The Tampa Tribune writes that the Buccaneers defense, which finished out of the Top 10 in total defense a year ago, is expecting a return to the top in 2007. Also, here's the Trib's take on the hiring of former Bucs linebacker Shelton Quarles as an advance scout.
St. Petersburg Times reporter Stephen Holder tries to get to the bottom of quarterback Luke McCown, training camp's fastest rising quarterback. For the record, Bucsblitz.com Buccaneers expert reported on McCown a couple of days ago. Meanwhile, Rick Stroud writes that whenever Chris Simms is ready to resume normal throwing, the decision will be his. And columnist John Romano writes that while the defense has some new, young cogs, younger isn't necessarily better.
Bradenton Herald reporter Roger Mooney writes about Jon Gruden's desire to not overwork his veterans during training camp. It's all part of Gruden's desire to keep his veterans healthy for the regular season.
According to the Lakeland Ledger, the Buccaneers are not the only sports celebrities that call Disney's Wide World of Sports home at various times of the year.
Over at ESPN.com, the Worldwide Leader produced a thought-provoking article on who they think are the Top 50 possible NFL Hall of Fame selections among active players. Three current or former Bucs made the list, and another recently released player made their list of bubble players. The link takes you to the first page of the article, which has links to the other pages.
And we aren't able to produce a link to this, but ESPN's commercial for its "Fantasy Hall of Fame," featuring Mike Alstott and former Bucs running back Warrick Dunn, can be found on the site's ESPN360 package.
Buccaneers Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon was in South Bend recently to speak at a function related to the College Football Hall of Fame. Turns out Selmon first thought football was a waste of time in rural Oklahoma. He figured he would be an auto mechanic.