The "Wonders" of 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 12, 2012

Ever wonder how Josh Freeman will bounce back?
Ever wonder how Josh Freeman will bounce back?J. Meric/Getty Images

There used to be a great television program called "The Wonder Years."

With that in mind, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneer mini-camp starting today at One Buccaneer Place, surely this has to be the "Wonder Year" for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

We wonder what the offense is going to look like.

We wonder what the defense is going to look like.

We wonder how Josh Freeman will rebound from last season.

We wonder about the overall health of Brian Price.

We wonder about Gerald McCoy: Can he be the force fans hope he will become?

We wonder about the outcome of the Aqib Talib trial in two weeks.

We wonder about the linebacking corps.

We wonder about LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin: Are they as good as we think they are?

We wonder how fast Michael Smith is with pads on.

We wonder who will pick up the slack for Da'Quan Bowers.

We wonder if Lavonte David will start at the WILL linebacker.

We wonder if rookies can effectively contribute to this football team.

We wonder how tough the NFC South will be this season.

We wonder if Greg Schiano will be as good in actual game situations as he appears in camp.

We wonder how good his staff really is.

We wonder how well Mark Barron will play.

We wonder what the record will be come December.

You get the drift, don't you? Is any of this stuff rattling around in your minds? Anyone really sure of anything with this 2012 version of the Bucs? Surely, they will be better, but what does that mean in translation?

Does better mean more competitive?

Does better mean six, seven, eight, nine or 10 wins?

We wonder.

Will this football team really make the heat of September and October its friend? Will this football team survive training camp and the preseason games without any "major" lineup-altering injuries? They didn't make it through the OTAs on that note. Bowers is most likely done for the year.

Will this team "buy in" to what Schiano is selling?

There really is a lot to wonder about.

Isn't there?


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