NFC South: Mike Mickens

More movement by Tampa Bay

November, 24, 2009
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Ah, for those tranquil days of the Sam Wyche regime or the Ray Perkins era.

Back then, you could only go as far as speculating that the Bucs were a franchise out of control and adrift on Tampa Bay.

These days, all that’s official.

You already know Jim Bates has been demoted from his job as defensive coordinator. But now we’ve got more brewing out of One Buccaneer Place.

The Bucs just announced that they’ve signed quarterback Rudy Carpenter off Dallas’ practice squad and receiver Terrence Nunn from New England’s practice squad. To borrow a cleaned-up quote from the classic movie “Major League’’, “Who are these guys?’’

I have no argument with the Bucs placing veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich on injured reserve or releasing cornerback Mike Mickens. But, seriously, we’re into late November and the Bucs are trying to solve their problems by signing guys who were on the practice squads of other teams?

Mack sitting out for Bucs

November, 22, 2009
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Injured cornerback Elbert Mack highlight’s Tampa Bay’s list of inactives for the game against the Saints.

Mack’s absence leaves the Bucs with Torrie Cox and Derrick Roberson as the backup cornerbacks to starters Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib. Receiver Yamon Figurs, cornerback Mike Mickens, guard Shawn Murphy, tackle James Lee, receiver Brian Clark and defensive tackle Dre Moore also are inactive for the Bucs.

Byron Leftwich has been designated as the third quarterback.

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