Buccaneers Denied Permission to Talk to Titans About Mike Mularkey

According to Sports Illustrated, the Titans have denied a request from the Buccaneers to interview tight end coach Mike Mularkey for their vacant offensive coordinator position, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

The Buccaneers released offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford from his contract last month. Tedford had heart surgery last year and took a medical leave of absence from the team. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo called plays this season for Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay finished No. 29 in scoring and No. 30 in yards gained last season. Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was a bright spot, finishing with 1,051 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

Buccaneers With the Top Pick in April’s 2015 NFL Draft


The Bucs are on the clock. The team finished the season 2-14 in their first season under new coach Lovie Smith, and earned the first overall pick in the May NFL Draft.

Here’s the complete draft order for the first 20 picks. The rest of the picks will play out during the playoffs.

1. Tampa Bay (2-14)

2. Tennessee (2-14)

3. Jacksonville (3-13)

4. Oakland (3-13)

5. Washington (4-12)

6. N.Y. Jets (4-12)

7. Chicago (5-11)

8. Atlanta (6-10)

9. N.Y. Giants (6-10)

10. St. Louis (6-10)

11. Minnesota (7-9)

12. Cleveland (7-9)

13. New Orleans (7-9)

14. Miami (8-8)

15. San Francisco (8-8)

16. Houston (9-7)

17 Kansas City (9-7)

18. San Diego (9-7)

19. Cleveland (from Buffalo 9-7)

20. Philadelphia (10-6).

Seven Injured After Lightning Strike at Raymond James Stadium

A lightning strike that hit in a Raymond James Stadium parking lot shortly after Sunday’s Buccaneers game ended sent at least seven people to the hospital, according to Tampa Fire Rescue, Howard Altman of the Tampa Tribune reports.

The patients, who ranged in age from early 20s to a man in his 70s, did not appear to be severely injured and were in stable condition, said Jason Penny, spokesman for Tampa Fire Rescue. He said one person was knocked unconscious.

The lightning bolt struck in Lot 14, apparently damaging the sun roof of a sport utility vehicle near where several people were standing a few minutes after the end of the game between the Bucs and the Green Bay Packers, firefighters said. Lot 14 is near Himes Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

None of the people was directly hit by the lightning bolt, which struck around 4:15 p.m., Penny said. The force of the bolt knocked some people to the ground while others were hit by flying rocks and debris, he said.

One man was temporarily knocked unconscious but was alert by the time paramedics arrived, Penny said.

Packers at Bucs NFL Week 16 Inactives

Packers: QB Scott Tolzien, CB Davon House, LB Carl Bradford, C Garth Gerhart, TE Justin Perillo, WR Jeff Janis, DT Bruce Gaston.

Buccaneers: WR Robert Herron, WR Solomon Patton, RB Mike James, CB Isaiah Frey, T Anthony Collins, DE Lawrence Sidbury, TE Evan Rodriguez.

Packers vs Bucs Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday T Bryan Bulaga (concussion), CB Davon House (shoulder), G Josh Sitton (toe)
Wednesday RB Eddie Lacy (eye), G T.J. Lang (ankle), LB Clay Matthews (biceps), LB Mike Neal (abdomen), LB Nick Perry (shoulder)
Practice Report
Wednesday CB Isaiah Frey (ankle), CB Jason Williams (ribs)
Wednesday LB Mason Foster (achilles), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), T Kevin Pamphile (ankle, knee), WR Solomon Patton (foot)

Buccaneers at Panthers NFL Week 15 Inactives

Buccaneers: WR Robert Herron, WR Solomon Patton, S Major Wright, LB Mason Foster, OT Anthony Collins, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Clinton McDonald.

QB Cam Newton, RB DeAngelo Williams, OT David Foucault, S Robert Lester, OG Amini Silatolu, CB James Dockery, DT Micanor Regis

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preivew – Buccaneers vs Panthers

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.

Smith Says McCown to Stay Starter as Bucs QB

There had been some speculation that Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith might want to look at second-year pro Mike Glennon instead of veteran Josh McCown in the final three games. After dancing around the question Sunday and Monday, Smith was direct in saying why McCown remains the starter, Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com reports.

“Josh is our quarterback,’’ Smith said. “He gives us the best chance to win.”

“We’re not looking at guys,’’ Smith said. “It’s like every other week. The guys that start are the guys that I think give us the best chance to win. That’s not going to change. Week 16 it will be the same way.’’

“It would be pretty hard to tell the guys “Hey, we’re looking to the 2015 season’’,’’ Smith said. “What I’ve talked to the team about is you come to work, you try win every week. So how could you do it any other way besides that? The future is not here right now. It’s the 2014 season and we feel like we can get some things accomplished. Within the organization, we’re all on board with what we’re going to do in these last games. If we look at someone, we feel like that gives us the best chance to win.’’