Thoughts from the pre-season win over Miami
Once again the game didn't count but it did matter. And although there were still some wrinkles to be ironed out, some areas to improve upon, a win is a win is a win. Especially when it comes over the local rival Dolphins.
And unlike last weekend's game in San Francisco when the Raider and 49er fans were causing fights all over the stadium, there were no such problems at Raymond James Stadium. I mean, it would have needed someone to walk across one whole section in the upper deck to cause any trouble with the person sitting next to them.
Actually that's a tad unfair as there certainly looked to be a lot more in the stadium than for the Patriots game 10 days ago. And they saw an improved Buccaneer performance albeit one that still does leave the message board posters with the opportunity to get all negative between now and opening kickoff against Detroit on the 11th.
Good points included seeing Arrelious Benn back, one heck of a pass rush and even a rare sighting of offensive co-ordinator Greg Olson smiling on the sideline. He did promise the Bucs UK in our interview with him back in March that he would try and do that more this season.
Bad points included No.5 not looking the superstar, All-Pro and world-beater that everyone just automatically assumed he was going be in 2011. There are probably people out there who will rag on Josh for even missing a pass these days. Remember Freeman missed most of the 2010 pre-season with a broken thumb and that turned out OK in the end.
Nickname of the week, Mossis "Scooby-Doo" Madu - shame he is so far down the depth chart that he is still behind James Wilder and Aaron Stecker in the plans for this season.
A rare Bryan Glazer sighting in the commentary booth alongside Chris Myers and John Lynch (and yes we did all see you Rick Odioso in the background again!). Bryan is a very articulate and knowledgable speaker and it's a shame that is just his and Joel's way that they like to stay out of the limelight.
Outside of Michael Vick trying to escape the RSPCA, have you ever seen a faster quarterback than Josh Johnson? And Rudy Carpenter showed some serious poise on the game-winning drive with his arm and legs too. That's a secure trio in charge of the passing game for the Buccaneers these days.
And the best dig of the day came from John Lynch. "If we'd have 5 back there on our teams, I'd have more than just one Super Bowl ring." Way to throw Shaun King and Trent Dilfer under the bus there John. Deservedly mind you.
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