Mike Mayock Says Bucs Are A Playoff TeamMay 3rd, 2012
While it’s quite early for season predictions, well respected NFL Network draft guru and Thursday Night Football game analyst Mike Mayock said today the Bucs are a playoff team in 2012.
In fact, when queried about the comment by NFL Network host Rich Eisen, who seemingly was overcome with disbelief, Mayock felt the need to repeat himself with emphasis and tell Eisen that he knows full well who the Bucs are competing against.
“I’m going to say it again. I think Tampa Bay is a playoff team. That’s how impressed I am, Rich, and I recognize the strength of that division,” Mayock said today on an NFL.com podcast.
While the New Schiano World Order shuns the modern NFL on offense, that’s not the case on defense. The selection of safety Mark Barron in the first round is a nod to the new NFL, said Mayock, who outlined Barron’s versatility.
“The safety position is more important than it was five years ago,” Mayock said. “We’ve seen what’s gone on in the league with tight ends and the pass-first attitude. So Mark Barron at No. 7 brings a degree of physicality, an ability to cover, and an ability to drop down in nickel and dime packages and cover different type players. At Alabama he covered tight ends and running backs in their dime package.
“What I loved about the whole thing is the extra picks they got for trading back, they were able to use again to come back up to the end of the first round and get Doug Martin, my second rated running back. So all of a sudden Tampa Bay fills in the [offensive] holes at a Pro Bowl level in free agency and then comes back and trades down and back up again to get two first-round picks that are plug, play, physical, tough. I think Tampa Bay’s a playoff team. I’m telling you right now.”
Playoffs? Playoffs? Hey, Joe’s loving all this and Joe has great respect for Mayock, who’s not one to throw love all around like Chucky or other non-credible analyst. Joe, however, can’t talk or speculate playoffs until he sees the Bucs get through a game without getting gutted and gashed up the gut of the defense.
But there’s no question the Bucs have true playoff talent on offense. It’s undeniable. There’s just so much to come together on defense and the ability of the coaching staff is an unknown.
Playoffs. It sure is a feel-good May thought on par with Rachel Watson bubble bath.