There are still six weeks to go before the Bucs put on the shoulders and helmets and start training camp.

In the meantime, all of the major free agent moves have been made, and this gives time for analysts to give their review of how each team now looks on paper after some additions and subtractions.

The Bucs had quite the shake up this offseason, parting ways with some long tenured players and bringing in some new faces.

The departures consisted of letting Adam Humphries and Kwon Alexander walk in free agency, trading DeSean Jackson, and releasing one of the most high profile Buccaneers in team history, Gerald McCoy.

Combating these departures, the Bucs were busy in finding replacements for the team. In addition to hiring Bruce Arians as their new head coach, the Bucs also signed outside linebacker Shaq Barrett, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Additionally, they brought in some help through the draft with first round pick Devin White.

National outlets such as ESPN and CBS both gave their thoughts on the Bucs offseason, giving grades and rankings to Tampa Bay along with the rest of the NFL.

Instead of traditional A through F grades, ESPN went the way of defining each team in a category of either “Elite,” “Above Average,” “Average,” and “Too Soon To Tell.”

Due to the implementation of a different system under a new coaching staff with Bruce Arians, the Bucs found themselves in the category of “Too Soon To Tell.” Further questions were answered by ESPN Bucs’ reporter Jenna Laine, such as the biggest question still yet to be answered for the team.

You see the entire article here.

Ryan Wilson from CBS Sports graded the entire NFC South on their offseason using the traditional grading scale. The common understanding as many reporters have stated is that with all the player acquisitions, the Bucs biggest move this offseason is still Bruce Arians. Of the four teams in the division, the Bucs were given the worst grade by Wilson with a C.

Read his full analysis of the Bucs.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Everyone has their own opinion of what it would take for this team to finally become a winner. Whether it’s sign a high profile RB, or fire the coaching staff, or sign veteran DBs, etc. Me? Sure, I had my doubts about this years draft and free agency. But as far as an overall grade, I don’t think you can grade an offseason before the season starts. There have been too many big name signings over the years that just did not pan out, even with an A grade. I do think that this years draft & FA had more of a Arians/Bowles identity than a Jason Licht identity. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jason didn’t just hand ol’ Bruce the reins and say, “this is all you. My life is in your hands.” I think he trusts him that much. How about we save the grades for Dec 31st.

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  2. Last coach I can remember coming back from retirement was Dick Vermeil 97’ to coach the Rams. It took 2 years but he turned them into the “greatest show on turf”. I think we as Bucs fans need to temper our expectations just a little and this coaching staff turn over this roster to get the players that will work. In 99’ one of the best trades in NFL history where the Rams traded for Marshall Faulk for basically nothing and the rest was history as they say. Let’s let this play out and see where it takes us, it just might even surprise Buc ass Bob. Just Kidding! Go Bucs!!!

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  3. This team lost 9 good players and not even at one position did they improve not good news for a team that was last place last year. The plan is that Bruce Arians going to coach them up.
    Problem is Bruce Arians has the least impressive resume of the coaches in the NFC South only one playoff win in 5 years as a head coach in a division loaded with coaches with lots of playoff wins.
    And everybody says buck-ass Bob is negative for bringing these facts to light.
    Bucs fans are going to find out koetter may not have been as bad a coach as they thought.

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  4. Koetter was joke just like Schiano, Morris, Lovie Smith. Arians is better than all of those easily.

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  5. I think I’ll take my chances with Bruce Arians over Ron Riviera and Dan Quinn. But your point is well taken.

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  6. Yeper you’re right here. Arians and Bowles are out biggest moves of this offseason. Arians might be a much better coach than we have had in recent history. But that does not..necessarily equate into a better team. Coaches don’t ball. Players do that. To Soon To Tell, is a very accurate prognosis of this Buc team. I just
    Hope they and the players can turn this thing around.

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  7. I have my opinion too on whether the offseason additions/subtractions were a good thing or not (personally, I look at it player-by-player)….but it never ceases to amaze me the way PR can spin anything into a supportive analysis of Jason Licht:

    “Due to the implementation of a different system under a new coaching staff with Bruce Arians, the Bucs found themselves in the category of “Too Soon To Tell.” ”

    The “Too Soon To Tell” category, was the WORST category (they couldn’t even bring themselves to say it was Average)….they were trying to be nice. They definitely did not write that the Bucs moves were “Too Soon To Tell” because of the BA coaching change…you’re making that up!

    This offseason was not a good one for our GM overall. We have the same problem at RB. The same Grand Canyon of a hole at RG (which made the whole OLine look horrendous last year). Our best DE (whom I like BTW) had a career high 6.5 sacks last year. We replaced (multi-year pro bowler, still one of the fastest WRs in the league) Desean Jackson, with a guy who is best known for having terrible hands. Our backup QB (important given the abuse Winston takes year after year behind our line) has gone from one of the best backups in the league to a guy with zero snaps, that looks awful every preseason he gets to play.

    Say what you want about trading-off McCoy for Suh – and Kwon for White…this offseason has not been good for Licht. Maybe BA can overcome that – maybe Koetter really was just that bad – but it’s undeniable that Licht put up a stinker this offseason – he plugged no, none, zero holes on our roster, apart from ones he first created then scrambled to fill.

    Yeesh!

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  8. Hasn’t been good off season for Licht before anyone plays is BS. Too early to tell is fair enough but Arians is first coach this team has had since Gruden who isn’t a joke period.

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  9. This is good. Whenever Tampa wins the offseason, they struggle during the regular season.

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  10. No fredster that’s wrong – one can absolutely grade the effort of every GM for the off season, now that it’s (substantially) over. That’s what this article is ALL about….every team wasn’t graded “Too Early To Tell” by either of these sources.

    The GM’s job (in this regard) is to acquire talent that the team needs to be better. When the team has the worst OLine in the league, at least in large part because of having the worst RG in the league, and they do essentially nothing to address that – that’s a fail on the GM. If Alex Cappa (who was terrible last year) miraculously blossoms under BA, that’s not a success for Licht, it’s one for BA! We had a problem – a huge problem – and Licht’s response was to ‘let it be and see what the new coaches might be able to do with the goose egg’….that’s not a good GM strategy (that gets you a “C” grade)! That’s the equivalent of throwing another fastball down the middle of the plate to the guy who just hit 2 home runs off of you on fast balls down the middle of the plate….sure you might get a strike, but if he hits his third home run in a row why would you be surprised…

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  11. We last, We the one white boy running 100 m dash in the Olympics dead last.

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  12. Bucs off season moves have been solid. Licht didn’t over pay for anyone and didn’t trade up for a reach in the draft. Win/win.

    C+/B- range as a grade so far.

    If the coaching staff can turn up some of the existing talent on the roster that grade improves to B+.

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  13. Not sure I believe the CBS haadline: “NFC South 2019 offseason grades: Falcons, Panthers make run at Saints, Bucs hope new coach can fix offense”

    Actually, the offense the fix is around Winston turnovers. Why they did not draft literally anyone for it. Defense fix is needed desperately. You fix the defense and make the running game more of a threat, you fixed most of the issues if Winston stops turning the ball over. Allowing 70% of the passses to be completed last year was completely unacceptable – that has to go down.

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  14. I’ve never paid much attention to “experts” who grade Drafts and off-season moves as if they actually know much more than we do or have some psychic ability. My goodness, we Buc fans surely know that it’s wise to take more of a wait and see approach. How many times have our hopes been quickly dashed by the likes of Alvin Harper, Swaggy Baker, JR Sweezy and countless other free-agent acquisitions who were more “subtraction by addition” to our team’s success? Only rarely has a Hardy Nickerson or Vincent Jackson come along.

    No one knows if Suh’s mindset will be an inspiration to our defense over McCoy’s more passive demeanor or if Perriman will have more desire and show more effort than the disinterested, pouting Jackson. Me, I’m always optimistic because of my own beliefs. I’m in no way discouraged or overly excited simply by someone’s grade.

    Here’s what we all should know. If one of those placekickers can just be average and if the defense can actually force a punt once in a while, the team will win more games. It’s the attitude and confidence B.A. is molding that will prove to be the difference maker, not some noteworthy, high priced free agent.

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  15. Buc Ass Bob. So we didn’t improve anywhere this offseason? I’d rather have Devin White, Deon Buchanon(who is incredibly underrated. This dude can play) and Shaq Barrett over Kwon Alexander( and I’m a huge Kwon fan) next is the secondary. How on gods green earth did we not improve in the secondary with the players we drafted. By default we improved just by adding a bunch of guys that can’t possibly be worse than what we were starting last year. Next is Kicker. Again, there’s no way this kid Gay can be worse than the kickers we have trotted out the last couple years. Then there’s RB. We added Andre Ellington( who is criminally underrated) that’s a clear improvement seeing as he offers something clearly missing on this roster from the RB position. And at DE we added Nelson. And finally the most evident upgrade: the entire coaching staff. The upgrade from Koetter to BA and Smith to Bowles is so astronomically high it’s not even funny. That upgrade alone just made this team light years better than last years team. And to Scubog: nailed it on the head! Forget anything else on this team. Just a bad defense instead of historically bad, a league average kicker instead of the worst kicker in the league, and a bad running game instead of downright putrid, and this team wins 4 more games than last year. Now add BA and Bowles and we got something here. Whether that translates to playoffs or even double digit wins remains to be seen. But just not being historically bad on defense, FG kicking and running the ball makes this team a competitive .500 team at absolute worst

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