Bucs No. 26July 16th, 2012
The 2011 season for the Bucs was uglier than Rosie O’Donnell in a thong.
Ineptitude with the running game, forced passes to a me-first tight end, ole defense, Joe doesn’t know where to begin… or stop.
Despite this, 2012 is a new season. Training camp is just days away. But the stench of 2011 has the Bucs ranked at No. 26, so writes Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk.com.
And while the Bucs are among the teams that could really use a quick start to dispel some of last year’s problems, the first month of the season opens with a visit from the Panthers and trips to the defending champion Giants and the Cowboys.
Win a pair of those, and it becomes a lot easier for Schiano to sell his program at the pro level. Drop enough games to push the losing streak into the teens, and it becomes much tougher for him to play the tough-guy card.
The simple fact they were so bad last year means they would have to work to be worse, but there are reasons to believe they could get better.
There are plenty of reasons to believe the Bucs will be better. Having an offensive coordinator not allergic to running the ball springs to mind.
Will the Bucs contend for a Super Bowl? Joe hasn’t had that many beers yet. But turning around an awful season is not out of the question.