Sapp's goals, Gruden's thoughts? You pick 'em
By RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 8, 2002
TAMPA -- It's time to kick off another Bucs season, but with the changes made under Jon Gruden, you might want to test your knowledge of the team. Below is a questionnaire. Like the new offense, it's multiple choice.
Gruden's favorite saying is:
A. "I'm not that deep."
B. "Way to explode on the scene."
C. "We prefer to live in our hopes, not our fears."
D. "Honey, I'll be home soon."
Warren Sapp's goals for 2002 are:
A. Break Michael Strahan's NFL sack record.
B. Break Lee Roy Selmon's career sack record.
C. Break his career-high sack mark of 16 1/2.
D. Break record for most SportsCenter appearances.
Kenyatta Walker believes he lost his starting job because:
A. He committed too many penalties.
B. He allowed too many sacks.
C. He missed too many blocking assignments.
D. The coaches don't recognize talent when they see it.
The best reason for an indoor practice field is:
A. Practicing in the heat leaves players dehydrated on Sunday.
B. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in Tampa Bay.
C. Many games are on AstroTurf.
D. Parking garage is hell on the kicking game.
Jay Gruden accepted a job on the Bucs coaching staff because:
A. He wants to pursue a career coaching in the NFL.
B. His days as an Arena League quarterback probably are over.
C. His experience as a coach and player will be valuable to the Bucs.
D. Never saw his brother on Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays or special occasions.
Things you know about Cornell Green are:
A. The Bucs traded a seventh-round pick to Miami for him.
B. He has never started an NFL game.
C. He has never played a down in an NFL game.
D. Before this, his best job was working for the St. Petersburg Times.
The rookie of the year for the Bucs will be:
A. Running back Travis Stephens.
B. Safety Jermaine Phillips.
C. Receiver Marquise Walker.
D. None of the above. (Gruden prefers playing veterans).
Requests of Gruden's that have been granted by the Glazers are:
A. The Bucs spend $1.4-million to move training camp to Orlando.
B. The Bucs spend $150,000 to turn One Buc Place lobby into meeting room.
C. The Bucs upgrade to five-star hotels on the road.
D. Whatever he asks for next.
Marcus Jones was placed on injured reserve because:
A. His injury could take longer than expected to rehabilitate.
B. Greg Spires was playing better anyway.
C. He hasn't been productive in two years.
D. With $23-million owed over the next four years, he's done in Tampa Bay.
How well (or poorly) will the Bucs do this season?
A. Nine wins and miss the playoffs.
B. Ten wins and make the playoffs, but lose in the first round.
C. Eleven or more wins and play in the NFC title game.
D. A .500 season and speedpass to the Sunshine Skyway bridge.
Who are teams (and coaches) the Bucs would rather not face, in order, during postseason?
A. 49ers and Steve Mariucci.
B. Redskins and Steve Spurrier.
C. Colts and Tony Dungy.
D. ESPN NFL Countdown and Bill Parcells.
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