Letters to the Editors
Losing Nickerson a mistake by Bucs
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 24, 2002
The Bucs should never have let Hardy Nickerson leave. As Gary Shelton says, he was "the Buc." Sure you could say today the defense doesn't need him. But San Francisco did a similar thing to Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and what do the fans think of the 49ers organization? Stinky.
-- N.V. Harper, Seminole
There never was a rivalry between the Packers and Bucs (Packers making early run, Sunday). The Packers' rivalries were with the Bears, Cowboys and 49ers. All the Bucs were to the Pack were schedule-fillers.
I don't think the Packers care that they and the Bucs are no longer in the same division. It was blasphemy that the Bucs were forced upon the storied black-and-blue division. Yes, they are 8-2. But they've played only three teams with winning records and lost to two of them. Until they played the Vikings, they had only 11 touchdowns.
At the beginning of the season, I predicted the Bucs would finish 10-6, not because of any rejuvenated offense but because nearly their whole schedule consists of bottom-feeders. I predict they will win at most one game of the next four. I predict they'll get into the playoffs as a wild card because they are in the tutu-wearing division of the NFL and be blown out by the first team they play.
And as for today's game, it means nothing to the Packers. It means everything to the Bucs.
-- Dave Highlands, via e-mail
Careful, Bucs fans. These guys aren't as good as their record looks. I love my Bucs, but I fear this is just another Jon Gruden team that looks good enough to win a mess of games but is just shy of championship caliber. I'd love to be proven wrong, but I predict playoffs yet no Super Bowl appearance.
-- Dennis McCarthy, Spring Hill
Jon Gruden may be a pretty good coach, but he sure has goofed in his choice of constantly running Michael Pittman. When is Gruden going to realize this guy doesn't have it? In a crucial upcoming game? Why isn't Mike Alstott, a proven hard runner, given the ball more? He should be running it at least 20 times a game. Coming down the stretch, if Gruden continues to go with Pittman, all will be for naught as far as the Super Bowl is concerned.
-- Jimmie Carra, Port Richey
The Bucs are 8-2 and are looked at as one of the elite teams in the NFL, mostly because of the defense. But the test will come when they face the Packers, who arrive with a no-brakes offense driven by Brett Favre. If the defense fares well and the offense produces 14 points or more, the Bucs will be looking at a win, and a green light for the playoffs.
-- Justin Grant, Seminole
Finally, Brad Johnson has what he always has needed to play his best football: friends in the right places. All Johnson needed was what all quarterbacks need -- friends who will protect him so he can do his job and lots of targets so he can do his job well. He had both the past two games, and it showed on the scoreboard.
-- Fred Nassif, Clearwater
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