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Examining piece by piece, will Tampa Bay return to 2002 form, or will they once again disappoint?

Quarterback: Brad Johnson was outstanding during his Super Bowl run; he threw 22 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Last season, his interception total sky rocketed to 21. At fault was a pedestrian offensive line and the lack of a running game. If Johnson can stay healthy, he should perform rather well, since he now has superior talent supporting him. Analysis: 2002 Form.

Running Back: Last year, the duo of Michael Pittman and Thomas Jones was woeful. In 2002, it was even worse. Now, Charlie Garner will be Tampa's featured running back. Garner is far superior to both Pittman and Jones. Analysis: Better than 2002 Form.

Wide Receivers: Keyshawn Johnson is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL. He helped propel the Buccaneers to their first ever Super Bowl victory. Unfortunately, Johnson is also a major locker room distraction; his negatives outweighed his positives in 2003, and consequently, he was asked to leave the Buccaneers. Keenan McCardell's production increased last season, but he is holding out. Overrated Joey Galloway and raw rookie Michael Clayton have joined the Bucs, but neither can replace what Keyshawn provided during Tampa Bay's championship run. Analysis: 2003 Form.

Offensive Line: In 2003, the Buccaneers' offensive line couldn't block a soul. Thus, Jon Gruden revamped his men up front. Although they will take considerable time to jel, they can't be any worse than last year's line. Analysis: 2002 Form.

Defensive Line: Tampa Bay's undersized defensive line was finally exposed. Almost every team exploited their inability to stop big running backs up the middle. Now, line anchor and team leader Warren Sapp is no longer with the Buccaneers. Despite the remaining presences of Simeon Rice and Booger MacFarland, Tampa's defensive line will no longer be dominant. Analysis: 2003 Form.

Linebackers: Derrick Brooks is arguably the best player at his position. While the Bucs still lack a quality middle linebacker, the strong side has been upgraded with the acquisition of Ian Gold. Analysis: 2002 Form.

Secondary: Perhaps the most significant loss this offseason was John Lynch. Lynch, a perennial Pro Bowl safety, is one of the best run-stuffers at his position in the NFL. His locker room leadership will be missed. Analysis: 2003 Form.

Overall Analysis: While the number of "2002 Forms" outweigh the amount of "2003 Forms", the latter appear is conspicuous places. The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl with their defense; not their offense. Almost all of the offseason upgrades will assist the scoring unit. If Jon Gruden continues to ignore the fact that his defense was responsible for his Super Bowl run, the Buccaneers will not qualify for the playoffs for a long time.

Prognosis: 2003 Form.



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