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Fantasy Football Info: What the Heck is Going on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Florida News - February 25, 2009

Man oh man has a lot changed over in Tampa Bay this off-season and for fantasy football owners it is important to pay attention. In this fast paced crazy world how ever it is not so easy to keep up with a team like this that has made so many moves in players, coaching staff and in philosophy.

I’m not an expert on the Buccaneers and everything that is going on with that organization, but I can give you a fantasy football spin on the situation.

It’s Out with the Old and in with the New in Tamp Bay

First off the Buccaneers fired head coach John Gruden and then long time defensive coordinator Marty Kiffen left town to coach with is son in college with the Tennessee Volunteers.

While losing these two great coaches was concerning I was even more troubled when they gave the head coaching job to secondary coach Raheem Morris. From everything I’ve heard about Morris they all say he is a very up beat coach, but I just think they are taking a chance on an unproven coach.

Morris did not impress me (and I’m sure some Buc fans) when he let go of not only Jeff Garcia and Joey Galloway but Buccaneer great linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Brooks is going to be a hall of fame linebacker and for Morris to make a move like this as one of his first moves as new head coach just doesn’t look good.


I’m even less impress with Morris and new defensive coordinator Jim Bates when I hear that they want a guy like Ryan Sims to be a leader on the team. Maybe Sims is a good guy but the man has only started two games in the last two seasons.

If your counting on a guy like that to be your leader and take a big role on the team, I personally think your defense is in trouble.

The Offense is all Messed Up

Just this week Antonio Bryant came out and even admitted publicly that he expects his numbers to be lower this year in the offense. I have to agree with this as the team is looking to play a run heavy offense.

They also are looking to start either Josh McCowen or maybe even rookie Josh Freeman. What the heck ever happened to this years off-season acquisition of Byron Leftwich?

NFL: DEC 28 Raiders at Buccaneers

To me Leftwich is a much better quarterback the McCowen and Byron has on this team what he’s needed all along for success and that is a solid offensive line and talent in the passing game.

To hear that right now Byron is not even talked about heavy as the starter just makes me almost physically ill.

With a bad quarterback and a strong commitment to the run and a passing offense that focuses on spreading the ball around, Bryant and Winslow won’t have the numbers that fantasy owners will want this year.

To top all this off the coaching staff has raved up and down about how much they love new running back Derrick Ward and how he’s going to be a “feature player” in the offense. But then today they break the news that Earnest Graham is going to start camp as the No.1 runner on the team.

It’s inconsistent talk like this that makes me a little concerned about what the heck to truly expect from this team for this season.

Can the Buccaneers have Success in the 2009 Football Season?

I do like the acquisitions of Derrick Ward and Kellen Winslow, I’m not sure if they will be utilized correctly or not. Beyond that I have serious concerns about the Buccaneers defense and quarterback situation.

While this team does have talent, I believe they are the worst team in the very competitive NFC South division.

With all that being said I believe from a fantasy football point of view, Buccaneer players can help you. But I do caution you that when selecting these player I hope you get them at a good value on your draft board.

In the end I would let Tampa Bay players drop two or three rounds farther then you expected them to be drafted at before you acquire them on your fantasy team. That way if they do disappoint for you then at least you did not pay a high price.

NFL: DEC 28 Raiders at Buccaneers

Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com

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