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Bucs TV analysis

By ERNEST HOOPER

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 24, 2000


I think this is a very intriguing game because the Bucs, for the first time, are going to see an offense that I think will truly test their defense in the scheme and the Xs and Os.

I know the Bucs defense is good, but I find it hard to believe nobody can make a play on them. Nobody has made the 40-yard pass on them and things like that. I think they'll be tested that way and I think physically, the Jets are the best offense they've faced.

On the other side, I'm curious to see if the Jets come up with some tricks for Shaun King and the offense. That's kind of been a specialty of that staff, to come up with a few things to test the quarterback. They do that everybody.

That I'm talking about how to test Tampa Bay tells you what I think about the Bucs. I think Tampa Bay is the better team.

I know Tampa Bay will be there at the end of the year, but I'm not sure the Jets will be there as far as being a true, true playoff team, a factor in the playoffs.

The Bucs have added some players on offense, but I think coaching is the drastic difference from last year. Offensive coordinator Les Steckel has stuck to Tony Dungy's blueprint, but there's more variety. It's more conducive to King and Keyshawn Johnson. I think the offense has crossed a tremendous hurdle. Now if they win a game 10-7, everyone isn't saying what's wrong with the offense.

The Bucs are in a nice zone. They have a good chance to take next step and separate themselves from a lot of the other teams.

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