This week on Buccaneers.com, Bucs writers Joe Kania, Andrew Norton and Scott Smith made some bold predictions about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense and defense in a roundtable article.
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Earlier in the week when discussing the offense, Scott Smith predicted wide receiver Mike Evans would produce double digit touchdowns, something that has only happened three times in 40 years of Bucs football. Norton sees quarterback Jameis Winston rewriting the record books and Kania thinks running back Doug Martin will surpass Warrick Dunn on the Bucs list of all-time leading rushers.
Defensively, Norton thinks one of the Bucs new defensive players will break a record, either for sacks or interceptions, while Smith believes the Bucs 10-year drought of not having a double-digit sacker finally comes to an end. And Kania thinks Alterraun Verner will begin and end the season as starter at cornerback.
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Gee, not one comment responding to an actual football prediction piece. I’ll go out on a limb and say I think our team will be much more competitive this season. Hmmmm, perhaps I should check out Bernie’s old web site and stir up some football conversation. Haven’t heard much from him lately.
I think the defensive additions……
especially in the backside will make us a much more competitive team. 2nd year in same offensive will also help us. I will say 8 and 8 but I really want to see us better then that. So tired of the losing but I really feel like this team is headed in the upward direction. Go Bucs.
If McCoy can stay healthy for a full season I believe double digits sacks is entirely reachable.
Evans can certainly achieve double digit TD’s as already did it in his rookie year,
Nothing to startling in here,
My prediction for the team is 9 and 7. I have said before I really hope for more. 10 and 6 just might get us into the play-offs as a wild card entry. If we go less than 8 and 8 I will be disappointed.
I may be only a die-hard optimist but I think that the Bucs are going to surprise many this year. My feelings are based on the quality of the veteran free agents that we brought in this year plus the raw talent I think we have acquired in out last two drafts.
Here is something our local experts may not have noticed.
L.David had 147 tackles in 16 games played in 2015. D.Smith had 121 in 16 games. K.Alexander had 93 tackles in 12 games played. If you average his efforts to 16 games he would have come up with 123 tackles. (Averaged to 123.4) We could have three linebackers with better than 120 tackles each for 2016. How many other teams have that possibility?
In addition each of them had 3 sacks for the year.
If G.McCoy gets 10 sacks, R.Ayers has 9, N.Spence has 8, J.Smith has 6 and H.Jones has 5 we have a total of at least 38 sacks generated by our defensive linemen. Add the 9 from our linebackers and we have 47 sacks.
Surely, we will get a few more sacks from other players.
These observations are not particularly bold. They are just based on the record of last year. That is why we can say we expect an improved defense “on paper” anyway.
Onward to Training Camp!
I predict yet another losing season, unfortunately.
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