Maybe 8-8 For 2012?June 23rd, 2012
For Joe, it is far too early to take a stab at how many games the Bucs might win this season. Look, if Josh Freeman goes down in training camp or in a preseason game, the Bucs are in a world of hurt.
But that hasn’t stopped “The Professor,” John Clayton of BSPN, from taking a stab at the Bucs roster come January, and he believes the Bucs will win six games.
Pat Yasinskas of ESPN decided to take a page from Clayton and look in his crystal ball for a 2012 Bucs record. He comes up with a different mark.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Clayton has the Bucs going 6-10. That would be a two-win improvement over last season, which ended with 10 consecutive losses. But I think the Bucs have their eye on something better than 6-10, and this team is capable of more.
The cupboard isn’t bare here. The Bucs have stockpiled some nice young talent in recent drafts. Those players haven’t completely proven themselves yet, but players such as quarterback Josh Freeman, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and defensive end Adrian Clayborn can prosper under the guidance of new coach Greg Schiano. The Bucs also gave themselves an infusion of veteran talent by signing receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright, which should bring veteran leadership that was lacking.
More or less? I think the Bucs have a chance to finish closer to 8-8.
Joe would be shocked if the Bucs duplicate last year’s horrid win total of a mere four games. How much more? Joe isn’t sure. Again, it’s June.
It just seems bizarre to think with all of the additions and Freeman almost having to improve on his nasty 22-interception season that the Bucs would still lose 12 games.