Thursday, Aug. 23
That sigh of relief you heard this morning was head coach Jon Gruden, waking up at his usual un-Godly hour and realizing that it wasn't a dream — Arron Sears' injury was only a minor sprain.
The Bucs were not forward to pressing forward without Sears, let me tell you. This team has had such a revolving door at offensive line since after the Super Bowl that it proves just how special the 2005 season really was, in terms of all five linemen making it through the whole season without an injury.
Sears will make this line better in the long term. He'll make his mistakes and have his struggles early, just like Davin Joseph had last year. But in a couple of years these two might be among the top guard tandems in the NFL. They have the talent. There's no doubt about that.
The Bucs Buzz
Today is the last day of training camp, perhaps the happiest day on earth for a professional football player besides winning the Super Bowl.
At Bucsblitz.com right now, our "Press Pass" feature highlights Jerry Mackey, a linebacker and the newest Buccaneer. We also have articles on position battles for the Buccaneers and the rest of the We also have articles on position battles for the NFC South.
Boy, Chris Hovan digs the oddest stuff. Along with the obligatory Arron Sears story, the Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings talked to Hovan about his love for ultimate fighting. My opinion? Watching two guys beat the tar out of each other is about as scintillating as watching water boil. But that's just me. Maybe I'm a different breed of cat.
At the St. Petersburg Times, Joanne Korth writes that safeties Jermaine Phillips and Will Allen will start this year, but the elements around them — including a pair of emerging rookie safeties and a new position coach — may make them better players.
I must admit, Trotter coming to Tampa Bay would be pretty cool for me because Trotter went to my alma mater — Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. I graduated in 1994, just before Trotter started at the school. I've always considered Trotter to be a high-energy player on the field and in the locker room. Now, his style of play isn't quite what the Buccaneers are used to. He's not as quick as most of their current linebackers, and I had heard Trotter reported to the Eagles out of shape this training camp. But, considering the Bucs need help there and Trotter is a former Pro Bowl linebacker, courting him is a good idea. He'll come cheap and he can give the Bucs 15-20 plays a game. Plus, when Trotter returned to Philadelphia in 2004, humbled legs after a terrible stretch in Washington, he willingly played special teams to work his way back into Andy Reid's good graces. Given how he left Philly, Trotter might be willing to do anything for a better contract in 2008.
The Bucs have a short walkthrough today before leaving for Miami on Friday. We'll see if Gruden has anything to say about the meeting after practice. MP