Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Buccaneers and Colts Mourn Dungy’s Loss

Tony Dungy’s son James died a few days before Christmas. The Indianapolis Colts and Buccaneers teams are mourning the beloved Dungy family’s loss and many attended the funeral proceedings. Both in Tampa and Indianapolis, Dungy is considered a great man, who treated his players as equals and encouraged them to be good role models through their actions. James was often seen attending practices his father coached and was sometimes even mistaken for a player because of his size. James was often called a gentle giant and many have expressed he will be sorely missed.

There is no word on when Dungy will return to coaching but he has gone public thanking everyone for their support and expressing his belief that his son is in a better place now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Too Much Talent, Too Few Spots

Let’s not waste our time talking about possible playoff scenarios. Even Jon Gruden is asking for his players to focus on the most important challenge facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the battle against the Falcons and QB Michael Vick. If we can’t get this win we could be sunk so its time to prepare for Atlanta. Everyone has been complaining about our decreased intensity and the youth of the players. I don’t think its inexperience that is keeping the Bucs from being a better team. I believe that there are just too many talented ball clubs out there this year.

Monday, December 12, 2005

McFarland Injured – May Miss Patriots

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the New England Patriots next week without defensive tackle Anthony McFarland who was injured in their 20-10 win over Carolina on Sunday. John Gruden has said he’s doubtful for the game but the official injury report hasn’t been posted. According to the coach, his status will depend greatly on his response to treatment. Players like Chris Hovan and Jon Gradley will be performing in McFarland’s place as Ellis Wyms played for McFarland after his injury in Sunday’s game. Wyms racked up a sack, a forced fumble and two tackles in his time on the field. Should we be worried or will McFarland’s absence go unnoticed with Wyms on the field?

Monday, December 05, 2005

Cadillac and Barber Go Buc Wild

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Bucs defense managed to allow only one field goal and no touchdowns. On offense, it was running back Cadillac Williams who made this game interesting. He had almost one hundred yards rushing, 33 of which were on one drive in the fourth quarter that ate up lots of clock time and left New Orleans little time tie the game. Of course we must mention Ronde Barber and his three interceptions. Williams wouldn’t have had all those opportunities without Barbers shrewd defense.