Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Diagnosing and Treating the Bucs Offense

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Diagnosing and Treating the Bucs Offense
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For anyone even remotely fond of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2011 was a season best forgotten. After a shaky but productive 4-2 start, the Bucs went on to lay 10 consecutive eggs, getting blown by nearly every team along the way to a 4-12 finish, including a lowly Jacksonville Jaguars team led by the fabulously inept Blaine Gabbert.

Naturally, head coach Raheem Morris and his entire staff were fired immediately following the regular season's end. In his place, the Glazers and general manager Mark Dominik hired Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano after a search that was as exhausting as it was exhaustive. Known for building a respectable football program from nothing at Rutgers, Schiano was brought in by the Buccaneers to instill some discipline in a team that wouldn't have been able to find any even if was shot from the cannons at Raymond James Stadium.

Like any incoming head coach, Schiano must evaluate the talent he has on his roster to determine how the team is going to proceed through free agency and the draft. The first place he absolutely must start is with his would-be franchise quarterback Josh Freeman, as well as the players around him upon whom Freeman must rely in order to earn the coveted title of "elite QB".

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