“Find A Complement”April 10th, 2014
The Bucs braintrust, led by Bucs coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht, have recently told fans (more than once) that a reason the team splurged in free agency is fans don’t deserve to wait any longer for the first playoff win since Chucky hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy going on 12 long years ago.
Now cynics would say this is being pumped out by the team because, well, Team Glazer instructed both L&L they were not hired for a five-year turnaround plan. The future is now, in other words.
There very well could be kernels of truth in both takes.
Now one could argue whether the Bucs are playoff ready, yet. Defensively, it sure seems the Bucs could be playoff ready. While the secondary may have taken a hit with the Darrelle Revis handwashing, the front line has been beefed up big time.
Offensively? Well, it’s only April. Right now, on paper, Joe can’t see this offense as playoff ready and very few, even Bucs players, know quite what to expect from Jeff Tedford. The strength of the offense is running backs, playing behind a reconstructed line known more for pass blocking.
Kevin Patra of NFL.com looks at the new look Bucs and believes, like Joe, the offense needs work, especially after the scourge of civilization Mike Williams was traded to Buffalo.
Find a complement to Vincent Jackson: Trading Mike Williams to Buffalo left a big void opposite Jackson. The rest of the depth chart is awash with No. 3 receivers — Louis Murphy, Lavelle Hawkins, etc. Finding a playmaking receiver in the draft is a must to take the heat off Jackson. (Mike Evans, anyone?)
Yes, a playmaking receiver opposite Vincent Jackson is a fine idea. Good thing is, the draft is lousy with them. That’s why Joe firmly believes the Bucs won’t draft a Mike Evans or another receiver at No. 7. Joe has been pimping Allen Robinson, for example, if he slips to the third round (or trade up from the third round into the second to get him).
Thing is, there are other positions the Bucs need, offensive line and quarterback (coughJohnnyFootballcough), that are not nearly as deep in the draft, which means the Bucs should address that/them before wide receiver.