After filing a disappointing “Post Card” from Buccaneers training camp last week Sports Illustrated writer Peter King tries to redeem himself this week with a very eloquent and intelligent piece on the teams’ decision to build through the draft, with inexperienced youth. King sought the help of Tony Dungy, you know the unflappable pillar that once roamed the sidelines in Raymond James Stadium as he transformed a bunch of laughable losers into perennial winners. Dungy who likens the Bucs current situation over management getting creamed for a perceived notion of cheapness to 1996 when he was named the franchises sixth head coach with a detailed plan to build a lasting contender through the draft. Dungy in the article preaches patience to fans who want to win now telling King “I think it’s going to pay off. I like the guys they’ve drafted.”
Williams: “I Call Myself A Go Getter”
In what was supposed to be a detailed training camp report. Pete Prisco, Senior Writer for CBSSports.com ended up with a comprehensive exposé on rookie receiver Mike Williams. The 6-foot-2, 215 pound Williams has been turning heads with his stellar play since he was drafted and suited up for his first practice with the Bucs. With an undeniable chip on his shoulder the player that so many had written off. Has one goal in mind for the coming season, to be the steal of the draft. Listening to Aqib Talib, arguably the teams’ best corner and starting quarterback Josh Freeman talk Williams has shown the same ability he displayed in college and that is make plays.
In Other News
New quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt who was hand picked to work with the future face of the franchise this off season, due in large part to his very cerebral understanding of the position. Van Pelt who called play as the Bills offensive coordinator has implemented some drills for the quarterbacks this off-season that Mark Dominik has never seen.
“I followed Alex’s career and watched him grow,” Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said. “When we talked to him about this job, he came across as very cerebral in terms of understanding the position. He called plays last year as offensive coordinator in Buffalo and he has come up with new drills we’ve never seen before.”
Van Pelt who jumped at the chance to work with a player he says reminds him a lot of Drew Bledsoe said the thing that jumps out at you on tape about Freeman is he’s got the feet, the arm, and the smarts. But suggested that Freeman has a young bull mentality right now.