“He Can Win Without …”April 11th, 2014
Wow! There were two loud flags planted on planet Lovie yesterday on NFL Network.
Yes, prominent experts have examined the Panthers, Falcons, Bucs and Saints and declared the Buccaneers champions of the NFC South in 2014.
Sorry, but Joe is somewhat flabbergasted by the takes of Willie McGinest and Rod Woodson. You can watch the NFL Network cut here.
McGinest says Lovie has won repeatedly with a second rate offenses and strong defense, and McGinest expects to see that happen again — immediately. “He can win without” offense, McGinest claims.
Woodson cites the addition of offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford and Lovie’s track record for his proclamation of the Bucs winning the NFC South crown this season.
Joe hates to urinate on the hopes and dreams of Bucs fans, but the Bucs still have loads of work to do in order to become NFC South champs. Joe buys into Lovie’s theory that a turnover-machine defense and electric special teams can win you 10 games alone, without a good offense. But the Bucs’ special teams are a question mark, more help might be needed at defensive end and cornerback, and journeyman Josh McCown is the captain of a receiver-challenged offense.
Regardless, in the 12-year history of the NFC South, a team with 10 wins or less only has won the division two times. The last time was the Bucs at 9-7 in 2007. Are the Bucs really an 11-win team this year? Wishful thinking at this point.
Joe gets that predictions are part of the media business, but they’re downright goofy before the draft and picking the Bucs now feels wacky.