Rick Stroud, Bucs Reporter

Rick Stroud

Bucs Reporter

I’m glad we don’t change beat writers the way the Bucs change coaches. My first season was Ray Perkins’ last. He called me to ask if he was getting fired that day. He was. I’m in Tony Dungy’s book, Dirk Koetter’s phone and can sound like Jon Gruden’s voice. Covered the Gators, pinch hit on the Rays beat. Listen to my podcast SportsDay Tampa Bay M-F and you’re set. Dixie Hollins, SPJC, Arkansas State. Played baseball for all of them. St. Pete native. Married to Valerie. Three kids, grown son and two elementary school girls. I love this job. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve stood in the Oval Office, but One Buc Place is my White House.

Examining the Bruce Arians-Jason Licht package deal

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, left, and general manager Jason Licht. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: The relationship between coach and general manager is tighter than you thought, and sealed by contractual law.

Bucs journal: Bruce Arians says GM Jason Licht is why he’s here

coach Bruce Arians, taking the field before the preseason game against the Dolphins on Friday, says the Bucs having Jason Licht as general manager was
Also: Logjam at receiver; expect additions to the offensive line.

Bucs signed general manager Jason Licht to new deal

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
The pact, completed in January, mirrors that of coach Bruce Arians: four years and a club option for 2023.

Have the Bucs finally found their kicker in Matt Gay?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay (9) watches his field goal during the second quarter of the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 16, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Two years ago the Bucs were choosing between Roberto Aguayo and Nick Folk, while the potential answer to their perennial kicking woes was serving steak at a Texas Roadhouse.

Bucs’ sloppy win far from Bruce Arians’ desired outcome

Bucs kicker Matt Gay (9) kicks the game winning 48 yard field goal during the fourth quarter of the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 16, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 16 to 14. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Tampa Bay gets the win, but not the improved discipline coach sought