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David Fleming
August 28, 2000
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Buccaneers
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August 28, 2000

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Buccaneers

"I Don't know if the offense is good I enough to win the Super Bowl, but the defense is. If the Bucs get fourth-quarter leads, they'll let their defense play offense for them. This is one of the few situations I've ever seen where a team would rather have its defense on the field late in games....

They need to be more aggressive on offense, and Keyshawn Johnson will help them do that. He will force them to attack just by his personality. You know he won't stand for it if they go conservative....

On defense Jamie Duncan is going to be just as important. They lost their defensive quarterback, Hardy Nickerson, in free agency, and Duncan has to pick up the slack. He's good against the run, but Nickerson was the heart of that defense. How will Duncan do as a leader?

...If they've lost Jason Odom to injury—and I hear he won't play this year—that would really hurt. They have to keep pressure off Shaun King, but playing Pete Pierson or George Hegamin could affect King's confidence. I think King will be poised enough, but I don't know if he'll be accurate enough."