By SHARON GINN
© St. Petersburg Times,
published October 29, 2001
Observations on the Bucs broadcast:
Well, it made sense at the time: "I've never seen a team that doesn't get it more than Tampa Bay on offense," Cris Collinsworth said on the Fox pregame show. Then Terry Bradshaw weighed in: "Their offensive coordinator is Clyde Christensen. Who is he? I've never heard of him. He's a tight ends coach." (Christensen was quarterbacks coach in 1999-2000 and tight ends coach for three years before that.)
At halftime, Bradshaw apologized. "I've made a mistake. ... You just keep it up," he said, directing his comment toward Christensen, "because this is impressive. This is really what the Bucs need to do."
From a technical standpoint, analysts Troy Aikman and Daryl Johnston were on target, giving quick credit to the offensive line and the use of the running game to open up the offense. But as the Bucs built a 28-0 lead, neither made much of an attempt to put into words the outrageousness of what was happening. The halftime crew did a much better job of putting it in perspective.
Strongest comment: Collinsworth gave most of the credit to Steelers safety Lee Flowers, who on Oct. 21 called the Bucs "paper champions." "He did what Tony Dungy could not do -- get this team ready to play," Collinsworth said.
Best line: Late in the game, Warren Sapp was caught on camera joking with Cris Carter and Randy Moss during a break. "The score's 41-8 Tampa Bay, so I think Warren Sapp was instructing them on how to deal with the media after a bad loss," said Johnston, referring to Sapp's refusal to talk to the media last week.
Johnson followed up with some apropos criticism of Moss, who was laughing with Sapp. "It's supposed to hurt when you lose," he said. "I don't know what his other teammates think when they see that. We (Johnston and his Cowboys teammates) didn't like it on the plane ride home when guys were laughing and cutting up."
Parting shot: Aikman threw his support behind Dungy: "People fail to remember what this franchise was continually like before he got there. To me, (the criticism is) very unfair."
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