3 Reasons the Buccaneers Will Make The Playoffs This Season
Counted out. Discredited. Mocked.
Such has been the tale of the 2019 Buccaneers.
The Bucs organization is one marred with the deep stain of losing. Having not accomplished the feat of a playoff berth since 2007, Tampa Bay’s seemingly inability to win has left Buccaneers fans frustrated and uninspired. Looking ahead to the upcoming regular season, most projection models and analysts see a disastrous season ahead for Tampa Bay – one all too familiar to this franchise’s fans. After all, can you blame them? The team has given it’s followers no reason for any measure of hope the past decade.
However, for a retooled Bucs roster without the presence of team cornerstones Gerald McCoy and Kwon Alexander, all confidence should not be cast to the side.
With an unprecedentedly bad schedule and one of the league’s fiercest divisions, the odds are stacked against the Buccaneers.
Despite all that opposes the 2019 Buccaneers, here are 3 reasons the Buccaneers will make the playoffs in 2019…
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers boast one of the league’s most explosive offenses. With an offensive arsenal that includes QB Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, OJ Howard, Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, and many other key pieces, the Buccaneers offense will have to carry the team’s lackluster defense to success in 2019. In many of the games in 2018, the offensive unit kept the team in the game, attempting to cover the holes Tampa’s porous defense allowed to sink the season ship.
Despite losing offensive stars in Desean Jackson and Adam Humphries, the Bucs are poised to not miss a beat, reloading with receivers Breshad Perriman and draft pick Scotty Miller. In a make-or-break year for former 1st overall selection Jameis Winston, with QB whisperer and guru Bruce Arians, and a unit that added more speed than it lost, count on the Buccaneers offense to pick up where it left in 2018.
2. Bruce Arians
New Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was Tampa Bay’s crown jewel acquisition of the offseason. The former 2x Coach of the Year brings the experience and accountability this organization has lacked under the Morris, Schiano, Smith, and Koetter regimes. Arians brings a proven track recordof winning to an organization unfamiliar in that territory. Ushering in a championship mindset, Arians has his sights set high for this team, and his “No BS” attitude demands nothing other than for that same outlook to be reciprocated from his team.
Bruce Arians has turned around every team he’s coached. Taking over as interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, the former offensive coordinator transformed the 2-14 Colts into a high-powered playoff team. After being highly-revered around the league for his remarkable accomplishment, the Arizona Cardinals hired Arians to a 4 year contract to be their head coach. In just one season, Arians led the Cardinals to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth.
The point? Arians makes an instant impact to every team he takes the reins over. If his track record is any indication, then look for the Buccaneers to take a massive leap in 2019. The future of the franchise depends on it.
3. Revamped Defense
The Buccaneers are doing something they haven’t done since 1990 – switching to a 3-4 defense. After decades in a 4-3 scheme, new Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is revolutionizing Tampa’s stop unit. The Bucs came into the offseason with a clear mission: to get faster and more athletic on defense. With the switch to a one gap, 3-4 under scheme, Tampa Bay accomplishes just that, replacing big defensive ends with twitchy linebackers.
It’s no secret the Achilles heel of this team is the defense. With the potent offense Tampa Bay boasts, the uninspiring defense has held the team back from it’s playoff aspirations for years now.
Bowles looks to make a revamped unit into the very reason the Buccaneers make the playoffs, a lofty goal considering the squad’s recent history. Ranking just 27th, 32nd, and 23rd in total team defense the past 3 seasons, a jump into being one of the league’s top groups would be nothing short of spectacular for the defensive guru in Bowles – yet it might be exactly what this Bucs team needs to do to earn a playoff berth.
With the additions of key, blue-collared defensive players in Devin White, Shaquil Barrett, Deone Bucannon, and others, the revolutionized Bucs defense is looking to bring more multiplicity and explosiveness.
Doing so might just catapult the Buccaneers into the playoffs.
The cards are stacked against the 2019 Buccaneers; everything screams doubt and despair at a franchise looking to pick itself up by their bootstraps. However, if Tampa Bay’s long-suffering franchise can efficiently and properly execute the 3 focal points listed, the breath of life will be breathed upon this organization once more.
Despite all the pessimism and skepticism, Bucs fans have reason to invest themselves emotionally into this franchise again. Win or lose, under this new staff, fireworks are going to fly – and it’s going to be a must-see show.
Get your popcorn ready, because competitive football is about to return to the Bay.
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