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Letters to the Editors

Many call for King to be quarterback


© St. Petersburg Times
published November 3, 2002

Shaun King should get a shot at starting quarterback. My opinion of Johnson and Johnson has always been that they're good names for bandages and shampoo, but if you want a leader who can step up and take charge, give me the King.

There is something about having our own out on the field. All of us who have watched King grow up and handle himself in all situations have seen a positive growth in him from high school to college to now as a responsible man.
-- Helen Ware, St. Petersburg

The Bucs have real problems with the offensive line. But they also have one quarterback who can throw and see the field but can't scramble, and another who can scramble but can't see the field. The third Johnson (Keyhawn) couldn't have been more open last weekend unless he was on the field one hour before the game. Why don't you give Shaun King a try? He was 1-for-1 and got the 7 extra yards that made the winning field goal possible. In case you didn't notice, the offense didn't score a touchdown again. Really! How much worse could it get?
-- Marie Gilley, Tampa

I watched the game against Carolina and could not believe what I was seeing. I have always said that Brad Johnson is the quarterback and I think that game proved how true that is. The problem now is: Who is the second quarterback? I wish that coach Jon Gruden would have taken Rob Johnson out and put in Shaun King. We will go nowhere with Rob Johnson at the helm. He made terrible decisions and held on to the ball too long. Put in King until Brad Johnson is well.
-- Susan Rand, Tarpon Springs

I want to know what the problem is in not using Shaun King as quarterback. He took the Bucs further then any quarterback. Is it something personal with the owners, or are they just afraid King might lead the team to the Super Bowl? They sure act like they don't care about that. I believe it's time for reality to sink in and start using a quarterback who has some get up and go and quit using these other two who got up and went.
-- Danny Willhoite, Clearwater

Bucs fans are too quick to point out who is the problem and why the team is not winning. The problem is that this season the Bucs are good. They have players who can play and are very possibly Super Bowl bound. People who say Brad Johnson is horrible and Shaun King should be in do not understand football. King is a good quarterback and a fan favorite, but he is not starter quality. Brad Johnson takes a beating because of a line that is not playing well right now. He makes great decisions while taking hits and being rushed. If you put King in he gets rushed just as badly, but instead of taking the sack or throwing it out of bounds he throws it up for grabs. Rob Johnson has never been a great decisionmaking quarterback. He holds the ball too much and is not accurate. Brad Johnson is the best decisionmaking quarterback on our team and is the guy who should be starting.
-- James Wickham, St. Petersburg


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