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Motley Athletics : Good Luck Bucs

by Max Gosselin-Ildari on September 23, 2010.

The beginning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers season intrigues more than some of the other surprise 2010-2011 opening campaigns. The Texans are 2-0, but they are loaded with offensive talent, especially with the addition of Arian Foster. The Cowboys are 0-2 but they have the worst coach in the NFL. When will they fire the perennial underachiever Wade Phillips? The Chiefs are 2-0, but they have a great backfield, a defensive unit that last year showed promising signs of development and maturity. So what is about the Bucs that piques my interest?

They are starting to look more and more like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of old. Oh, how I miss the Gruden years. The defense is coming alive once again! Led by middle linebacker Barret Ruud and veteran Ronde Barber, the Tampa Bay defense has already accumulated five forced fumbles and four interceptions in just two games.

Let’s face it, the game is more fun when the Buccaneers are in the mix. Just like the Raiders (nice move to Gradkowski by the way, I watched a lot of Campbell in Washington. It was not pretty).

I’m going to take a stand. With the exciting versatility of Josh Freeman and the hard-nosed defensive front, the Bucs are going to upend and upset the Steelers next week. Now I’m not going to be overzealous and put myself into a position of potential regret by saying these Florida folk are playoff-bound, but the Tampa Bay studs are back to being competitors.

Oh, and I guess Andy Reid checks out the Motley Athletics column now and then. He switched over to Vick! I’ll let you know when I get any more bright ideas, Andy. How’s Uncle Eddie?

-Max

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