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2-3, 3rd in NFC South

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald McCoy and Vinny Curry both missed Wednesday's Bucs practice. Here's the full Bucs-Browns injury report:

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

One of Mark Duffner's former players, John Kaleo, told me he has an incredible memory. He wasn't kidding. Duffner can still remember the day he interviewed with and got the job to coach under Woody Hayes: March 17, 1975. "I thought I was going to be interviewed, but it was ‘I listened and he spoke.'"

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Chatted with Dick LeBeau about Bucs' newly-promoted defensive coordinator Mark Duffner, LeBeau's defensive coordinator in Cincinnati. "He's a special man...what you see is what you get...he's extremely truthful, very confident and knowledgeable. He'll give it everything he's got, and I'm sure the players are going to play hard for him.”

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have released wide receiver Freddie Martino. They have signed offensive lineman Ruben Holcomb and cornerback David Rivers to the practice squad and released tackle Jarron Jones and running back Dare Ogunbowale from the practice squad.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs allocated $88 million in 2018 cap space to their defense, sixth-most in the NFL, according to ESPN's Roster Management System. That same defense has been giving up 439.8 yards per game under Mike Smith. You can see why frustrations were so high.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter called Mike Smith's firing the “second-most difficult” thing he's had to do in his career, behind losing a player at Boise State. They have a lot of history together from their time in Jacksonville and Atlanta

McFarland not surprised by Smith's firing (0:55)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I can confirm that the Bucs have parted ways with defensive coordinator Mike Smith, as first reported by NFL Network. Linebackers coach Mark Duffner will serve as the defensive coordinator now.

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Buccaneers fire defensive coordinator Smith

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith on Monday, one day after giving up 34 points to the Falcons in their third consecutive loss.

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Four touchdowns from Jameis Winston should be enough to win an NFL game, but defense continues to hold the Bucs back. Is it the players or the scheme? Lavonte David offered a very interesting perspective.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Does Jameis Winston really have a preferred TE to target? The stats in the past five full games he, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard have played: Brate: 59.8 PPR FPTS, 18 catches on 27 targets Howard: 73.7 PPR FPTS, 18 catches on 21 targets

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Just got back from the Bucs' locker room. Mike Evans said he was "sick" by the loss. Kwon Alexander was too upset to even talk.

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Ryan throws 3 TD passes, Falcons hold off Bucs 34-29

Matt Ryan threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak, holding off Tampa Bay 34-29 Sunday in Jameis Winston's return as the Buccaneers starting quarterback.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs' comeback hopes against the Falcons were dashed at the Atlanta 21-yard line when, after a series of laterals with :07 left, the ball bounced out of DeSean Jackson's hands, giving the Falcons a 34-29 victory. Winston threw four touchdowns and two interceptions. A defense that surrendered 416 yards did them absolutely no favors and continues to be their Achilles' heel this season.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is officially out for the remainder of the game with a right calf injury. Cornerback Ryan Smith is being evaluated for a concussion.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Falcons have now punted three straight times in the second half. That's a step in the right direction. Lavonte David made a nice third-down stop on a 6-yard pass intended for Austin Hooper. On the previous drive, Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Matt Ryan for an 8-yard loss. Before that, Kwon Alexander tackled Ito Smith for a loss of 5 on third-and-10.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

At the Atlanta 7, Jameis Winston tries to hit Chris Godwin along the seam and it bounces off a helmet and into Brian Poole's hands. That's the second pick today for Winston. Huge waste of an opportunity with a lot of momentum going their way on their second-half opening drive (they forced a Falcons' three-and-out prior).

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

How bad has this Bucs' defense been in the first half against the Falcons? In :19, the Falcons were able to march 47 yards to kick a 45-yard field goal to make it 24-13. The Bucs have given up 275 yards, 4-of-5 third downs and Matt Ryan currently has a 136.1 passer rating. They're either missing tackles or completely out of position to make them. And there's been no pressure.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Very important scoring play for the Bucs with :30 to go in the first half — Jameis Winston throws a 10-yard strike to OJ Howard. Howard did a really nice job getting free from De'Vondre Campbell across the middle. It's now 21-13. Winston was 4-for-4 on that drive.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith missed a tackle at the 5-yard line on Austin Hooper (bad angle) for a touchdown. The Falcons have now scored on three straight possessions. Coming into this game, Mike Smith's defense was surrendering 445.8 yards per game — second-worst in the league.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

With that diving catch, Mike Evans has now become the all-time leading receiver in Bucs' history, passing Mark Carrier's 5,018 receiving yards. Evans had 5,005 yards coming into today's game and needed 14 for the record.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Jameis Winston connects with Cameron Brate in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown. That's big. Slow starts have plagued the Bucs with Winston. Between 2015-2017, the Bucs scored a total of five offensive touchdowns on the first possession of a game, which was tied with the Bears for the fewest in the NFL.

Team Stats

Passing Yards368.41st
Rushing Yards80.231st
Points For28.28th
Points Against34.632nd

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(12)Vita VeaDTWashington
2(6)Ronald Jones IIRBUSC
2(21)M.J. StewartCBNorth Carolina
2(31)Carlton DavisCBAuburn
3(30)Alex CappaOTHumboldt State
4(17)Jordan WhiteheadSPittsburgh
5(7)Justin WatsonWRPennsylvania
6(28)Jack CichyILBWisconsin