© St. Petersburg Times, published October 15, 2000
To our visitors from the North: Come on down! The loud bands have stopped playing and everyone has fallen off the wagon.
-- Randy R. Mann, St. Petersburg
The big question for Bucs fans is how many first-round draft picks and how much cash will be needed to trade our "star" to some unsuspecting NFL team for a "flashlight"? We know the Jets wouldn't do it for all future No. 1 picks and the combination to the Glazers' safe, but surely there is a team out there that meets the criteria of "the greater fool" theory.
Keyshawn should return to the world that revolves around the star he's from, because on this world, being a loud-mouthed, obnoxious underperformer does not qualify for star status. Coach Dungy, you have way too much class to be associated with this guy.
Just one (very disappointed) fan's opinion.
-- George Magee, Jupiter
Keyshawn Johnson was to have a major immediate impact on our offense. He has.
Three weeks ago he held news conferences every day taunting the Jets. He helped the Bucs to lose their focus and the Jets to gain theirs.
Two weeks ago he had his first NFL fumble, which was critical to helping us lose that game.
Last week, he set the tone on the first play of the game by losing a fumble. He had many dropped passes and looked worse than Bert Emanuel and Andre Hastings. This is an elite receiver? This is a star? I am glad we did not waste our money on a No. 19 jersey. Anyone who has that jersey should let his children wear it for Halloween and trick-or-treat as a clown.
We need to trade Keyshawn before the next game. Maybe we could get a fourth-round draft pick for the 2010 season. We should trade him to the Vikings, then he could have a major immediate impact helping them lose games.
-- Richard Myers, Seminole
It must be the shirt, Keyshawn. New York's jerseys weren't quite as slick. Maybe that's Alstott's problem too? Slick shirt sleeves, yep, that's got to be it. Holding on to the football requires shirt sleeves with stick-um. I love it.
Next week, off go the gloves or the Nikes. Excuses come in strange packages. Cutting off your shirt sleeves on Monday Night Football builds your all-world legend.
-- Gene Harvey, Clearwater
Great work by the offense and defense. The offense was finally opened up and it was a great show. Special teams is still the thorn in this team's side. Maybe a special-teams coaching change is needed.
-- Bob Gilley, Tampa
On third and 1, everybody and his brother knows when the Bucs line up with the jumbo package, we will run. We came out with three wide on a few short-yardage situations against the Vikings and ran very well (check the film). Why didn't we do this on our next-to-last drive on the third and 1?
Our jumbo hasn't worked in the last three games. Am I the only one who knows this?
-- Vicente Aldape Jr., Hudson
There are still at least two coaching positions that desperately need help, or a crash course in communication skills. Late play calling? This is the NFL. We are in the land of deja vu all over again it seems. A tutorial in the use of the clock is conceivable, which might help getting the plays in to the quarterback on time. Maybe our reincarnation of Mike Shula is so locked into studying the charts that he is unaware that the clock is ticking, so the team has to waste a timeout and the players are standing around wondering who's really in charge. It's enough to have to overcome the lousy calls by field judges who are intimidated by home-field crowds, but is it too much to expect that our players are not left looking nervous and unsure because of the ineptitude of the wizards who are calling the shots? Duh.
And the miserable, never-ending futility of special-teams play is beyond embarrassing.
-- Les Romer, Palm Harbor
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