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    :shield: The Monday Night game versus the Bucs will be a true test for the rams. The Bucs D is not very consistent against the run anymore. With Mike putting in Marshall and Trung throughout the game this can give us an edge. The QB state for the Bucs has been not good , even with Brad Johnson. Warren Sapp is just a loud mouth. He needs to show up and shut that japp period. Grant and the Boys will give Brad a dose of Rampower. We cannot afford to lose to the Bucs especially with a divisional game against the *****. The ***** looked ok if not for Indy's turnovers. So just to get ourselves set for the playoffs every possesion is crucial. Kurt has looked not himself lately. I hope we can protect him better down the stretch. Monday is a big game and we need to have a good game. THE FIELD GOAL

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    As long as Warner gets that cortisone shot in his thumb, he'll be good to go. No worries!

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    • DJRamFan
      [Bucs] Bucs Ready To Prove They're Better Than 1-4
      by DJRamFan
      Published: Oct 16, 2004






      TAMPA - There is no denying the Bucs are 1-4, but ask just about anyone in their locker room, and they'll tell you that record is not an accurate reflection of their ability and that they're eager to show it Monday against St. Louis.
      ``We are 1-4 in reality but this is a chance to prove that record is not indicative of the character of this team and that we're in fact better than that,'' DE Simeon Rice said.

      Many Bucs said they want to prove that to the rest of the league, but some said it's more important to prove that to the players in their own locker room.

      ``Right now it's a matter of us proving to ourselves that we're better than 1-4,'' WR Charles Lee said. ``We know what kind of character we have in here and nobody is going to quit.''

      QB Brian Griese isn't about to quit. Not when he suddenly has a chance to take the starting quarterback job away from the injured Chris Simms, but he said he's most concerned right now with keeping the Bucs on a winning track.

      ``This is a team that's very hungry and one that understands that we've let an opportunity slip away,'' said Griese, who will make his first start for the Bucs.

      ``We also understand that it's early in the season and that no matter what anybody says, no matter what injuries we might have, that we can get back into this and do something this season.''

      MANY HAPPY RETURNS: Led by Torrie Cox, who ranks second in the NFC with a 26.2- yard kick return average, the Bucs have the fifth-best mark in the NFL.

      The Bucs punt return team hasn't kept pace. That unit ranks 29th in the league with a 4.3-yard average, and the decision to replace injured returner Joey Galloway with Tim Brown seems to be one reason for the low rating.

      Brown has stood back as the Bucs punt returner 11 times this season, but has only returned three punts, the longest for 8 yards. Brown has called for a fair catch on the others, a move that Coach Jon Gruden defended this week.

      ``In fairness to the punt returners, I have never seen guys punt the ball like they are punting it to us,'' Gruden said. ``Some of these are orbital, majestic blows and there is going to be no return.''

      Still, Gruden admitted that the Bucs believe they can do better on punt returns and said it may not be long before they start working someone else there.

      ``We tried to get Michael Clayton to do that,'' Gruden said. ``He is not quite ready for that, although he will be in time. You need a great decision-maker and a sure-handed man back there.''

      Cox is another possibility. Gruden said Friday that Cox has been working on returning punts and the Bucs may use him there if he proves capable of handling the ball without incident.

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    • DJRamFan
      [Bucs] Game Will Define Bucs' Character
      by DJRamFan
      By ROY CUMMINGS [email protected]
      Published: Oct 17, 2004






      TAMPA - Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice says the Rams won't recognize the Tampa Bay team that takes the field against them Monday night.
      ``They're not going to face the same team the rest of the NFL saw the first two weeks of the season,'' Rice said. ``They're going to be facing a team that's really on the rise. We're on a surge right now. We're gaining momentum.''

      Rice said the Bucs' victory against New Orleans injected new energy into the players on both sides of the ball and helped his team regain some of the confidence that was lost during an 0-4 start.

      ``We learned how to win last week,'' he said. ``Now we have to learn how to reproduce those things that made us winners. That's not always easy, but it's mandatory. This is a game that will [define] our character.''

      It could define more than that. Led by an aerial attack that is ranked third overall, the Rams have the fourth-ranked offense in the league. The Bucs' defense is also ranked fourth.

      But according to cornerback Ronde Barber, this will be the first time this year that the Bucs' third-ranked passing defense has been truly tested.

      ``This team's success hinges a lot on how well their receivers play against our secondary and that's a challenge we haven't had to face this year,'' Barber said.

      ``A lot of the challenges, in fact most of the challenges we've had, have come from the running game. We've got to stop the run this week as well, but we know the danger is in the passing game.''

      In a lot of ways, it's a new danger for the Bucs. Monday's game will mark the first time they have faced the Rams since Marc Bulger replaced Kurt Warner as the starting quarterback.

      The Bucs were 3-1 against Warner, who is now with the Giants, but you got the feeling from listening to Barber that matching that success against Bulger may be more difficult.

      ``The thing with Kurt is, he makes all the [Arena League] throws - all the underneath throws, the digs, the little glances, the slants, he threw all of those real well,'' Barber said.

      ``This guy, Bulger, he throws everything. He's effective with the outs, effective with the go- ball. He brings a little bit more to the table than the other guy did.''

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      -10-17-2004, 06:06 PM
    • DJRamFan
      [Bucs] Game balls
      by DJRamFan
      By Times Staff
      Published October 11, 2004

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      Brian Griese, Bucs quarterback: Sometimes, calm and efficient is better than flash and sizzle.

      Michael Pittman, Bucs running back: Bucs linebacker Derrick ) Brooks said it best, "In the end, he refused to go down."

      Jeff Gooch, Bucs linebacker: Shelton Quarles set a high standard. Gooch maintained it after Quarles got hurt.

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    • RamDez
      Game Will Define Bucs' Character
      by RamDez
      Game Will Define Bucs' Character

      By ROY CUMMINGS [email protected]
      Published: Oct 17, 2004
      TAMPA - Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice says the Rams won't recognize the Tampa Bay team that takes the field against them Monday night.

      ``They're not going to face the same team the rest of the NFL saw the first two weeks of the season,'' Rice said. ``They're going to be facing a team that's really on the rise. We're on a surge right now. We're gaining momentum.''

      Rice said the Bucs' victory against New Orleans injected new energy into the players on both sides of the ball and helped his team regain some of the confidence that was lost during an 0-4 start.

      ``We learned how to win last week,'' he said. ``Now we have to learn how to reproduce those things that made us winners. That's not always easy, but it's mandatory. This is a game that will [define] our character.''

      It could define more than that. Led by an aerial attack that is ranked third overall, the Rams have the fourth-ranked offense in the league. The Bucs' defense is also ranked fourth.

      But according to cornerback Ronde Barber, this will be the first time this year that the Bucs' third-ranked passing defense has been truly tested.

      ``This team's success hinges a lot on how well their receivers play against our secondary and that's a challenge we haven't had to face this year,'' Barber said.

      ``A lot of the challenges, in fact most of the challenges we've had, have come from the running game. We've got to stop the run this week as well, but we know the danger is in the passing game.''

      In a lot of ways, it's a new danger for the Bucs. Monday's game will mark the first time they have faced the Rams since Marc Bulger replaced Kurt Warner as the starting quarterback.

      The Bucs were 3-1 against Warner, who is now with the Giants, but you got the feeling from listening to Barber that matching that success against Bulger may be more difficult.

      ``The thing with Kurt is, he makes all the [Arena League] throws - all the underneath throws, the digs, the little glances, the slants, he threw all of those real well,'' Barber said.

      ``This guy, Bulger, he throws everything. He's effective with the outs, effective with the go- ball. He brings a little bit more to the table than the other guy did.'' CLAYTON PROBABLE: WR Michael Clayton was added to the Bucs injury report Saturday with a knee injury. He is probable for Monday's game....
      -10-17-2004, 11:37 AM
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      Bucs to resign Griese
      by Guest
      Looks like they are going to make a long term commitment to this guy. Bit risky IMO, he has been a bit of a headcase in the past:

      Just in case, Bucs talk to Garcia...
      -02-27-2005, 04:09 AM
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