1 from themselves). The Bucs took this chance as there do not seem to be many good corners, if any, in this years' class, and it moved Ronde to nickelback, where at his age and lack of speed, he will excel.

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Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sep 9, 20121ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Carolina Panthers (0-0)14001428
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)71421749
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense265508
Rushing Yards104155
Passing Yards161353
First Downs1113
Punt Return Yards076
Kick Return Yards11276
Total Yards377660
3rd Down Converstion55
4th Down Conversion01
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals1/02/0
Posession Time9:3618:24
Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton22/3416100
Isaac Redman11494.51
Tim Hightower142421
Steve Smith33110.30
James Anderson62(3tfl)00
Jon Beason3011
Jordan Senn2001(Fumb)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman16/2337343
Doug Martin161398.71
Javon Ringer1000
Josh Freeman2178.51
Vincent Jackson1032332.33
Mike Williams112120
Dallas Clark1331
Tiquan Underwood228140
Donald Penn20
Mason Foster8000
Lavonte David500(1defl)0
Gerald McCoy2100
Michael Bennett3100
Richard Sherman400(1defl)0
Connor Barth0/07/77N/A
Roscoe Parrish37625.30
Roscoe Parrish476191(55yd)

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants
Sep 16, 20121ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)71401435
New York Giants (1-0)07007
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense494260
Rushing Yards20924
Passing Yards285236
First Downs1414
Punt Return Yards169
Kick Return Yards2186
Total Yards531355
3rd Down Converstion44
4th Down Conversion11
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals2/00/0
Posession Time17:5010:10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman10/1534831
Doug Martin1414110.10
Javon Ringer254271
Josh Freeman492.31
Vincent Jackson27135.50
Mike Williams4200502
Dallas Clark24723.51
Chris Owusu230150
Mason Foster700(1defl)0
Lavonte David410(2defl)0
Gerald McCoy2100
Michael Griffin700(1defl)0
New York Giants
Eli Manning22/4523600
Ahmad Bradshaw8212.60
Eli Manning231.51
Victor Cruz56613.20
Linval Joseph4200
Jason Pierre-Paul3200
Stevie Brown1010
Lawrence Tynes0/21/11N/A



Dolphins resign Randy Starks(DT) to 5yr/$30.9M deal

Sedrick Ellis(DT) rejects Saints extension offer

Colts resign Robert Mathis(OLB) to 5yr/$45.5M deal

Patriots resign Wes Welker(WR) to 6yr/$79.2M deal

Ravens resign Ed Reed(FS) to 3yr/$24.6M deal

Randy Moss gets to #2 on career TD reception list

Roy Miller(DT) & Connor Barth(K) reject Bucs' extention offers

Falcons resign Tony Gonzalez(TE) to 6yr/$45 M deal

Bears resign Brian Urlacher(MLB) to 4yr/$32M deal

Bucs resign Daniel Te'o-Nesheim(RE) to 6yr/$6.9M deal

Dennis Pitta(TE) signs 1yr/$2.35 deal with Bucs

Bucs release Cody Wallace© & Jacob Cutera(ROLB) for a net of $1M($600k-CW, $400k-JC)

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys
Sep 23, 20121ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)1024141361
Dallas Cowboys (0-2)010131033
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense677371
Rushing Yards13916
Passing Yards538355
First Downs268
Punt Return Yards197
Kick Return Yards65116
Total Yards761494
3rd Down Converstion34
4th Down Conversion40
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4/20/2
Posession Time33:1110:49
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman31/4856670
Doug Martin241335.50
Javon Ringer561.21
Vincent Jackson617529.21
Mike Williams615325.51
Dallas Clark23316.52
Dennis Pitta684141
Chris Owusu33110.31
Javon Ringer330101
Tiquan Underwood224120
Mason Foster3100
Lavonte David3100
Gerald McCoy2200
Mark Barron5110
Ronde Barber0010
Anthony Gaitor3010
Connor Barth2/27/71333
Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo17/3239743
DeMarco Murray5122.40
Dez Bryant4100252
Miles Austin416140.32
DeMarcus Ware6100
Dan Bailey2/23/3940

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Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sep 30, 20121ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Washington Redskins (1-2)770014
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-0)71414742
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense208459
Rushing Yards106116
Passing Yards102343
First Downs913
Punt Return Yards190
Kick Return Yards8047
Total Yards307515
3rd Down Converstion24
4th Down Conversion01
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals0/04/0
Posession Time20:2623:34
Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris14694.90
Alfred Morris348161
Chris Cooley146461
Brian Orakpo71(3tfl)00
Matt Turk832340.43
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman17/2936840
Doug Martin24994.11
Josh Freeman3175.71
Vincent Jackson515631.21
Mike Williams246230
Chris Owusu116161
Dennis Pitta34013.31
Tiquan Underwood48220.51
Mason Foster2100
Ronde Barber4200
Gerald McCoy53(4tfl)00
Michael Bennett1100
Richard Sherman2010
Dekoda Watson1100
Gary Gibson1100

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Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oct 14, 20121ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)32610342
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-0)0915024
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense342419
Rushing Yards23581
Passing Yards107338
First Downs1116
Punt Return Yards522
Kick Return Yards27221
Total Yards374662
3rd Down Converstion36
4th Down Conversion10
2-Point Conversion01
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals1/21/0
Posession Time26:4017:20
Kansas City Chiefs
David Garrard12/2113610
Jamaal Charles221848.43
Jason Addai14503.60
Jamaal Charles381271
Dwayne Bowe1(Off of Eric Wright)15150
Jovan Belcher7000
Abram Elam1030
Eric Berry5010
Jalil Brown5010
Kendrick Lewis4110
Javier Arenas2010
Ryan Succop5/53/41848
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman22/5337627
Doug Martin11605.50
Josh Freeman22110.50
Vincent Jackson812515.61
Mike Williams399330
Dallas Clark59819.61
Mason Foster5200
Michael Griffin12000
Ronde Barber4100
Michael Bennett3200
Roscoe Parrish414235.51(97yd)

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New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oct 21, 20121ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
New Orleans Saints (3-2)2121282090
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1)714211456
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense634622
Rushing Yards18110
Passing Yards453612
First Downs1522
Punt Return Yards1723
Kick Return Yards198123
Total Yards849768
3rd Down Converstion86
4th Down Conversion01
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4/15/0
Posession Time23:3820:22
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees23/3745371
Darren Sproles221838.33
Marques Colston6120201
Jimmy Graham5418.21
Devery Henderson310936.31
Darren Sproles34615.31
Lance Moore36120.32
Corey White1011
Elbert Mack4110
Rafael Bush1010
Malcolm Jenkins4010
Shaun Suisham2/312/121841
Darren Sproles314648.71(95yd)
Darren Sproles2178.50
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman35/7164474
Doug Martin4820
Josh Freeman1221/2
Vincent Jackson1226121.84
Mike Williams515731.41
Dallas Clark58717.41
Dennis Pitta234171
Doug Martin86480
Roy Miller6100
Dekoda Watson50(3tfl)00
Gerald McCoy2100
Michael Bennett3100
Richard Sherman0010

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
Oct 25, 20121ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2)72431044
Minnesota Vikings (4-3)3147327
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense515363
Rushing Yards247102
Passing Yards268261
First Downs2410
Punt Return Yards218
Kick Return Yards6454
Total Yards600425
3rd Down Converstion57
4th Down Conversion10
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4/11/1
Posession Time27:2316:37
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman19/3627401
Doug Martin2716263
Javon Ringer8577.12
Josh Freeman3227.30
Michael Smith1660
Vincent Jackson613021.70
Mike Williams250250
Chris Owusu21890
Dennis Pitta6457.50
Tiquan Underwood122220
Carl Nicks30
Jeremy Zuttah20
Demar Dotson10
Mason Foster8000
Lavonte David40(2tfl)10
Gerald McCoy4100
Michael Bennett3200
Richard Sherman0010
Roy Miller2100
Connor Barth3/35/51449
Minnesota Vikings
Donovan McNabb17/3926922
Adrian Peterson14966.91
Jarius Wright49323.31
Devin Aromashodu3289.31
Brian Robison4100
Jamarca Sanford6010
John Kasay2/23/3954

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