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Buccaneers react to Adams passing

Sunday, 7:00 p.m.

Buccaneers Co-Chairman Joel Glazer

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Gaines Adams during this sad day. It is a tragedy to lose someone at such a young age and our entire organization is deeply saddened by this news."

Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik
"Gaines was a part of the Buccaneer family and this is a tragic loss. Everyone who met Gaines came away knowing what a great young man that he was."

Buccaneers Head Coach Raheem Morris
"Gaines will be missed by all of us, especially by his teammates in our locker room. He was a true team player and a positive influence to everyone he met. My prayers go out to his family."

Buccaneers Cornerback Ronde Barber
"Gaines was a quiet, humble kid and is far too young to be gone. He had so much potential that had yet to be achieved and I am very sad that the full extent of his life won't be realized."

Buccaneers Defensive Tackle Chris Hovan
"Today is a very tragic day for Gaines' family, friends and teammates. I still don't want to believe that it is true. I am deeply saddened that we have lost someone who I considered a friend for life. When he came to Tampa I took Gaines under my wing; I considered him my little brother and that's how I will always remember him. This is all so unreal and it hasn't really hit me yet."

Buccaneers Defensive End Jimmy Wilkerson
"I will always remember Gaines as someone who was fun to be around. He was definitely a people person, a very friendly guy. He was taken far too soon from us and he will surely be missed. I know that God has a plan for everyone and all that we can do is extend our thoughts and prayers to the Adams family during this difficult time."

Tyler Frazier


Gaines Adams dead at 26

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

According to the Greenville News, former Buccaneer Gaines Adams died this morning after being taken to the emergency room

A few hours after the news first broke, Adam Schefter tweeted that Greenwood County Coroner James T. Coursey said that an autopsy results showed that Adams suffered cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.

CUTigers.com reports that Adams is believed to be asleep when the cardiac arrest took place.

The Chicago Bears issued the following statement on the death of Gaines Adams:

"We are stunned and saddened by the news of Gaines' passing. Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

Adams was selected by the Buccaneers with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft and was with the team until being traded a few months ago to the Chicago Bears prior to the trading deadline. In three seasons with the Bucs, Adams started in 29 games and registered 63 tackles, 13.5 sacks and two interceptions.

Adams was born in Greenville and chose to stay in South Carolina and would become a star for Clemson and was named the 2006 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Tyler Frazier


Another Name for the OC Hat

Wednesday, 2 p.m.

Recently I published an article suggesting several potential offensive coordinators for the Bucs. I omitted one. The New York Jets' Matt Cavanaugh, currently serving as quarterbacks coach, would be a fine choice, given his work with a young QB in Matt Sanchez and an offense that is No. 1 on the ground. Both play to the Bucs' needs in 2010. To read the story and get information on the coaches we think would make good choices in these roles, just click here.

Matthew Postins


Maybe USF Is The Right Job For Bisaccia

Wednesday, 1:54 p.m.


Richard Bisaccia
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TBO.com has reported that Bucs special teams coordinator Richard Bisaccia has some interest in the University of South Florida head coaching job. Bisaccia has made it no secret that he would like to be a head coach one day, and this is the type of job that would be perfect for a first-time head coach.

First, USF is in a BCS conference, but the expectations aren't enormous. Second, Bisaccia won't have to move. He can just stay put in South Florida. Third, Bisaccia's special teams acumen helped him get the Bucs job while he was at Ole Miss, and a move to USF could turn the Bulls into Virginia Tech South. Bisaccia Ball? You bet. I see a USF-Va. Tech game in which all the TDs are scored on special teams.

A couple of months ago I wrote that Bisaccia would have difficulty getting a NFL head coaching job without making a move out of special teams. If that's his desire, a job like this could be the springboard he needs to make the move. Perhaps he'll get the chance.

MP


Phillips Out Of Jail

Monday, 5 p.m.

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that Bucs S Jermaine Phillips has been released from jail after his arrest on domestic violence charges over the weekend. According to the report at tampabay.com, a judge has order Phillips to stay away from his wife. The specific charge is domestic abuse by strangulation, which is considered a third-degree felony in Florida and could result in a prison term of up to five years for Phillips, who spent part of the year on injured reserve.


Should Morris remain DC?

Monday, 10 a.m.


Raheem Morris
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Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris spent the final two months of the 2009 season wearing two hats – head coach and defensive coordinator. As he re-evaluates his staff and his priorities entering the 2010 season, Morris does have a major decision to make – should he continue to remain as defensive coordinator while he begins his second year as head coach?

There are pros and cons to the issue, certainly. Our Bucsblitz.com staffers recently debated the issue and each fell on a different side of the issue. This is the first of our regular "Faceoff" series, in which these two writers will debate one side of a hot issue facing the Buccaneers. It's a great premium service filled with great information and opinion. To read the debate just click here.

Matthew Postins


Bucs Start Looking at Offseason Priorities

Monday, 8:30 a.m.


Raheem Morris
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Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris has a major priority to figure out during the month of January – his coaching staff. Two of the biggest decisions will be who he'll hire – or keep – as his offensive and defensive coordinators. These choices could make or break Morris' tenure in Tampa Bay.

I recently published some potential candidates for both offensive and defensive coordinators. The Bucs are probably a couple of weeks away from making a decision, but the coaches listed in this story, we believe, would make great selections for either OC or DC. Now, it very well could be that OC Greg Olsen and Morris remain in charge of the offense and defense. But I believe that at least one change will be made at the coordinator position.

To read the story and get information on the coaches we think would make good choices in these roles, just click here. Incidentally, this is part of our offseason series on what offseason decision the Bucs have to get right in order to have a more successful 2010, so keep your eye out for them.

MP