Today's electronic conversation between Sports columnists John Romano and Gary Shelton:
GS: Okay, you walk into a movie theater. They are showing a film about an offense that cannot move, and suddenly, this quarterback named Jeff Garcia swings into action. Do you get the feeling you have seen this before?
JR: I saw the original with Shaun King in that role in 1999. It had a fairly happy ending. Will this version be uplifting or a tearjerker?
GS: Well, it won't bomb. If you've seen this offense, it doesn't throw bombs. But the good thing about all of this quarterback talk is that no one is talking about the wide receivers. I'm not sure, but I think the third-best receiver on the field is Jeremy Trueblood.
JR: It's not like this is a shock. We all knew it was risky to count on a 36-year-old receiver as your downfield passing threat. The Bucs have had five passing plays of 20 yards or more. Only two teams have had fewer, the Ravens with a rookie at quarterback and the Browns with, um, somebody at quarterback.
GS: His name is Derek Anderson, but you can call him Next. Be nice to him, because this time next year, you might be driving over to Tampa to hang out at his locker.
JR: Is the offense miraculously cured when Joey Galloway comes back?
GS: It's better. I'm not sure about cured. But I still think they have a good line, and I still think they have good backs. If Galloway can give you a big play a game, there should be some room underneath to work. All together, it's going to make for a great pitch play on first and 10 with 18 seconds to play in the half.
JR: Hmmm, are you making a conservative crack? You're too dignified for negative campaigning. That's my job.
GS: I wondered what it was that you did. So, are you looking forward to the Bucs' game against the Carolina Red Sox? Or is your mind drifting somewhere else?
JR: Pretty remarkable how little anyone is talking about the Bucs. Considering this is one of the league's best matchups this week and a pretty important game in the NFC South.
GS: And, as we've said before, winning the South is the Bucs' best route to the playoffs. For the first time, people will go to the football stadium to talk baseball, not the other way around.
JR: The Glazers should be a little worried. For whatever reason, they aren't spending money on player acquisitions the way they did 5-10 years ago. There are more and more empty seats at Raymond James, and now the Rays are a legit threat to the entertainment dollars.
GS: And by the way, the world's economy is in the hands of the Tidy Bowl Man. But the Glazers will be fine, because NFL teams have their own ATMs. As for the Bucs defense, it has to contend with a team that has scored 58 points the past two weeks. How many can the Bucs afford to surrender and still win?
JR: Same as always around here. Give up more than 21 points and you're likely going to lose. Having said that, I think the defense stands up today. What do you think?
GS: I thought they stood up last week and gave up 16 points. And still lost. I think it might take 24 points to win today's game, which means the defense is going to have to set up a touchdown or two.
JR: The only franchise in the NFL where the DBs and LBs annually rank among team leaders in TDs.
GS: Everyone has to be known for something.