In this prepreseason update, we are nearly giddy with the start of OTA’s tomorrow. We contemplate Bruce Arians’ emphasis on special teams in the offseason, and his motivation for turning the music off during practices this season (is he sending a message to Donovan Smith?). Arians’ poker face may be better than we thought – PR reports Arians and Jason Licht talked up DeSean Jackson during the combine only as a way to boost his trade value and Jackson was never going to stay with the team. We recount examples of the Bucs’ losing culture and ponder whether the ping pong table may be the sacrificial lamb necessary to overcome it. In an interesting follow up, Ralph tracked down former first round pick Trent Richardson – Where is he now? Coming as a shock to no one, Brent Grimes remains unsigned as a 35-year-old free agent. In a correction from an earlier episode, Ralph delves back into Lavonte David’s pro bowl history. And, as if the Bucs weren’t already the Cardinals 2.0, Ralph relishes Cardinals color commentator Ron Wolfley. It wouldn’t be a Buccaneers Observer podcast without Ralph bringing up the cheerleaders, who are out there breaking barriers.
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