Can Bucs win again with suspect run game?

Updated: July 25, 2003, 2:33 PM ET
By By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the odds in 2002, capturing a Super Bowl title with a rushing attack that statistically ranked 27th in the league, didn't have a 1,000-yard rusher, and featured a committee approach at the tailback position.

Only seven other franchises in 2002 had three tailbacks with more than 25 carries each, and four of those teams didn't qualify for the playoffs. Tampa Bay averaged just 4.0 yards per carry, eighth poorest in the league, failed to reach 75 rushing yards in nine games, and had just one individual 100-yard performance during the regular season.

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