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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs-Saints: Your morning reading ...



Greetings from New Orleans, where the Bucs will finish a long season today with questions remaining, if only for a day or so. Who's back next season? Is coach Greg Schiano? Is general manager Mark Dominik? Is rookie Mike Glennon the team's starting quarterback moving forward, or could tough competition come from the draft or elsewhere?

Sunday's outcome may not change those answers substantially, but it's the Bucs' last chance to end 2013 on an upswing, to have something positive for the next eight months before they play again. Here are all your links from Sunday's Times and our coverage advancing the game:

-- Rick Stroud writes about the resilience of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who coaches asked to take on a difficult challenge at midseason: play nearly every defensive snap. He didn't miss any in the Bucs' first win, and has sat out just eight in the last five games.

-- Gary Shelton writes on the ongoing trial of Schiano. Has he shown enough either way? Does he need more time? Should he deserve more time?

-- Stroud's weekly Bucs notes look back at the Bucs' 2013, remembering what went wrong on the way to 4-11.

-- Our weekly "Kickin' Back" Q&A is with Bucs receiver Tiquan Underwood, talking about Christmas, his well-known haircut and the motivation of getting cut, especially the night before a Super Bowl.

-- And here are our weekly NFL picks, as well as our Bucs-Saints scouting report and what they're saying about the game.

-- We'll have updates throughout the game, so check in on Twitter at @gregauman.

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