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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Playbook Is Super Fresh

TAMPA, FL - MAY 01:  Head coach Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up during the Buccaneers Rookie Minicamp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Jessica DAnalyst IMay 7, 2009

With the shuffling off of coaches John Gruden and Monte Kiffin this year, there's no doubt that some Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans are resistant to change.

Heck, it's been thirteen years since Kiffin hopped on bored.

However, the old Bucs have gone stale. The once elite team of 2002 has faded away, leaving only one soldier in Ronde Barber in its wake.

So of course, something had to be done.

Enter our new masterminds, head coach Raheem Morris, offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, and defensive coordinator Jim Bates.

Say goodbye to Gruden's playbook.

"Everything is new," Bates said at mini camp, and that includes both offensive and defensive philosophies. Gruden's playbook was known to be complex, a negative aspect that had to be addressed by the new staff. Jagodzinski has taken it upon himself to simplify the format of the plays, even making phrases briefer.

Fewer plays and verbiage is the name of the game in Tampa Bay, which makes perfect sense.

A few years ago, Gruden's playbook had 220 pass plays alone. Word is that coach Jagodzinski plans to cut that number in half.

Jermaine Phillips commented that learning the new playbook is "like learning a new language" but on a positive note, "everyone is buying in right now."

Defensively, coach Bates is looking for a beefier, brawnier defense to compete successfully in the NFC South. The days of the agile defense are over for the Buccaneers.

With a C grade draft and a brand new way of doing things in Tampa Bay, fingernails will be bitten off on Florida's west coast this summer.

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that Bucs fans have no fear. The old regime had lost its flame. Times change, football organizations evolve. It's time for a new dawn in Tampa Bay.


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