Bucs “Flying Under The Radar”

September 7th, 2010

josh freeman 0505iOf course, Joe hears this often from his loyal readers: “Why can’t the Bucs win the NFC South? Look at what Atlanta did!”

Joe tries to live in reality, so he doesn’t subscribe to this theory. But it seems Steve Wyche, of NFL.com, just might. In a recent chat on the site, he cited the Bucs as a sleeper team.

Paul, Virginia
Hey Steve, how do you believe Josh Freeman can have a great turn around in his second year like Peyton Manning did in 99?

Steve Wyche, NFL.com
If there is a team that might be flying way under the radar, it’s Tampa Bay. I’m not sure Freeman can have that type of turnaround because he still hangs on to the ball a little too long, but he’s gotten a lot better. That O-line is pretty good and with Mike Williams added to Kellen Winslow, he’s got some targets. The Bucs have some talent on both sides of the ball. If they can harness things and have some early success to build confidence, they might surprise.

If the Bucs are to have a surprise turnaround season this year, beating the Steelers will be critical.

Joe’s not so sure Josh Freeman and his bum thumb might be ready for Dick LeBeau’s crazy blitzes and Tazmanian Devil Troy Polamalu flying all over the field. That’s going to be a tall order.

23 Responses to “Bucs “Flying Under The Radar””

  1. Eric S Says:

    Heck I would just take them beating the Browns before I worry about the Steelers. Jake D. is 10-2 against the Bucs during his career.

  2. eric Says:

    Didn’t Jake beat us twice in the Super Bowl year?

  3. BucsFan593 Says:

    he is old slow and was unpreductive thats why carolina got ride of him. i think colt mccoy will take over first chance he gets. it will be like us last year. we definatly beat them once this year!!! pitsburg would realy have to be off for that game to be a win.

  4. Rich Striff Says:

    I’d love some feedback from fellow fans. I live in NJ. So there is NOONE to talk Bucs with. I really feel like too many. TOO MANY people are hating on the Bucs. I understand the lack of attention from ESPN, which to be honest I would rather…but i feel like even writers tend to overlook tampa bay. Florio, the bum that he is, predicted the Bucs to finish last. I know I may be a little overhopeful sometimes, but i feel like the Bucs have a shot to make some noise within the division. Im not sold that Turner and the Falcons O-line is completely healthy again. And i feel like Carolina is not exactly ready to compete. Our schedule is pretty winnable for the most part. In my opinion Mike Williams is gonna be a star, and bring this team some star power. If caddy stays healthy, and Freeman performs like i know he can, this offense could score a noticeably larger amount of points per game. Our Bucs, in MY opinion, can be poised to have a winning record.

  5. bucfanjeff Says:

    Jake Delhomme remembers a standard Tampa 2, not the new Tampa 2.1. Besides, Jake sucks.

  6. Not A Rocket Surgeon Says:

    x2 on Jake sucks…

    This is going to be a fun game that our team will win handily…

  7. eric Says:

    Jake isn’t the same ill give you that. But ill bet he would prefer to play Rah’s 2.1 rather than monte’s original.

    Gonna be very close, IMO.

  8. Tye Says:

    Feel free to correct me if I am wrong but the difference in the Falcons turn around season as I remember it was they changed Head coaches and starting QB.

    Falcons last losing Season – the Coach who went to Arkansas
    The next season winning- Current Head coach now

    Losing season starting Qb (several)- 1 being Leftwich
    The next season winning- Matt Ryan

    So by your example, as I understand it, we can’t win the division like the Falcons did BECAUSE we still have the same HC and QB as our losing season…………. Just saying!!!

  9. Eric S Says:

    Even in his suckiness last year, he still managed to beat the Bucs in his only start against them. Just saying.

  10. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    “This is going to be a fun game that our team will win handily…”

    Can’t wait till Sunday then!

  11. foxworth Says:

    didnt we learn already from the past the win now attitude will only lead to salary cap issues and turmoil later , when you build through the draft as we are you dont expect a championship that year , patience this team is being put together right and we need to buy tickets and support this organization the bucs arent the only team that wanted rah …so have some faith see you at ray jay.

  12. raheem Says:

    scumbag florio. people seem to forget the improvement we had toward the end of last year, and the victory over the eventual SB champs while they were in a race for home field.


    The bucs have become the easy team to hate on this year, I think due to lack of media coverage we get as a small market team coming off a losing season. The improvements are rarely mentioned.

  13. eric Says:

    Who else wanted Rah?

  14. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    @ raheem, you said:
    “people seem to forget the improvement we had toward the end of last year”

    No MORON, onlythe Rahe will be Great Cult believes that garbage.

    GET IT?

    30,000+ ticket holders didn’t join the Cult yet because it’s false. Not to mention all of the lost fans as a result of the Glazer Brats weird moves to hire Raheem and Dom.

    Great thing about the NFL is, YOU HAVE TO PLAY THE GAME. Let’s hear it Herm, “That’s why you play the game!”

    Scoreboards don’t lie. THANK GOD!

  15. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    The Bucs could fly under the radar, but I kinda doubt it. They’d have to be very lucky in some of their games.

  16. Not A Rocket Surgeon Says:

    When this team starts winning on Sunday, it will sure be a welcome sight to me …

    1. some of these clowns change their tune or 2. they disappear completely.

    You know who you are ladies. 🙂

    Go Bucs!

  17. Jonny Says:

    “eric Says:
    September 7th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Jake isn’t the same ill give you that. But ill bet he would prefer to play Rah’s 2.1 rather than monte’s original. ”

    He might prefer to play Rah’s 2.1, but that does not mean 2.0>2.1

  18. eric Says:


    Your kidding right?

  19. topdoggie Says:

    All I can say to the Bucs is You can do IT!!!!

  20. Jonny Says:

    @eric, I am not kidding. I know you aren’t a fan of this team, so you wont believe about our defense being better than the dynasty defense we had. However I am a fan and I always think this team should be better than the ones we ever had.

  21. tampa2ali Says:

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers…..F##k all hater’s………..
    Every football season is a new, you never can predict the outcome……

  22. Erick Says:

    Jonny it doesnt matter if Eric is a fan of the Bucs or not, saying this years defense will be better than any Monte coached is moronic.

  23. Capt.Tim Says:

    I, and alot of other knowledgeable football people, believe this team could have a winning record this year. It will mostly depend on Josh Freeman. From his play this preseason, that looks like a good thing! Young teams are notoriously unpredictable, but a major improvement looks assured.