Buccaneers Blog: No Bucs to start in Pro Bowl

Buccaneers Blog is Bucsblitz.com's source for breaking news, injury updates, story links, analysis, opinion and more. Today, the Pro Bowl announcements are out and there are no Bucs, plus I answer reader questions about this week's game, Mario Williams and how the young DE's progress may relate to Gaines Adams.

No reserves, either, 4:14 p.m.

After going through the NFL.com photo gallery, which features the 42 players selected for the NFC, there are no Buccaneers on the list.

Pro Bowl nods announced, 4 p.m.

We'll have an extended story up on the site soon, but here is the list of Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will start for the NFC in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii next year:

None. That's right. None. The Buccaneers had no Pro Bowl selections among the starting players released during the NFL Network's Pro Bowl Selection Show at 4 p.m.

That's pretty stunning. Will there be any reserves? A story will be on the site shortly.

Pro Bowl nods coming, 10:09 a.m.

The Pro Bowl nods will come down starting at 4 p.m. EST (NFL Network is having a special show, as they're prone to do in these situations).

I don't expect any Bucs to be starters, but I would expect a few reserves. Barrett Ruud, Ronde Barber and Derrick Brooks come to mind.

We'll see.

Bucs Blitz mailbag is back, 10 a.m.

The "Bucsblitz Mailbag" is on the case this week. I take your questions, either e-mailed to me or off the message board, and answer them. If you'd like to e-mail me a question, PM me at txrangerman.

Q: Loved seeing a former Reb (Micheal Spurlock) make history for the Bucs (Sunday). His talent was wasted in college at the QB position. I was wondering if Rich Bisaccia is still your special teams coach? Congrats on the win and good luck the rest of the season. — MakersMarkReb

A: Yep, Bisaccia is still the special teams coach and is part of the reason Spurlock is in Tampa Bay. Bisaccia actually wanted Spurlock as a running back during his days in Mississippi, but it never happened. Bisaccia is growing on me as a special teams coach. I didn't think much of him when I first arrived to cover the team in 2004. But his work the past two seasons speaks for itself. The kick and punt coverage units are solid, he gets great play out of younger players and his units are helping the Bucs win the field position battle.

Q: We are going to destroy the 49ers. They're going to get clobbered at home. The team is not getting along. — Kashaka

A: Yes, the 49ers have some issues. But clobbered? I recall that the Bucs were supposed to go to San Francisco in 2005 and clobber the 49ers and lost 15-10 at a time when they were 5-1. The 49ers are not a bad team. There's a great deal of talent over there that hasn't gelled yet. Plus, there's Frank Gore, who rushed for more than 100 yards last week against the Bengals. He probably won't do that against the Bucs, but he's capable of doing so. Plus, there is the whole West coast thing. The Bucs have one just once in San Francisco lifetime — Doug Williams was the quarterback — and their overall record on the West coast is just atrocious (3-25 in the regular season). San Francisco is the worst offender — 1-10 lifetime.

This game will be a lot more interesting than you think.

Q: Hey guys. I'd like to hear what y'all thought of Mario Williams. He seems to be coming into his own, but rarely gets any love here in Houston. (It's) mostly because a lot of locals thought we should have drafted Vince Young. I think y'all will get some of the same with Gaines Adams — flashes this year and then the light comes on the second year.. — BattleRedTexan

A: Texans fans need to get over the whole Vince Young thing. Mario Williams is turning into exactly what the Texans thought he would turn into — a dangerous pass rusher. The Bucs did well against him, but I believe Williams has had about six sacks in the game prior to and the game after the Bucs. He has double-digit sacks and may be a Pro Bowl pick by the end of today.

So, yes, I think the Bucs would be very pleased if Adams took the exact same track as Williams next season.

At Bucsblitz.com, 9:47 a.m.

I have an article to point you toward today. It's my "Observation Deck" game review from Monday, which includes analysis of the key matchups, results of my 10 predictions and much more in-depth analysis. You can access the article, if you're a premium subscriber, by Clicking here.

Fire up the Garcia talk, 9:45 a.m.

You may have heard that Jeff Garcia used to play for the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday's opponent. It might have come up in conversation. Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury-News talks with Garcia about what should be a triumphant return to the Bay area this weekend in this article at Mercurynews.com.

Hagins was first?, 9:40 a.m.

The spotlight is certainly shining on kick returner Micheal Spurlock. But Tampa Tribune columnist Martin Fennelly shined his own spotlight on the first player to return a kickoff in Bucs history — Isaac Hagins. He's the one that began that dubious streak 32 years ago. You'd be surprised what he did in the preseason that year. Find out more at TBO.com.

Dealing with history?, 9:37 a.m.

Take a page out of Micheal Spurlock's playbook on how to handle making a history-changing football play. What did he do Monday morning? He took his parents to the airport. Find out more in this article at Tampabay.com.

Praise to Allen, 9:35 a.m.

St. Petersburg Times columnist John Romano believes that some praise for Bucs general manager Bruce Allen is well overdue. And he makes a strong case — both for why he doesn't receive praise and why he deserves it — in this column at Tampabay.com.

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Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for Bucsblitz.com and the Charlotte (Fla.) Sun-Herald. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and his coverage of the Buccaneers has won numerous state and national awards.


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