Wednesday, September 19, 2018


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

Blake Snell takes a drink during the third inning of the Rays' victory over the Rangers Tuesday in Arlington, Tex. [AP Photo/Mike Stone]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Why Blake Snell should win the AL Cy Young Award

Rays pitcher Blake Snell becomes baseball's first 20-game winner and deserves to win the AL Cy Young Award, Rick Stroud says on today's podcast. Snell picks up the victory as the Rays  blank the Rangers to move 18 games above...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) fakes a handoff before throwing a touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson during the Bucs' victory over the Eagles Sunday in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Bucs’ Ryan Fitzpatrick is NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week. Again.

It's Ryan Fitzpatrick's world, and the NFL is just living in it.For the second straight week, the Bucs quarterback was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week.Fitzpatrick becomes the first Bucs player to ever to win that...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks speaks during his Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in 2014 in Canton, Ohio. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times ]

Derrick Brooks among Hall of Famers backing away from letter demanding benefits

Add Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks to the list of players who have publicly disavowed specific demands and threats in a letter published Tuesday listing 21 NFL greats demanding health insurance and pension for all members.The letter
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including Donovan Smith, Gerald McCoy and DeSean Jackson, pose for a photo with other dignitaries during an announcement of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers social justice initiative on September 18, 2018 at the Tampa Police Department Training Academy in Tampa, Fla. The Glazers pledged $1 million in matching funds of Tampa Bay Buccaneers players contributions to organizations committed to social justice in Tampa Bay. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

Bucs announce social justice initiative

TAMPA — Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson stepped out of his cleats and walked in the shoes of a Tampa police officer during a simulation training session Tuesday that was eye-opening."I was a police officer doing a regular (traffic)...
Published: 09/18/18
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) walks towards the bench after calling a timeout during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles.[MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What happens when Jameis Winston returns?

Who should start at quarterback for the Bucs in Week 4, when Jameis Winston returns from his three-game suspension?Head coach Dirk Koetter won't talk about it, while DeSean Jackson says, "you can't take the hot man out." But what might...
Published: 09/18/18
Why has the protection been so good for Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick? It goes back t the lines squaring off in training camp.(LUIS SANTANA | Times)

Bucs journal: Better QB protection result of training camp battles

TAMPA— Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is off to an incredibly hot start, and a big reason for it is the protection he is getting from the offensive line.Fitzpatrick has only been sacked twice in 61 pass attempts. According to...
Published: 09/17/18
If the Bucs have a quarterback dilemma when Jameis Winston, left, returns from suspension, it isn't whether he or Ryan Fitzpatrick, right, will start, says Rick Stroud. [Times files (2017)]

While others debate Winston or Fitzpatrick, the Bucs will answer this question

TAMPA — If there is a quarterback dilemma for the Bucs, it is this: When do they make the switch to Jameis Winston?Sure, Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing the best football of his life. He's 2-0 with consecutive games of at least 400...
Published: 09/17/18
Ryan Fitzpatrick at the postgame press conference. Deal with it.

After going 2-0, Tampa Bay quarterback shows up to press conference wearing sunglasses and dripping in diamonds and gold

Ryan Fitzpatrick was ready to dress for success.
Published: 09/17/18
Ryan Fitzpatrick hands off to Peyton Barber (25) during the Bucs' victory over the Eagles Sunday in Tampa. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Ryan Fitzpatrick leads Bucs to 2-0 start

FitzMagic continues as Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the Bucs to their first 2-0 start since 2010, beating the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles, 27-21.Fitzpatrick throws for over 400 yards and four touchdowns for the second game in a...
Published: 09/17/18
When you throw for 400 yards and four touchdowns after beating Drew Brees and the defending Super Bowl champs in back to back weeks, you can dress however you want.  Fitzpatrick showed up for his postgame press conference Sunday looking like he had raided DeSean Jackson's wardrobe -- which he had. Said Fitzpatrick:

Bucs-Eagles: Ryan Fitzpatrick, teammates are not who we thought they were

TAMPA  — Ryan Fitzpatrick was ready to dress for success. After shredding the Philadelphia Eagles for 402 yards passing and four touchdowns in a 27-21 win Sunday, once again he was helped out by receiver DeSean Jackson.
Published: 09/16/18
Updated: 09/17/18