AP Pro32 comments about Buccaneers

AP Pro32 comments about Buccaneers
December 11, 2012, 5:57 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (18)

Chris Berman (ESPN, 18) - Remember they're still very young.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 17) - Momentum has been lost, and playoffs now look unlikely for them.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 18)

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 22) - Three straight losses have derailed playoff hopes.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 18) - Rough day for Josh Freeman and the Bucs' defense. Freeman bad early and the defense bad late. Decisive blow for Bucs' playoff chances.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 18) - The Buccaneers are inept against the pass, allowing a 500-, a 400- and six other 300-yard passers this season. Tampa Bay also has allowed a league-high 10 individual 100-yard receiving games.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 18) - Greg Schiano's next proposal is to eliminate last-minute touchdowns by opponents.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 18) - Opponents averaging 8.14 yards per pass attempt. Ugh.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 17) - Now the young improving team finds themselves in a three-game losing streak and travel to New Orleans. The last time they met, the Saints put 35 points on the board in a win.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 18) - The loss of front line players to injuries, suspensions and trades is starting to reveal itself for the Bucs. A year away for this team who will be tough to deal with next year.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 19) - Woeful pass defense is the biggest reason behind a three-game losing streak that has bumped the Buccaneers from being a legitimate playoff contender.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 19) - Any team that can blow a 21-10 lead with four minutes left against the Eagles is not a good bet to be playing on February 3. Or Jan. 20. Or Jan. 12, 13, 5 or 6.

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