Is the Offense Struggling or Defense That Much Better?
With training camp underway, there’s been a lot of hype around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensive backs flourishing and the defensive line has been getting to the quarterback. Noah Spence has been creating havoc and looking like what he was supposed to be when he entered the league. Vernon Hargreaves is creating turnover after turnover. All seems to be going well for the defense despite the teams premier pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul being out. But is this because the offense is slacking? The short answer, yes.
Offenses across the league are always behind the defense this time of year. It takes a lot more time for an offense to get into the swing of things than it would take a defense. This defense was bad last season and it is not going to become a top 5 defense overnight. It will take a lot of time. Preseason is right around the corner and if the offense continues to struggle week after week, then there’s going to be concern. At this point however, relax. We have seen this same song and dance before, let the music play out. I expect the defense to be much improved from last season (would be hard not to improve). I expect the offense to be improved as well.
In the meantime, you can rejoice the fact that corners are playing more aggressive and Noah Spence is in his natural fit. But be wary on your expectations. Preseason will show a lot, maybe not week 1 or 2, but once week 3 and 4 roll around, you will see generally how this team as a whole will perform.