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The Point After: Let's just hope Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't become overconfident

This week's electronic conversation between Sports columnists Gary Shelton and John Romano:

GS: The victory parade is over, the coronation is complete, and the contract renewals are in the mail. Gee, John. Now that they're riding a winning streak, do you think the Bucs might be overconfident against the Dolphins today?

JR: Why wouldn't they be? I mean, other than being outgained by 125 yards against Green Bay. And giving up more than 10 minutes in time of possession. And giving up 5.3 yards per run. Other than that, the Bucs were dominant.

GS: Yeah, I'm sure those numbers are going to calm all of the accountants in Wisconsin. As for everyone else, they want to trade Mike McCarthy to Bulgaria. Speaking of which, shouldn't there be an award for the coach who loses to the last winless team every year? We could call it the Hank Stram Award. We could even put a bad wig on the trophy.

JR: Bulgaria won't take McCarthy. They've supposedly got interest in Brett Favre next year.

GS: Me? I have interest in watching a team named for a Dolphin play for a general manager named Tuna in a stadium named for a Shark. I feel like I'm going to the Florida Aquarium. And by the way, do you think Bill Parcells will say hey to the Glazers?

JR: No way. It's too soon. It'll be another two months before he pretends he's interested in working in Tampa Bay.

GS: Really? That barely gives him time to reserve the altar.

JR: Or have his back waxed. On the other hand, the Dolphins have had an entire week to figure out the phenomenon that is Josh Freeman. Do you suppose they will be more inclined than Green Bay was to put pressure on Tampa Bay's boy wonder?

GS: They would have to. The Packers flushed Freeman out of the pocket a few times, but they didn't put any real heat on him. I think the Dolphins will. I also think they'll put a lot of heat on the Bucs defensive line and linebackers, too.

JR: I'm not sure if it was growth by Tampa Bay's front seven or wimpy football by the Packers, but I was impressed by how the Bucs defense stopped Green Bay in the fourth quarter last week. We've seen too many teams with a fourth-quarter lead run the ball straight down Tampa Bay's throat in recent times. I don't think the fellas got enough credit for getting the ball back and setting up Freeman's heroics.

GS: Probably not. But that's the truest thing in sports: When a team wins, a lot of people have praise coming. If the Bucs can stand up to the pounding of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, more people will notice.

JR: And if they don't, it's going to be an ugly afternoon. The Dolphins are fourth in the NFL in rushing offense, and the Bucs are 30th in rushing defense. That's almost enough to make you miss Gaines Adams.

GS: No, it isn't.

JR: Poor Gaines. He goes to the Bears and their season immediately goes in the tank. The best thing he has ever done for Tampa Bay may be helping that 2010 second-round draft choice look a little more attractive with every Chicago loss.

GS: Here's a bet. If the Bucs take a defensive lineman with that second-round pick, I'll bet he has more sacks than Adams over the next three years.

JR: Does it count if Gaines is playing in Bulgaria?

GS: If Gaines played in Bulgaria, the columnist there would say he wasn't Hungary enough. And I apologize wholeheartedly for that pun.

JR: What pun?

The Point After: Let's just hope Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't become overconfident 11/14/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:22pm]
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