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Bucs expect to have a more impressive defense in 2016

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In free agency, most of the eyes in Tampa Bay were on defense. In the draft, most of the eyes in Tampa Bay were on defense. Now that the season approaches, guess what? Most of the eyes in Tampa Bay are still on the Bucs’ defense. Tampa Bay’s defense was a flawed one in 2015, unable to cover tightly or get a relentless pass rush from the edge. Additions such as cornerbacks Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes, and defensive ends…

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Gary Shelton: Rowdies coach went a long way to find growth

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There are new seats behind him. There is fresh paint in front of him. The slogans of a team are around him. The sound of an earthmover beeps as it hurries through the day. For Thomas Rongen, it seems as good a spot as any to talk about growth. Of a sport. Of a team. Of a man. Rongen, 58, sits on a bench at Al Lang Field, and the sailboats drift past. The Tampa Bay Rowdies team he coaches has…

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