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Brawl breaks out at Buccaneers OTAs

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07:22 PM ET 05.20 | The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off of an embarrassing season that saw them start with promise but nose dive into a top-15 draft pick. However, the year was an improvement on the season they had in 2011 which means Tampa Bay seems to be on the rise and could fight hard this season. But while the regular season is still months away, the Buccaneers are getting a head start on the fighting and are just brawling with each other. On the first snap of the Bucs' OTAs, a fight broke out between rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence and offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah. According to Spence, the fight resulted from how hard he came off the snap as he was unaware of how the first snap of OTAs should go. Despite not knowing the rules, Zuttah took exception to a rookie showing him up and gave him a piece of his mind.

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Akeem Spence, AP Photo/Chris O'Meara Akeem Spence, AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
May 21, 2013  02:29 AM ET

Total non-story

May 21, 2013  07:14 AM ET

"Gave him a piece of his mind"?
Have to be careful, there may not be many pieces left.

May 21, 2013  08:01 AM ET

Da Coach has got everybody on their Toes!!!

May 21, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Real story: Rookie makes veteran look bad, veteran gets feelings hurt and starts flailing. Coaches like rookie.

May 21, 2013  08:09 AM ET

If I'm Akeem Spence, that's how I want to start off OTAs.

May 21, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Good thing LaGarrett Blount isn't there anymore.

May 21, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Real story: Rookie makes veteran look bad, veteran gets feelings hurt and starts flailing. Coaches like rookie.

No, I think the real story is how not everyone on the Bucs was aware of the rules. What? No one told him? You can't run many organizations successfully without everyone on the same page.

May 21, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

No, I think the real story is how not everyone on the Bucs was aware of the rules. What? No one told him? You can't run many organizations successfully without everyone on the same page.

And what do you think "the rules" are that the coaches are supposed to say? "Ok gents, lets take this light and easy. no one tries too hard at first"? Get out of here.

May 21, 2013  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

No, I think the real story is how not everyone on the Bucs was aware of the rules. What? No one told him? You can't run many organizations successfully without everyone on the same page.

I doubt there were supposed to be any rules telling the players to walk through the play. If it was a walk through they'd all know it. It wasn't. Again, just a veteran being lazy. Maybe a telling reason why the Bucs weren't very good last year.

May 21, 2013  05:13 PM ET

Doesn't a rookie want to establish right away that he's not intimidated!
A veteran is simply dumb if he thinks the rookie is not going to try to impress everyone.

 
May 22, 2013  12:31 PM ET

Interesting. Isn't this the same team that ignoring NFL tradition, bull rushed the Giants victory formation?

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