Monday, November 20, 2017


Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): Listen live

Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Bucs-Dolphins: How Ryan Fitzpatrick steadied Tampa Bay

MIAMI GARDENS — For chaos, there was Jameis Winston missing his second game with a shoulder injury and an NFL investigation swirling...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston gives words of encouragement to teammates during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Figures from FSU case enter latest allegation against Jameis Winston

MIAMI GARDENS — The case of Jameis Winston and a female Uber driver in Arizona took more twists Sunday, with Winston getting some level of corroboration, and his unnamed accuser retaining a familiar, high-profile attorney.Eagles cornerback...
Updated: 8 hours ago
In this Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Winston is being investigated for allegedly groping a female Uber driver in 2016. The Buccaneers quarterback has denied the charge on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.  (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Bucs’ belief in Jameis Winston has been shaken

TAMPA — Belief is the biggest attribute a quarterback can bring to his team. Belief in his talent. Belief in his commitment to winning. Belief in his ability to bring everyone together and have his voice lead the path forward.But the belief the...
Published: 11/18/17
Ndamukong Suh was selected one pick ahead of Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy in the 2010 NFL Draft. The two Pro Bowl defensive linemen meet Sunday in Miami when the Buccaneers face the Dolphins, but McCoy insists

Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

TAMPA — In the spring of 2010, one of the biggest debates during the week leading up to the NFL draft was which defensive tackle would be selected first: Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy.Both figured to be highly productive...
Published: 11/18/17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) at midfield after an NFL game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. The New England Patriots beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times

Jameis Winston accused of groping Uber driver

TAMPA — The NFL is investigating an allegation that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016.Winston called the allegations "false" and contested the unnamed female driver’s assertion that he was her...
Published: 11/17/17
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) is overcome with emotion on the sidelines after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense allowed yet another New Orleans Saints score and the game turned into a blowout during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Lavonte David is the Bucs’ quiet force

TAMPA — Lavonte David is a private, almost shy man whose goal each week until game day is apparently to remain invisible by NFL standards.Off the field, the Bucs linebacker doesn’t often raise his voice. But when he was called to do so by coach...
Published: 11/16/17
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) leaves the locker room for the start of an NFL game between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Seen behind him is Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Griffin (4).

Bucs journal: Ryan Fitzpatrick confident in Bucs, self

TAMPA — Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will try to make it two wins in a row against AFC East teams when he faces the Dolphins on Sunday.Fitzpatrick said he didn’t play as well as he can in a 15-10 win over the Jets last weekend. But with WR Mike...
Published: 11/16/17
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is pushed out of bounds in the air for an incomplete pass by New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) during the first half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Bucs’ Mike Evans: I need to be better in mind, effort

TAMPA — Mike Evans had not watched a football game on television in years. So when he tuned into the Bucs-Jets game Sunday from his home in Texas, he was not shocked by what he saw, but by what he heard."The commentators are kind of hard on...
Published: 11/15/17
Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden speaks during a news conference Wednesday  in Tampa. Gruden will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during their game against the Atlanta Falcons Dec. 13 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Gruden season has begun, and it could get awkward

TAMPA — One week before Christmas, Jon Gruden will walk out of the ESPN broadcast booth during Monday Night Football and onto the 50-yard line at Raymond James Stadium.The man who was responsible for winning the Bucs’ only Lombardi Trophy with...
Published: 11/13/17
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) greets New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) at midfield following the Bucs' win. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Bucs-Jets: The beauty of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first Bucs start

TAMPA — Ryan Fitzpatrick is the first to tell you there are no ugly wins. Not when your team has lost five straight games. Not when you are 34 and wearing your seventh NFL uniform while keeping the seat warm for the injured franchise...
Published: 11/12/17