Power Rankings Week 9

October 30th, 2008

As JoeBucsFan.com readers have come to expect, Joe has the power rankings for Week 9, including two new sources for the weekly mix.

The first new source is Joe’s friend, the guru of TheBigLead.com, Jason McIntyre. Mr. TheBigLead has the Bucs ranked No. 11.

“Best secondary in the league? Ask Steve Smith, Roddy White and Terrell Owens.”

The second new source is Vic Carucci of NFL.com. He still thinks highly of the Bucs as he has them at No. 8.

“The Bucs had a perfect opportunity to enhance their status as an elite team, and they squandered it.”

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com seems to be of the same mind. He also has the Bucs at No. 11.

“At some point, they must throw it more vertically. Jeff Garcia is more than capable. Let him go.”

Pat Yasinskas of BSPN.com lists the Bucs at No. 9.

“Loss to Dallas shows offense still doesn’t have any consistency.”

And as always Joe saves the best for last, Paul Zimmerman, the beloved Dr. Z of SI.com. Dr. Z has the Bucs at No. 7.

“The Cowboys’ only touchdown drive, aided by four penalties, was a discouraging thing. The worst part of it was down near the goal line, when Cowboys tackle Mark Colombo messed with LB Cato June, drew an annoyed retaliation — hardly anything serious — and, naturally, had worked referee Gene Steratore for a major penalty on the defense. And then I heard an interesting piece of information from Fox’s Daryl Johnston, the color commentator. Officials this year have been instructed to cut out the double foul penalty and designate only one recipient. Leave it to the league and its officials to screw things up wherever they can. For sake of expediency or image or whatever the hell motivates these people, they tell their officials to just make a call, whether it’s fair or unfair.”

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