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What they're saying

By Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 5, 2000


"The Buccaneers came to Foxboro Stadium with a reputation for having one of the league's best defenses. They left with a better reputation for defense than the Marines."

Ron Borges, Boston Globe

"What the new boss knows is that his first regular-season day at the office was hell. When he gazed across the field, he saw filmmaker Spike Lee -- director of The Original Kings of Comedy -- on the Buccaneers' sideline. That was fitting, because Belichick's own team put together a documentary of inexcusable errors, the worst one coming when it was done in by a phantom spike."

Michael Holley, Boston Globe

"(The Tampa Bay defense) blitzes some, and plays a lot of zone, mixed with a bit of man coverage. The scheme is nothing any respectable Pennsylvania high school team doesn't run. But the Bucs' fearsome front seven makes the vanilla extract a 150-proof item."

Michael Gee, Boston Herald

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