In the Sunday paper, we'll tell you a little about the big job new defensive line coach Larry Coyer has before him.
He's got to help Gaines Adams fill the "blank canvas," find out if the Bucs' can tap into the talent of fifth-round choice and small-school project Greg Peterson and determine whether Ryan Sims can contribute. And Coyer also intends to get Simeon Rice back to his double-digit sack totals and figure out where Kevin Carter can be most effective.
That's a full load, but Coyer's a veteran and probably up to the task after having been the Broncos' defensive coordinator for eight seasons. Oh, and here's an interesting tidbit about Coyer: he smokes a pipe during practice. You know, the type your grandfather smokes sitting in his favorite chair. Something about that just seemed pretty cool to us.
On a related topic, someone asked in the comments below whether Chris Hovan is a candidate to slide over to under tackle. We say not likely and here's why: the Bucs prefer the under tackle be more of a pass rusher. Hovan is considered more of a run-stopper. In their scheme, the Bucs demand a pass rush out of their undertackle, which is why you tend to see more athletic and often smallish tackles play there.