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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 2, 2000


Team should open it up just a little

What can you say? Open up the offense to tie the game, then back to
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the same old conservative offense to lose the game.

Special teams still cannot cover kick returns.

Need a change in coaching philosophy?
-- Bob Gilley, Tampa

The Bucs might have had a pretty good chance of beating the Redskins in regulation time if it weren't for the old obsession of trying (in this case, for over three quarters) to "establish our running game."
-- Bob Kemmerling, Largo

What has happened to the Buccaneer offense that had such high hopes after Game 3 of the season?

The offensive line stopped blocking, Keyshawn Johnson (who people are starting to get on) is given the job of catching 3-yard passes, and Warrick Dunn can't find a hole or get a block to save his life.

Something rotten is afoot in Tampa Bay. Les Steckel and Tony Dungy, wake up!
-- John Fontana, via e-mail

Why has the new offensive coordinator taught Shaun King to play like Trent Dilfer? I knew something disastrous would happen when the Times business section said the area would lose money if the Bucs went to the Super Bowl here in Tampa.
-- Tom Malone, Spring Hill

One word: U-G-L-Y!
-- Michael Harris, Oldsmar

If this team hopes to get to the playoffs this year, never mind the Super Bowl, they had better take the handcuffs off Shaun King. Open up the offense and let the kid throw the ball downfield, or if they don't think he is capable, sit him on the bench and put someone else in the game.
-- Tom Hunter, via e-mail

I can sum up in three characters what I thought of the game: P-U.

They are not playing Super Bowl quality football by any means. Missed tackles, turning the ball over too many times. Mark Royals ought to get paid overtime. I believe he was on the field more than Shaun King.
-- Dan Willhoite, Clearwater

By now, two things must be apparent: Shaun King is a prince (at best), and Keyshawn Johnson is yet another liability as far as the salary cap is concerned.

Granted, Washington is a tough place to play, but when you come back as we did Sunday, you expect the "money" guys to come through.
-- John Jones, via e-mail

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