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NFL coaching rumors tracker, 2017: Who’s getting fired after the season? -
All the coaching news that’s fit to speculate wildly on.

Jeff Fisher is leaving the Rams no choice but to fire him -
After a week of criticism, the Rams’ head coach decided to take the team’s internal squabbles public.

2017 NFL draft: 9 players with the toughest decision to make -
We’re starting to find out which college football players will go pro, but these ones have a hard choice to make.

Raiders vs. Chiefs live scores, highlights, updates, and more from ‘Thursday Night Football’ -
The highest-stakes game of 2016 went down in primetime.

Jack Del Rio got the Raiders to embrace the Black Hole in their hearts -
Oakland’s building a dynasty thanks to good drafting, smart free agent moves, and a head coach who’s a Raiders lifer.

Marquette King is more than the NFL's most fun punter -
Labeling him as the NFL’s most fun punter would be short-changing him. He’s also a key part of the Raiders’ success.

Eric Berry and Earl Thomas were born to play the NFL's most vulnerable position -
NFL safeties have to be everything to the teams they play for.

Raiders vs. Chiefs 2016 final score: Kansas City takes AFC West lead with win over Oakland -
It was an important win for the Chiefs that helped shape the AFC postseason picture.

In-Season Development Keeps Roster Strong
Notes: The Bucs have already used 63 different players during the regular season and that number will likely go up as they try to keep the roster stout for the stretch drive…Plus injuries and more.

Hargreaves Turned Corner, Now Having Fun
Rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves is becoming a force on the Bucs' defense, and he credits that to a significantly increased comfort level in the defense since the team's 'mini-bye'.

Scouting Report: New Orleans Saints
As productive as QB Drew Brees has been again in 2016, the Saints have had their most success this year when they've also run the ball well.

Bucs' OC Monken To Evans: Don't Waste Energy Out On Frustration
Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken doesn't want Mike Evans to waste his energy out on frustration, saying he'll get his opportunities no matter what

Bucs Not Letting National Attention Faze Their Focus | Pewter Report
Four straight wins and bum-rushing the playoff picture has earned the Bucs plenty of praise outside of the Tampa Bay area.

Hargreaves Mental Maturity Leading Bucs Defensive Turnaround | Pewter Report
Despite his lack of experience, Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is building the mindset needed to lead a revitalized defense down the stretch.

Next Man Up On Bucs O-Line This Week? | Pewter Report
The Tampa Bay Bucs’ short-lived stint of being at full strength along the offensive line may come to an end Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Bucs coordinator credits QB Jameis Winston for overcoming WR injuries - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Bucs QB Jameis Winston's extra work with WRs and his ability to keep plays alive has kept the offense rolling, according to coordinator Todd Monken.

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter: Jameis Winston 'is the truth' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Bucs superfan Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys is all on board with Jameis Winston and how the team has been playing so far.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy: 'No stopping,' only 'disrupting' Drew Brees - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Gerald McCoy, who trains with Drew Brees during the offseason, says the key to beating the Saints will be to limit their quarterback.

Saints have a tough battle against Tampa Bay - ESPN Video
Tedy Bruschi and Darren Woodson discuss Tampa Bay's improved defense and what Jameis Winston needs to do in order to be efficient against New Orleans.

Saints seek rushing resurgence against Buccaneers | Tampa Bay Times
METAIRIE, La. — Saints running back Tim Hightower isn't about to assume New Orleans' ground game will return to its usual form in Tampa on Sunday — even if last week's anemic performance looked more like an anomaly than a trend.

Bucs' Koetter: No use trying to stop players heightening importance of Saints game | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The big-game aura surrounding Sunday's Bucs-Saints matchup at Raymond James Stadium is not lost on the players. It has been a half-dozen years since Tampa Bay was 7-5 with a shot of at least an NFC wild-card playoff spot. Even at 5-7, the Saints are still in the playoff chase.

Bucs corner Javien Elliott takes road less traveled to NFL | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Lay it out for Javien Elliott and he can't help but smile.