Building For The FutureSeptember 8th, 2010
As one might imagine, lots of writers are coming out with their season predictions (caution: writers are not handicappers. Big difference). Don Banks is no different.
The SI.com columnist and former Bucs beat writer puts finger to keyboard and bangs out his results of crystal ball-gazing and he has what he believes will be the 2010 season for the Bucs.
Last place: Tampa Bay (5-11)
I’m liking most of the green shoots that are showing in Tampa Bay, but this is one of those seasons where the improvement won’t translate into a big jump in the standings. If the Bucs get some breaks and maximize their upset opportunities, maybe they squeak past Carolina for third place. But that’s as good as it’ll get. A solid first full year as a starter would represent 2010 success for quarterback Josh Freeman.
Joe believes this is a pretty fair assessment: five wins.
As Joe has written too many times, the Bucs are banking on rookies to shine at positions that historically rookies struggle in. So to expect the rookies to play like veterans is a bit unrealistic.
The Bucs are building for the future. 2010 is the present.