When the Bucs are
in some of their nickel packages this year, Kiffin will use three young
guys—2007 draft picks Jackson and Sabby Piscitelli, and this year's
first-rounder, Aqib Talib—at corner with Barber moving into the slot. Kiffin
says Barber is the best slot corner he's ever seen, the perfect combination of
speed and power to break up passes. If Adams becomes a Dwight Freeney--like
force from right end, Tampa Bay will have completely overhauled its defense
with quality young players in a span of three years.
Next, Gruden has
to similarly develop his offense of tomorrow. With a league-high $54.6 million
in salary-cap room projected to be available in 2009, perhaps he'll start
plugging holes by signing a quality young wideout such as Anquan Boldin or Roy
Williams. Until then, the defense will have to keep the score down.
STARTING LINEUP WITH 2007 STATISTICS COACH JON GRUDEN (86--74 in NFL), seventh
season with Buccaneers
Jeff FAINE -- New