© St. Petersburg Times, published October 22, 2000
Tony, enough excuses. You don't have a Super Bowl team. Maybe next year, or maybe never. I can't understand why the Bucs think they have the best defense in the NFL. I know that come Oct.29 against the Minnesota Vikings, I'm going on an ecological examination and quit wasting my time watching 31/2 hours of pure torture. I'm glad I didn't buy a season ticket.
-- Dan Willhoite, Clearwater
If the Bucs coaching staff doesn't do something with the talent it has on offense, get ready for more losses.
It's very simple. Commit to a running back. Any of them. Or bring one in and commit to him. I'd like to see coaches commit to Alstott. Give Mike the ball 25 times a game and he will get you 100 yards. He gets stronger the more he carries the ball.
Tony, all you have to do is look at your record when you have a running back gain 90 yards or more. And you're not going to get there handing the ball 12 times to two backs. You've got talent, Tony. Use it.
-- Bobby Pratt, Indian Rocks Beach
For years Tony Dungy has been saying, "The Bucs have got to get back to basics." After Thursday's disaster, he said, "We definitely have to get our running game going." In the parlance of the Bucs, aren't "basics" and "running game" one and the same?
Instead of playing language games, isn't it time to put the "basics/running game" back into play? Also, isn't it about time we gave Shaun King some protection so he can pass when the Bucs are not attending to their running game?
-- Fred Nassif, Clearwater
This team is a joke. With Shaun King at quarterback, I don't see it going anywhere. This guy is a one-hit wonder. Now let's get him out of here like we did Trent Dilfer. Tony, you better make a change quick or you'll be on the next train out.
-- Adam Wilson, Clearwater
When will the owners of the Bucs realize we need a quarterback? For a lousy million we could have gotten Randall Cunningham. If he were here, we would be 6-1. Instead, we're 3-4.
-- J. Mulroy, Treasure Island
When do we get a quarterback? King is pitiful. How many losing games do we have to endure as fans before a real quarterback starts? Eric Zeier definitely would be an improvement because at least he can see over the offensive line.
-- Jim Rawe, Bradenton
I think it's about time for coach Dungy to get a little excited and make some changes. Does anyone have Trent Dilfer's phone number? Shaun King was a fair small-college quarterback. He can take us to the Super Bowl only if he wears elevated shoes and stands on a Coca-Cola crate. This team is going backward.
-- Chuck Poteat, St. Petersburg
Keyshawn Johnson was supposed to make the difference this year, and he did but in a negative way. Think about it. The Bucs were 3-0 when Keyshawn opened his mouth before the Jets game, and it has been downhill since. Get rid of the poison and Dungy's conservative ways. Perhaps I'm wrong, but the Rams' way is the wave of the future.
-- Jerry Bruzdewicz, Spring Hill
Why wasn't a portion of the big bucks spent on McDaniel, Christy and Johnson directed toward an experienced quarterback? I've said since last year that Shaun King is not the answer at this time. Shaun needs to sit on the bench and gain experience from a veteran. Coach Dungy, why are you stuck on this guy? You're too good of a coach not to see this.
-- Steve Finley, Crystal River
Did anyone see the John Lynch show Thursday night? Hell of a game. Keep it up, John, and thanks for the intensity.
-- Guy Petix, Treasure Island
Warren Sapp is All-World. John Lynch and Derrick Brooks are All-Pros. The rest of the Bucs are Also-Rans.
-- Michael Harris, Oldsmar
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