Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for 2012
In the video above, Bleacher Report's own Dan Levy, Josh Zerkle, Matt Miller and yours truly take a crack at the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
New head coach Greg Schiano was brought in to bring a sense of discipline to a team that had grown a bit too comfortable, and the early reports from minicamp and OTAs have certainly been encouraging.
Schiano has also made it crystal clear who is in charge, getting rid of some malcontents and bringing in guys who will work hard for a common goal.
The offense should improve, if for no other reason than quarterback Josh Freeman can't get much worse than what he showed last year. While he still showed signs of the player who got Bucs fans excited two years ago, more often than not, his play was too sporadic and too hesitant.
The addition of Vincent Jackson at wide receiver should no doubt help, as will the addition of offensive guard Carl Nicks. What I think might surprise some NFL fans is how much more explosive this offense looks with rookie running back Doug Martin in the backfield. I may be in the minority, but I expect him to be getting many more touches than veteran LeGarrette Blount sooner rather than later.
On defense, Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan have their work cut out for them turning around a defense that set a franchise record for points allowed.
Overall, the Bucs should improve their play on the field, though they may not improve more than a few games over the 4-12 record they ended up with in 2011.
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