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ENEMY LINES
Josh Elliott
September 03, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Buccaneers
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September 03, 2001

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Buccaneers

The bucs look darn good on paper, but they've looked that way for the past few years, too, and haven't done much....
Team chemistry was a huge problem for them last year, and the addition of Simeon Rice won't help. But he should give offenses someone to watch on the outside pass rush....

Brad Johnson must stay healthy, which may be difficult given how many injuries he's had in his career. Also, I have questions about his arm strength....

Keyshawn Johnson should have a big year, but he's no Randy Moss, as much as he thinks he is. He's terrific over the middle and gets great position on cornerbacks, but he can't beat you deep....

Warrick Dunn is ready to be their top back. He's stronger than people think and has incredible balance. He's tough to bring down in the open field and can always break the long one....

Their defense will be good again. Warren Sapp will be better at his new weight [down 27 pounds], and Anthony McFarland is improving, but they must play better against the run....

John Lynch is still at the top of his game, but I wonder if he isn't too reckless at this stage of his career....

Dwight Smith could be a good young corner for them in nickel situations....

I think they'll win the division, but they have to prove they can play together if the losses come. If they think too much about expectations or about Tony Dungy's job security, things could go bad in a hurry.

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