Are The Bucs Ninth Worst In The NFL?July 13th, 2013
Joe’s not sure the Bucs are a winning football team yet, but Tampa Bay sure shouldn’t be a losing team, and the Bucs definitely should be at least an average NFL team.
But not according to the esteemed braintrust at ProFootballTalk.com.
Hall of Fame voter ProFootballTalk.com writer Darin Gantt penned the site’s in-depth, preseason power ranking of Tampa Bay, and the Bucs check in at No. 24, ninth worst in the NFL.
Gantt doesn’t believe in the Bucs’ roster infrastructure or Josh Freeman. Here’s a snippet:
The degree to which their entire season hinges on Freeman is fascinating, and layered.
Keeping the offensive system in place should help, but the pressure of knowing your own financial future and the direction of a franchise sits on your shoulders has to be a burden.
The Bucs have done a good job of putting parts in place around Freeman to make it easier to succeed, specifically by giving him a second year with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. That kind of stability is necessary for him to develop confidence.
At the same time, there are enough questions up front to make you wonder whether the big expenditures in the back will help.
As good as Revis is, if quarterbacks are never pressured, opponents will find cornerback Eric Wright’s guy more easily.
They’ve done an admirable job of addressing needs, but it’s still unclear if they’ve built on a stable foundation.
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Joe’s confident that when all the various media predictions of the 2013 Bucs are released, no NFL team will have as wide a range of prognostications. Some will pick the Bucs to win 11 or 12 and take the NFC South, others will put them in last place with six wins.
Joe wonders what Team Glazer would consider a good showing by the Bucs.