Many feel that with a new coach and a young team, the Bucs are going to be a better team than the 4-12 record they put up in the 2012 season.
Those many apparently are not a part of the staff of Pro Football Talk, who have their preseason rankings out – and today they have their 26th ranked team in their rankings – the Bucs.
According to PFT, here’s the weak parts of the Bucs for the upcoming season:
Taken individually, there are good parts to work with for new defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan.
The problem is, collectively those parts stunk last year.
The Bucs allowed 494 points last year, the most in team history. They ranked last in the league in points allowed and rushing defense, a sure sign there wasn’t much resistance late.
Moving veteran Ronde Barber from corner to safety, and installing him next to rookie Mark Barron gives them an interesting tandem in the middle.
On paper, Aqib Talib and Eric Wright give them a good pair of corners, but both have shown signs of knuckle-headedness in their past, making you wonder how they’ll fit with Greg Schiano long-term.
Second-rounder Lavonte David has promise as a playmaker at linebacker, but he’s surrounded by a fairly ordinary cast.
Up front, Gerald McCoy has shown flashes, but the defensive tackle has never lived up to his draft status because of injuries, similar to Brian Price.
Adrian Clayborn is a good, solid defensive end, the kind you can build around, but losing Da’Quan Bowers to a torn Achilles casts doubt on where the pass rush is coming from.
If you care to read the rest of the report, click HERE. Feel free to leave them a message if you disagree with the rankings – which I think most of you do.