The Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked to be revitalized and competitive again in 2012, backed by rookie head coach Greg Schiano and a surprisingly solid offense.
Rookie running back Doug Martin took the league by storm as a rookie, while free agent signee Vincent Jackson opened up the passing game with his big-play ability. However, as good as the offense was, the Buccaneers could only go so far in the regular season last year, as quarterback Josh Freeman’s inconsistency reared it’s ugly head with a horrible late-season finish.
Entering the 2013 season, a huge part of Tampa Bay’s potential success hinges on Freeman’s development, and whether or not he can take his game (and the Buccaneers) to the next level. If he can’t, 2013 second-round draft pick Mike Glennon will be waiting in the wings to start a new era under center.
While Freeman’s maturity is huge for Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl odds (50/1), how Tampa’s defense fares over the course of the season is just as big of a question mark.
The Bucs were abysmal on defense in 2013, but have made the necessary adjustments on paper to help push things to another level. Already built with a stout defensive line anchored by Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay aimed to improve it’s ailing secondary by trading for stud corner Darrelle Revis, as well as reeling in free agent ball hawk safety Dashon Goldson.
Tampa Bay certainly has a lot of questions heading into 2013, but if the answers are in the positive fashion, it could easily mean Freeman is the answer and their new defense is one opposing teams will soon fear. If that’s the case, it’s not unrealistic to think the Buccaneers could make a run at the Super Bowl in 2013.
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