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Peter King
September 01, 2008
There are a lot of wrinkles—literally—on offense, so postseason hopes rest on a young, developing defense
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September 01, 2008

1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There are a lot of wrinkles—literally—on offense, so postseason hopes rest on a young, developing defense

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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.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP WITH 2007 STATISTICS COACH JON GRUDEN (86--74 in NFL), seventh season with Buccaneers

OFFENSE

Joey GALLOWAY
POS WR
REC 57
YARDS 1,014
TD 6

Jeremy TRUEBLOOD
POS RT
HT 6'8"
WT 320
G 16

Earnest GRAHAM
POS RB
ATT 222
YARDS 898
AVG 4.0
REC 49
YARDS 324
AVG 6.6
TD 6

Davin JOSEPH
POS RG
HT 6'3"
WT 312
G 16

Jeff GARCIA
POS QB
ATT 327
COMP 209
PCT 63.9
YARDS 2,440
TD 13
INT 4
RATING 94.6

Jeff FAINE -- New ACQUISITION
POS C
HT 6'3"
WT 291
G 14

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