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On his way to the Hall of Fame, former Bucs coach Tony Dungy started slowly

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Long before those who run the Pro Football Hall of Fame were carving Tony Dungy‘s bust, fans were wondering if he was one. These days, Dungy is acknowledged as a leader, a mentor, a champion. He has won a Super Bowl, and he guided a team to a Super Bowl, and he has become among the most respected analysts of the game. Once, however, he was struggling. It was 1996, his first year with the Tampa Bay Bucs, and he was…

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Another NFL team releases former Buc quarterback Josh Freeman

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For former Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, March is proving to be one of the hardest months of the NFL season. Freeman, once again, has been sent packing by his NFL team. For Freeman, former No. 1 draft pick of Tampa Bay, a job has been hard to hold. Freeman has now been released by the Bucs, the Vikings, the Giants, the Dolphins and the Colts. The Colts have only two quarterbacks on their roster, starter Andrew Luck and…

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Former Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy added to Hall of Fame

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Former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro  Football Hall of Fame Saturday night. Dungy, 60, won 54 games in six seasons with the Bucs and reached the playoffs in four of his six seasons at the helm. Two of his Bucs’ players, Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, are already in the Hall. Dungy won one Super Bowl, in 2007 with the Colts. The Bucs’ Super Bowl came under coach Jon Gruden the season after the…

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Chuck Pagano’s fake punt vs. Patriots heads list of worst calls

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With Andrew Luck watching from the sideline, special-teams ace Colt Anderson lined up under center and took the snap at a critical point during the much-anticipated rematch between the Colts and Patriots. It was easily the worst play of the 2015 season. Indianapolis trailed New England 27-21 late in the third quarter and faced a fourth-and-3 at its own 37. Obviously, it was a punting situation. But Colts coach Chuck Pagano had other ideas. Wide receiver Griff Whalen played center.…

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Bucs’ 2-game winning streak ends at hands of Matt Hasselbeck

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Tampa Bay Bucs coach Lovie Smith said that Sunday was not a step back for his football team. Still, it felt that way. A lot of the old problems plagued the Bucs in a 25-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, a defeat that kept the Bucs on the bad side of .500. Tampa Bay had won two in a row, and it was looking like a team on the rise. This time, however, it suffered a lot of the roadblocks…

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Colts’ quarterback Matt Hasselbeck still winning at age 40

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He was never supposed to be this good. He was never supposed to last this long. In the year of Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf, he was an afterthought, just another flier in the sixth round. For goodness sakes, he was picked 101 spots after the immortal Jonathan Quinn. He was taken 15 picks after John Dutton. He spent a year on the practice squad. He backed up Trent Dilfer in Seattle. Yet, Matt Hasselbeck is still here. Even better,…

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Colts look to rebound on Monday night against Jets

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He said his team’s opening week defeat was just one game. He said it will not define his club. Sound familiar? Indianapolis Colts’ coach Chuck Pagano was saying the same things that most coaches who dropped their first game said. Now, his Colts have to rebound in a Monday night game against the New York Jets, which has left New York with a lot of nostalgia over Super Bowl III. The Jets won that one, 46 years ago, 16-7. Remember?…

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