By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
On an OurTurf podcast earlier this year, I spoke with my fellow reporters about what coaching job I felt would be a good situation to get into. Dayna and I agreed: Tampa Bay.
There are no sky-high expectations because they finished last in their division. They have a decent group of players that they can work with. Players such as two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans, linebacker Lavonte David, and a pretty solid defensive corps with players such as defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul, Carl Nassib, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy
There’s a lot of good groundwork that can be built upon, that new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles can take advantage of. Granted, McCoy could be leaving Tampa Bay, however, that would give them about $13 million in cap room, should they do that. That would also allow their 2018 1st round pick, DT Vita Vea a good chance to shine, even though last season he was hampered by injury.
Offensively, outside of Evans, there is quarterback Jameis Winston. While the jury is still sort of out on him, he did finish up the 2018 campaign on a pretty decent note. In the last five games of the season, he had 9 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions. His touchdown to interception ratio has been something that has been hampering him during his career.
Carson Palmer was just asked on NFL Network about Bruce Arians taking over the Buccaneers.
Response: “Quick turnaround. At least 9 wins this year. Jameis Winston is perfect QB for Arians offensive system.”
— JC Cornell (@TheJCCornell) January 30, 2019
However, now they have a new head coach in Bruce Arians. A defensive-minded guy, but he also has said that he, essentially, has plenty of confidence in Winston. With the group of coaches that will be working with him, Arians feels that this will be some of the best coaching that he’s had.
Also, the Bucs lead the league in passing yards per game last year. While it’s sort of a random stat in this situation, it still does let you know that there is something good going on offensively, at least in the passing game. Rushing yards, however, tell a different tale. They finished towards the bottom of the league in rushing last year.
While there’s work to be done in Tampa Bay, there is some good there as well. With a new coaching situation, a decent draft and a good free agency period, this team could make some big strides in 2019.
This FA and draft is perfect for the Buccaneers. They need to take advantage and show the culture has changed to a winning mentality
— Lebron In 5 (@LondonBlues31) February 19, 2019
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