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    e

    I think Koetter is the biggest wildcard. I think the talent is there. This should be a competitive team this year. Can Koetter take it from paper to turf?

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      XpfcWintergreen2

      This hilites the situation for me as well. Everything now rests on the coaching results (including the “next step up” for Winston.). It is on the shoulders of the coaches.
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      Go Bucs!!!!!

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      Jlog

      Koetter is OK as coach he should not be calling plays though.

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    fredster

    There are many wildcards. O line play and having a running game is the biggest concern to me on offense. Look better on paper but that means dick to me right now. Koetter and Winston aren’t the biggest wildcards on offense but both certainly need to improve. Second biggest concern is will the defense play better with all the new talent? If they don’t then Winston will have to press and take more chances. Again looks better on paper but that’s meaningless. We still are thin and questionable at safety and CB too. I like Davis but who knows if he or the other CB we took will pan out. Or if they do pan out what will the learning curve be? If they don’t play well now then it’s back to Hargreaves playing outside possibly instead of nickel and Smitty letting him play 12 yards off WR’s. Yeah that’s a shit picture and a possible one. Hoping that’s not the case.

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    Nobody

    Definitely don’t agree (which isn’t surprising as pretty much no analyst out there knows much about what they’re talking about when it comes to the Bucs because they haven’t really watched our games much less scrutinized them).

    Our wild cards are the same as they were last year:

    A) QB and Pass Rush

    B) Place-kicking

    C) Interior OL play (inside the Red Zone in particular)

    D) Back 4

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    geno711

    I think it starts with the organization. They strive to be good – not championship. We addressed the defensive line with a new coach and players. We only partially addressed the offensive line – should have brought in a right guard or tackle in free agency. I also think we should have replaced the offensive line coach. We still have not addressed the special teams coach or return game. We still are not doing enough. I also agree with fredster that we could have done more with an experience cornerback on the team.

    Yet I will be shouting loudly at the games for the Buc’s hoping that I am wrong!

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    tpeluso

    No one is mentioning the schedule as a wild card. We’ve got the toughest schedule in the league on paper, but a big reason for that is the rest of the division went 10+ wins and playoffs last season. You’d think there will be some regression to the mean this year (especially with the Panthers and Falcons), and if we take care of business in the games we should win and steal a game or two against the tougher non-divisional opponents, that might be the difference between, say, 8-8 and 10-6.

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      XpfcWintergreen2

      Good points here as well!
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      Go Bucs!!!!!

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    Eric

    I think the wildcards this year are the play callers! On offense it’s about being creative with our formations and play calls and hiding our weaknesses. On defense it’s the play calling as well we have enough pieces to put a formidable defense on the field. The question is can we call the defensive plays that put us in to position to be better than last year!

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    Devasher

    I generally agree with those three. People can point to the pass rush or corners but as far as a per person ranking of importance Winston and Koetter will define the direction of the team more than McCoy and Hargreaves will.

    Koetter made some very questionable calls last year that submarined a few games and Winston has shown flashes of being a great game winning QB (as he did against the Saints) but hasn’t put it all together yet.

    No one should expect a top 10 defense this year meaning the onus will be on the offense to efficiently score points with a balanced run game. If you get all three people hitting their strides and the defense is able to be middle of the road in pass rush and coverage only then are you going to see a playoff push.

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    BadgerW4

    I think our offense is just fine, really. My picks, instead of RoJo and Jaboo, would be JPP and Carlton Davis, as I think the Buc defense is what’s going to really determine what happens with the Bucs.

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    Charlie

    Add JPP to that list of 4 and I think those could be amongst the most impactful to a turnaround. Maybe even Carlton Davis as well if he does end up being the real deal.

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    AlexanderNascimento

    I miss both Mike Smith and JPP on Bucs’ defensive side. I mean if they both blow up I can easily see the team playing meaningful games in December

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