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: July 11, 2007, 02:09:11 PM

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=2932670     

Makes sense to me.

(posted on both boards.)

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#1 : July 11, 2007, 02:17:28 PM

I can't stand John Clayton.

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#2 : July 11, 2007, 02:18:36 PM

Nevemind, Clayton is a genius!

"Another sign of hope for the Bucs to be a sleeper team is what Garcia should do to help the running game. He usually has worked well with balanced offenses. In Garcia's fourplus seasons as a starter in San Francisco, his lead back averaged more than 1,000 yards and 49.6 receptions. With Cadillac Williams struggling last year, the Bucs finished 28th. Coaches know the easiest way to get to eight or nine wins is to run the ball. A big jump in the running game along with strong play from Garcia could make the Bucs one of the main sleeper teams in 2007.


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#3 : July 11, 2007, 02:23:33 PM

Ahh yes it will be Garcia that fixes the running game. It was always Simms/Gradkowski's fault that Sean Mahan and John Wade would get dominated by DTs.

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#4 : July 11, 2007, 02:25:46 PM

I hope he is right, but I can't see how 5-6 yard routes do much is the way of spreading the defense and making running easier.
I think Garcia will have the most success if Pittman is the starting HB not for his running but for his catching. Cady would do better if Gruden decides to try to go down the field more and not so many short passes, and Garcia does not do what he did last year and depend on the HB to bail him out in the passing game.

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#5 : July 11, 2007, 02:31:40 PM

"..The Bucs played a .535 schedule with a rookie quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski, who will be forgotten as fast as Kyle Orton was after the 2005 season.."

Things that make you go hmmm..

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#6 : July 11, 2007, 02:42:20 PM

He is predicting a 7 win season.




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#7 : July 11, 2007, 02:50:58 PM

Damn that Giant National Anti-Bucs Media Bias


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#8 : July 11, 2007, 02:55:43 PM

I wonder if 7-9 is enough "improvement" as far as the Glazers are concerned.  

I realistically think 7 to 9 wins is the range for this team, and I think Gruden better get at least 7 to keep his job.  At this point I just want to see the o-line improve, I want Clayton to either show up or start packing, I want Caddy to prove he's a feature back, and I'm curious to see the youth on the D.


Other than that I'm just ready for some damn football.  I just got a new TV and the Sunday Ticket will be that much better this year.

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#9 : July 11, 2007, 03:03:17 PM

I actually think the Bucs could be a sleeper, but if they do it, it will be like 2005 - smoke and mirrors duct taped together thanks to an easy schedule and some vets putting together one last solid performance. My problem is the team is still a long way away from becoming a real contender built on good, young players who will be around for a while.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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#10 : July 11, 2007, 03:08:07 PM

I actually think the Bucs could be a sleeper, but if they do it, it will be like 2005 - smoke and mirrors duct taped together thanks to an easy schedule and some vets putting together one last solid performance. My problem is the team is still a long way away from becoming a real contender built on good, young players who will be around for a while.

I agree, but I do think this squad is more talented than that 05 team, albeit very young. Maybe not duct tape, but that nasty 3M stuff that always sticks to itself if you don't handle it right..

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#11 : July 11, 2007, 03:13:43 PM

How was 2005 smoke and mirrors? Did we get some lucky breaks? No doubt. But sometimes the other team got lucky breaks too. But that was a good team, a legit 11-5 season.

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#12 : July 11, 2007, 03:15:10 PM

How was 2005 smoke and mirrors? Did we get some lucky breaks? No doubt. But sometimes the other team got lucky breaks too. But that was a good team, a legit 11-5 season.
Agreed.

The BUcs should rebound nicely this year.

But a lot of things should happen...


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#13 : July 11, 2007, 03:17:39 PM

How was 2005 smoke and mirrors? Did we get some lucky breaks? No doubt. But sometimes the other team got lucky breaks too. But that was a good team, a legit 11-5 season.

11-5 is 11-5, sure, but the luckiest break we got was the schedule.

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#14 : July 11, 2007, 03:21:13 PM

How was 2005 smoke and mirrors? Did we get some lucky breaks? No doubt. But sometimes the other team got lucky breaks too. But that was a good team, a legit 11-5 season.

11-5 is 11-5, sure, but the luckiest break we got was the schedule.
I am sure the other teams were thinking the same thing when Tampa rolled into town.  Think about it.

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