© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2002
Bill Parcells reminds me of Lucy in the Charlie Brown comic strip. He keeps holding the football, asking the Bucs to kick it, and when they finally get interested, he pulls it away -- only to sit back and watch the Bucs fall embarrassingly again. Parcells has always been bad news for the Bucs. But will the Bucs ever learn?
-- Brian Taylor, Largo
I hope your fans know how ridiculous it is that Tony Dungy was shown the door. He took that pitiful franchise and not only made it a winner, but he did it with class and dignity. Warren Sapp and Keyshawn Johnson never will be winners in my mind. They really mucked it up for their leader, didn't they? I only wish Dungy would have landed here in Viking land where he belongs.Jim Clune, Pine City, Minn.
I am sick and tired of reading the same Gary Shelton commentary every day. The last two weeks have been tough for Bucs fans, but not nearly as tough as the preceding 18 weeks. A 9-8 season, a humiliating first-round loss, and another year of the most Pro Bowl players of any team. After deteriorating three years in a row, does anyone really believe the Bucs would have improved next year under Tony Dungy? If pursuing Bill Parcells and Jon Gruden is wrong, then I do not want owners who are right. I need to know we are giving it our best shot, and I would like to thank the Glazers for not accepting mediocrity, even if Tampa Bay seems to want it.
Greg Stewart, St. Petersburg
It's a shame the community can't fire the Glazers for being gullible and shortsighted. If history proves itself again, we'll see Dungy in the Super Bowl before the Bucs make it there.Ann Milner, Clearwater
It looks like the Bucs tried to buy a used rental car, but the transmission broke down before they got it off the lot.
Wayne Dailey, Dunedin
I have always thought the Glazers were a gaggle of unctuous weasels. Now I think they are a gaggle of moronic, unctuous weasels.
-- Henderson Talbot, Clearwater
Re: Gary Shelton's column that Oakland coach Jon Gruden is the one guy out there worth pursuing (Jan. 20) ... hardly. Shelton must not have seen the end of the Raiders-Patriots game. Why replace Dungy with a coach who shares his negatives and none of his positives? Gruden coached the last three minutes of that game in true Dungy style: three runs and punt it back to a team that is on fire. The Raiders had been winning on passing and went conservative to protect a three-point lead. Same old, same old. Who needs it.
-- John B. Mooney, Hudson
Whoever is ordained Bucs coach should seriously consider putting an end to the odious practice of players having radio shows. Of course, this is driven in large part by the desperate need for content on local radio. How bad must the need be when the punter has a show? Those shows are a distraction and sow the seeds of dissension and strife. Case in point: One show featuring a running back routinely degenerated into a debate over whether he should be used more than the team's other running back, who was not part of the show. Of course, that entailed him sitting by as "fans" called to criticize the other player, not to mention that the host routinely ripped the coach and offensive coordinator.
These guys are paid enough not to have to participate in these shows that undermine team morale. Aren't teammates and coaches supposed to support each other rather than make a few bucks at their teammates' and coaches' expense?
-- Mark Carpanini, Lakeland
With all that has happened with the University of Florida and the Tampa Bay Bucs, it's evident that loyalty means nothing, an oral commitment means nothing, and the almighty dollar means everything.
-- Jack Davidson, St. Pete Beach
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