Bucs Could Be (For Some) Surprisingly Good

May 10th, 2024

Better in 2024?

You know a bunch of folks working in #NFLMedia are not hip to the Bucs. They point to Baker Mayfield and the NFC South and then wince and begin drooling over Kirk Cousins.

You know the types.

Well one of the #NFLMedia is a Bucs believer. Jeff Kerr, an Eagles beat writer for CBS Philadelphia and an NFL columnist for CBS Sports, thinks it’s entirely possible for the Bucs to finish with a better record than last season.

… Tampa Bay plays Carolina (2-15) twice, Denver (8-9), and the New York Giants (6-11) on the 2024 slate. While the Buccaneers play six teams that were in the NFL postseason last year, they also play nine opponents that finished with losing records in 2023.

There’s an opportunity for double-digit wins.

Kerr makes a good point. While the Bucs have a difficult schedule with all the good teams they will face, there are enough bad teams for the Bucs to take advantage of.

If the Bucs can just beat the teams they are supposed to beat and win their fair share of games against good teams, don’t be surprised if the Bucs complete a four-peat in the NFC South.

20 Responses to “Bucs Could Be (For Some) Surprisingly Good”

  1. Proudbucsfan Says:

    I’ll say it again, I call an 11-12 win season. Baker is going to be the difference maker

  2. OrlandoBucsFan Says:

    I’m a die hard Bucs fan and have been for many years. Unfortunately I’ve seen the Bucs choke on the garbage teams and win on the more powerful ones. Same thing with rookie or garbage qb’s. Uuugh…. It’s a Bucs life my friend

  3. unbelievable Says:

    10-7 seems reasonable for sure. Maybe they even overachieve and get to 11

  4. Drunkinybor Says:

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    Season in review: Offensive line

    Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
    Jan 5, 2015, 04:03 PM ET
    TAMPA, Fla. — We continue our position-by-position season analysis with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive line.
    I was watching a bucs game from 2014 and I realized how much talent is on this team right This was from a article I read about our O-line at the end of the 2014 season. I cut out a lot. now Bucs couldn’t block — they allowed 52 sacks and ranked No. 29 in rushing.

    Carl Nicks was leaving the team. Nicks had a toe injury he wasn’t recovering well from. The Bucs went out and traded for Logan Mankins
    Mankins wasn’t bad, Patrick Omameh started at the other guard spot left tackle Anthony Collins. A high-priced signing in free agency, Collins played so badly that he was benched at the end of the season. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith average.
    Right tackle Demar Dotson average.
    Now that’s a offensive offensive line. I forgot how Carl Nick’s got a fat xontract and got fat. I lobe Tony Mayberry he never got the credit he deserved. Sorry he just popped in my head.hopedully he’s alive and well amd the Bucs bring him around or give him the opportunity to.

  5. Drunkinybor Says:

    Sorry about the bad copy paste job..yikes I’m old… these kids witj computer gadgets these days. I dont know what the h.e. double hockey sticks I’m doing. I just love my team

  6. BillyBucco Says:

    Why are you mentioning 2014? Didn’t we go 2-14 that year?
    Are you saying THAT was a horrible offensive line? Are you saying that was a good offensive line and we still sucked?
    Not sure I see many comparisons with the team NOW.
    WE didn’t have a QB or good WRs. We didn’t have a top 10 defense either. Maybe top 5.
    I think the point about surprising people for me is that most beat writers don’t realize the KEY additions we made in FA, like Whitehead, Hall, Thomas, Opeta and Bredeson are for SPECIFIC deficiencies. Neal might have been the worst safety in the league. Our run game was terrible and we needed to get STRONGER at the point of attack to we got a 39 bench press rep guy. Our passing defense between the 20s was horrendous, particularly on short throws in the flat and over the middle and we got 3 DBs that are all upgrades plus drafted the best slot guy out there.
    I think the staff did well in FA and the draft and we have a team FULL of competitive positions. I think we win 12 games and maybe we lose to a bad team, but I bet we win 2 or 3 where we are big underdogs early.

  7. garro Says:

    Wow Kerr will be fired for going agaist the party line.

    Go Bucs!

  8. KABucs Says:

    BillyBucco… good stuff. I don’t think Devin white was doing a whole lot for us and keep in mind that Davis misses half the games every year and statistically was worse than normal when he was on the field. I loved Canales energy and attitude but I think Cohen is an upgrade in play calling… and he has much more to work with on the offensive line. If Braswell, McMillan and Irving pan out to be solid players and get any amount of playing time, we will surprise a lot of people. Just like last year but maybe even more so with double digit wins

  9. Beeej Says:

    Simply swapping White for Britt is a huge upgrade for the D

  10. ThatAintRight? Says:

    Sorry, but to many red flags to think Tampa Bay will be good this season.
    Oh not to mention a new OC with no proof of anything at the pro level.
    The red flags I am seeing are huge question marks at major positions. Now somewhere in Tampa there are those fans who are like OMG don’t say that or you’re so negative blah blah blah. We don’t care alright. Facts are facts we don’t have that umpffff to get over the hump. Maybe if the saints took major setbacks somehow by miracle. Doubt it though.
    All 4 of their CBs are better than all 4 of our wrs. We might be able to show major improvement on offense due to the new OC as a glimmer of hope, and we may even be able to show positive results from being healthier, but we still aren’t NO SAINTS ready. I get trading CD3 but by not finding his long term replacement we kinda set ourselves up for failure. At least we had insurance with Joe tryon for Shaq Barrett. Who is going to replace CD3? I’m not confident Zion is gonna be that guy. Need ready to go athleticism and talent.

  11. ThatAintRight? Says:

    Swapping white for Britt? I mean there’s going to be some pros and consequences of the swap.

    Pros of Britt: Less drama , financial burden to team cap long term.
    Cons of Britt: not as athletic and quick, but to be fair in coverage white struggled even with elite athleticism.

    I really wish TB used White at OLB, but hey whatever. Idc. We always rent out these LBS it seems. Just wait until David and Evans are also gone and not on this team. We’re in complete rebuild mode. Ughh

  12. realistic-optimistic Says:

    The White-Britt swap happened last season. White’s departure shouldn’t even factor into these offseason analyses.

  13. SlyPirate Says:


    “First to ten, wins.”

    That was Rah’s battle cry his second season as the Bucs HC. Really happy he got another HC job. He’s really entertaining as a coach. Can’t wait.

    The Bucs will be a lot better this year. 10 – 11 wins.

  14. Booger Says:

    Yeah, I don’t know why you’d even be reading about 2014, in the first place :/ lol… And, then post about it. Doesn’t make a lot of sense. It was 10 YEARS ago.

  15. Booger Says:

    A little odd. But, oh… I see! “Drunkinybor” at 3:24 a.m. Lol.

  16. stpetebucfan Says:

    I still do not get all this whining about “strength of schedule”!

    Yes #teamnegative is here everyday preaching that gospel but according to CBS Sports it’s just NOT true.

    According to CBS the Bucs have the 5th EASIEST schedule in the NFL this year.
    Bad news is that the Falcons and Saints tie for the Easiest of all.

    I pay NO attention to strength of schedule. How many times have we watched the Bucs beat a good team only to look like a high school team against weak opponents. How many rookie QB’s have looked good against the Bucs.

    It’s the freaking NFL…”On Any Given Sunday!”

  17. D Cone Says:

    So the Bucs are 11-0 going into week 1 and just have to deal with the Lions, Chiefs, Cowboys, Ravens, 49er’s and Eagles. Fair Share is 3-3. so Bucs are 14-3 at the end of the regular season. Wow.

    Not a good idea, going back to school, planning on beating up the weak kids and most of them have grown 6 inches and put on 100 pounds over the Summer.

  18. Saskbucs Says:

    ThatAintRight? … are you a Saints fan? Be honest now, cause the Saints should not be a threat. Yeah they hate us and play us well but Atlanta is the only threat right now and they have holes as well.

    Saints are old and cap strapped still. Derek Carr sucks. Their OL is in a bit or turmoil with long term starters battling health issues. Cam Jordan and Tyran Matheiu and Marshawn Lattimore are not the players they used to be. At least our older stars are still playing at a high level. Davis was oft injured and Zyon wil step in fine, plus Hall and Whitehead added to the mix. It’s the Bucs division to lose still and if they do I believe it will be to the Falcons.

  19. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    All 4 of the saints corners are better than our receivers?

    Dude – I mean – seriously? There are treatment centers available in your area.

  20. ScottyMack Says:

    stpetebucsfan wrote: “How many times have we watched the Bucs beat a good team only to look like a high school team against weak opponents.”

    Well, not once last season did the Bucs beat a good team. They did, however, lose a few to some real duds.

    That has me a bit concerned that they will get anywhere close to winning “their fair share” of games against the good teams they will play. Atlanta aside, if the Bucs win even two games against the six playoff teams they will face, I will be pleasantly surprised (… O.K. absolutely shocked).