Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrive in Charlotte after seven-hour plane delay | NFL News

first_imgTampa Bay departed for Charlotte just before 9.30pm ET, according to NFL Network, which was first to report the team’s travel issues. The team finally landed at 11.27pm.Tampa Bay (6-3) play the Carolina Panthers (3-6) on Sunday.What went wrong for Brady and the Bucs?Sky Sports’ NFL writer Cameron Hogwood…The NFL can be a fickle business, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the latest reminder of just that.Everything was looking dandy entering November. Bruce Arians’ team were being eulogised as a playoff-bound juggernaut led by a Tom Brady sticking it to Father Time, and with a suffocating Todd Bowles defence taking names at the line scrimmage.Two weeks later, and the Bucs are licking the wounds of a 38-3 demolition at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, having just about escaped East Rutherford with a 25-23 win over the New York Giants earlier in the week.The performance against the Saints was as ugly as it was ever going to get, and one Arians will be hoping proves a mere anomaly.Read the full feature here… – Advertisement – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrived in Charlotte more than seven hours late after mechanical issues with their plane delayed their arrival ahead of Sunday’s match against the Carolina Panthers, according to reports.The flight was scheduled to depart Tampa International Airport at 2.25pm ET and land in Charlotte at 3.55pm ET, according to ESPN.The delay forced the team to hold team meetings and eat a meal inside the airport. The Buccaneers followed social distancing protocols by congregating in areas with restricted access to the general public or outdoors. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Live NFL November 15, 2020, 5:00pmLive on The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come up against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday – live on Sky Sports NFL at 6pm – as they look to recover from a crushing defeat to the New Orleans Saints; The team were forced to hold team meetings at Tampa International Airport as they waited to take off Last Updated: 15/11/20 8:42am Tom Brady and his Tampa team-mates were left to wait at the airport
Tom Brady and his Tampa team-mates were left to wait at the airport

Joe Schmidt backs Luke Fitzgerald for Ireland role

first_imgJoe Schmidt has backed Luke Fitzgerald to challenge Robbie Henshaw for Ireland’s inside centre starting berth. Press Association Head coach Schmidt hailed Leinster’s utility back Fitzgerald for slotting seamlessly into Ireland’s 12 shirt for the 50-7 rout of Canada. Ireland eased past Canada in Cardiff to take early control of Pool D on Saturday, with Schmidt afterwards tipping Fitzgerald to compete for a regular midfield role. Schmidt’s decision to select Fitzgerald out of position at 12 ahead of a natural inside centre raised eyebrows then, but Ireland’s Kiwi boss insists he needs to use all his resources over the World Cup’s pool stages. “I thought Luke did really well at 12, his distribution to give Dave Kearney space for his try was great,” said Schmidt. “Defensively he was sound and his ball-carrying is a strength. “He punched a half-gap off a scrum and that put them under pressure straight away. “He stays alive really well in the defensive line, he’s got good alertness, communicates really well and slotted in well.” Canada captain Jamie Cudmore’s cheap yellow card gifted Ireland total control at the Millennium Stadium, and Schmidt’s men refused to release their choke-hold for the duration. Sean O’Brien, Iain Henderson, Johnny Sexton and Dave Kearney crossed to secure the try bonus point in just 35 minutes, before Sean Cronin, Rob Kearney and Jared Payne completed the rout. Ireland captain Paul O’Connell was sin-binned for an unwitting but ultimately cynical offside, both teams’ totems slipping off the disciplinary tightrope though remarkably without a punch in sight. Fly-half Sexton hit back to top form after lacklustre showings in warm-up defeats to Wales and England, passing 500 Test points against Canada and drawing high praise from Schmidt. “He’ll reflect on the game and the first wide pass he made which looped into touch,” said Schmidt. “It was the perfect opportunity, it was the right decision but he didn’t quite affect it accurately enough. “So, he’ll probably chastise himself for that in amongst about 30 other really positive involvements. “That’s the way he’s driven and I think that’s the way he drives the team which is a real bonus as well. “I felt we built our way into the game pretty well. I think we showed a fair bit of respect for Canada. I think Canada showed why they deserved that respect. They’re a very combative side. “For us to build our way into the game and successfully put a few phases together effectively to build that scoreboard pressure on them as well was satisfying.” Henshaw missed Ireland’s World Cup opener with hamstring trouble but could recover in time for next Sunday’s Romania clash, though Darren Cave may slot in at 12 as Schmidt rotates his squad. “Darren Cave plays 12 or 13 and that’s a real advantage for us,” said Schmidt. “But we always intended giving Luke a chance at 12, because he’s played 13 and 11 in the build-up, and we wanted to build our versatility. “Darren’s pretty likely to have an involvement next week, and that will allow us to mix and match a little bit as we have done through the build-up period. “But at the same time we know we’ve got to get results and we’ve got to go after them right from the start. “We need to have people that we can put out there who can do the job, and we have confidence in our full squad of 31. “With Luke, Keith Earls, with Darren Cave and Robbie, and Jared Payne and then also Ian Madigan at 12, there is a bit of scope for flexibility and an ability to maybe change up the way we’re playing the game depending on who we’re using.” Cave was a surprise inclusion in Ireland’s final World Cup squad, the Ulsterman selected ahead of a third scrum-half in Schmidt’s calculated risk. last_img read more