Looking at Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount's stats each of his first two seasons in the NFL, there isn't all that much disparity.
Outside of total yardage, the numbers are reasonably close. He dropped .8 YPC on 17 fewer attempts, even though he was active for one more game than 2010. His touchdowns fell from six to five, and his fumbles remained the same.
One major reason fans saw his 2011 as a down year was that he failed to breach the requisite 1,000-yard plateau, by which all backs are judged. Another reason is the general failings of all things marked with the skull-and-swords flag.
The Buccaneers managed only four wins last season after a promising 10-6 campaign a year before.
Many thought Tampa Bay would build on their success. Instead, the Buccaneers fell flat on their faces in 2012. They lost their final 10 games with Blount topping 100 yards just twice.
While the 2012 NFL season is still in the distance, free agency has been underway and the draft is on the horizon. So, what reasons do fans have to believe that their burgeoning young star will have a bounce-back season?