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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Post-game wrapup

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October

Just a few stray points to make now that (my portion of) the paper has been put to bed.

As for the injuries, Alex Smith says he'll be all right. X-rays were negative on his left ankle, though he was wearing a nice-sized boot on it after the game. He said he thinks it's just a sprain, although he seemed to be in a lot of pain when coming off the field.

As for defensive end Patrick Chukwurah, the outlook isn't as rosy. He was in a great deal of pain after the game and told me there was some possible ligament damage in his left shoulder. He said X-rays showed there was no bone damage, but the MRI he expects to have on Monday might show other damage in the joint. We'll keep you posted.

And one other point I learned after the game from Jon Gruden was that Jeff Garcia was at it again. On the late 28-yard pass Garcia threw to Hilliard that helped set up the game-winning field goal, Garcia audibled at the line of scrimmage. Gruden said the play was called with the expectation that the Titans would do one particular thing, but they ended up giving the Bucs a different look that surprised Garcia. But in his typically poised fashion, he did what he had to do and the Bucs came away winners.

One nitpik though: the Bucs got very conservative once they got that 10-3 lead, and it almost came back to bite them. The threw just eight passes in the second half prior to the last drive, when Garcia had six pass attempts. I totally understand the Titans are a very, very formidable defense and aren't going to let you run your offense as you please. But it's something I'd like to run by Gruden in Monday's press conference.

Gruden was critical of the defense's play on third down, with the Titans converting 9 of 16, some of them very long. That's two weeks in a row that we've seen that problem.

On a positive note, it was good to see Michael Clayton make an appearance. He made a couple tough catches, with his 39-yarder bailing out Garcia who was under pressure and setting up Matt Bryant's early 23-yard field goal.

Did I miss anything, whether good or bad? Feel free to havve your say.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:51pm]

    

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