Not Good OddsApril 17th, 2014
Yes, the Bucs made a major splash last month when the team broke out the Team Glazer checkbook and ran out of ink, they were cutting so many checks. No team has overhauled its roster more with new signings and waving goodbye to old starters.
The moves sure got Bucs fans excited. However, Evan Kaplan believes Bucs fans should temper their giddiness. Kaplan, who types for BSPN, doesn’t like the short-term odds for a team, any team, that had a radical upheaval of its roster, based on recent history.
Bucs spend big
The Buccaneers have added 15 free agents – the most of any team – so it is no surprise that the effort has been costly.
They’ve spent more than $70 million in guaranteed money in the first month of free agency, including re-signings.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, spending money early in free agency does not necessarily mean the future is bright. Four teams spent at least $50 million in the first month of free agency last season (Lions, Dolphins, Colts, Cowboys) and the Colts were the only one of those teams to make the playoffs in 2013.
Another difference? All four of the aforementioned teams had established quarterbacks (yes, Joe believes Ryan Tannehill is more of an established NFL starter than what the Bucs currently have). And right now, that’s the main question for the Bucs: offense. The defense should be just fine. It was OK to begin with and Joe is certain Bucs coach Lovie Smith will find a way to generate a feared pass rush.
The offense is the mystery in so many ways. How it unfolds likely will determine how and when the team finishes the 2014 season.