Monday, Nov. 19
Saints-Bucs now a late game, 11 p.m.
The league announced today that the Bucs-Saints game on Dec. 2 will now start at 4:15 p.m.
Despite what happened on Sunday, that could still be a big game, perhaps Tampa Bay's biggest of the season. Thus the move to a later slot that allows the game to be televised nationally.
June speaks, 3:04 p.m.
I was unable to make it to One Buc today, but the Tampa Tribune caught up with LB Cato June, who was arrested early Monday morning on a DUI charge. He didn't have much to say, but you can read it in this blog entry at TBO.com.
On a related note, I spoke to a source of mine up in Indianapolis and he said June was a model citizen up in Indy. Unless there's something we aren't aware of, this looks like a first-time offense.
Gruden's reaction to June, 11:05 a.m.
Read this exchange between a television reporter and Bucs head coach Jon Gruden about LB Cato June's DUI arrest on Monday morning:
Does Cato June have a drinking problem?
"I don't have any comment on that right now, other than we're very concerned. We're getting all the facts. It's a serious matter."
Do you allow drinking on the team plane?
"I'm not going to comment. I have a strong opinion on Cato June. He's a great young man and as we gather all the information we'll make an announcement."
Gruden was visibly taken aback by the tact of the question. I'm sure he expected the question, just not in that form. I don't know who that reporter was, but it was a pretty tactless question.
Gruden, upon further review, 11:10 a.m.
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden talked about the review of the Brian Kelly-Cato June fumble sequence in the second quarter:
"I'm under the impression that replay reviews the whole play, not a segment. I'm not going to go too far into that. I thought that's a challenge we should have won. We'll hear from the league later in the week. It's hard when a play like that occurs. There was a fumble, a recovery , a lateral and another fumble. There was lots of flying around. I thought it was worth a challenge. I was told I could challenge the play. We had a long discussion (with the official). When he went under the hood I thought that he would look at the whole play. I'm not going to say more about it. I was an emotional person at that point in time."
It sounds like there was a serious miscommunication between Gruden and the referee. Everything I know about replay leads me to believe that the coach has to be specific about what he wants reviewed.
A replacement for Carr?, 11:15 a.m.
The same TV reporter that posed the "Does Cato June have a drinking problem" question to Jon Gruden asked him later about a report that he might be a replacement for Lloyd Carr in Michigan.
Gruden was slightly amused by the question, and obviously perturbed by who asked him.
"I really don't know who you are but you're throwing me some fastballs," Gruden said. "I have what I think it is the best job in all of football. I'm very happy to be here."
Gruden to Michigan sounds insane to me. I've never seen him show any interest in coaching at the college level. He's been in the pros for more than 15 years and I don't see him going back to the college ranks unless he has to.
Last week there was a rumor circulating about him potentially replacing Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee. The only think that could chase off Gruden is if the Glazers don't sign him to a contract extension after the season.
June arrested after game, 9:37 a.m.
Bucs LB Cato June turned 28 on Sunday, and apparently a team-leading nine tackles in a 31-7 drubbing of Atlanta wasn't enough to celebrate. June was arrested early Monday morning on N. Dale Mabry Avenue for driving under the influence. Here's the story at TBO.com. To my knowledge, June has never had a run-in with the law during his NFL career, meaning an arrest such as this would only be a first offense under the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policy. Still, it bears watching because NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been cracking down on player conduct and could suspend June anyway.
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden will speak at 11 a.m. and certainly be asked to comment. He'll most certainly comment little on this.
Evaluting this win, 9:35 a.m.
You can read my "Observation Deck" piece for more on my opinion on Sunday's game. But, quickly, I'll say this — the Bucs have no excuse not to win this division. With two games in hand, either Carolina or New Orleans will all but eliminate themselves when they meet next week. The Bucs did exactly what they had to do on Sunday, a sign that they're ready to make a playoff push.
That crazy play, 9:31 a.m.
Remember that Brian Kelly fumble recovery that turned into a fun mess on Sunday? Stephen F. Holder of the St. Pete Times breaks down the play — including Jon Gruden's reaction to the replay snafu — in this article at Tampabay.com. As I suspected on Sunday, Gruden wanted a different portion of that play reviewed.
A retro performance, 9:29 a.m.
Tampa Bay's defense turned Atlanta's offense into a confusing mush on Sunday, and St. Pete Times columnist Gary Shelton said it reminded him of the old days when the Bucs defense was ultra-dominant, according to this article at Tampabay.com.
White's big day, 9:27 a.m.
Looking like a playoff team, 9:24 a.m.
Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson writes that the Buccaneers looked the part of a playoff contender as they dismantled the Falcons on Sunday, according to this article at TBO.com.