The State Of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Are We Heading For a Recession?

Bruce Weeks Jr.Contributor IMay 2, 2009

TAMPA, FL - MAY 01:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works out during the Buccaneers Rookie Minicamp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Last weekend fans at Raymond James Stadium watched in shock and dismay as Raheem Morris and Mark Dominick moved from the No. 19 pick to the No. 17 pick to grab the quarterback they wanted. Now, to be completely honest, I do not have a problem with the Buccaneers drafting a quarterback, but why Freeman? We should have waited one more year for a chance at McCoy, Bradford, or either Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes Tim Tebow (just kidding) or gone after a later round prospect like Harrell or Hoyer.

I am really nervous about this changing of the guard. I like Raheem Morris because he shows a lot of energy and emotion when he speaks. He reminds me of a Mike Tomlin and can hopefully bring us to the Super Bowl in the next two years like Tomlin. However, I did not like the release of veteran linebacker Derrick Brooks who could have potentially mentored our rookies.  I also don't like the fact that the Glazers are going to give the reigns to a man who has only one year of any coaching under his belt, and it is a year of college coaching at that.

Now that Chucky look-a-like Jon Gruden is gone, we have made some decent moves. The trade for Kellen Winslow and the signing of Derrick Ward are good pick-ups on paper as well as the drafting of a defensive tackle and defensive end in the third and fourth rounds respectively.The franchise tagging of Antonio Bryant and resigning Michael Clayton who had a huge game against the Raiders last year, he finally seemed to bust out of his shell and make a play, also seems like a good signing, but once again I stress by saying its good ON PAPER!!!

The addition of Jeff  Jagodzinski shows that they are looking to be a run oriented team first and to open up the passing game, which I hope we all know this by now, but if you don't know, well now you do! Lastly the hiring of Jim Bates means for the first time in almost 11 years this team will not be running a defense that was started, perfected, and even named after them, the famous and now almost extinct Tampa 2, with Monte Kiffin leaving to join his mouthy son in Tennessee.

So in closing on the State of The Union address for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we all are asking are friends and co-workers what we think there record might be, well I am a little optimistic about this year I have this team going 7-9 with a win in London this year. But only time will tell.