Now that the Simeon Rice brouhaha is in the past, writers are back in the business of writing stories about the rest of the team.
In the Tampa Tribune, offensive line coach and coordinator Bill Muir is charged with overhauling this Buccaneers offense. Head coach Jon Gruden is actually scrambling a bit to install drills that allow quarterback Jeff Garcia to simulate his ability to scramble away from pressure. Columnist Joe Henderson writes that with Garcia in town, Gruden finally has the quarterback he's always wanted. And beat writer Roy Cummings isn't letting Rice go just yet. He's here to tell you the release of the sack artist could be an ill-fated move by the Bucs.
In the St. Petersburg Times, they have a Chris Simms update. The now backup quarterback is finally mending physically and mentally after what could only be described as a tortuous last 10 months. Gruden also explained why he didn't give Rice a few words of his time when the defensive lineman was released on Thursday. Apparently breaking up really is hard to do. NFL writer Joanne Korth writes that Rice and fellow superstar Daunte Culpepper will find it difficult to be shown the money this offseason. And columnist Gary Shelton writes that Garcia is used to the doubters. He's had them his entire career.
In the Orlando Sentinel, Chris Harry writes that several former first-round picks — including defensive tackle Ryan Sims — are using this training camp as an opportunity to revitalize their flagging careers. The story comes with a neat graphic detailing the team's 16 first-round picks, the most in the NFL.
The suburban papers are also in Orlando for camp. In the Bradenton Herald, Bucs beat writer Roger Mooney writes that the Buccaneers organization is great at saying hello, but saying goodbye is another story. He also has a feature on Mike Alstott, who has hit the ground running in his, 12th NFL camp.
The Lakeland Ledger's Mike Cobb leads off his Bucs notebook with a story on veteran Patrick Chukwurah, who admits he wants Rice's old job, despite the fact that first-round pick Gaines Adams is on his tail.