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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

August 15, 2010 by staff 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insist they have no financial problems, and that all is well within your organization.

They have spent a lot of money, time and labor to refute the oft-repeated assertion that the Glazer family, which owns the team, the Buccaneers are operating on the cheap due to debt problems related to the simultaneous ownership of Manchester United FC

Glazer joined the former press secretary for the White House, Ari Fleischer – now a crisis management expert in the world of sports – to help them find the right set of public relations to address the persistent (ie annoying) issues that have surrounded this franchise.

Such a challenge to prove that all is well must be something of a relief for Bucs fans, but ownership and management in the field of focus in turn a franchise you hit rock bottom with 3-13 should show last year.

The Bucs brought to zero high-impact free agents to help them compete in a category that includes the reigning Super Bowl champions.

They made the project a potential star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy Oklahoma, and selected some interesting pieces, but this organization is really looking rookies and a handful of remaining low-performing to help turn the tide?

Within the coaching staff, Tampa Bay brought the man’s head Raheem Morris, who met many of the problems you can expect from a coach of 33 years old, during a miserable first season at work. In addition to Morris for another year, when the evidence of a change in your watch is thin, the Glazers allowed Morris to take over as defensive coordinator, a role that has never been filled to the level of the NFL.

There is some hope in Tampa, in 2009 the first round quarterback Josh Freeman showed flashes of competence during his rookie season and is expected to leap forward in its second year. A pair of rookie wide receivers – Arrelious Benn (Illinois) and Mike Williams (Syracuse) – have been drawing rave reviews during the early stages of training camp and could be long-term goals Freeman.

Defensively, Morris is trying to get the team back to his Tampa-2 principles and the presence of McCoy and second round against Brian Price (UCLA), it will be easier to show more strength in the field of implementation of the stop.

All that said, hopes are high for the Bucs in 2010, and if losses accumulate as many expect this season, no amount of spin-guard by the Bucs brass will change the perception that organization is stuck in a deep swamp.

The following is a capsule look at the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with a personnel evaluation and prognosis included therein:

2009 RECORD: 3-13 (4th South, NFC)

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2007, lost to the New York Giants, 24-14 in the NFC Wild Card

COACH (RECORD): Raheem Morris (3-13 in one season with the Buccaneers, usually 3-13)

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson

Defensive Coordinator: Morris

OFFENSIVE STAR: Josh Freeman, QB (1855 yards, 10 TD, 18 INT)

DEFENSIVE STAR: Gerald McCoy, DT (1st Round, Oklahoma)

OFFENSIVE TEAM RANKS: 23 rushing, 24 passing, 30th scoring

DEFENSIVE TEAM RANKS: 32nd rushing, 10th passing, 27th scoring

ADDITIONS: WR Arrelious Benn (2nd Round, Illinois), WR Reggie Brown (from Eagles), DT Gerald McCoy (1st Round, Oklahoma), DT Brian Price (second round, UCLA), LB Jon Alston (Raiders) CB Myron Lewis (3rd Round, Vanderbilt), S Sean Jones (eagle), P Brent Bowden (sixth round, Virginia Tech)

KEY DEPARTURES: QB Byron Leftwich (for the Steelers), FB BJ Askew (released), FB Byron Storer (not tendered), WR Mark Bradley (released), WR Antonio Bryant (at Bengals), G Arron Sears (released), Jimmy DL Wilkerson (Santos), DT Chris Hovan (to Rams), LB Angelo Crowell (released), LB Matt McCoy (to Seahawks), OLB Rod Wilson (not tendered), CB Torrie Cox (released), S Will Allen (for the Steelers), S Jermaine Phillips (not tendered), P Josh Bidwell (to Redskins), P Dirk Johnson (released)

QB: A bit unfair, since he is a boy of 22 years old, with nine NFL starts under his belt, Freeman is now the face of this franchise. In nine starts a year ago, Freeman did some good things. He handed the Bucs their first win of the year by throwing three touchdown passes in a deterioration in the Packers play-offs, and showed some maturity by maintaining in Tampa games on the road, against the Dolphins and Falcons (both potential losses). But Freeman also had some horrible stretches, throwing eight interceptions in a stretch of two games against the Jets and Panthers and completing less than 50 percent of his passes in three different losses. To be clear, it will sink or swim this year. The backup will be the athletic, but inexperienced Josh Johnson (685 yards, 4 TD, 8 INT, 148 rushing yards), who lost her four began a year ago, while serving as a bridge of Byron Leftwich to Freeman. The third quarterback in training camp was former Arizona State star Rudy Carpenter, but it is sure to make the list.

RB: That Cadillac Williams (823 yards rushing, 28 receptions, 7 TD) is still playing football after multiple knee injuries is encouraging indeed devastating, and Williams enters 2010 as a permanent fixture in Tampa Bay for the first time in three years. The former first round played in all 16 games last season for the first time in his career, but his injury history makes a backup plan very necessary. The Bucs have a decent pair of them Derrick Ward (409 by land, 20 receptions, 3 TD), which seeks to recover after a huge disappointment of money on arrival of the Giants in free agency before 2009, and Ernesto fullback Graham (66 yards rushing, 14 receptions). Graham had more than 200 for the winner takes the division of the Bucs in 2007, but is better suited to his current role of the lunch pail. Clifton Smith made the team on his back for the third consecutive time and reliable kickoff and punt returner.

WR / TE: If Freeman is capable of winning games in the NFL with this group of wide receivers, then he really is capable of becoming a high starting level in this league. The cast of characters includes the second round Benn (Illinois), the fourth round, Mike Williams (Syracuse), remnants Sammie Stroughter (31 receptions, 1 TD), Michael Clayton (16 receptions, 1 TD) and Maurice Stovall (24 receptions, 1 TD) and Reggie Brown Eagles waste (9 receptions for Philadelphia). The only members of this group with a real body of work are Clayton, who has not crossed the barrier of 500 yards since his rookie season in 2004, and Brown, a former head of Philadelphia who was buried in the alignment of the Birds ” the past two years. As for the rookies, Williams and Benn are big guys with good hands, but lacks polish. Freeman’s favorite target could end up being tight end Kellen Winslow (77 receptions, 5 TD), who had a first season credible in a Tampa Bay uniform. John Gilmore (3 receptions) and the detestable Jerramy Stevens (15 receptions, 1 TD) should be for another year as a tight end backup.

OL: The Bucs offensive line will not be mentioned among the best in the league when the issues are to the fore, but the organization is hoping for some continuity in this area help the situation. The starting five is expected back in office 2009. The strength of the group is probably in the interior, where the guards Jeremy Zuttah (left side) and Davin Joseph (right) are versatile and center Jeff Faine is also capable. The tackles are doubtful, which should not be a great relief to Freeman. On the left side, Donald Penn got the big contract he had been longing late last month, but his physical condition has been a problem. On the right, Jeremy Trueblood has not lost a game since 2006, but it’s just a man. The swing will likely face Demar Dotson, who appeared in nine games last season. Former Pantera Keydrick Vincent should add some depth at guard.

DL: The Bucs ability to be competitive this season could be based on the development of this group. In the defensive tackle rotation, Morris has two unproven rookies – McCoy and price – and second-year player Roy Miller (33 tackles, 2 sacks) and limited in the first round bust Ryan Sims (33 tackles, 1 bag). Tampa Bay will have to be especially strong on the inside, as it may be the weakest group of hunters spend in the league. G. Stylez White (43 tackles, 6.5 sacks) is the closest thing the Bucs have a No. 1 defensive end, although it would be a situational pass rusher on most teams. Second year-pro Kyle Moore (10 tackles), selected in fourth round of 2009 that appeared in eight games as a rookie without a beginning, is penciled in as a starter on the other side. There is little reason to expect remnants Tim Crowder (43 tackles, 3.5 sacks) and Michael Bennett (3 tackles, 1 sack) to emerge as owners of high end either.

LB: While the line and secondary were also culpable in the classification of the Bucs’ number 32 in the NFL ground defense a year ago, a group suspected of Tampa Bay linebackers are few favors. This caused the failure of equipment to improve the linebacking corps in the off season somewhat curious. It appears that Morris will be the survival of the mediocre Barrett Ruud (142 tackles, 1 INT) in the middle, with Quincy Black (84 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT ) and Geno Hayes (98 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INT) again on the outside. While Black and Hayes are both rapid and blitz would probably be decent candidates (especially in a team with few legitimate hunters spend), the Tampa -2 have focused on the fight against ball carriers and coverage responsibilities. linebackers backup as Adam Hayward (23 tackles), Niko Koutovides (11 tackles) and Jon Alston (23 tackles with Oakland) are best known for its skills on special teams.

DB: The strength of the Tampa Bay defense in 2010 could be at cornerback, where volatile Aqib Talib (64 tackles, 5 INT) has become a No. 1 corner and credible to the eternal Ronde Barber (77 tackles , 2 sacks) led the Bucs have no reason to reconsider its role. Talib and Barber is not going to do much more than a pass rusher service team in 2010, so make sure your money. The position must not fill security as surely as Morris corner. On the strong side, the Bucs hope that ex-Brown and the Eagle Sean Jones (61 tackles, 2 INT, 1 sack with Philadelphia) can seriously challenge the marginal Sabby Piscitelli (80 tackles, 2 INT). At free safety, Tanard Jackson (71 tackles) had five spikes in only 12 starts last year but is not generally consistent. A pair of rookies – corner Myron Lewis (Vanderbilt) and safety Cody Grimm (Virginia Tech) – figure to get the most out of their contributions on special teams.

Special Teams: Perhaps in line with its youth movement of the whole team, the Bucs will be young in the kicking game in 2010 too. Heads of waste Connor Barth (14-19 FG) was good enough in nine games as a Buc last year to keep the work in the place-kicker in 2010, while the team used a sixth-round pick to select Brent Bowden (Virginia Tech), that wait can be as reliable as Josh Bidwell was for years. Economos Andrew begins his fourth season as the team snapper. In the return match, Clifton Smith (29.1 kickoff return avg., Media 10.1 punt return.) It seems to have things covered.

PROGNOSIS: No Freeman to do all this, but could not predict great things for a quarterback in 22 years of age, although it has been established receivers, an elite offensive line and a defense with high-end experience, so how can predict great things for Freeman and the Bucs when they have none of these additional elements? The Bucs have a lot of young talent around which to build, and probably more consistently competitive in 2010 than last year, but they are clearly better in the fourth team in the NFC South. You can forget the last-place team in the division is going worst to first this time.

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