State of the Franchise: Bucs, Jameis Winston Face Pivotal Season
The 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team that many people are not talking about. The two biggest topics of the offseason were the hiring of Head Coach Bruce Arians and the future of QB Jameis Winston. Arians is known as the QB Whisperer so analysts believe that Winston will turn a corner with Arians and Leftwich coaching him.
QB Jameis Winston has thrown for 14,628 yards and 88 TDs in his four seasons in the league. Many people will say that a lot of these TDs and yards come from “garbage” time but in reality, it is playing catch up from the Defense not being able to stop anybody. Winston has also struggled with turnovers having 58 INTs and 18 fumbles lost. In Arizona, Carson Palmer threw 57 INTs and fumbled 10 times. Arians likes to focus on mechanics, which is something that Winston has struggled with in terms of floating passes and not knowing when to pull down the ball and run instead of trying to extend a play and get the ball stripped from his hand.
The 2018 Bucs ranked third in total team Offense and all of the key pieces came back this season. The Offense lost DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries but replaced them with Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller. Perriman and Miller alongside Evans and Godwin will be four solid WRs. Our WR group on top of OJ Howard and Cam Brate at TE make the Buccaneers Offense one of the most lethal groups if not the most lethal group in all of the NFL. The Offensive Line made a significant change by moving Caleb Benenoch from RG to RT in competition with Demar Dotson while adding veteran Earl Watford.
The 2018 Buccaneers Defense was ranked twenty-seventh in the NFL in terms of yardage. The Defense lost LB Kwon Alexander to the San Francisco 49ers but gained first round draft pick Devin White to replace him. The 2019 draft was focused around improving our secondary for new Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles. The new additions to the Defense include Jamel Dean, Mike Edwards, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Anthony Nelson and Terry Beckner Jr. The Defense also brought in DT Ndamukong Suh and S/LB Deone Bucannon. This newly revamped Defense will be exciting to watch on the field with their speed and skill being utilized to their advantage.
The special teams game was also changed in a big way. The Bucs released P Bryan Anger and signed P Bradley Pinion to a 4-year deal. K Cairo Santos was also re-signed along with the Bucs drafting K Matt Gay in the fifth round of the draft. Matt Gay was brought in as competition for Cairo Santos and there’s a possibility that the big leg of Gay could cause the Bucs to release Santos after the final preseason game.
The overall look of the 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be completely different. There is a brand new coaching staff bringing in players that they feel will best be utilized in their systems and playbooks. Bruce Arian, Todd Bowles, and Byron Leftwich look to reverse the Bucs recent history of losing into winning this upcoming season. One thing is certain. The Buccaneers are out to surprise a lot of people.