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Kirwan: Bucs D Needs to Step it Up in 2010’s Pat Kirwan has an article up about some of the defenses that have to improve and step up in 2010, and one of those D’s is that of the Bucs. Here is what he had to say about them:

Tampa Bay players and coaches truly believe the team is back on course thanks to a switch back to its old scheme and drafting two dynamic, young defensive tackles. There will be two or three new faces on defense, but outside of the veteran addition of safety Sean Jones the Buccaneers will be much like they were last year. They only generated 28 sacks a year ago and there’s no Simeon Rice-type rushing the passer. They will improve from the 32nd-ranked run defense, which gave up 158 yards a game with a solid four-man tackle rotation and a scheme the players love. They start the season with winnable games against Cleveland at Carolina and then host Pittsburgh. I wish they added a few more players in free agency that could rush the passer. Greg Ellis (7 sacks last season) or Darren Howard (6.5 sacks) would be good options, but money could be an issue so they’ll likely go with what they have and make the best of it.

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