Bucs Better, But Maybe Not Good EnoughJuly 15th, 2013
There is no question the Bucs should be a better team this fall. With a revamped secondary and key cogs coming back from injuries, Joe doesn’t know how this team won’t be better.
As Joe has written before, he’s not ready to punch their tickets to the playoffs. The conference is way too stacked for Joe’s comfort and, frankly, this is the Dixie Chicks’ division until proven otherwise.
It seems “The Professor” sort of sees it the same way. ESPN’s John Clayton thinks the Bucs may have one of the best secondaries in the NFL, but isn’t sure that alone will get the Bucs to play meaningful January games.
Q: With the almost complete revamping of the defensive backfield with the addition of Darrelle Revis, et al, and the return of the two Pro Bowlers to the offensive line plus a few other additions, will the Bucs be strong enough to make the playoffs — if the play of Josh Freeman is up to where it should be? If Josh plays well, I would think they will be in the running.
Jim in Clearwater, Fla.
A: Next to Seattle, the Bucs might have one of the best secondaries in football. Mark Barron has Pro Bowl ability. Dashon Goldson is a Pro Bowler. Revis is one of the best corners of this era. Eric Wright has plenty of talent. If Freeman does well, the team has a chance. It runs the ball well. It has a good offensive line. Still, on paper, I think the Falcons and Saints have more talent.
Joe will state this again: The NFC is, on paper, the strongest since Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, Mike Ditka and Bill Parcells prowled the sidelines. It is very possible a team with 10 wins won’t make a Wild Card. Winning the division must be the goal if the Bucs want to play in January.