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After further review, Bucs still weren’t good enough

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Dirk Koetter can live with the plays where the Eagles beat his Tampa Bay Bucs. He has a little more problem with the plays where the Bucs beat the Bucs. Tampa Bay lost its first preseason game to Philadelphia, 17-9, fumbling deep inside its 20 twice in the first five minutes to gift-wrap touchdowns to the Eagles. The Bucs struggled protecting the ball, avoiding penalties, holding onto passes and converting third down. “Before you start winning games, you’ve got to…

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Bucs start off preseason schedule with sloppy loss to Eagles

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It’s only preseason. Repeat that to yourself a few hundred times. It doesn’t count. It’s just practice. It’s pretend football. Got it? The Bucs opened their preseason play Thursday night in the worst possible way, giving up a touchdown on a turnover inside a minute, then doing it again inside of five minutes in a 17-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. “Not how I drew it up,” said coach Dirk Koetter. Yeah, yeah. It doesn’t count. But if you were…

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Bucs have to improve in red zone to get better as a team

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This is where it begins, in the shadow of the opponent’s goalposts. On first down-and-opportunity. With the cannons firing. With hope in the air. With the Tampa Bay Bucs, trying once again to stop treating the red zone like the dead zone. The Bucs had a sprightly little offense a year ago, with Jameis Winston throwing for more than 4,000 and Doug Martin running for more than 1,400 and Mike Evans catching passes for more than 1,200. In all, the…

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Bucs play their best game in years in drubbing Philadelphia

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For a long time – and you can measure it in seasons, in coaches or in quarterbacks – the Tampa Bay Bucs have waited for a day such as this one. A day when the quarterback was superb. A day when the running back could not be stopped. A day when the defense flustered the opposition. The Bucs have rarely had a day such as this one, when they bashed the Philadelphia Eagles 45-17 on their home turf in an…

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Bucs could face another backup quarterback against Eagles

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Sam Bradford? Or Mark Sanchez? To Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, it doesn’t much matter. The Eagles (4-5) face a decision for Sunday’s game based upon Bradford’s health. But even if Sanchez, the backup, plays against the Bucs, Kelly said he is fine with it. “It just depends on Sam’s health,” Kelly said. “Yesterday was our first day out on the field. We have another training session today. So we have four more training sessions before we have to make any…

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Eagles’ Tim Tebow gets off to good start in preseason victory

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For a night, Tim Tebow was back in the pocket. Who knows? Perhaps it will last longer. Tebow had a good night in the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason game Sunday night, completing six of 12 passes for 69 yards. He also ran four times for 15 yards and a touchdown. Whether that is enough to move Tebow up from fourth on the depth chart remains to be seen, but it was a good start. Tebow, 28, hit five of his first…

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Both Josh Freeman, Tim Tebow fight uphill battles to play in the NFL

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The second-chance kids are off to slow starts. Not that either of them are close to starting. Former Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman struggled in his preseason game for the Miami Dolphins Thursday night, hitting only five of 16 passes for 76 yards with no touchdowns. Freeman, cut and then brought back by Miami earlier this off-season, is fighting for the No. 3 quarterback job on the team with McLeod Bethel-Thompson. If Freeman looks like a longshot to make…

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