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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-30


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-30
PLAYER NOTES


--DE Gaines Adams led the Bucs with 61/2 sacks this season. He had six sacks as a rookie.

--QB Jeff Garcia is an unrestricted free agent but says he would like to return after going 6-5 as a starter this season.

--LB Derrick Brooks suffered a right hamstring strain one play before the long touchdown run in the first quarter by Michael Bush.

--DT Jovan Haye played despite a right knee sprain and will be a free agent next season.

--RB Warrick Dunn finished the season with more than 1,100 yards rushing and receiving.

REPORT CARD VS. RAIDERS

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- QB Jeff Garcia missed some open receivers but finished 17-of-33 for 257 yards and a touchdown. The protection was mostly good. But they didn't take advantage of matchups with Antonio Bryant.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- Cadillac Williams was off to his best start since his rookie season, having rushed for two touchdowns, including a 28-yard run. But the wheels came off when he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee. Warrick Dunn finished the game with 10 carries for 37 yards and had two catches for four yards.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- QB JaMarcus Russell had all day to scan the field and throw the football. The Bucs had several blown assignments and got only one sack, from Gaines Adams.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- The Raiders' third-string running back, Michael Bush, ran for more than 170 yards on the Bucs Sunday, including two touchdowns. The Bucs didn't stop the run the final four weeks.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- P Josh Bidwell performed poorly with virtually no hang time. KR Clifton Smith never got loose in the return game. The Bucs were outplayed in this area.

COACHING: D -- When you're responsible for the biggest collapse in 15 years, somebody's head should roll. It's unknown whether Gruden qualifies. He just signed a contract extension last week.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

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