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ENEMY LINES
Josh Elliott
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Buccaneers
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Buccaneers

" Jon Gruden is the best coach in the NFL, and he'll add to that reputation. He's the perfect mix of old-and new-school values. He schemes well and exploits his opponents' weaknesses better than anyone. He's tough without being a Tom Coughlin type....

For the defense it's do-or-die time. Their window as a dominant unit is closing, especially on the defensive line. [Defensive tackle] Warren Sapp doesn't scare people anymore. If I had to choose between Booger McFarland and Sapp, I'd take McFarland....

Derrick Brooks was banged up last year, but if he's healthy he's still great....

Michael Pittman will be a more durable version of Warrick Dunn. Pittman's more elusive than people think, and he's a perfect fit for Gruden's offense....

Brad Johnson will be the quarterback there because he's a winner, he's been productive and he doesn't make mistakes. Gruden's offense demands quick decisions, and Rob Johnson hasn't shown he can make them....

The offensive line will be just O.K. Kenyatta Walker has to be better, and Roman Oben is a liability as a run blocker....

Keenan McCardell will be serviceable for them, but he's not a game-breaker. The same goes for Joe Jurevicius. Keyshawn Johnson is still the key for them....

Every year they're a chic pick, and then they fight to go 9-7. Still, no team will benefit more from realignment than the Bucs."

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