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BUCCANEERS SEASON PREVIEW
Posted By Andrew Chibani On Sep 7 2012 @ 1:44 am In Tampa Bay Buccaneers | No Comments
After a pre-season of promise and scares, Buccaneer fans can now welcome a new era under Greg Schiano.
Schiano is a man who turned around one of the worst college football programs into a respectable one. One who will bring discipline and toughness to a team that was constantly shut down on offense and dominated on defense, whether the opposing team was airing it out or running all over the Bucs.
It seemed evident that when the Bucs were faced with a deficit they would quickly toss in the towel, give up, and allow teams to embarrass them. The Buccaneers allowed the most points in the league and franchise history (494), most yards per play (tied at 6.3 with Green Bay, too bad we didn’t have half the offense they do), and they also recorded a bunch of horrible other statistics so I’ll stop there.
That is the past and with each game we will see if the players are buying into Schiano and the new staffs system and giving it their all to regain their credibility of not being one of the laughingstocks in the league.
The additions that the Buccaneers have made will make a difference but is it fair to think that these new coaches and players will be able to change the culture from the previous year? I have high hopes for the Buccaneers but I believe we need to be patient with this team.
My favorite additions to the Buccaneers are Mark Barron and Carl Nicks. They both bring a swagger to each side of the team where they are going to knock you right in the mouth till you respect them and they are both winners.
My least favorite is Vincent Jackson, who is a big receiver with deceptive speed. I think that wide receiver position was a place the Buccaneers needed to upgrade but V-Jax has never caught more than 70 passes in a year and has only surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in three years of his seven year career. He did this with a proven quarterback in Phillip Rivers. Simply put, he will not make Josh Freeman better; Freeman will have to take that next step to further V-Jax career.
I believe the Buccaneers will finish the season with a record of 7-9. I also hate making full season predictions because so many unlikely things happen throughout the year and if a guy like Mike Vick, Peyton Manning, or even Matt Ryan takes a hit then the Bucs have better chances of taking those games later in the year.
The games that I consider Bucs winning: Panthers at home, Redskins at home, Saints at home, and the Rams at home. I believe that the Bucs will take two from their division rivals and those will most likely happen at the empty Raymond James.
The games I don’t think the Bucs will win: Giants in the Meadowlands, Cowboys in Dallas, Panthers in Charlotte, both Falcons games, Broncos in Denver, Eagles at the Ray Jay, and Saints in New Orleans.
The games I consider toss-ups right now: Chiefs at the Ray Jay, Vikings in Minnesota, Raiders in Oakland, and the Chargers at the Ray Jay.
My questions for this upcoming year are:
Can we really trust EJ Biggers and Myron Lewis as the third and fourth cornerback?
Will the Defensive Line be able to stay healthy and be able to produce?
Will the Linebackers find their leader?
Will the Offensive Line still be a strength without Davin Joseph?
Will the Running Backs be able to co-exist?
Can Josh Freeman find his mojo?
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