Bucs > Dixie Chicks?June 30th, 2014
A lot of people talk about the Bucs being able to turn their fortunes around this year. Some point to the Bucs as being this year’s version of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Boy, Joe hopes not.
Yeah, it would be cool if the Bucs made the playoffs. But watch the Chiefs fall back to earth this season. That team lost a lot to free agency.
They will have struggles up front as the offensive line was decimated. Joe guesses the Bucs want to be a lasting contender, not just a flash in the pan.
Joe does get why people point to the Bucs as this year’s Chiefs, who went from 2-14 in 2012 to choking away a playoff win last season. Pretty big about-face. It seems NFL analyst Doug Farrar of SI.com is big on the Bucs making a Chiefs-like turnaround.
In fact, Farrar sees the Bucs being better than the Dixie Chicks this season.
“I think they have a chance to win 10 games,” Farrar said. [This year's Chiefs?] “I really do. When the Chiefs had a 2-14 record they had a bunch of Pro Bowlers. Nobody knew really how to put things together. They bring in John Dorsey; they bring in Andy Reid and Alex Smith. It’s that same kind of thing [with the Bucs] where you manage your players, you manage your team and if you have that kind of talent, it will pop up.
“I think of all the teams in the NFL, you are looking at the Falcons and the Buccaneers [as the biggest turnarounds], I would say the Buccaneers have a far better chance of that one-year turnaround than the Falcons do. The Falcons have a better quarterback but you are looking at [talent] around [the quarterback] on the roster.”
Farrar has a point. The Bucs totally overhauled their roster when they brought in Lovie Smith. Being better than the Dixie Chicks? That’s a bold statement. The biggest problems with the Dixie Chicks were a soft offensive line and injuries, specifically to their stud wide receivers.
It will sure be interesting to see if the Bucs can leapfrog the Dixie Chicks in the division. Of course, time will tell, but that is a thought-provoking statement from Farrar.