No Wavering From “Undefeated” Prediction; Secondary “Weak Link”

September 8th, 2021

It’s been four full weeks since a former Buccaneers standout was adamant that Tampa Bay will go undefeated this season.

Yeah, Joe’s talking about blocking icon and 2004 superstar Michael Clayton.

A month ago, Clayton was all about how newcomer running back Giovani Bernard will complete the Bucs offense and kick it up a notch. Yesterday, on WDAE radio, Clayton took everything a step further.

He insisted the Bucs’ aerial attack “will not be able to be stopped” after watching them in August. He also thinks offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will need a little time to figure out how “utilize all three [running] backs to keep the chains moving.” But when Letwich gets it down relatively quickly, per Clayton, the Bucs will be totally lethal.

Clayton also cited Todd Bowles’ improvement and Bowles improvement and understanding of players. And he likes Jason Pierre-Paul as the “ultimate pro” in the Bucs defense.

A weakness?

Claytong believes the Bucs’ secondary is suspect after “up and down” play last season. He likes how they tackle in the run game but says he has to see more consistency in coverage.

“That’s going to be our weak link starting off the season, to see where they are,” Clayton said.

Remember, this is all Clayton nitpicking. He remains adamant that the Bucs will run the table to a 17-0 record.

19 Responses to “No Wavering From “Undefeated” Prediction; Secondary “Weak Link””

  1. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    A good pass rush can hide poor coverage by the DBs. While this may be the case, I think in the second half of last year, the Bucs DBs proved that they were above average and a top 10 as a unit. This year, barring injuries, they should be better giving the fact that they were still young last year.

  2. SlyPirate Says:

    It’s not 17-0.
    It’s not even 20-0.
    It’s 28-0.

  3. Leighroy Says:

    Was BradyBucs just outed on JBF as being Michael Clayton?!

  4. PSL Bob Says:

    Several posters on this site, including me, have said we could go 17-0 this year. We certainly have the manpower to do it. It can be a record setting team. Granted, injuries could sink the ship, but if there’s ever been a team primed to run the table, we have it. Most of all, Brady wants it, and Brady usually gets what he wants.

  5. LJsDaddy Says:

    I’m all in…but, 17-0? That’s crazy talk. GO BUCS!

  6. Jonny Says:

    The Rams and Patriots will be the toughest matchup for the Bucs because of the genius of Belichick and McVay. McVay has had great success in both games against Todd Bowles defenses, luckily Jameis was at his very best in the first matchup.

  7. August 1976 Buc Says:

    SlyPirate Says:
    September 8th, 2021 at 9:47 am
    It’s not 17-0.
    It’s not even 20-0.
    It’s 28-0.

    SlyPirate Says:
    September 8th, 2021 at 9:47 am
    It’s not 17-0.
    It’s not even 20-0.
    It’s 28-0.

    SlyPirate Says:
    September 8th, 2021 at 9:47 am
    It’s not 17-0.
    It’s not even 20-0.
    It’s 28-0.

    Well said Sly

    GO BUCS 28-0 run!!!!!

  8. Brandon Says:

    Weak link, secondary? Nope. Try special teams in a landslide. The secondary will be considered a position of strength this season.

  9. Ben green Says:

    Secondary is the weak link of the team. They also sick on special teams, but the offense is so good, it shouldn’t matter. I’ve been saying this for months, the secondary will be picked on. Just because you bring the same guys back, y’all think that equates to equal play, it doesn’t.

  10. Ben green Says:

    BTW, you don’t want 17-0, you want Superbowls. Ben has dealt with that headache.

  11. SufferingSince76 Says:

    The goal should be division, conference and Super Bowl. If a perfect season (🙏) is part of that, great.

  12. Mike C Says:

    Ben, not one person on this site wants patsy fan talking smack, shut your lip your team gave up the goat!

  13. RustyRhinos Says:

    Super Bowls, Undefeated season,s.
    One game at a time.
    Suffering is right, first win the NFC South. One game at a time.

  14. ModHairKen Says:

    Former Buc? Yes. Standout? Well . . .

  15. Buckaroo Boozie Says:

    One Game at a time… Sweet Jesus 🎵🎶

  16. Randy Says:

    I have to agree the secondary is not good enough for undefeated. However, any talk of undefeated prior to week 12 is asinine. Injuries are a huge part of the equation. Let’s back off on undefeated talk until at least Thanksgiving.

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    I don’t even know how you have fun as a fan if you actually think you’re going undefeated, because at the first sign of trouble, the season is over. If you go into every single game expecting victories, and you don’t get one, it’s wrist slitting time because you’ve set the expectations ridiculously too high. The regular season is not a failure if you got 14-3 or 15-2, and if you think it is, you’re nuts.

  18. mg Says:

    stop the run
    have some fun

  19. sgrd0q Says:

    Undefeated season? Ain’t gonna happen. The moment you clinch the number one seed you rest all the starters; particularly Brady. Brady is 44. It is not 2007. No way you go undefeated.