Last Monday, I was asked by a friend what I thought about the Buccaneers’ chances this year. I had no idea that he would ask such a question. Thus, my answer on the video link below missed some important details.
As a post video addendum, I failed to mention the top free agent acquisition of WR DeSean Jackson from the Washington Redskins. An excellent pickup for a squad that needs a great combo of speed and hands. Especially so if WR Vincent Jackson does not return.
Since the video was shot, there has been two new developments related to my beloved Bucs.
The Bucs were ordered by the NFL to appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks shown later this summer. This 5-episode show will offer the nation and football fans some insight into the deep bowels of Tampa Bay’ training camp. As much as one of my brothers tries to remind me that teams that are featured on Hard Knocks usually suck that season, I disagree.
The Bucs have a coaching staff that has undergone the camera scrutiny into training camp and the battles for 53 jobs by 90 players. Head Coach Dirk Koetter and Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith can manage the current distraction due to their experience with the Atlanta Falcons on Hard Knocks in 2014.
I believe the team has the maturity to deal with all the eyeballs and to focus on the task at hand. The goal of which is to make the playoffs. Last year’s 9-7 record resulted in a third tiebreaker that knocked the Bucs out of wildcard contention. I am looking forward to the show and I think the Bucs will make great TV… as long as there are no bozo incidents along the way.
In other news, the NFL schedule was released last Thursday. The Bucs have a late week 11 bye that is always highly coveted. They also don’t begin playing their divisional foes until week 8 with 3 NFC South games finishing up the last 3 weeks of the regular season. If depth stays strong and the injury bug doesn’t rear its ugly head, the Bucs playoff hopes in 2017 can rest in their own hands.
We shall see how it goes.