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Take the reins off offense

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 22, 2001


Rick Stroud asked us Sunday, "Could there be a more disappointing group of Bucs players than the defensive line?" I think I have the answer. How about the offensive line? How about the entire offense? It seems as if the team is stockpiling its offensive weapons and waiting for the war. The conservative-until-our-backs-are-against-the-wall approach is never going to work, and until the coaching staff realizes this, we will remain a subpar team full of exceptional players.

Rick Stroud asked us Sunday, "Could there be a more disappointing group of Bucs players than the defensive line?" I think I have the answer. How about the offensive line? How about the entire offense? It seems as if the team is stockpiling its offensive weapons and waiting for the war. The conservative-until-our-backs-are-against-the-wall approach is never going to work, and until the coaching staff realizes this, we will remain a subpar team full of exceptional players.
-- Joshua LaRoche, Palm Harbor

I'm sure with Tony's demeanor, his reaction when the Glazers fire him will be, "(sigh) Oh well, stuff happens."
-- Vic Fenske, Bayonet Point

I suggest that Bucs management go to the tapes and simply compare the protection given our quarterbacks with that given to opposing quarterbacks. In game after game they will see that our playmakers too often are left to fend for themselves, whereas the opposing playmakers usually have the luxury of time on their side.Fred Nassif, Clearwater
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Please allow me to be the first to nominate Tony Dungy for Coach of the Year. Some people may question the logic, but can you name another coach capable of consistently shutting down two NFL offenses in one afternoon?
-- Sean P. Smith, Port Richey

After watching Bettis and the Steelers stomp us, I have one small request: Would the next person to visit St. Louis please stop by the dome, pick up the Bucs' heart and return it to the defense in Tampa? Because that was the last game I truly saw them play with it.
-- Mark Walker, St. Petersburg

At this point, I think the Buccaneers should concern themselves more with winning one game than winning the NFC Central, the NFC championship or the Super Bowl.

Maybe they need to spend more time on the practice field and less on their TV commercials and radio talk shows. Keep playing like this and watch requests for endorsements get shorter and shorter.
-- Greg Engel, Tampa

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