The Intrigue Of Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the most intriguing teams coming into 2014. Thats because we don’t really know what to expect from this team. On one hand they have been a disappointment for the past two seasons, and still have major questions at quarterback. On the other hand they have a new arsenal of offensive playmakers and a new head coach known for dominating defense in Lovie Smith. Could the Buccaneers be a surprise team in 2014?
Lovie Smith was a great hire for Tampa Bay. After two seasons of Gregg Schiano making a mockery of the coaching profession, the Bucs got a class act. Smith is a guy who just gets it, he is a winner and a professional through and through. With Leslie Frazier as his right hand man and defensive coordinator the Buccaneers will have a well coached and stingy defense.
Rookies Mike Evans and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, as well as Vincent Jackson, are all 6’5″. All three players have a knack for making the contested leaping catch-this is a skill you cannot coach. The elusive Charles Simms and a healthy Doug Martin, could make one of the best running back duos in recent memory. There is no shortage of talent on the Buccaneers offense.
The questions lie along the offensive line as well as under center. The Buccaneers offensive line is decent but protecting the passer is a concern. Lovie Smith has already named career back up Josh McCown the starting quarterback. Josh McCown was a more than serviceable QB in Chicago when filling in for the injured Jay Cutler. His performance has earned him the starting role in Tampa, his 8th NFL team since he was a rookie in 2002. The 34 year old gets by on a high football IQ and a strong arm.
Tampa Bay is a perfect landing spot for McCown for three reasons. First Lovie Smith is a conservative coach who has won with worse quarterbacks. Secondly the offense will be very run oriented. McCown is never afraid to let his receivers go up and get the football. The Buccaneers have three big bodied targets to bail out McCown. If he can provide adequate quarterback play the Bucs could be dangerous in 2014.