ESPN's NFC South expert Pat Yasinskas answered some Bucs questions in a recent mailbag, and there he said he thinks Tampa Bay will be an improved team in 2010. The Bucs went 3-13 in 2009. The first season under the guidance of head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik. Yasinskas was asked about the Bucs plan for improving the team while not being active in free agency. He wrote:I don’t think I’ve said it’s a good plan. But it is the plan the Bucs are following. Ownership made that decision last year when it fired Jon Gruden and purged the roster of a bunch of older players. When you do that, you make a commitment and you don’t just give up on it in one year. Yeah, you could have another losing season ahead, but I think you’ll see improvement.
Yasinskas also answered a question on the Bucs trading for Denver Broncos' wide receiver Brandon Marshall.Source: ESPN - Pat YasinskasPewterReport.com's Take:
It is not a stretch to think that the Buccaneers could be better in 2010. They have a much easier schedule than the 2009 slate when they faced the NFC East and the AFC East. Tampa Bay went 0-8 in those games. The Bucs play a number of teams that are also drafting in the top-10 of the 2010 NFL Draft: St. Louis, Detroit, Washington, Cleveland, and Seattle. They also play .500 teams in Carolina (twice) and San Francisco. However last season the Bucs lost to some bad teams, the Redskins and Buffalo Bills are in that group. Plus a lot of the other teams drafting in the top-10 have been much more proactive about improving their rosters than Tampa Bay has been.
The Buccaneers are banking on a stellar draft to improve the talent on their roster for next season and beyond.
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