Trade rumours surround Kelly and Booger
The Tampa Tribune, published 16 October 2006|
While celebrating the Bucs' first win of the season, Brian Kelly got a couple of phone calls after the game - only they weren't congratulatory. Kelly received several inquiries about a report that he was on the trading block. The ninth-year veteran's name appeared in a report by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. With Tuesday's trade deadline approaching, rumors are starting to run rampant.
"It is what it is," Kelly said. "I guess they've got two more days for speculation, so I'll let [the phone] ring."
Glazer also indicated Anthony McFarland could be traded. "I've never responded to Web site rumors," GM Bruce Allen said. "We like our team. The reason we brought back our team is we like our team."
A week after he failed to show up on the stat sheet, McFarland, who alternated defensive series on Sunday with DT Ellis Wyms, finished with two tackles and one quarterback hurry.
Kelly watched Sunday's game from the sideline as he missed his third game of the year with a turf toe injury. He re-aggravated the injury in last week's loss to New Orleans.
"The decision was made after Friday's practice," Kelly said. "Hopefully [resting Sunday] will cure the situation."
Timing is everything
Matt Bryant needs about 1.3 seconds to have the ball snapped and set before his foot makes contact with it. So anything that throws off his timing affects how he strikes the ball, and ultimately whether the ball goes through the uprights.
Against Cincinnati, Bryant missed a 43-yard field goal after a high snap from Dave Moore, who was playing his first game since suffering a broken rib in the regular-season opener against Baltimore. "It's been a while and that was something I messed up," Moore said. "I feel bad I screwed up."
Bryant's second-quarter miss was his third failed field goal attempt of the season. He missed only four attempts last year. Chalk it up to unusual circumstances, Bryant said.
His shoe "exploded" against Atlanta, when he missed two field goal attempts, forcing him to alter his swing.
"Goofy things have happened this year that haven't ever happened," Bryant said.
Giveth and taketh away
Cadillac Williams had his second-consecutive 100-yard rushing game - until his final carry of the game.
He hit the 100-yard mark on a 2-yard run at the beginning of the fourth quarter. His final carry, on first-and-10 from Cincinnati's 49-yard line, was for minus-6 yards, giving him 94 yards on 19 carries.
His longest run of the day, a 38-yarder, helped set up the Bucs' first touchdown. "It was a misdirection play," Williams said. "[Jeremy] Trueblood and Davin [Joseph] cut out the back side and the guys got up on a linebacker and it was me and the safety. I feel like if you ever get me to the safety, you know those guys are in trouble."
To the endzone again
Alex Smith is making up for lost time. After bursting onto the NFL scene last season with two touchdown receptions in his first game, Smith went 19 consecutive games before he caught another.
The second-year tight end scored last week against New Orleans and made it two consecutive games with a touchdown when he caught a 2-yard reception in the third quarter against Cincinnati.
"It's funny, it's the same route I ran last week," Smith said. "The whole defense was expecting it. Bruce [Gradkowski] hung with me and I was able to shake loose."
Kalvin Pearson gingerly walked off the field near the end of the second quarter with an abdominal strain. He said after the game that X-rays revealed a possible tear on his left side. Pearson will have an MRI today but said he doesn't think the injury is "that bad."
Shelton Quarles left the game at the beginning of the third quarter with a knee injury. He was replaced by Barrett Ruud, but Quarles returned later in the third quarter and led the team with eight tackles.
Mark Jones, who returned all of the Bucs' 51 punts last season, missed his first game of the season with a hamstring injury. Ike Hilliard and Joey Galloway split time as the punt returner, combining on seven returns for 40 yards, including Hilliard's long of 14 yards.
The paid crowd of 65,732 was the second largest for a regular-season home game since Raymond James Stadium opened in 1998. There were a lot of empty seats from fans who left early and missed the Bucs' come-from-behind win. The largest regular-season home crowd came against Minnesota on Dec. 6, 1999, when 65,741 fans filled the stadium.
Sunday’s victory extended the Bucs’ winning streak against Cincinnati to five games. Tampa Bay won the four previous games in 2002, 2001, 1998 and 1995; all but the 1995 game were in Cincinnati. Overall, the Bucs are now 6-3 against the Bengals in the all-time series, and that winning percentage of .667 stands as their best mark against any opponent whom they’ve faced more than twice.
Sunday marked the 150th regular-season game in which WR Joey Galloway has played. Galloway first entered the league as a first-round draft pick with Seattle in 1995.
The Bucs’ eight inactives were QB Chris Simms, CB Brian Kelly, CB Alan Zemaitis, CB Derrick Strait, FB Jerald Sowell, T Donald Penn, WR Maurice Stovall and WR Mark Jones. Simms, Kelly, Stovall and Jones were out due to injuries.