Friday, Sept. 7
Don't judge on one game
I can already see the message board posts. They'll be something along the lines of:
"See, I told you the Saints weren't for real."
Don't judge the Saints on one game. Yes, the Colts smacked them around last night, but it's only one game. The Saints are still, in my opinion, the best team in the NFC South. Drew Brees had an awful game (which I appreciate, since I have him in my Scout.com league), but that won't happen week to week. And cornerback Jason David had a horrible game in his return to Indianapolis.
But this is still a very good football team and they'll bounce back because they have too much talent.
It's the same for the Bucs this week. I believe they're going to lose to Seattle, but you can't judge their entire season on one game.
Don't do the same for the Saints. You'll be sorry.
Bucs on the Web
Looking around the web while waiting for my tire to get fixed, here are some of the best stories I found on the Bucs:
At the Tampa Tribune, either Kevin Carter or Greg Spires is going to see his personal starts streak end on Sunday. The reason? They're both competing for the same job — left end. I'm not so sure either streak will be snapped. Carter may start at right if the Bucs arent' totally comfortable starting Gaines Adams there.
At the St. Petersburg Times, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is in midseason form. Players are saying Kiffin is taking it upon himself to make sure the defense improves in 2007. I think the unit will improve by the end of the season, but there could be some rough seas early.
And at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Tom Balog writes that the rookies — including Gaines Adams — are getting ready to play on Sunday. At least three of them could start — Adams, Arron Sears and Tanard Jackson.
If you missed it yesterday, here's David Boston's statement regarding the news that the Pinellas/Pasco DA's office will pursue a misdemeanor DUI charge against him after getting back Boston's urinalysis results:
"All I am able to say at this time is that I have done nothing wrong; I was not impaired," Boston said. "I have assured, and will continue to assure, the Buccaneers that I have done nothing wrong. And, in the end when this matter is resolved the facts will show that I have done nothing wrong. I appreciate the Buccaneers organization believing in me and the fans for their support."
We still do not know the illegal substance Boston tested positive for, and it's unclear if the arrest will lead to a NFL suspension. So stay tuned.
Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association and has won national awards for his Buccaneers coverage from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is also a contributor to the Scot Brantley Show from 4-7 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1490-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.