Are the Bucs San Francisco Ready?
The 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t have a lot of hype going into the season. The biggest stories of the offseason were the hiring of Bruce Arians and how will QB Jameis Winston fare in his 5th year option contract season. The team has a whole new regime including Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles and Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich. Longtime Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy was released and the team brought in notable free agents Deone Bucannon, Shaquil Barrett, and Ndamukong Suh. These players along with draft picks Devin White, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Jamel Dean, and Mike Edwards are expected to play a big role on the Defense this year.
The Offense has looked up and down this preseason. They drove right down the field and scored a TD on the opening drive against the Steelers. They drove down the field and Winston took 2 sacks and the drive stalled against Miami. The Offensive Line got absolutely dominated against the Browns. The positives from these preseason games though are Jameis Winston is being smart with the football, RBs Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones II are exploding out of the backfield both running and catching, and WR Chris Godwin is destined to be a big time sleeper. The Offense has some work to do in this last week of practice before the regular season begins but they should be fine once the Offensive Line figures out how to block consistently,
The Defense is coming in with a new scheme this year. The scheme is a hybrid Defense. It’ll be led by veterans Lavonte David and Ndamukong Suh with help from all of the rookies and the young secondary. In preseason, the Defense has been very impressive. This includes players flying to the ball and being very aggressive when it comes to coverage. The Defensive Line is getting constant pressure which has resulted in 10 sacks through 3 preseason games. This Bowles Defense is looking so much better than the Mike Smith Defense that we have seen the last few seasons. If preseason is any indication, the Defense will absolutely be San Francisco Ready.
As a whole, the new look Buccaneers are Week 1 ready. The small kinks should be worked out in the next week and it’ll be interesting to see how the team comes out in the home opener in a late afternoon game and play. The fans are excited and that should fuel the players via the energy at Raymond James Stadium. It’s the best time of the year and Buccaneers football is back! One thing is for certain, the team will be more ready than “Tennessee ready”.