August 13, 2002

Little Chuckie...: Yea, I know it's still pre-season but I'm wondering: "The Bucs paid a hefty price (four high draft picks, $8 million) to pry Gruden -- at 38 the NFL's youngest coach -- from the Raiders in hopes of finally assembling an offense to complement a championship-caliber defense". Is this team simply cursed or can this 'man of a thousand (grimacing) faces' take them up a notch or two? And what is it about little Chuckie that endears him to so many fans? I mean the dude has a cult following!

posted by Mack Twain to football at 09:22 AM - 2 comments

For me, the appeal of Gruden is based on those hilarious sideline expressions and the way his players seem to love playing for him. I don't think he can overcome the Curse of the Buccaneers, however.

posted by rcade at 10:13 AM on August 13, 2002

Favorite quote from a Bucs coach, I think it was John McKay, in response to the following question from a reporter: "What do you think about your team's execution?" "I'm in favor of it."

posted by nath at 01:37 AM on August 14, 2002

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