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« : April 18, 2013, 10:49:12 AM »

Quote from: Andy Benoit
State of the Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OFFENSE

OVERVIEW
Greg Schiano has installed an old-school, two-back run game, which the Bucs had more and more success with as last season progressed. However, that success was often outweighed by an erratic aerial game. This offense won’t function properly until Josh Freeman becomes a steadier dropback passer and decision-maker. The Bucs have provided enough weapons and have tailored the game plans to make things simpler for him. It’s time for the 25-year-old to respond.

BACKFIELD
QB: Josh Freeman, Dan Orlovsky

RB: Doug Martin, LeGarrette Blount, Brian Leonard, Erik Lorig (FB); Lost: D.J. Ware

Freeman has the arm talent and athleticism to be a star. Where he’s lacking is in reading coverages, and his inconsistent internal clock. At least with a classic run game to fall back on, the Bucs can afford to be patient and gradual in adding more to Freeman’s plate. Leading that classic run game -– which features a heavy dose of "power," "iso-lead-weak," and lead-draws –- is Martin, a compact second-year runner with good short-area lateral agility and natural velocity. Martin is also an unheralded part of Tampa Bay’s passing attack, which will mean few reps for the veteran Leonard (a safe, controlled, third-down back). It’s no surprise that Martin’s arrival triggered Blount’s de facto disappearance. Blount’s 1,000-yard rookie season had tricked fans into believing that his plodding, methodical style and perplexing lack of power weren’t true weaknesses. Fortunately, the Bucs knew better.

RECEIVERS
WR: Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Kevin Ogletree, Tiquan Underwood; Lost: Arrelious Benn, Sammie Stroughter

TE: Luke Stocker, Tom Crabtree, Zach Miller; Lost: Dallas Clark

Jackson was exactly what the Bucs hoped for last season. He’s a nightmare to defend downfield, especially when isolated outside the numbers. It wouldn’t hurt for offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan to be a tad more creative with where he lines him up this season. Williams is a heavy-legged runner who knows how to win one-on-one matchups when the ball is in the air. He’s productive, but a No. 2 with his attributes demands that there be a speedy darter in the slot. It’s doubtful that Ogletree can be that guy for all 16 games. At tight end, the Bucs have a bunch of blockers and nothing else.

OFFENSIVE LINE
LT: Donald Penn LG: Carl Nicks C: Jeremy Zuttah RG: Davin Joseph RT: Demar Dotson

Backups: OT Jamon Meredith, G/C Ted Larsen; Lost: Jeremy Trueblood

Nicks and Joseph are both coming off season-ending injuries. If they don’t fully recover, this will be a resoundingly mediocre front five. Penn has enormous size, but is a finesse-oriented player. Dotson doesn’t have overly impressive strength or athleticism. Zuttah has acclimated well enough at center after spending most of his first few years at guard. He shows pretty good movement in the ground game. Tampa's depth is young and has experience, but they aren't suited for starting roles.


DEFENSE

OVERVIEW
The Bucs are a multiple defense still searching for an identity. They did a superb job against the run last season, using slants and twists along the front line to free up space for their chase-oriented linebackers. That defensive line, unfortunately, did not have the same potency in rushing the passer. This cost the Bucs dearly, as the secondary, in turn, was constantly in limbo at all four spots. By season’s end, with third-stringers getting starts, the cornerback position had become a fatal weakness. Those are issues that must still be addressed, as the Bucs, if anything, are softer at that spot now than they were at this time last year.

DEFENSIVE LINE
DE: Adrian Clayborn, Da’Quan Bowers, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Aaron Morgan Lost: Michael Bennett

DT: Gerald McCoy, Gary Gibson, Derek Landri, Corvey Irvin, Pep Levingston; Lost: Roy Miller

The jury is out on Clayborn because he’s coming off a knee injury. He was a rising star prior to the injury, showing great physicality and natural explosiveness in his first step. The Bucs really need him to bounce back. The jury is out on Bowers because it’s undetermined if he can handle a full-time gig for 16 games. It’s also undetermined if he can blossom into a star, though he showed very positive signs once he started getting regular reps last season. Te’o-Nesheim is a decent backup who plays with all-around quickness. Even if he continues to emerge, however, he’ll likely not get all the press he deserves because – guessing from personal experience here – many writers can’t stand dealing with the abundance of vowels and punctuation marks in his name. Inside, Miller will be missed, though Gibson can suffice as long as he’s up for a full-time load. McCoy is one of the most gifted interior athletes in all the land. Landri is an unheralded destructor who thrives playing 12-to-18 snaps off the bench.

LINEBACKERS
OLB: Lavonte David, Jonathan Casillas, Dekoda Watson, Adam Hayward; Lost: Quincy Black

ILB: Mason Foster, Najee Goode

David naturally stands out on film. He’s fast and incredibly instinctive. In fact, he’s good enough to carry an entire linebacking corps, which is what he did as a rookie and what he’ll likely have to do as a sophomore. Casillas is a downhill burner, but he has never been a full-time starter. He could steal the nickel reps from Foster, a third-year player who does not stand out positively, but at least no longer stands out negatively.

SECONDARY
CB: Leonard Johnson, Eric Wright, Myron Lewis, Anthony Gaitor; Lost: E.J. Biggers, Brandon McDonald

S: Dashon Goldson, Mark Barron, Ahmad Black, Cody Grimm

CB/S: Ronde Barber?

Goldson was the prized free agent on the safety market this year. He’ll add a lot as a downhill missile. However, his awareness in coverage is only good, not great. He’s at his best playing over the top of man-to-man; he’ll struggle somewhat if given major zone responsibilities. Bucs fans should be concerned about Barron, who did not show great instincts in coverage and, for whatever reason, became less ferocious as a downhill attacker as the season wore on.

Cornerback can be considered a "must fill" position for general manager Mark Dominik. He probably would not have kept Wright if not for the utter paucity of talent at the other corner spots. Things will be a little better if Barber decides not to retire. Not surprisingly given his sagacity in zone coverages, he has transitioned well to a sub-package linebacker and box safety role. With Goldson around, Barber would no longer be a starter at safety, but he would still see a lot of time on the field as either a strong safety or nickelback in nickel and dime situations.


SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Connor Barth, Nate Kaeding; P: Michael Koenen, Chas Henry

Why did the Bucs sign two inferior veterans to compete in camp with the perfectly adequate specialists they already had? Your guess is as good as ours. Koenen is dramatically better on kickoffs compared to punts; he should really be green for one role and pink for the other.

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/state-team/2013/state-team-tampa-bay-buccaneers

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« #1 : April 18, 2013, 11:32:29 AM »

pretty accurate read imo, nothing shocking.

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« #2 : April 18, 2013, 11:41:30 AM »

I think the specialist part is easy enough to figure out:

a) Barth and Koenen aren't cheap;
b) You need camp legs anyway;
c) If they don't beat out the vets, you have an outside chance at getting a 7th for one of them. Remote yes, but more likely than if it was a camp leg straight out of college.

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« #3 : April 18, 2013, 11:48:07 AM »

Pretty much accurate, except for him saying Sullivan should be more creative in where he lines Vincent Jackson up this year. Last year, Jackson played all over the field and made some huge plays from the slot. He was the #3 in a 3x1 for the game tying TD vs the Panthers, and he was in the slot for the ensuing two-point conversion. He was used all over the field last year.

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« #4 : April 18, 2013, 11:54:59 AM »

Exact analysis about Blount! Seems to actually have a good grasp of our team.

Side note: Did we sign Zach Miller at TE and I miss it?

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« #5 : April 18, 2013, 12:01:23 PM »


Side note: Did we sign Zach Miller at TE and I miss it?

Not the one you're thinking of. Some dude from the Jaguars who was on the IR most of last year.

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« #6 : April 18, 2013, 01:19:45 PM »

Whos been the 2nd back in our two-back run game that GS has installed as the first sentence says? Just curious coz I really didnt see it last year, minus the drive here or a play or two there so Dougie could catch his breath.

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« #7 : April 18, 2013, 01:23:30 PM »

Whos been the 2nd back in our two-back run game that GS has installed as the first sentence says? Just curious coz I really didnt see it last year, minus the drive here or a play or two there so Dougie could catch his breath.

He means having a full back, which is old school considering a growing amount of teams don't even use one anymore.

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« #8 : April 18, 2013, 01:24:41 PM »

Ahhh, gotcha.

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« #9 : April 18, 2013, 01:27:18 PM »

"He’s productive, but a No. 2 with his attributes demands that there be a speedy darter in the slot.'"

Tavon Austin would be great as a #3 slot WR and for our special teams.

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« #10 : April 18, 2013, 01:33:00 PM »

"He’s productive, but a No. 2 with his attributes demands that there be a speedy darter in the slot.'"

Tavon Austin would be great as a #3 slot WR and for our special teams.

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« #11 : April 18, 2013, 01:34:16 PM »

+5 HAHA Bring Tavon Austin to Tampa.

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« #12 : April 18, 2013, 02:01:15 PM »

very accurate considering that Benn was traded....to the Eagles
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