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The Linc - Jason Avant is happy to pay his taxes

Didinger: The Sorry State of the Bucs
When you see the sorry state of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it is hard to believe that just ten months ago they were sailing along with a 9-3 record, leading the NFC South and on course for the playoffs.

Bucs unable to form an identity in 2009 - Buc 'Em
Who are the Bucs? That was a leading question coming into the 2009 season. With all new personnel manning the sidelines, a few free agent acquisitions, new playbooks and new schemes, none of us were sure what we would see or what are defining trait would be. Thus far, that defining trait has been inconsistency.

Buccaneers' Stovall working toward goals | Philadelphia Daily News | 10/07/2009
Local guy Maurice Stovall, a member of the Bucs, talks about playing in his hometown.

Paul Domowitch: Slots subject to 'tax,' but Eagles' Avant is willing | Philadelphia Daily News | 10/07/2009
"It's called 'taxing,' " Avant said. "You go over the middle, you're going to have to pay a tax. You can do business there, but you're going to get taxed. And that tax is getting hit. You get used to it."

EaglesFanCast - A Philadelphia Eagles Fan Podcast and Blog " EaglesFanCast 65 – Always Bleeding Green
The Philadelphia Eagles take a BYE week, but we are still talking all about the Birds this week, and it’s an even bigger show as Jason from Bleeding Green Nation joins us again.

More after the jump including how not to build a successful franchise, expectations for McNabb, Omar Gaither, and the Eagles guards.

Building a Successful NFL Franchise: What Not to Do - SB Nation
The Browns have put on a clinic on how to not build a winning team.

Expect McNabb to have a big day - NFC East - ESPN
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb will be wearing a protective jacket Sunday to protect his injured ribs, but I don't think coach Andy Reid will be calling plays with McNabb's safety in mind. On Wednesday, McNabb announced to reporters that he would indeed be back in the starting lineup in a home game against the Bucs.

McDermott: Gaither still a big part of defense | Philadelphia Daily News | 10/08/2009
Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said linebacker Omar Gaither remains a big part of the defense regardless of the signing of Jeremiah Trotter. "His impact on this team will not change," McDermott said of Gaither.

Changing of the guards | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/08/2009
The Eagles aren't supposed to have a deeper rotation at guard than the 76ers, but right now they do.