WalterFootball: Growing Pains In 2014July 6th, 2014
Joe remembers when the WalterFootball.com crowd came out with their 2013 season preview and predicted the floor would cave in under the Bucs en route to a 5-11 mark. Joe scoffed, writing if that happened, then there likely would be a new head coach and maybe a new general manager.
But the reality was worse. The Bucs became a laughingstock, losing their first eight games.
The locker room was infested by MRSA and the franchise quarterback, leaky, sleepy Josh Freeman, went mental and is currently out of the NFL praying that somehow Chucky can resurrect his career. If all of that wasn’t bad enough, the Bucs had the worst offense in the NFL.
It was a sickening season that didn’t end soon enough. And there will be no more scoffing at WalterFootball’s predictions from Joe.
This year, WalterFootball believes there will be growing pains under the first season of Lovie Smith. But on the bright side, the Bucs will double their win total with an 8-8 mark.
2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Analysis: The Buccaneers’ outlook is much brighter than it was last summer. They have stability at quarterback, a much better coaching staff, more weapons on offense and some new pieces on defense. They’re not good enough to overtake the Saints for the divisional crown, but they could challenge for a wild card spot.
Do the Bucs really have stability at quarterback? That’s certainly a debatable subject.
Freeman proved to be a mental patient, but he was coming off a 4,000-yard passing performance in 2012. The Bucs now have a 35-year-old guy who was out of football for a season recently and had five good games under an offensive guru last year. Joe hopes Josh McCown is “the guy”, but let’s be honest, we’re banking on a quarterback leading his team to the playoffs (hopefully) based on five games? Does anyone remember Scott Mitchell?
Sorry, Mike Glennon Mob, Joe doesn’t (yet) see a playoff QB in the pride of North Carolina State based on last year’s performance. Joe sure wishes he could see in Glennon what the MGM sees in the guy. Keyword: yet.