“I Actually Have Them Going 4-12 This Year”September 4th, 2014
Imagine if the Bucs were returning the NFL’s ferocious No. 2-ranked defense, a true franchise quarterback, a quality backfield, and a stud tight end. Fans throughout the Tampa Bay area would be pounding their chests and talking playoffs.
This is why Joe finds all the national Panthers doom and gloom to be ludicrous.
Lovie Smith himself, the Buccaneers’ blessed leaders, says an elite defense will get a team eight wins. And the Panthers play a very similar defense to the Bucs’. Are we to believe Lovie is out of his mind? If he is, then Bucs fans better prepare for their own rough season.
Joe has read all kinds of bad predictions for the Panthers, largely based on their shaky offensive line and their brand new receiving corps. Newsflash: The Panthers offense wasn’t so great last year and the team finished 12-4. You don’t need a great offense when you only allow 15 points a game.
Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King, an analyst for Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports Network, joined the Panthers hammering during an appearance on Ron and Ian on WDAE-AM 620 this morning.
“I definitely have Carolina last in my [NFC South] rankings. I actually have them going 4-12 this year,” King said.
King went on to say Cam Newton is “the only young quarterback in the NFL [whose] organization hasn’t improved the talent level around him on offense.” This is why the Panthers will struggle, King said.
So nasty, smothering NFL-sack-leading defense isn’t enough to rack up a pile of wins? Joe sure hopes King, one of only three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, is wrong.
If he’s not, then Josh McCown is going to have to do amazing things this year to pull out his first full winning season.