Raheem Morris, the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is going to have a tough go of it in the 2010 NFL season. If his new offensive coordinator, Greg Olson can get the running game going, Tampa Bay has a chance to be respectable.
Tampa Bay was always a short yardage passing and run offense in the days of Tony Dungy. When Jon Gruden gained control of the Tampa Bay offense he opened it up a bit but the defense was still the Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong suit. Years later, most of the players that defeated the Oakland Raiders to win the Super Bowl in 2002, are long gone.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense was Once Their Strong Suit Now it is Weakness
Tampa Bay once known for their defense under the Tony Dungy reign, now is a shell of their former selves on the defensive side of the ball. One of the only defensive players left from the former Super Bowl champs is Ronde Barber. Barber has lost a step since his Super Bowl days but still appears to have his nose for the ball. Aquib Tahib has now assumed the role of the number one corner, which means Barber will be picked on consistently this NFL season.
The corner position is still the Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong suit heading into the 2010 NFL season. With the young Tahib as the teams physically talented corner and Barber as a the veteran leader on the other side gives Tampa Bay a solid combo. Tahib is the type of corner that frustrates the best receivers in the NFL. Tahib is an in the face cover man, that has great closing speed and is not afraid to help out against the run.
Defensive Line Adds Youth for Tampa Bay Buccaneers Via NFL Draft
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added much needed help on the interior defensive line utilizing their third NFL draft pick. Gerald McCoy was considered better than the number two NFL Draft pick Ndamukong Suh by some NFL draft experts. McCoy has a high motor and will be a leader on the defensive line for years to come.
Brian Price, Tampa Bay’s second round NFL Draft pick, may not start right away but he will see plenty of playing time next to Gerald McCoy. Price is an exceptionally fast interior lineman that is know for causing plenty of chaos on the inside of the line. Price could help McCoy avoid double teams and both in tandem could be the beginning of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers resurgence as a defensive power in the NFL.
Quarterback Josh Freeman Will Need to Step Up for Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010
Josh Freeman is heading into his second NFL season as the starter heading into training camp. Freeman gained the starting role in the second half of last season and developed as the NFL season came to a close. Freeman has little or no competition from number two quarterback, Josh Johnson and number three QB, Rudy Carpenter.
Freeman, with the added confidence of being the anointed starter, should play more relaxed in the 2010 NFL season. Freeman has the tool kit to become an NFL starter for years to come now this will be the season he must show that he can put it all together. Freeman’s best assets will be durability and his athleticism.
Running Back Position Needs to be Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bread & Butter
Cadillac Williams came back in the 2009 NFL season as the surprise starter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Williams had his moments but only rushed for 823 yards on 211 carries. Williams also only rushed for 100 yards once during the 2009 NFL season.
Derrick Ward was suppose to be the savior to the Tampa Bay rushing attack but in the end, Ward could only garner the role as a change of pace back and never rushed for more than 70 yards in any one game. Ward signed a 17 million dollar contract and is not living up to Tampa Bay’s expectations.
Tampa Bay is a 100-1 Shot to Win Super Bowl According to Las Vegas Hilton Superbook
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has posted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a 100-1 shot to win the Super Bowl. The over/under win total posted by the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook is 5.5 games and the their odds to win the NFC South are 12-1.
If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can get their running game in gear and their quarterback, Josh Freeman can be consistent their best hope is to win six games. Six games would be quite the accomplishment by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are two years away from contending for the NFC South title, let alone the Super Bowl.
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