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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tampa Bay Buccaneers mailbag

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are next in today’s series of team-by-team mailbags.

Joshua in Sarasota writes: I loved the article you wrote about regarding blackouts and Roger Goodell's take. However, if he "understands" the economic plight of most American's (even though he made a hair under 10 million last year) why doesn't he force the hand of Tampa/Carolina to lower prices? Did he ever think that it costs too much money? I love Tampa, I used to go to games ALLLLLLL the time (former season ticket holder), but it just got to be too much money.

Pat Yasinskas: I hear you. As a Tampa resident, I’ve got a lot of friends and neighbors that also gave up season tickets. Their explanation is they no longer could afford the tickets or that they didn’t care to see the product on the field. It’s no secret the economy has hit Florida harder than most states, and I’m not sure the old idea that if you simply win the fans will come really holds true here. The Rays are in the middle of a pennant race and they’re not drawing well. I know the Bucs have offered some packages where they’ve discounted tickets. Could they do more of that? I’m sure they could, but I don’t know where they’d run into the law of diminishing returns. As far as Goodell telling teams to lower ticket prices, I don’t know if that’s really his territory. I think it’s up to the individual teams to make those decisions.


Chris in Harrisburg writes: With the loss of Tanard Jackson, the Bucs have a huge hole at FS. Cody Grimm is a special teams player at best. My question for you is, why hasn't Raheem Morris and the Bucs defensive staff considered moving Myron Lewis to FS? A lot of scouts rated him as a better fit there when he was drafted and he is a ball hawk defender, who isn't afraid to tackle. Why haven't they considered that move?

Pat Yasinskas: It’s rare and probably not a wise move to move a cornerback to safety in the middle of a season. If they had started grooming Lewis as a safety the moment they drafted him, then it would make sense. But I think it would be a tough transition. I’m not saying Grimm is the long-term answer. But I wouldn’t judge him on just one game. He’s a rookie and he’s getting a bye week to get more first-team work. Let’s see him play a bit more before just giving up on him.


Casey in Boston writes: Despite the score, I don't think Tampa Bay did a terrible job against Pittsburgh. Both big TD passes could have been INTs, and there was an avoidable pick 6. Take away 3 plays and the Bucs are hanging with the best team in football. I think TB has great potential in the near future.

Pat Yasinskas: No doubt the arrow is pointing up on the Bucs. They’re still a work in progress, but there are a lot of encouraging signs. That’s something that couldn’t be said a year ago.


William in Newport Beach, Calif., writes: Do you think the Bucs are going to trade for a FS or RB over the bye week?

Pat Yasinskas: No. If they were going to, they would have done it by now. They’re not panicking. They’re going with what they’ve got and that fits with their youth movement. Grimm will continue to get a look at safety. You might start seeing more of running back LeGarrette Blount after the bye. The Bucs are pretty high on his potential.