Postcard from camp: Bucs
The Buccaneers train less than a mile from Raymond James Stadium, not far from the corner of Martin Luther King and
1. New coach
2. Whoever the Buccaneers choose to be their starting quarterback will say a lot about the style of offense they will run.
3. For a player no longer with the team,
For a team with an unsettled quarterback position, tight end
Walking into the lobby of the Bucs practice facility, I was struck by the colorful scene before me. The orange and white helmets the team first wore in the 1970s. A large photo of
• Tampa's running backs corps is unconventional, but it just might be underrated, too.
• Ruud could be the best middle linebacker in football this season. He'll have to take on an even bigger leadership role in 2009 for the Bucs to succeed, and he knows it. "As soon as the huddle starts, it is my defense and I know I have to make all the calls and organize everything," Ruud said. "I'm still not a big talker in the locker room in front of the team, but when we step on the field, it is my defense."
• Morris has been stressing physical play in camp, even showing his team game film of Buccaneers against certain opponents. One was film of Tampa Bay against Carolina. "In '02, if you remember, we had a real battle down there," Morris said. "That's a great part of being around here for seven years before you become the head coach. You can talk about the stuff you remember. We walked out of that game and we all felt that kind of pushed us to the Super Bowl that year."
• The Buccaneers were not awarded a Monday night game this season, but they still have an interesting showcase game: Oct. 25, v. the New England Patriots, in London.