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Chucky's Chalk Talk

Bucs coach Jon "Chucky'' Gruden on this week's opponent, the Baltimore Ravens.

By RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 15, 2002

ON WHETHER THE RAVENS DEFENSE IS STILL STRONG: "No one's really scored on them throughout the preseason. They've been very stingy. They gave up 10 points last week and seven of those were set up on a flea-flicker in a second-and-1 situation. They have a lot of pride with Ray Lewis and Peter Boulware and (Chris) McAlister and (Michael) McCrary. They know how to play defense in Baltimore."

ON ATTACKING THE RAVENS 3-4 DEFENSE WITH LINEBACKERS LEWIS AND BOULWARE: "Peter Boulware is what you would call an interesting football player. Here's a guy who can put his hand down and be a premier pass rusher and be an outstanding defensive end. And when he's playing outside linebacker in this 3-4 system, it's pretty easy for them to get him matched up against the back at times. You've got to be conscious of where Boulware is at all times and you know they're going to create some games internally and get Ray Lewis freed up to make plays. When you talk about the 34 defense, you talk about linebackers. And when you start with Ray Lewis and Peter Boulware, you're starting with some real clout."

ON THE POSSIBILITY OF CONFUSING RAVENS QUARTERBACK CHRIS REDMAN: "Inexperience is something that you've got to overcome, as a running back, as a quarterback, as a young offensive line. You have to overtime it. He's got a great coach there, a great system and he's got some real good resources with Todd Heap, the tight end. I think (Brandon) Stokley and Travis Taylor are good receivers. And of course, Jamal Lewis is back and that gives them a legitimate horse to hand the ball to."

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  • Maryland mauling
  • Florida remedies few weaknesses
  • As ugly as can be for Bulls vs. Hogs
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  • Special teams make progress for UF
  • Weather delays 1st half
  • Local star steps in for Terps
  • Sloppiness doesn't cost Miami in rout of Temple
  • Big East: Syracuse rebounds against overmatched R.I.
  • ACC: Tiger defense preserves victory after late fumble
  • Around the State: Printers leads FAMU at Riverfront Classic
  • Around the nation: Nevada quarterback helps knock off BYU
  • Big Ten: Freshman Clarett spurs Buckeyes
  • Big 12: Trojans give Buffs little in trouncing
  • Irish squeak by Wolverines
  • SEC: Texas Tech sets Big 12 mark against Ole Miss
  • S.C. miscues lift Bulldogs
  • C-USA: West Virginia escapes Cincy's comeback specialist
  • Pac-10: Oregon continues mastery of Idaho
  • USF stumbles badly out of the blocks
  • Arkansas' blitz, mistakes silence Bulls offense

  • NFL
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  • NFL Game Day: Week 2

  • Golf
  • Tough times near end for Tampa Bay Classic
  • A threat has little effect on Fleisher

  • Bowling
  • Two-time titlist top qualifier for World Team Challenge

  • Motorsports
  • Battle in Texas to decide IRL
  • Montoya has fastest F1 lap

  • Track
  • Montgomery breaks world record in 100

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  • Baseball
  • Rivera is upbeat over BP session
  • NL: Risk pays off for red-hot Cards
  • AL: A's silence Mariners bats again
  • Cold spells may doom Red Sox

  • Prep
  • Depth the difference as Jaguars, Tigers repeat
  • Seminole's turnaround culminates
  • This time, Warhawks outduel Hurricanes
  • Level of competition the focus for Mitchell
  • Second-place finish helps Bucs enjoy trip
  • Mustangs, Knights overcome course
  • Plant teams pull off sweep

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  • Daily fishing report

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