Posted September 05, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping new coach Greg Schiano can help revive a team that ended 2011 on a 10-game losing streak. The Carolina Panthers are sensing they may be able to reach the playoffs after Cam Newton's record-setting rookie season. These NFC South rivals have finished in the division's bottom two spots each of the last three years, and they hope to change that in 2012 starting with Sunday's matchup at Raymond James Stadium. The only winning season since 2009 for either of these clubs was Tampa Bay's 10-6 mark two years ago. Any cause for optimism, however, went away with last year's 10-game slide, which resulted in a 4-12 finish and the dismissal of coach Raheem Morris. Schiano will make his NFL head coaching debut after posting a 68-67 record at Rutgers over 11 seasons, including five straight bowl victories. One of his first assignments will be to help Josh Freeman regain his confidence after the quarterback finished second in the NFL with 2...

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Barber credits luck, health for longevity

TAMPA, Fla. The massive red-and-black digital clock hanging inside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers locker room has been counting down the days, minutes and seconds to the teams first regular-season game under new head coach Greg Schiano. But theres another important count in progress beyond the one ticking toward the 1 p.m. Sunday contest against the visiting Carolina Panthers. Its...

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Bucs Can’t Avoid a Blackout for Season Opener

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