Gameday Tampa Bay Preseason Game 1August 15th, 2009
Bucs at Tennessee Titans
Preseason Game 1
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
TV: WFLA Ch. 8 (Replay Sunday, 1 p.m., NFL Network)
Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (in Tampa WFUS-FM, 103.5 and WDAE-AM, 620); Sirius Channel 126.
Weather: Per AccuWeather.com, the game will be played in perfect Florida weather. Temperature at kickoff is forecast for 84 under partly cloudy skies with little wind and low humidity. After training at One Buc Palace the Bucs likely will think they are in heaven.
Odds: Per Bodog.com, Bucs -3.5.
Outlook: The new look Bucs make their debut. As preseason games go, this is slightly more interesting only for the curiosity factor:
*How will Luke McCown perform with reserve wide receivers? Same with Byron Leftwich.
* This will also be first round draft pick quarterback Josh Freeman’s debut. Will seeing different color NFL jerseys for the first time freak him out or will he show some moxie?
* How will the defensive tackles play under Jim Bates? How they adjust to completely different roles and assignments will be critical for the defense to be halfway decent.
* Can Jermaine Phillips, 30, play linebacker?
* How does the offensive line adjust, and how do the running backs take advantage of the new zone blocking scheme?
* Can a wide receiver — any wide receiver — make enough of an impact to be a solid No. 3 receiver or even push Michael Clayton for time at the No. 2 spot?
*After seven years of Chuckyball, what kind of play-caller is Jeff Jagodzinski?
These are just some of the reasons to watch, with an ample supply of Caybrew nearby, of course.