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Vegas oddsmaker skeptical of Bucs

Posted May 21, 2012 by Ira Kaufman

Updated May 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

BY IRA KAUFMAN

TAMPA—In his position as sports book director at the Las vegas Hotel and Casino, Jay Kornegay is paid to remain objective while establishing betting odds.

In assessing the 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kornegay recognizes some positive offseason moves, but he is stressing patience for Buc fans looking for a quick turnaround from last year’s 4-12 finish.

“They are in a tough division and have a long way to go before they are challenging for the title,’’ said Kornegay, who has posted 100-1 odds on the Bucs winning the Super Bowl next season. “Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin will definitely help out, but it’s the defense that needs attention. Tampa Bay’s rush defense was horrible and I’m not sure they really addressed this problem.’‘

Under new coach Greg Schiano, the Bucs bolstered the interior of their defensive line by adding free agent tackle Amobi Okoye.

“Historically, college head coaches haven’t fared well in the NFL,’’ Kornegay said. “There are always exceptions, but most have failed. Greg Schiano will have his hands full and I hope the Tampa Bay community has patience.’‘

Reader Comments

Por (maarnold1775) on May 23, 2012 (Suggest removal)

Good, lets keep it that way. The Bucs always do better when not much is expected of them! lol

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