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Letters to the Editors

Offense's struggles holding Bucs back


© St. Petersburg Times
published October 27, 2002

I find it incredible that Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber, after the loss to the Eagles, made snide references to Duce Staley's 57-yard run as "garbage yardage" and "garbage play." The only reason I can imagine comments like this from players is that they had truly given up at that time of the game. I suppose that both these players on the No. 1-ranked defensive team in the NFL had overlooked the fact that they had previously given up two field goals and two touchdowns.

I am sure that most viewers of Derrick's scoop-and-run of a fumble for a touchdown would put that in the "garbage playbook." I must admit that they should be experts on garbage. They watched their offense from the sideline all afternoon.
-- Bob Landis, Palm Harbor

LOST: Buccaneer offense. Last seen some time ago, ragged, tired-looking, and just plain ugly. If found, please return to One Buc Place or call the Bucs defense (so they don't have to play an entire game).
-- Weldon Comerford, Seminole

The Bucs will not win a Super Bowl as long as Brad Johnson is the starting quarterback. His limited mobility, throwing into coverage and continually only throwing 5-yard passes contribute to the Bucs' woes. Shaun King would be a much better choice to lead this team. I don't understand why many fans and Coach Gruden think Brad is the man. He's not!
-- Danny Di Nicolantonio, St. Petersburg

Can someone please explain why we cannot have an offense like the other teams that I watch every Sunday? Do these men not listen to their coach? I have all the faith in the world in Jon Gruden. I have seen him do wonders with the Raiders. Thank goodness for our defense. Without it we still would have had only field goals to show for our efforts.
-- Kim Hagan, Largo

Coach Gruden should get to work extra early, barricade the door and do nothing but watch the film of this game. At the end of the day he should come away with three assessments: 1) that we have the worst offensive line in football; 2) that Michael Pittman is an average running back at best, and that Mike Alstott deserves a chance to get all the touches; 3) that we are a vastly improved team but still have a long way to go to compete with the big guns. The difference is that we now have a coach who will not tolerate losing. Here's hoping the film of this game will make Coach Gruden sick to his stomach. Chucky will do the rest.
-- Mark Walker, St. Petersburg

What does Warren Sapp contribute to this team, or this area, besides a negative attitude? He obviously makes too much money, or is just too ignorant to see his cancerous effect on this team. He does not represent anything positive in a team player or an adult human being in society. This man is so brilliant that he should create his own league for pampered athletes. He deserves nothing less than the spotlight shining on his ignorant behavior. I would love to see this team's performance without his cancerous, negative influence.
-- Jimmy Schreiner, Clearwater


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