(Here’s another unique look, this time at Bucs-Vikings, from noted Buccaneers historian Paul Stewart of BucPower.com in London. Enjoy!)
The all-time series with the Vikings currently stands 32-22 in favour of Minnesota. The two teams used to meet twice a season as part of the original NFC Central Division schedule but the re-structuring of the NFL for the 2002 season reduced the number of meeting to that of a regular NFC non-division opponent.
The Bucs had won six in a row until the Vikings were victorious in the last meeting in 2014. The two teams also met for the first time in pre-season play in 2015, a game also won by Minnesota.
25 November 1979
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22 Minnesota Vikings 23
With a chance to clinch a playoff berth, the old Bucs returned to haunt the 1979 version as they managed to miss three short kicks including two extra points, and a punt, in losing by a single point to division rival Minnesota. The Bucs gained 425 yards in offense, their most ever, and Ricky Bell went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark but it was all to no avail.
The Tampa authorities had greased the goal-posts in potential anticipation of a crowd invasion similar to the one seen in the 1977 season finale but John McKay’s 9-3 team failed to take advantage of their first chance to secure their first division title. The Bucs would go on to lose two further games before defeating the Chiefs in the season finale.
“I’m disappointed in that we let a great opportunity get away from us today,” said DE Lee Roy Selmon. It would only be a temporary setback for what would wind up being seen as one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history.
16 December 1990
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 Minnesota Vikings 13
The first year of bye weeks in the NFL saw the 1990 Buccaneers have a week off before their final three games of a 6-10 season. They celebrated by firing head coach Ray Perkins allowing interim Richard Williamson to take over on the sidelines for the arrival of the Vikings for a nationally-televised Sunday night game.
The apparent euphoria at the removal of the disciplinarian Perkins saw the Bucs play with a new-found freedom including QB Vinny Testaverde who posted a 100-yard rushing game (yes rushing) including a 48-yard scoring run during the first quarter.
The Bucs were 23-0 up at half-time and took advantage of no less than eight Minnesota turnovers to record their final victory of the 1990 season as the following two weeks saw disapointing losses to the Bears and Jets.
29 October 2000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41 Minnesota Vikings 13
It always used to work – whenever the Buccaneers were struggling, bring the Vikings to Raymond James Stadium. This 27-point hammering of Minnesota was followed by a similar result almost 12 months the year later. Tony Dungy really had his old team’s number late in his Buccaneer coaching career.
This was the Buc offense at its best with four Shaun King touchdowns and a 31-13 half-time lead. “It’s been so long since we had a win, it just cures so many things” safety John Lynch said. It also ended the Vikings’ hope of a perfect season once again, their 15-1 mark in 1998 only being blemished by a loss to the Bucs in Tampa.
LB Derrick Brooks had an interception return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter, at the time the first of his NFL career. He added five more for the Bucs in addition to the one he had to clinch the Super Bowl victory over the Oakland Raiders.
Bucs coach Arians again non-committal Tuesday on QB Winston
It’s become increasingly apparent, that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move on from potential free agent quarterback Jameis Winston. And Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, coach Bruce Arians gave the latest example that he and the Buccaneers front office will look at the other options available first.
Arians spoke at a podium on numerous subjects, but the most prominent is what Tampa Bay will do in the coming days with Winston?
— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) February 25, 2020
Arians was asked directly about potential for a franchise tag for his starter a year ago and what the Bucs might proceed to do? But, he refused to endorse that option on the former number one overall pick Winston. And, the Bucs coach maintained that the team will possibly us the franchise tag for defensive end Shaq Barrett.
Further, Arians gave a pointed specific answer on Winston’s poor play last December as the team finished 7-9 and that has the team looking at other options,
Arians on Winston and why it’s still uncertain: “December wasn’t what I wanted to see.”
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 25, 2020
Arians has consistently refused back Winston since the off-season began. This included at an NFL coaching seminar earlier this month in Tampa. He said to the media at that time:
“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”
“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available? … Is he a better option?
The Buccaneers faltered in the middle of the season to drop to 3-7 and then, Winston and Co. blew its final two games to finish 7 – 9 with Winston throwing a career-high 30 interceptions.
After their final loss at home to Atlanta in overtime, where Winston threw the game losing “pick six,” Arians was candid after the final game by saying about Winston’s play that it would have to be evaluated pass by pass and game by game in the off-season. Further, he told the media then, that there “was some great and some terrible…. and you have to decide, if the great outweighs the terrible.”
While Winston did throw for a career-high 5000 + yards in 2019, his interceptions and total turnovers continued to be his downfall throughout the season. The Buccaneers finished 1 – 6 in games against teams with winning records and Winston had 17 total turnovers in those seven games. He finished with the 30 picks that included 10 of them in the Bucs final four games.
Tampa Bay obviously will have the opportunity to go after a free agent quarterback or two, as there is much speculation about the likes of Tom Brady with the Patriots. Plus, Philip Rivers will not be re-signed by the Chargers and is available come March. And, now that Drew Brees has announced he wants to play at least one more year for the Saints, their backup Teddy Bridgewater will be in demand on the market.
The Bucs are also continuing the evaluating the QB class for the Draft the next few days in Indy, which could have some interesting names still available in the second and third rounds and beyond.
Bucs confirmed Monday they will have new uniforms in 2020
On Monday, the Bucs confirmed what they have been hinting at, they will have new uniforms in 2020. But the real question is: what does “new” mean in this instance?
We heard you!
New uniforms coming April 2020. pic.twitter.com/e7qNUsNWZb
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 24, 2020
The Bucs also released a statement through their website confirming that April will be the unveiling of the new uniforms, as well as, potential new color scheme, logo, etc. and had these comments from co – owner, Ed Glazer:
“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter this next decade of Buccaneers football. We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event which will take place later this spring.”
As we wrote earlier this month, the Buccaneers have been hinting at trying to enhance their uniforms and there is some belief there will be more orange, the original color of the franchise. There is also educated speculation that the team may go back to a white helmet, which will enable them to have “throwback uniform games” that they’ve not been able to have for the last seven seasons.
This is because under league concussion protocol, players must have the same helmet all season and the Bucs primary one has been pewter in color since their chance in colors and logo in 1997,
The Bucs last altered their uniforms in 2014 by brightening the color red and slightly changing the logo and making it bigger on their pewter helmet. Teammates Ryan Jensen and Mike Evans are shown in the current color scheme, etc. above.
NFL teams have to submit changes in their colors and logos a year in advance. So obviously, this has been in the works for the Glazer family that owns the team for some time.
It should be noted that the Buccaneers NFC South Rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have already made mention that they are changing their uniforms and color scheme. And, it’s believed that they will go back in 2020 to their original base color of red including possibly red helmets and potentially, primarily gray pants that they wore for over twenty years.
The Falcons have had black helmets for the better part of 30 years going back to Jerry Glanville changing the color scheme to primarily black jerseys in his days at the Falcons coach in the early 1990s.
Back to the Bucs. There is no other team in the NFL that has orange as their primary jersey color. The Bengals Broncos and Browns have occasionally worn orange “alternate jerseys” but not full time.
So, if the Glazers are again embracing a change to mostly orange jerseys, it will be unique. The video Monday showed a red jersey on a sewing machine, which could be a clue or could be misdirection of what the team actually intends to unveil in April.