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Bucs Silent But Busy

Posted Jan 7, 2010 by Roy Cummings

Updated Jan 8, 2010 at 11:09 AM

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TAMPA – The last time anyone heard anything significant coming from One Buc Place was late Monday, when co-chairman Joel Glazer fired off a one-sentence statement affirming his faith in Raheem Morris as coach.

It’s been strangely quiet ever since, but don’t let the Bucs sudden silence confuse you.

Though the coaches have been given a few days off, Morris, general manager Mark Dominik, personnel director Doug Williams and maybe even the Glazers themselves are busy tackling one of the team’s biggest offseason issues.

That would be the draft, of course, but they’re not tackling it the way you might think.

The Bucs hierarchy isn’t breaking down tape of potential picks just yet. Instead, they’re breaking down the resumes and the track records of their staff of college scouts.

The objective of the exercise is to find out if the Bucs have the right men on board to make the most of their selections, because this year’s draft just may be the most important in team history.

The Bucs have 10 picks in this draft, including three in the first two rounds. That means they have a chance this year to take a giant leap forward in their rebuilding project.

The only way to take that step, though, is to hit on the picks. That’s what the meetings going on now are about, and when you consider the Bucs recent draft history, it makes sense that they’re having these talks.

Though Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen made the ultimate call, someone put first- and second-round values on Gaines Adams and Dexter Jackson. The Bucs can’t afford to make those kinds of mistakes this time.

There’s no word yet to suggest anyone has lost his job, been demoted or stripped of responsibility, but moves of that nature within scouting director Dennis Hickey’s staff are possible.

The way the Bucs see it, this draft is just far too important to the team’s future to let it go by without first doing a major accounting of the people who’s jobs are to scout and select the players.

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