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All this bull about the Glazers being broke just doesn't wash. 1. Willing to pay the salaries of 2 GMs and 2 Head Coaches for 2 years in an effort to improve the team. Hiring Morris and Dominick as a cheaper alternative just doesn't figure, if you still have Gru/Allen on payroll, still. 2. Have Faine, K2, and Bryant as some of the top paid players at their positions. Offered Haynesworth more than the Redskins, but he chose Washington instead. 3. I admit renegotiations with Clayton, McKown, and the kicker they hired when they cut Bryant were mistakes. But these moves in no way show an unwillingness to spend where needed. Has Ruud been so stellar this year that he deserves a contract extension? Biting the bullet and cutting your losses with Adams made acute business sense, and we have a high draft pick next year when there is a bumper crop of good players. 4. Spending money just because you have plenty is a way of assuring you will have none. 5. Cut Morris/Dominick some slack on Freeman. We have not seen him play, yet. Lots of his games in college, he looked pretty good. Sure he will make mistakes, that's what rookies do. He has a cannon arm, good accuracy, he just needs to get his weapon-control system linked up (his mind). 6. The team needs far more than a quarterback. Until those holes are filled, we are not going to win. I believe the Glazers will spend in order to do so, but will continue to spend wisely.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on Bucs: Not one penny with Madoff at Bucs Beat
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D-Block, thanks for the video link. Dez is certainly an impact player,. Dez is awesome on his yards after reception, and the first down marker is firmly in his GPS! I don't know if we have a quarterback capable of using Dez's talent, but imagine (in our dreams) him hooked up with Freeman's powerful arm! There is lots of defensive line talent this year, but a Dez only occurs once per generation.
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So the only Over-The-Hill member to get signed is now cut. Seems like a pretty good coaching/management decision to me. I strongly suspect that Brooks was offered a place on either management or coaching staff, but declined. I miss him, and will always revere him as one of the best Bucs ever, but it was time.
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I am all for this, but how do you register, or place a comment when there is no opening for such. I would very much like to place a comment on Mr Goliath Davis' editorial in today's opinions, but cannot seem to find a way, only the blue bar that says there are no comments, yet.
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DAYH-UMN, have they suddenly become lucid at One Buccaneer Palace? A bust is a bust is a bust. Adams has not shown anything, and has not followed recommendations to beef up. It has shown in his poor play.
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Tom, don't say never on the 3-4 defense. If memory serves me correctly, John McKay introduced it to the NFL. Of course, having Leroy Selmon for a Defensive End didn't hurt the scheme, either.
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I have always been a Clayton believer. NO MORE!!! Bench him and give Sammy his slot. Cut him if it will save some salary, I don't know what is guaranteed, and what is not. He is a total leach.
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Robert, You are right about Suh. That man is a slobber-knocker.
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And by the way, did you notice Clayton crushing Sensabaugh? It doesn't always take a safety like Lynch to make an impression.
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TO ALL THE DOUBTERS!! Yes, losing Faine and AB will hurt, but were they totally responsible for the 450 yards against Dallas? We lost that game on just THREE lapses by the defense, and yes, I agree Sabby was responsible for one. Read Shelton's column on Lynch's comments about the lapse, if you need perspective. Williams in not a Cadillac, he is a freaking FERRARI! As good as Faine is, he was not totally responsible for Williams outstanding running. Yes there were lapses on the D,O,and ST. Just remember, this was the first game, and we are only one of the 0-1 teams in the league. Yes, we have a new, inexperienced head coach. Yes, we cut 5 veterans. Even fired the OC just before the season. But I believe this may be the best team since the SB, and perhaps best ever.
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Rick Stroud, I agree with Steven's post. None of us are privy to the inside moves, but Rick Stroud is the closest. He actually gets to talk to the insiders. All the prognostication, (and prevarications) will be settled only on the field. Sunday will be 1/16 of the season, win or lose. I personally think the Bucs will shock some teams this year, as well as the naysayers.
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I think G. Michael Reynolds is right, and actually I believe this offensive line will give even Leadfoot Lefty time to shine. He does have a cannon for an arm, and wasn't a first-rounder without reason. I personally preferred Luke, but so be it. Rah chose, we all have to accept, like it or not. And, by the way, when The Kid (Freeman) is brought along right, he is going to be awesome. Check Youtube for the two games against the Longhorns, where he hoisted them on their own hook.
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Mr. August is doing his thing in his month! Go EG!
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Seems like Wilkerson and Black have both stepped up.
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Thanks Larry, I know he is a good runner, but it seems Caddy found some.
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Is Ward's lack of yardage due to defense adjustments, or his own ineptitude? I am watching a computer simulation rather than live, so I can't judge.
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I think it is refreshing to read Raheem's open comments, after all the close to the vest of Gruden.
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Definitely Selmon, he was the greatest, not Brooks. Brooks is a close second, but I flipped a coin to decide between he and John Lynch. I have to give Paul Gruber the go for 4th. It is one thing to remain the best around on a winning team, but Paul was never so lucky. I nearly want to nominate Mrs. Selmon, mother to LeRoy and Dewey. Remember the THANK YOU MRS. SELMON banners at the old sombrero? But for #5, I will go for Doug Williams. No quarterback ever faced the pressure off and on the field that he did. With caring owners, (nobody nominating Culverhouse?) and just a few more key players, he would have had his Superbowl with the Bucs. 1979 was an awesome year. I hesitate to list the next 5, but certainly Sapp, Alstott, and maybe Ricky Bell. Other great players, with great individual effort, lost amidst a mediocre team never will make it. I think they need a special ring for coaches: Kiffen Gruden Dungy McKay
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Vincent, I agree with you. I am glad Fat Albert wanted the bling of DC, instead of Tampa Bay. I also think the "Ruud" situation should be a done deal, now.
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Saturday Night Live with the original "Not Ready For Prime Time" players. All are Icons: Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Lorraine Newman, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Garret Morris, Bill Murray, and later, Steve Martin. Thank goodness they were on Saturday night, because as a construction worker, I had to report at 7:00 AM. I would never have made it mid-week
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BucsFandango, you have a great point, one I had not considered. I repeat, I would love to see both Ruud and Bryant in long-term contracts. I really think the Front Office will clear this up before training camp, I hope so. I agree wholeheartedly on the Rookie/Second Year pay scale. There have been to many busts in the past, and I can sympathize with the owners. On the other hand, there are MEN like Batman Woods that have given their all, including their health, and were not protected by either union or management. If the salary cap is dropped next year, as I believe it will be, we will see great disparities in salary, and there will be a couple of HankyTheYankees bidding outright for a Super Bowl trophy. Enjoy football this year, because there is a storm on the horizon.
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ref813, I think that if there is anyone capable of judging Ruud's performance, it would be Coach Morris. There is an old joke where a spinster pipes up during a robbery and say "Just shut up and let Jesse rob this train!" That's the way I feel. OAR, I totally agree with you, Ruud has been exceptional, and yes Steeler Fan, he could carry Brooks' jock strap, and probably would if Derrick were so coarse as to ask. But OAR, he had those exceptional seasons under Kiffen's scheme, evidently, Jags' is much different. He is self-admittedly behind now because he did not attend OTAs. I reiterate, I want to see both Ruud and Bryant in long-term contracts they are happy with. But to piss and moan while you are still obligated does not strike a favorable chord with me
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I would like to see both Ruud and Bryant with contract extensions, let me state that first of all. I think basically what the organization is saying to put your muscle where your money is. Prove it. 1.6 mil is not chicken feed. 9.5 mil is beyond the wildest lotto dream. You take the man's money, you give it your all. It is not disrespect, it is wanting to see results. Disrespect would be taking all these millions, and not giving your best.
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Why take on a player that has made 3 of the dumbest moves a contracted millionaire can make? 1. Own a weapon and not adhere to common safety practices, or worse, fail to learn them. 2. Carry said weapon in NYC, with some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and concealed at that. 3. Go to a nightclub, and associate with people with whom you felt a need for a gun? Dumbest of all, SHOOT YOUR OWN LEG!! I was 5 years old when I learned better than that, and I shot no one to learn it. I can just see it now, Plax on a fly pattern, and one of his thug buddies enemies decide to do a drive-by. After all, they shoot 8-year old girls, don't they? Same mentality
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All this vituperation...I remember back when we were in the Black and Blue Central division where all the hate was directed at the Bears. The Eagles flew high on the hot-air hate, and was added to because of the Phillies and the Rays. But, BucFangango, we owe the NO Saints a debt of gratitude. THEY WERE THE FIRST NFL TEAM THAT THE BUCS BEAT!!
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2009 on Derrick Brooks to Saints seems unlikely at Bucs Beat
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