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    I would be in no rush to bring Sims back. Lets see how these next two games pan out with Martin, Rodgers, Barber. I hope the team is focused on San Diego as this is not a bad team; they are very similar to us in talent. Again the test will be our Defense and can we stop Rivers from getting 31 points and our Offense getting more points than that. They have a good RB and a huge TE plus a good WR. We need to blitz and not so worry about Rivers deep passing; he hurts tou on the 5-10 yard passes so we have to fill the box and let our quickness be our friend in coverage. There Defense is improving and Bosa is coming on. Go Bucs!

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      I can’t wait until he’s back. Sims is a dangerous 3rd down back. Plus he can line up at WR and create a mismatch against a LB. He’s not a feature back, but he definitely brings an added weapon to our offense. Just look at his TD from the ATL game. Doug and Quizz should handle the running duties. but Sims could definitely help us score points.

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        Roots , you stole the words from right out of my mouth. I can’t wait to have Simms back. Unlike Martin, he’s explosive. He’s clearly not an every down back, but out at wide is what I would like to see more of him doing.

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    Outside of two games, the running game has been serviceable at best. Which, given the injuries, is totally understandable. Having Doug back, even though he hasn’t cracked 100 yet, can’t be understated. He poses a real threat to the defense, which opens up what Dirk loves to do, PA pass. Getting Quizz and Sims back will only help. We’re facing average to poor defenses the rest of the way. Would love to see the OL and running game really dominate the last 5 games.

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      Agreed ROOTS, but Dallas is not a poor defense. They have Rod Marinelli , he is a fantastic coach. Another one the BUCS let slip away.
      GO BUCS

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        That’s why I said average to poor. Saints are really bad on D. Chargers are average. Dallas is maybe a little above average? Panthers are average/poor this season. I think we’re gonna score a lot of points over the next 5 weeks. Just got a feeling the team is gelling at the exact right time. OL is playing confidently. Dirk, with a healthy offense, can call a game like he wants. Jameis is dialed in. Defense is flying around making plays. Go Bucs!

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        As I recall Rod took a HC job and failed.

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    I don’t know whether it’s Doug’s injury, the O-line personnel being shuffled due to injury, the learning curve for Doug’s replacements or the defensive strategy opponents are using to focus on stopping the run, covering up # 13 and hoping for the best. I personally believe it’s all of these factors.

    What I’ve liked is that, in spite of modest success, Dirk sticks with maintaining some semblance of balance with his play calling. The explosive runs will come. Let’s take advantage of them when they do.

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