Letters to the Editors
Letters: Don't kick a Buc when he's jobless
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 8, 2002
It was wrong for Gary Shelton to blast Kenyatta Walker (A bust? That's up to Walker, Tuesday). I am not a Walker fan, but the guy is having a rough time, and Shelton blasted him on the sports section front. If Shelton had just lost his job, would he like someone putting it on the front page saying how he was a cocky kid who got what was coming to him? I agree he deserved to be benched, but to put it on the front page and insult him like Shelton wrote and the editor published is a lack of class.
-- James Wickham, St. Petersburg
If the Bucs have any chance of making the Super Bowl, Brad Johnson must be removed as starting quarterback. He can't run. He can't throw long. And he throws the ball too quickly. Plenty of times the receivers are open, but he does not see them. Maybe the Bucs should have his eyes examined. I hear Lasik surgery works wonders.
Jon Gruden may be a great offensive coach, but his quarterback is ruining his reputation. If the Bucs continue with Johnson at quarterback, look for another up-and-down season (unfortunately, mostly down).
-- Art Wallace, New Port Richey
Shaun King is getting the shaft from the Bucs. He has earned the right to be the starting quarterback. This situation sounds like the old Bucs and the way they treated Doug Williams.
-- Charles Ackley. Seminole
The offensive line is not the problem. It's the play calling. If the O-line is the weakest link, you play to your strengths: an outstanding wide receiver corps and two physical blocking, pass-catching tight ends. Put Brad Johnson in the shotgun and let him throw down the field to loosen up the defense. Bobby Bowden and Steve Spurrier produced Heisman Trophy winners when their O-lines could not contain pass-rushing defensive ends.
Up the middle twice and then a short pass or two doesn't merit showing up at the office at 4 a.m. Gruden is capable of more. But when will we see it?
-- Judy Braak, Bayonet Point
Keyshawn Johnson's greatest fan is himself. We would hardly hear anything about him if he weren't praising himself. I hope for the day when he catches a pass and remains vertical long enough to run with the ball. When he catches, he falls trying to make it look like a sensational reception. What an ego. He is an overpaid phony and bore.
-- Pablo Miller, Tarpon Springs
The Bucs have what they need to be a championship team within this league. But there's a little problem that hasn't been figured out: the quarterback situation. Brad Johnson has the arm and accuracy to be the starter, but doesn't have the legs or scrambling abilities that Rob Johnson has. But Rob doesn't have the accuracy or the ability to move the ball like Brad . Then there is Shaun King, who has the arm and legs but is not accurate. For the Bucs to make the playoffs they need to improve at quarterback, even if they are in the weakest division of the NFC South.
-- Hector La Porte, via e-mail
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