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Daily Bucs Links 10/7/11 - Defense is improving, Bucs like winning - ugly or pretty

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Improving Buccaneers defense could be trouble for NFC South |
The pass defense needs to improve first for the defense to really be trouble.

NFC South loaded with tight-end talent - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Kellen Winslow might be the worst starting tight end in the NFC South right now. Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez? Tough company. 

Race for Rookie of the Year - Center of Attention |
Mason Foster comes in at #8, while Adrian Clayborn just drops out. 

Bucs will take wins any way they come |
If they were pretty I'd feel more secure about this team's future, though. 

NFP Week 4 rookie report card, part II | National Football Post
The Bucs rookies get some grades. Verdict: they're awesome. 

A Sign Tampa Bay Bucs are Getting Better – Bucs Scene - The Lakeland Ledger - Lakeland, FL - Archive
Rick Brown makes a good point: teams are now poaching the Bucs' practice squad players instead of the other way around. 

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[Audio] Conference Call: Bucs Coach Raheem Morris |
The 49ers actually post opposing team conference calls on their website. Nice. 

Week 5 NFL Lines And Odds: 49ers Vs. Buccaneers Expected To Be Close - SB Nation Tampa Bay
3-1 vs 3-1, I guess. 

Bucs-Colts TV ratings down, continue 'MNF' trend |
Monday Night Football has not had any good matchups this year, really. 

Bucs' playoffs odds on rise, according to website |
Some website says the Bucs are more likely to make the playoffs now that they notched a win. How shocking. 

Man Up |
Man coverage!

Bucs try to open 4-1 for first time since 2005 | Fox Sports Florida
Impressive. - DE Bennett emerging for Bucs
Michael Bennett is actually keeping Bowers off the field. 

NFL’s UK spokesman confirms sales for Bears-Bucs are slow | ProFootballTalk
Even the UK game is selling slowly. Seriously?

Faith And Football, McCoy Improving In Both| Pewter Report
Gerald McCoy's focus is now on playing for God, instead of playing for others. If it works for him, I'm all for it because the man has been playing like a beast this season. 

Kregg Lumpkin carving out a role in Bucs offense | & St. Petersburg Times
I don't get the Bucs' fascination with this guy when they barely use him. But he's on the roster, so might as well use him more then. 

All-PFF Team - Week 4 |
Unsurprisingly, Michael Bennett makes this team. 

All "Had a Bad Day" Team - Week 4 |
Also unsurprisingly, Trueblood makes this one. 

[Video] HC Raheem Morris Press Conference, 10/6 |
Raheem's press conference. 

[Video] Buccaneers Insider, 10/6/11 |
Insider talks to Lumpkin and McCoy. 

Next Man Up at Tight End |
If I were the Bucs, I wouldn't use the extra tight ends much against the 49ers. They have an elite run defense, but a weak pass defense. So just start passing on them.