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.

Was Jameis Winston trying to be Superman?

Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen (7) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) meet at midfield after playing in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) Tim Ireland  |  AP
Thatís how Bruce Arians tried to explain Winstonís six-turnover performance in London Sunday.

Bucs-Panthers: How Gerald McCoy got the Carolina sack party started

Former Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) gestures toward the Tampa Bay bench during the second quarter of Carolina's 37-26 victory over the Buccaneers Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Tim Ireland  |  AP
Tampa Bay was without two starters on the right side of its offensive line. Did McCoy and Co. exploit that weakness or simply win one-on-one battles?

Bucs Shaq Barrett, Mike Edwards will give it a go vs. Panthers

Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett has been a popular pick as the the team's first quarter MVP. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
Both players were questionable but will play today in London

Bucs find much love during London visit

Bucs superfan Adam McTaggart celebrates with Captain Fear at the Admiralty Pub in London. The Bucs appear to have plenty of fans in the UK and Europe. Rick Stroud/Tampa Bay Times
The transatlantic passion for Tampa Bay apparently transcends losing, and in some cases, marriage

Bucs-Panthers in London: Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh, again

Former Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, now a Carolina Panther, addresses the media after the team's practice in London. McCoy wishes the game was in Raymond James Stadium. Rick Stroud - Tampa Bay Times
The Panthersí defensive tackle hopes to outshine the man who replaced him, but he wishes the game was in Tampa.