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Latest Stories Don Banks: 7 strong hunches for the 2012 seasonupdated: Tue May 15 2012 15:44:00

The NFL is both beloved and exalted in the pantheon of spectator sports because absolutely no one knows what will unfold from week to week. But that doesn't stop us from predicting up a storm when it comes to the season just ahead. More than two months away from the full-scale opening of training camps, here are seven strong hunches we're willing to share in a bold foretelling of 2012's storylines to come: Peter King: Schiano, Bucs honor LeGrand's perseverance with contract; mailupdated: Wed May 09 2012 12:08:00

"I want to make sure Eric is a part of what we do, somehow. Eric's always going to be a part of my life." -- Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano to me, upon being named coach of the Bucs in January, about the fate of Eric LeGrand, the former Rutgers defensive tackle who suffered a spinal-cord injury in a 2010 game. Michael Rosenberg: Bucs' pick of Schiano makes no senseupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 22:02:00

Tony Dungy coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a while, coached them well. The Bucs fired him because they were tired of losing in the playoffs every year. They hired Jon Gruden, who immediately won a Super Bowl, but then the team declined and they fired him, too. They hired Raheem Morris because they wanted some youthful enthusiasm, but then his team showed too much youth and not enough enthusiasm. So they fired him. And then, this week, they hired Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. Don Banks: Even after firings, Rams, Bucs not that far off from winning waysupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 15:03:00

There was little surprise factor that the Rams' Steve Spagnuolo and the Bucs' Raheem Morris were the first two head coaches fired on the NFL's Black Monday, given that their fate had appeared determined for at least a couple weeks now. Don Banks: Definitive guide to Black Monday and the 2012 coaching carouselupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 15:08:00

The arithmetic is unrelenting. Since 1989, NFL teams have hired on average 6.5 new head coaches a year, and there have been a staggering 82 coaching changes made in the league from 2000-on. Only one team, the Philadelphia Eagles, has completely sat out the frenzy in that department, having brought a young and promising Andy Reid to town in 1999. Don Banks: Haley firing a sign that coaching in NFL isn't a young man's gameupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 14:50:00

So this is what it has come to in the current state of affairs regarding NFL head coaches: A division title last season doesn't necessarily assure one of making it through this season with a job. Alas, toast of the town status just doesn't last as long as it used to.

Tablet computers are a game-changer in professional sportsupdated: Sat Nov 12 2011 11:29:00

In the halls of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice facility, players can be seen carrying iPads everywhere they go. Peter King: LeGarrette Blount of the Bucs, Justin Smith of Niners proving to be vital playersupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 10:28:00

Some quick thoughts on Monday night's too-close-for-comfort 24-17 victory by Tampa Bay over the Colts, then thoughts on three big players to play catch-up ball with from Sunday's action. Chris Harry: Bucs have finally learned their offense runs on Blount forceupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 12:46:00

TAMPA, Fla. -- The play is called "19 Weak." It's the signature of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running game and there's nothing complicated about it. Just weakside isolation and a beastly 250-pound tailback running downhill. Kerry Byrne: Week 1 meeting between Bucs, Lions is packed with intrigueupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 14:09:00

The Lions and Buccaneers meet in a compelling Week 1 encounter between two upstart teams that harbor plenty of promise and playoff hopes. Peter King: Preseason is almost over and some teams could use more timeupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 11:37:00

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- My fourth and final week on the camp trail started in Houston (interesting Mario Williams stuff) and Dallas (Jerry Jones tried to sell me a very large stadium), continued with the transplanted Saints (that's a good-looking team) in California, veered south to the endless sauna that is Phoenix (Larry Fitzgerald is one happy Kolb fan), then red-eyed East into the path of Hurricane Irene, thus ending my month driving/flying to check out the post-lockout NFL. Stats of note about the journey: Chris Harry: Postcard from camp: Buccaneersupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 12:59:00 has dispatched writers to report on NFL training camps across the country. For an archive of all camp postcards, click here. Chris Harry: By getting younger, Bucs hope defense can live up to old daysupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 12:20:00

TAMPA, Fla. -- On the eve of one of the wildest free agency periods in NFL history, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik met with reporters to discuss the start of a training camp beaming with optimism, given the team's 10-6 season of 2010. Don Banks: Bowers' lucky fall to Bucs, the Pack powers up, more Friday Snapsupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 03:26:00

NEW YORK -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from an intriguing second and third round of the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall ... Don Banks: Bucs hope to continue draft day dominanceupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 14:54:00

Grading a team's draft over the short term is, of course, sheer folly, and can be nearly as inexact a science as drafting itself. But there's little projection required when it comes to where Tampa Bay's past two rookie classes rank. Nobody in the NFL has done a quicker or more remarkable job of roster building than the resurgent Bucs, who have received that rare blend of production and potential from the youth they added in both 2009 and 2010. Andrew Perloff: Bucs don't back down, Raiders' quirky record, moreupdated: Sun Jan 02 2011 22:30:00

Quick-hitting insight on today's 1 p.m. games ... John P. Lopez: Playoff race, coach scrutiny lead Week 17 storylinesupdated: Sat Jan 01 2011 22:05:00

With the NFL's postseason tournament beginning in just one week and a full 10 games figuring in on playoff berths or positioning, consider Week 17 the mad scramble before the madness. John P. Lopez: Falcons-Bucs leads bevy of intriguing games, Week 13 storylinesupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 20:53:00

The night games may grab the biggest headlines, but start-to-finish this could be the best weekend of intriguing matchups, bitter rivalries and fortune-changing games the NFL has yet seen. Don Banks: Improving Giants, falling Texans, more Snap Judgmentsupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 03:20:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a field-goal filled Week 5 of NFL action ... Jeff Pearlman: The odds are against Jason Campbell succeeding in Oaklandupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 15:14:00

It starts with expectations. Unrealistic expectations. Jay Clemons: The auctioneer's fantasy song, 20 rhetorical questions & TE tiersupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 02:13:00

Now that Fantasy Clicks has cast a net with a significantly larger audience -- thanks to the format change -- I'll have to work doubly hard to entertain the masses every time out (or risk alienating brutally honest Twitter followers like @KSully49 -- just kidding). So, to celebrate this renewed commitment to excellence, let's start with a real 12-team auction draft from Monday night. Peter King: Postcard from Bucs campupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 13:57:00 has dispatched writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Peter King had to say about the Bucs camp in Tampa, which he visited on Aug. 2. For an archive of all camp postcards, click here. Ross Tucker: NFL minicamps keep rookies runningupdated: Thu May 13 2010 09:52:00

This weekend marks the second round of opening minicamps for hundreds of rookies across the league. Let's hope they fare better than the newly minted players did last weekend. At least that's what the coaches in Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, New Orleans, San Diego, and Washington are thinking as they put their young players through their first on-field action. Andrew Perloff: (Way early) 2011 NFL Mock Draftupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 14:40:00

Sam Bradford getting picked No. 1 overall to the Rams? Gerald McCoy going No. 3 to the Bucs? That's old news to readers of my annual (Way Early) NFL Mock Drafts, in which I happened to nail two of the top three picks in last week's draft. Peter King: Two reasons Tebow might start for Broncos in 2010; mailupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 00:03:00

I've thought all along that Tim Tebow would need a redshirt year, but two things now tell me I might be wrong. Don Banks: Clausen, McCoy slip into potentially great situationsupdated: Sat Apr 24 2010 00:00:00

NEW YORK -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from the second night at the NFL draft, where rounds two and three unfolded with another dose of quarterback-inspired drama and intrigue ... Don Banks: Steelers' season won't be ruined with Roethlisberger outupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 16:20:00

The Steelers without a suspended Ben Roethlisberger early in the 2010 season will be an obviously weakened team, but they are not the 2007 Falcons sent reeling by an incarcerated Michael Vick or even the equivalent of a Colts or Saints team if they were to face a daunting extended absence by star quarterbacks Peyton Manning or Drew Brees. Peter King: Parting with a legend is never easy, but Chargers did right by LTupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 04:46:00

And now for something completely different: The San Diego Chargers not only did the right thing with LaDainian Tomlinson, they did the right thing at the right time. The next time a team has to deal with releasing a legendary player in decline, club officials should go to school and learn how Dean Spanos and A.J. Smith cut the cord with the eighth-leading rusher of all time. Don Banks: Who wants to win the NFC and more Snap Judgmentsupdated: Sun Dec 27 2009 23:58:00

PHILADELPHIA -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a blowout-strewn Week 16, the final, somewhat anticlimactic, NFL Sunday of 2009. Meanwhile, can I get a little help deciphering those playoff scenarios?...

Future bright for clubs united by Glazerupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 07:57:00

Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have felt disappointed with their sides' 35-7 National Football League (NFL) loss to the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium in London this week, but from the wreckage of defeat there was optimism to be found, for Bucs' fans and, bizarrely, those of Manchester United too. Peter King: Common links among five bad NFL teams; mailupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 14:03:00

Seems to me we have nine bad teams in football right now. For all of you in Buffalo, Chicago and Seattle who want me to include your team in this grouping, sorry. You've show too many signs of life to make the Bottom Nine.

Patriots brush aside Buccaneers as NFL returns to Wembleyupdated: Sun Oct 25 2009 17:13:00

The New England Patriots extended Tampa Bay's dismal run with a 35-7 victory at London's Wembley Stadium as NFL action returned to Britain for the third successive year on Sunday night. Don Banks: What we know 1 month into seasonupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 12:34:00

Things we know (or at least think we do) one month into the NFL's regular season.... Damon Hack: Postcard from camp: Bucsupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 03:26:00 has dispatched writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Damon Hack had to say about the Buccaneers' camp in Tampa. For an archive of all the camp postcards, click here. Patriots, Buccaneers sign draft picksupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 17:19:00

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Patriots have signed second-round draft pick Darius Butler. Don Banks: Second-year players who need to deliverupdated: Tue May 05 2009 13:08:00

As minicamps start springing up around the NFL map, this month is when we get that first sneak peek of the new rookie draft class. But as much as all the new faces in all the new places pique our interest, a less obvious source of impact will come from all those highly-regarded 2008 rookies who either fell off the radar screen due to injuries or failed to live up to expectations last year. Ross Tucker: Non-grading the 2009 NFL Draftupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 17:34:00

Giving a draft grade for each team the day after the draft is a fruitless exercise. It takes a minimum of three years before a draft can be revisited and evaluated to determine how productive a team was with its selections. With that caveat, here's my reaction to every team's picks, grouped in categories as opposed to the standard letter grade. Peter King: Bucs, Jets make most sense for Cutlerupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 16:25:00

Hold off on the Jay Cutler trade talk -- for now. A source close to one team that has inquired with the Broncos about the unhappy quarterback tells me the Broncos have told them they're hanging on to Cutler and won't entertain discussions for him at this time. Don Banks: Snap Judgments on NFL hiring seasonupdated: Tue Feb 10 2009 13:54:00

After breaking down the 11 new head coaches' chances for success next season, here are a few more nuggets and observations gleaned from this year's NFL hiring season: Arash Markazi: Super Bowl Party Roundupupdated: Sun Feb 01 2009 12:32:00

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Super Bowl party scene in Tampa lived up to expectations this year, which isn't really that impressive considering most expected it to be a down year, devoid of the over-the-top parties that had come to define the week in years past with Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Victoria's Secret and CAA all canceling their annual super shindigs in a down economy. With so many household names bowing out of the party scene this year it opened the door for a few new names and a surprising winner for this year's best Super Bowl party. Peter King: Morris to replace Gruden as Bucs' coachupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 13:06:00

In a stunning development that no one in the NFL expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden late Friday afternoon. And in what could be even more of shock, the Bucs plan to replace Gruden with Raheem Morris, who has never been anything more than a position coach in any of his six seasons in the league, learned Friday night. Don Banks: Giants' Spagnuolo may be odd man outupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 22:04:00

With Eric Mangini in place in Cleveland and Josh McDaniels on the job in Denver, the pace and tempo of the NFL's head coach hiring season has begun to noticeably quicken. And with the Jets apparently waiting for Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to finish the playoffs, and the Lions perhaps viewing Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz as their leader in the clubhouse, it's not difficult to imagine a scenario in which Steve Spagnuolo might be the leading candidate left without a seat once the game of musical chairs stops. Ross Tucker: Bucs' late-season collapse tops list of surprisesupdated: Mon Dec 29 2008 13:10:00

Every Monday,'s Ross Tucker will hand out letter grades to deserving NFL parties... Don Banks: Snap Judgments for Week 17updated: Sun Dec 28 2008 22:35:00

PHILADELPHIA -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we watch the total demolition of the Dallas Cowboys play out before an absolutely delirious throng of Eagles fans at Lincoln Financial Field ... Peter King: Falcons can thank its non-stars for playoff lifeupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 17:36:00

If the Falcons make the playoffs -- and they'll need help even if they win their final two games to finish 11-5 -- they'll be able to look back and thank Justin Blalock for making the biggest play in the biggest game of the season. Adam Duerson: Game of the Week: Buccaneers at Panthersupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 12:45:00

Breaking down Monday's Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers game (8:30 p.m., Eastern, ESPN) ... Don Banks: Home is sweet for Carolinaupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 10:27:00

There's no place like home in the NFC South this year, and that's why the significance of Carolina's thrilling 38-23 Monday-night beatdown of Tampa Bay (Recap | Box) cannot be overstated. No matter who won this one, the first battle of 9-3 teams since the Titans and Colts met in Week 14 of 2003, they were going to be in the driver's seat for the NFC South title and a first-round bye, with a shot to win out and overtake the Giants for the conference's No. 1 seed. Don Banks: NFC, AFC East lead latest division rankingsupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 14:18:00

We've got miles and miles to go until we get there, but after watching Week 10's results, I'm already starting to wonder if there's a Super Bowl rematch in the cards next February? Only this time, in an ironic turn of events, the Matt Cassel-led Patriots would be the heavy underdogs, and the steamrolling Giants the prohibitive favorite. Don Banks: Snap Judgments for Week 8updated: Mon Oct 27 2008 00:25:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we watch a Week 8 unfold that looks like it's going to be very, very accommodating to home teams ... Adam Duerson: Game of the Week: Bucs at Broncosupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 14:16:00

Breaking down Sunday's Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos game (4:05 p.m., Eastern, Fox) ... Don Banks: For Kiffin, no shame in getting fired by Raidersupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 13:50:00

Lane Kiffin's long-anticipated firing this week instantly bestowed him membership in the ever-growing ranks of ex-Raiders head coaches, and there's certainly no shame in that. Peter King: Griese, Pennington embrace the presentupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 12:27:00

NEW YORK -- If you like football, and you like football players, you've got to be happy for two people this morning, regardless of your rooting interests: Brian Griese and Chad Pennington. Don Banks: Reason for Pats fans to worry, chillupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 15:35:00

The Patriots haven't won a game since mid-January, Tom Brady has yet to play this preseason, and things are getting a little tense for the Team That Previously Could Not Lose. Making matters worse, New England just got embarrassed at Tampa Bay, on the very field it hopes to be playing on in February's Super Bowl. Andy Staples: Bucs Training Camp Postcardupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 11:47:00 has dispatched 10 writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. For the complete schedule of postcards, click here. Brett Favre Tracker: Latest news, updatesupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 00:33:00

The Packers have confirmed that they have traded Favre to the Jets. Bucky Brooks: QB quandaries in Tampa, Baltimoreupdated: Wed Jun 11 2008 14:09:00

When a team has six quarterbacks on its roster, it is asking for trouble. The Buccaneers are learning that as Jeff Garcia and Chris Simms are unhappy and making their grievances public. Peter King: Monday Morning QB Mailbagupdated: Wed May 07 2008 10:01:00

It sounds like the Bengals didn't draft three wide receivers last week just because of the Chad Johnson holdout and the Chris Henry firing. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis tells me there's a T.J. Houshmandzadeh element to it, too. Bucky Brooks: Ten rookies poised to make impactupdated: Thu May 01 2008 12:32:00

After watching the New York Giants rely on outstanding performances from several rookies to catapult their Super Bowl run, many executive are hoping for similar success from their draft classes. But predicting a rookie's potential impact is less about their draft status, and more about the situation that surrounds them. This is why we often see rookies drafted in later stages of the draft impact the team greater than first-round picks. The following is a list of rookies who are poised to make a big impact in their first season due to ideal circumstances: At The Draft Live Blogupdated: Sun Apr 27 2008 23:23:00

First round last year: 6 hours, 4 minutes. Peter King: Combine offers more talk than actionupdated: Mon Feb 25 2008 14:22:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- I actually saw the scouting combine Sunday afternoon for the first time in my life, and I came away thinking, "Is that all there is?" Damon Hack: Manning is finally playing like a franchise quarterback. Question: Will it last?updated: Tue Jan 08 2008 11:18:00

Cooper Manning was watching his baby brother, Eli, from a luxury box above Raymond James Stadium, unable to generate an appetite despite the tempting finger foods spread out before him. As Cooper sat with his wife, Ellen, and his parents, Archie and Olivia, the Giants had fallen into an early hole against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their NFC wild-card game, and Cooper kept excusing himself so he could go to the bathroom. Damon Hack: Manning, Giants step upupdated: Mon Jan 07 2008 01:43:00

TAMPA BAY -- With one minute remaining in the Giants' 24-14 playoff victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Eli Manning faced one more blindside rush. As he stood on the sideline, Manning was approached by the Giants' chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch, who offered his congratulations to the fourth-year quarterback on his first playoff victory. Tom Coughlin, the Giants coach, approached Manning as well. Don Banks: Snap Judgments from Wild Card Weekendupdated: Sun Jan 06 2008 23:50:00

Wild Card weekend is in the books, and what I liked most about it was that form held as we head into the divisional round. Dr. Z: Predictions for each of the wild-card gamesupdated: Fri Jan 04 2008 11:36:00

My favorite game this weekend is Giants-Bucs. No, I don't mean the thrill-a-minute variety. I don't watch these things recreationally. I'm talking about the game in which I feel most confident as a handicapper. Don Banks: Who has momentum heading into playoffsupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 01:18:00

If there was an overriding theme to Week 17, it was that this year's playoff field best hope that the traditional December emphasis on building momentum heading into the postseason is vastly overrated. Don Banks: NFL scores big by putting Pats-Giants on national TVupdated: Fri Dec 28 2007 12:13:00

For a league that has always prided itself first and foremost on knowing how to make the savvy public relations move, the NFL's decision to allow both NBC and CBS to simulcast the NFL Network's broadcast of the New England-New York game was a master stroke. Jim Trotter: Pro Bowl snubs are godsends to coachesupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 21:34:00

The Jaguars, Buccaneers and Browns are a combined 28-14 this season. Tampa Bay has qualified already for the playoffs, while Jacksonville and Cleveland could do so as early as this weekend. Don Banks: Ravens help Dolphins avoid infamyupdated: Mon Dec 17 2007 12:23:00

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations, and the occasional insight as I watch the snowballs fly at freezing Gillette Stadium ... Bucky Brooks: Strategic and personnel keys to each Week 14 gameupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 17:30:00

MORE GAME PLANS: Miami-Buffalo | San Diego-Tennessee | Tampa Bay-Houston | Carolina-Jacksonville | Oakland-Green Bay | Dallas-Detroit | St. Louis-Cincinnati | N.Y. Giants-Philadelphia | Arizona-Seattle | Minnesota-San Francisco | Cleveland-N.Y. Jets | Kansas City-Denver | Indianapolis-Baltimore Don Banks: A fearless forecast of the 2007 playoff fieldupdated: Fri Nov 09 2007 22:05:00

As we stare down the second half of the NFL's regular season, this much seems apparent from my vantage point: In most cases, a 2006 playoff trip portends little in the way of a repeat performance this year. Damon Hack: Who's going to Glendale? The race to face the AFC's bestupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 12:50:00

1. EAST: Cowboys (7-1) Tony Romo is making the right throws, has two strong backs in Marion Barber and Julius Jones, and continues to build on his chemistry with Terrell Owens and Jason Witten. On defense, the Cowboys are creating pressure and turnovers despite holes in the deep secondary. If the D can make as many big plays as the offense, Dallas will go to the Super Bowl. Scout's take: "As long as Romo rides high, the Cowboys will too. They do a good job stopping the run and rushing the passer." Peter King: Bucs may not be done tradingupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 13:43:00

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could still be working on improving their team today, in the wake of their late-Monday deal for running back Michael Bennett. Bucky Brooks: Scouting notes for Week 6 in the NFLupdated: Sun Oct 14 2007 23:39:00

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota: The rookie superstar amassed 361 total yards from scrimmage against the Bears. He had a 224-yard, three-touchdown performance as a runner and keyed the winning touchdown drive with a 53-yard kickoff return. They brought him in to be a big-play guy, and he's even more dangerous than they imagined. Don Banks: Saints' struggles and more Week 2 observations updated: Mon Sep 17 2007 01:37:00

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we thankfully rediscover other storylines in the NFL beyond Camera-gate in New England ... Buccaneers: Coach Chuckyupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 04:29:00

This story was originally published in the Sept. 9, 2002 issue of Sports Illustrated. Training Camp Postcard: Bucsupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 22:49:00

With the Buccaneers, in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. Check that, with the Buccaneers at Walt Disney World's Wide World of Sports Complex outside Orlando. It just seems like the Brazilian rainforest. As of Thursday morning, the Bucs had already canceled one training camp practice and had two others forced into makeshift indoor facilities (a hotel ballroom and a party tent), because of rain and, more significantly, thunderstorms. On Thursday morning, a steady rain began falling just after the start of the team's 8:30 a.m. practice and intensified significantly at 9:30. "Can we now officially call this 'torrential?' asked Chris Harry of the Orlando Sentinel, to unanimous agreement of scribes gathered underneath a sideline tent. Don Banks: Bucs QB carousel, Bills' youth movement, NFL notesupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 21:13:00

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as I make my way around the NFL training camp scene: Mike Beacom: Camp battle -- Tampa Bay QBupdated: Tue Jul 10 2007 00:55:00

When Buccaneers players descend upon Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex on July 26 for training camp, all eyes will be fixed on the team's quarterback spot, where several players are expected to compete. But assuming Grizzly Adams (err, Jake Plummer) remains 'retired' and Bruce Gradkowski falls to the wayside, the battle for the starting gig will essentially boil down to a two-horse race between Jeff Garcia and Chris Simms. Bucky Brooks: Five defensive trends in NFLupdated: Wed May 30 2007 01:05:00

NFL teams are constantly changing strategies and are quick to copy the successful game plans of others. Here are five defensive trends that have emerged in recent years: QB quandariesupdated: Tue May 15 2007 17:59:00

Nothing gets chewed over more every NFL offseason than quarterback questions. Only Indianapolis and New England seem immune to the constant pattern of change, speculation and potential controversies at this position. Just one of the guysupdated: Tue May 15 2007 11:59:00

Mapquest tells us it's 1,036 miles from Brett Favre's offseason home in Hattiesburg, Miss., to his in-season place, Green Bay. It might as well be a million miles. Because the one thing we learned from his failure to woo Randy Moss over the last couple of months is this: he may be one of the true legends in NFL history, but he is nothing more than an employee in the eyes of the Packers front office. Third Man Inupdated: Tue May 15 2007 10:15:00

One night last week a family new to Pittsburgh -- husband and wife, three kids ages six years to 11 months -- walked into the neighborhood bistro La Tavola Italiana atop Mount Washington for dinner. The husband had been there before. He moved around the place in a comfortable, self-assured way and recognized the Sicilian cook and owner, Carmela Giaramita, right away. "Mom!" he said affectionately, then bear-hugged her. She wasn't really his mother but had been so accommodating and friendly in his previous visits that he felt a kinship. New school meets old schoolupdated: Sun May 13 2007 09:24:00

PITTSBURGH -- Sitting in new coach Mike Tomlin's office the other day, I got the impression he will be about as meat-and-potatoes as any other coach in football. On the wall of his office are three blown-up Steelers prints. Dr. Z's Draft Report Cardupdated: Sun Apr 29 2007 23:44:00

You will notice the generally low level of the grades for the 2007 draft. This does not reflect, I believe, the teams' drafting skill, just the overall level of talent. At one time you could find three or four genuinely exciting players on a team's list. Now there are many one-player drafts, and a few of those "one's" aren't even that scintillating. Last-minute maneuveringsupdated: Sun Apr 22 2007 15:12:00

Five days from now, you'll all get to open your holiday gifts. I agree with what ex-Giants GM Ernie Accorsi says in Tim Layden's upcoming Sports Illustrated piece about draftmania. According to Accorsi, the draft is now the second-biggest day on the NFL calendar, next to Super Sunday. And from what I'm hearing on talk shows, what I read on draft sites, what I'm running into everywhere I go, Accorsi's right. Team-by-team best classesupdated: Thu Apr 19 2007 23:18:00 presents a listing of each existing franchise's best draft class in the last 30 years. The league has endured a few stages of evolution since '77 -- expansion, free agency, greater TV exposure, the salary cap -- but this exercise should reaffirm the notion that consistent championship contenders are always built through the draft. For the sake of brevity, we've limited the list to the productive players from a team's particular class. One of a kindupdated: Wed Apr 04 2007 17:23:00

Almost 10 years later, Doug Williams is still quick to correct what he construes as an erroneous and inappropriate characterization. He didn't replace Eddie Robinson as head coach at Grambling. Nobody ever has -- or will. Draft gorgeupdated: Tue Apr 03 2007 14:59:00

All draft talk, all the time. That's what I heard at the league meetings last week, that's what I get asked about on most every talk show I'm on, that's the subject of the story (featuring Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas) I'm working on for SI right now and that's what I'm prepping for this week. Fitting that your e-mails are heavy, heavy, heavy on the draft. So on with your draft topics, and a few others.

Fortune: Predicting the next big hedge fund IPOupdated: Mon Apr 02 2007 06:13:00

On the night before Fortress Investment Group became the first hedge fund to trade on the New York Stock Exchange, Wesley Edens and the other four principals celebrated in a manner that befits the ... High Stakesupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 15:35:00

It's one month to the April 28 draft, and good luck to anyone trying to figure out the first five picks. The men holding the top selections -- Raiders boss Al Davis and Lions general manager Matt Millen -- don't send out many smoke signals. "This is the kind of year where you pick third and you really don't know what's going to be there because you're not going to get any clues," Browns G.M. Phil Savage, sitting at No. 3, said on Sunday at the league meetings in Phoenix. Here's a look at what's going on in the minds of the decision makers with the prime choices. Shut up and playupdated: Tue Mar 13 2007 10:24:00

Reading personal e-mails to me and e-mails to this column, I've been surprised at the vitriol in the Lance Briggs case. I agree with it, but I'm surprised by it. No deals, no problemupdated: Sun Mar 11 2007 16:41:00

Tennessee general manager Mike Reinfeldt sits in Nashville with $26.5 million in cap room not burning a hole in his pocket. Green Bay GM Ted Thompson does the same with $21.8 million to spend in northeast Wisconsin. And through the mayhem of the first 10 days of free agency, the two guys who run the football side of those teams -- coincidentally, former roommates with the Houston Oilers -- are gritting their teeth, watching money get spent foolishly in some cases, and waiting for the market to simmer down. Much ado about nothingupdated: Thu Mar 08 2007 16:56:00

The free-agency numbers are getting to a few loyal e-mailers, and I wish there was something I could do to put everything in perspective for you. I'll try, but don't forget, I'm doing this sabbatical, book-writing thing, so you'll be getting my impressions, not an exhaustively researched project. OK? Is that good enough? It is? Then away we go. The Top of His Gameupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 17:16:00

Bill Walsh sits at a lacquered wooden table, the 18th hole of the pristine Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club behind him, another blood transfusion and another long, draining day at Stanford Hospital in his immediate future. The Hall of Fame coach is talking about the end of his life -- the "final stage," as he calls it -- and, at 75, sounds as prepared and unruffled as a man battling leukemia can be. But is he completely without regret? Walsh closes his eyes and furrows his brow, the wrinkles on his prominent forehead becoming more pronounced. Something is bothering him, something apart from the disease that has left him so vulnerable: a decision he made 18 years ago that he wishes he could take back. Cowgirl answers your questionsupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 12:18:00

Jenn, what did you think of Wisconsin? Would you admit that us Badgers party way better than you Seminoles? And where is your next stop on the Road Trip excursion? -- Michael, Madison, Wisc. Early reviews are inupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 11:34:00

1. The Patriots trade for Wes Welker -- Whether it's at slot receiver or in the return game, Welker is a pesky little play-making presence that gives the opposition fits. The Patriots gave up second- and seventh-round picks for him, but with two first-rounders this year, that lessens the blow to New England's first-day draft haul. As a bonus, the move also potentially weakens a division opponent, which is never a bad idea. Get ready to see Tom Brady throw a ton of those receiver screens that the Patriots love to Welker.

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