Buckle Up!

September 9th, 2020

Every NFL team factors “hope” into its personnel decisions. Unproven young players and rookies are all about hope.

Take the five projected starters in the Bucs’ secondary. The oldest turns 24 on New Year’s Eve.

Don’t worry, projected top backups Andrew Adams and Ryan Smith, both 27, will mentor the young guys. That statement sure qualifies as hope, too. And Joe will hope second-year man Mike Edwards can help out after he masters tackling.

On the eve of the 2020 kickoff, Joe feels comfortable calling this the least experienced Bucs secondary ever to be seen on opening day.

Make no mistake, Tom Brady and the offense should be able to score 30 points a game (just 1 1/2 more than last year), while cutting turnovers in half. That’s a proven golden ticket to the playoffs. So Joe is not concerned about the scoreboard.

However, the Bucs defense endured the most passes attempted in the NFL last season by a good margin, and it’s likely to happen again. Lots of work for what has to be the youngest defensive backfield in the NFL.

Even if the Bucs manage to stay healthy on defense, Joe’s forseeing several Bucs victories in the 33-27 range.

Buckle up for a wild, fun ride.

25 Responses to “Buckle Up!”

  1. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Secondary and kicking are my two biggest question marks. If both can just be average, I see no reason why 10 wins isn’t feasible

  2. bucfanforver Says:

    Part of the reason for so many pass attempts by the other team were the crazy offense that we had last season.

    The other team knew that we could score td after td, so no games were put away early. Then Jameis would gift them the ball, and they would have higher time of possession than they should.

    This led to a run up in scores and passing attempts.

    This year, because the Bucs can play a more methodical style of football and it should lead to less pass attempts and likely lower scores by both teams, with the Bucs winning of course.

  3. Roy T. Buford Says:

    “Don’t worry, projected top backups Andrew Adams and Ryan Smith, both 27, will mentor the young guys.”

    Yikes. Ryan Smith: Not a role model on or off the field, not a “good” player save for special teams, always on the bubble, never tops on the depth chart. Not sure I want him mentoring anyone. Hopefully the others can/will. But then again, maybe even Smith has turned a corner this year, just by being in proximaty of the GOAT? To be fair, haven’t seen any practices.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Could it be that the number of passes against us was due to our #1 run-stopping defense?
    Teams determined early that they couldn’t run against us…..and, yes they had some success via the air…..mostly short passes…..

  5. Sarasota Garey Says:

    Well its a passing league, why run if you can throw with less resistance.

  6. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Salary cap, Joe. Every team deals with the same restrictions, gotta cut corners at some level. Also, as rookies go, not a whole lot of anchors of a unit as a rookie have a dad with 14 years of professional experience. And, this is Carlton’s 3rd year, this is his prime now.

  7. Clean House Says:

    None of you clowns aside from one of the Joes has any right to question this lousy, young secondary. He consistently questions it as do I. You label me a hater…. so sorry, you don’t get to question it now.

    Continue on with your blind optimism and your big predictions, lemmings…


  8. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    Yesterday Daniel Jeremiah on the “Move the Sticks” podcast said his bold prediction for this season was that Antione Winfield JR will lead the NFL in picks.

  9. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Whitehead’s third year too.

  10. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Plus, Richard Sherman was in his 3rd year and Kam Chancellor’s third year starting when they won the SB.

  11. Bucsfan951 Says:

    No clean house, we call you a moron for your unconditional love for a certain third string qb.

    If the Bucs go 6-10, I will fully admit I was wrong. Question is, will you?

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    teams will test the secondary early and often….


    the secondary has grown and they’ll make teams pay…..


    team will try to run on us which will play right into TB hands because thats the strength of our defense….

    our defense will prove to be solid and strong the first half of the year….then in the 2nd half of the year, they’ll become DOMINATE!!!!


    GO BUCS!!!!

  13. Youngbucs Says:

    I don’t get why clean house is mad that’s what the Bucs have been doing. Cleaning house 35 turnovers out the door I like our chances. Dude had more turnovers alone than ever team had as a whole in the nfl smh. And the crying over that 😂

  14. Jmarkbuc Says:

    On a positive note the secondary has been practicing against the goat.

  15. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Remember sheep, seat belts are required on roller coasters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Not too worried about our defense.

    Only one rookie is starting on defense – Winfield at safety.

    Many experts are saying the Bucs have a top five defense.

    Bucs have the top rated DL in stopping the run last year

    Shaq led the league in Sacks. Rice did a nice job too.

    Bucs probably have the best tandem ILB in the league.

    Davis and Dean were both top 5 in pass deflection last year.

    Murphy-bunting tied all rookies with the most interceptions.

  17. Billy_45 Says:

    Man the name Rice is a flashback!!!
    That’s when you know @AlabamaBucsFan has been around a while!!!

  18. Billy_46 Says:

    Here’s the difference between TB and JW.
    JW rarely made it through his progressions.
    TB will skip Option 1 and 2 based on how the defense lines up.

    Seeing the field is NOT overrated!

  19. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Troll and sheep herder alert!!!

  20. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Billy_45 Says, “Man the name Rice is a flashback!!!”

    Oops – thanks for the correction. I meant JPP. Don’t know why but JPP reminds me of the old Simeon Rice.

  21. RioDeJaneiro Bucs Fan Says:

    @CleanHouse you used to express your opinions in a much better way. You might be right or you might be wrong, only time will tell. But there’s no need to call other fans clowns or lemmings. You’re much smarter than this. Unlike a certain individual that is known for his nonsense, you’re fully capable to defend your ideas without offending fellow Bucs fans.

  22. rrsrq Says:

    Aqib Talib retired today

  23. Piratic Says:

    @Joe: Didn’t you recently state that the D was good to go, and it was the offense that worried you? Did I misread that in an earlier post? Did I dream it?
    Set me straight.
    There are others on here who use the search tool more than they should, and then there’s me; I’ve used it twice, at the most. My point is that I don’t care to look for it, but I would bet money that you have at some point in the recent past stated the polar opposite of this most recent take. Not bashing you here… I’m here all the time, as you already know, and that alone should speak volumes about how I feel about this site. I’m simply honestly confused about this. Like I said, set me straight. Cheers!🍻

  24. Joe Says:

    Didn’t you recently state that the D was good to go, and it was the offense that worried you?

    Yeah, the defense returns all but one starter. They should be fine (certainly don’t need a grace period to learn).

    Running back worried Joe (we’ve been over that before) but no more. 🙂 Offenses do sometimes need time to meld. And since there was no offseason to speak of, they have to find a way to hit the ground running and come together much quicker.

  25. Oneilbucs Says:

    Man look I’m tired of hearing about Jamies now the season is almost here and they are not bringing Jamies back . Me personally I think we should have kept him but that’s my opinion and for the people who’s glad he’s gone that’s your opinion . And neither of our opinions even matters now . So I’m hoping now that Rosen is the new guy . I hope we learn from the mistakes we made with Jamies by not building the team the right way inside out . I hope we as a fan base don’t expect him to be a hall of famer by year 3 . He don’t have to be a hall of fame quarterback . How many hall of fame quarterbacks won a championship without a good team around him ?? Again Remember ROGERS HE HAD 35 TDS AND 5 INTERSEPTIONS AND The PACKERS STILL DIDN’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS . IT’S A TEAM GAME . GO BUCS…