Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Brooks And Dunn No Longer Playing Tampa

So I arranged a blog just so I could use that title. Screw you for judging me.
y I just wanted to see if I could make a country and western fan slowly lower their confederate flag and sadly place it back in it's box before they realized I wasn't talking about the hick version of B&D. Maybe it worked. Probably not though.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Bucs have released both Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn along with Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard, and Cato June. You can officially close the book on the Bucs you once knew. They no longer exist. No Warren Sapp, no Mike Alstott, no Jon Gruden...all gone from Tampa.

Who's left from the team we used to know: Ronde Barber? And I hear he's only staying in football because people finally have stopped calling him Tiki by accident. God forbid he retires and get
s a job with NBC.

So the Super Bowl XXXVII champions are no longer hanging out near the pirate ships. Though I was first surprised by the releases, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.

The Bucs aren't going anywhere near the Super Bowl in next few years. The team has no QB now that fetus-looking Jeff Garcia has been booted. The defense has no Monte Kiffin directing it, so there's no telling what will happen on that side of t
he ball.

New coach Raheem Morris apparently decided he was going to start from scratch with these guys and frankly, I don't blame him. He doesn't need holdovers telling him how Chucky used to do it or how Monte made THAT substitution during a nickle defense.

I doubt Brooks or Dunn would ever say something like that since they're two of the most openhanded and professional acting players around, but Morris is a young coach and those old veterans could very well have more pull with the rookies than he does next year.

More importantly, Morris is sending a message to everyone that the Bucs won't be playing
the same kind of football we've gotten used to. No Gruden-esque West Coast offense that rotates 42 running backs whenever the coach's butt itches. No more game plans that call for 17 points by the offense and then hope the defense holds the opponent to 13 points.

That might be when the team looks like under Morris, but it's up to him. The slate is wiped clean. It's time for Raheem to build his own version of pewter power.

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