Postscripts — Aug. 15 blog

This is "Postscripts," my personal blog. Here, each day, I'll write on random topics, both Bucs related and non-Bucs related. This blog also includes links to the top Bucs stories on the Web. Why? Because, well, I can never write enough, and sometimes the things I learn on this beat can't be fit into a story. So, until the carpal tunnel sets in, I'll keep typing.

Wednesday, Aug. 15

The Bucs Buzz

I search the globe for the best Buccaneers stories on the Web — so you don't have to.

If you haven't already given it a look, I officially direct you to my article on Buccaneers training camp battles. It's the fourth edition, and I don't think anyone out there has done this comprehensive a breakdown on the team's key position battles.

It doesn't just include starting roles, either. I have a great deal to say on the key backup roles in camp, too.

Off-site, the Tampa Tribune took a look at safeties Jermaine Phillips and Will Allen. It's an interesting take from the point of view of both players. They knew that changes would come after a 4-12 2006. But that doesn't mean they're going quietly.

Also at the Trib, Anwar S. Richardson has his take on the quietly productive Ike Hilliard, someone head coach Jon Gruden is quite fond of.

At the St. Petersburg Times, secondary coach Raheem Morris tells Joanne Korth that he loves training camp and doesn't want it to stop. I'm sure the line to disagree starts behind Joey Galloway.

And what irks Gruden more than anything else? dropped passes, that's what. The Bucs have had their fair share the past few days.

Elsewhere, the Orlando Sentinel has a short Q&A with defensive tackle Chris Hovan about, of all things, his dog, Potsie (as in Weber, from "Happy Days?" The Bradenton Herald filed this update on the work habits and roster fight ahead for Earnest Graham, everyone's favorite , August running back

Kenyatta throws it down

Whether you love him or hate him, you have an opinion of former Bucs tackle Kenyatta Walker. I personally thought he was a serviceable tackle, though I'm looking at it through the prism of objectivity.

Walker signed with Carolina recently. Here's the link to USA Today's story.

This was his first interview since signing, and, naturally, the Buccaneers came up.

Former Buccaneers tackle Kenyatta Walker. (AP)
"I have nothing bad to stay about Gruden and all of that. But the record speaks for itself," Walker said. "They only won one Super Bowl over there and I was the starting right tackle. I don't think they're winning one anytime soon. What happened over there, a lot of it was how young I was at the time. There was not a lot of trust and appreciation for each other. I've moved on, but the record speaks for itself."

What do you take from that quote? Honestly, I think Walker is drawing a direct correlation between himself starting at right tackle and the Buccaneers winning Super Bowl XXXVII. Funny, I was in Vegas that day and I could swear the defense won that game for Tampa Bay. Maybe it was just me.

RBK-oed

Is anyone else as sick of Reebok's "Chalkboard" pop-up ad on Web sites as I am? Just one little mouse drag across the thing and I'm spending five minutes trying to get rid of it.

If I wanted to write on a chalkboard, I have one at home!

As Vick's buddies turn (witnesses for the prosecution)

Nothing brings out the strength of a corporate partnership than the possibility of jail time.

Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick's other two co-defendants turned on him yesterday, agreeing to plea guilty and testify against Vick in the dog fighting trial that is set to begin in November.

That's the prosecution 3, Vick 0. Sounds like a first-quarter score against the Bucs.

Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick. (AP)
The first guy to turn against Vick will testify, according to prosecutors, that Vick bankrolled just about the entire operation in Surry County, Va. These guys are rolling over on Vick faster than "Sammy the Bull" did on John Gotti. here's the link to the latest on the scandal.

Prosecutors told the AP that a normal person, A.K.A. not a celebrity, would probably cop a plea in Vick's case. But prosecutors actually expect that Vick may fight this until the bitter end (which would likely not be in his favor).

I've heard some people say that Vick could rehabilitate his image (slowly) if he came out and admitted his guilt and did some sort of penance (community service, large charitable donation to PETA, etc…). That, to me, seems like pandering of the highest order. Vick would be smart to take a plea right now, bow out of public view for a year and let the Falcons do what they may with his contract (i.e., void it and release him). Then, around this time next year, start an aggressive P.R. campaign to show that he's changed (if he has). At least, with the passage of time, that would be somewhat believable.

I also had someone ask me if the Bucs should show interest in Vick on the open market. Aside from the P.R. nightmare the Bucs would have to deal with, Vick is about the worst possible fit for Jon Gruden's offense (that is, if Gruden is still here in 2008).

I wonder who would have the better odds of re-employment if both Vick and Gruden were out of work by the end of the 2007 season? Wait! Think before you answer.

That's all for now. MP


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