Sunday, May 29, 2005

Money Issues

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to be in a tight money spot this year. So the front office is trying to reconstruct the contracts of several high profile players. Simeon Rice, Derrick Brooks, and Anthony McFarland are the players the Bucs are trying to target to get out of salary cap trouble, but these players were said to mock at the notation of reorganizing their contracts.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

In Response

This is for John F…

John I am not joking about Pittman. You said it yourself, Gruden has a fetish for a multipurpose back and Pittman fits that very well. With Garner, Pittman, and Alstott on the roster; at least one of those guys will remain to at least block for Williams. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gruden kept two of the veterans though. You know as well as I that Gruden loves vets. I see Garner leaving, that is just my opinion, but when next year comes around I would expect the Bucs to feature Williams.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

It's Happening...

Cadillac Williams is already on Michael Pittman's tail and he'll keep gaining on him if Pittman doesn't do a better job of holding on to the ball. Pittman lost six fumbles last year, but because he lost seven the previous four years combined the team doesn't believe the problem is chronic. Most of Pittman's fumbles last year were lost in the open field, well beyond the line of scrimmage.

As a result, Pittman is working harder on securing the ball after he's broken free of the pile and when he's going down. Some balls were simply stripped from Pittman's arms last year so you're likely to see him cover up more as he runs in the open field and possibly even go down more quickly when his run is clearly nearing an end. The team is practicing stripping the ball from Pittman to help him secure the ball more instinctively.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Out of the Garage

Some one has a brand new ‘Cady’ in RB Carnell Williams. That team would be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. More than likely as the season progresses expect Williams to take carries away from work horse Mike Alstott in the short- yard game.

Williams might not be as big as Alstott or as big as Pittman but his work ethic is and besides at Auburn Williams did just that. He handled most of the short yardage situation in college.This is just a plus for the team. Now both Pittman and Alstott can block for Williams down at the goal line. This will be a good way to keep opponents guessing on who is going to have the ball.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Filling in Needs

The team has decided to make 2004 third-round draft pick Marquis Cooper the heir apparent to WLB Derrick Brooks. Cooper worked mostly at MLB and SLB during his rookie year, but the plan now calls for him to work almost exclusively on the weak side. Cooper lacks the size and strength necessary to play SLB, and with Barrett Ruud slated to succeed Shelton

Quarles as the starting MLB, there's no need to play him there. Cooper has excellent speed, and he's a hard hitter. He moves fluidly into his tackles and takes good angles. He's a bit of a 'tweener who could play SS, but the team believes he'll develop into an excellent LB. . . .