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author:David Anderson
"The Pirate Ship Will Sail Again in 2004!"


Rough seas plagued the pewter pirate ship in 2003, can the capsized craft right itself for the coming 2004 season? YES! The Buccaneers suffered though a miserable year of improbable losses and injury on their way to a 7 - 9 record. Their first losing record in five years came on the heels of the first Super Bowl victory in francise history.

Injuries certainly played a part in the failure of the 2003 campaign. The Buccaneers spent most of the season without their full compliment in the secondary. Brian Kelly and John Lynch each spent over half the season on the bench. The losses forced DB Dwight Smith into a safety position and brought rookie Tim Wansley into the starting rotation. The style of defense the Bucs play, (Cover 2) relies heavily on defensive backs. The young players just weren't ready and it showed in key moments. If Brian Kelly and Ronde Barber play together all year, the Buc's weakness could become a strength again.

The Bucs have been very busy already this off-season. New general manager Bruce Allen has been quick to make his presence felt. The Bucs have signed RB Charlie Garner to replace Thomas Jones, and shored up the offensive line by signing Todd Steussie. Perenial fan favorite John Lynch has been released; a show of faith in young replacement Jermaine Phillps and a slap in the face for the veteran Lynch. Allen is also pursuing a trade that would send Keyshawn Johnson to Dallas for Joey Galloway.

My name is David Anderson and this is my Buccaneers webpage, designed for MMC3260 at the University of Florida. I hope to mold the site...over time...into something worthy of the title Super Bowl Champion!


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