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Gruden leaves no stone unturned

Preparation equals confidence. That's the mantra for Jon Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And for a team that no one expected anything from before the season, confidence is everything.

Ask most people where they thought the Bucs would finish before the season, and they'd tell you last place in the NFC South. The Panthers were healthy again, the Falcons were coming off of a trip to the NFC Championship Game and the Saints supposedly shored up their offensive line to lead the way for all of their offensive talent.

The Bucs, with the NFL's highest-paid defense and the lowest-paid offense weren't expected to contend. But Tampa Bay's brass went out and got playmakers on offense. Two draft picks, RB Cadillac Williams and TE Alex Smith, along with veteran WR Joey Galloway, have given the Bucs big-play ability for the first time in a long time.