TAMPA, Fla. The Greg Schiano Era officially gets underway this weekend, and the new coach has one ultimate goal in mind for his Tampa Bay Buccaneers: turning the pirate ship back into a championship.
But first, Schiano and his revamped team will need to show that they can compete again in the powerhouse NFC South Division and snap the 10-game losing streak that accompanies them into the 2012 regular season.
The latter task wont be easy given the opponent and the quarterback theyll be facing at 4:25 p.m. Sunday inside Raymond James Stadium: the fast-improving Carolina Panthers, powered by the electrifying passing and running of second-year pro Cam Newton.
The curiosity factor over the new-look Bucs and the chance to watch them try to stop one of the NFLs top playmakers wasnt enough to prevent another blackout.
The club announced Thursday that not enough tickets had been sold 72 hours prior to kickoff, so the game that will feature defensive back Ronde Barber making his landmark ...