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April 8, 2010, 12:32 PM
Maybe it's blind optimism, but, I'm very hopeful for the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensively, I think if MLB Barret Ruud excels, we will be successful. And, for a change of pace, he's spent the whole offseason at One Buc Place. This, to me, speaks volume. Most players with his numbers would be moaning and complaining and begging for a trade without the long term contract he deserves. Rather than being a cancer to the team, he's showing he's truly a team player, willing to 178, and 205 tackles respectively. There's no question as to who is the Bucs defensive leader and he keeps getting better each year. It should also be mentioned the defense's improvement with Raheem Morris stepping in as the ddefensive coordinator last season. After ten games in Jim Bates' system, the Bucs were giving up an average of 29.4 points per game. From that point forward, when After ten games in Jim Bates' system, the Bucs were giving up an average of 29.4 points per game. From that point forward, when Rah took the reigns, they averaged only 17.7, including shutting down the Super Bowl winning, number one overall Saints offense. I salivate at the thought of this improvement growing even more with a full offseason to fully put thought into the unique mix of our classic Tampa 2 with the integration of Bates' match-up oriented thrust scheme. classic Tampa 2 with the integration of Bates' match-up oriented thrust scheme. Offensively, Josh Freeman has spent nearly every allowed day since our game against Atlanta. We have every reason to believe that this work ethic combined with his undeniable raw skills will equate to dramatic improvement in his game, which, would very obviously make everyone on the field reflect the same. We clearly have many issues on offense, most notably being at wide receiver, but there are bright spots there as well. Sammy Stroughter was a 7th round gem, and another player showing great resolve to spend time in Tampa during the offseason. Reggie Brown has plenty of potential as well, given the right circumstances. Then, there's the Baton Rouge sized question mark hanging over Michael Clayton's head, while not being much of a threat the last few years, I honestly believe we might see big improvement from him, as he knows if he doesn't perform this offseason and into preseason, he won't be a Buccaneer and given what he's shown as a pro, maybe not on any team's roster come the start of the year. Another issue our offense may face is an underachieving offensive line. Well, the commonality is for offensive linemen to be some of the first to slow down if it seems like the season is going downhill. I think Josh Freeman will really be able to kick some life into these guys and help them return to being one of our team's strong points. Special Teams barely needs mention in this thread as we've got arguably th best corps in the league. I would like to see us pick up a kicker and punter to create competition for the preseason, however. Add all this with the 11 draft picks we have to fill our holes in 15 days and we have the potential of being a dar

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