Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4 Pieces the Bucs Need in Order to Become a True Contender

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4 Pieces the Bucs Need in Order to Become a True Contender
Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

"Close."

They say it's good enough when it comes to horseshoes and hand grenades. Close, however, won't get it done in the NFC, or its South division, for that matter. That lesson was in full effect for the Buccaneers yesterday afternoon when they put together a complete offensive game plan at home against the Atlanta Falcons and still walked away with a 24-23 loss.

It's unnecessary to point the finger at Tampa's offense for failing to hang more points on a Falcons defense that gets shallower and less effective as the season wears on. Rather, there were two defensive positions that really cost the Bucs yesterday. Coincidentally, those two positions are tops on the list of pieces Tampa Bay must acquire and develop if it wants to take back the NFC South crown.

P.S. It's not a coincidence.

Without further ado, here are the needs that should be tops on Tampa Bay's grocery list next spring.

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