In 2017, the Tampa bay Buccaneers were regular features on NFL Network’s show “Good Morning Football”, as they were the trendy team of that season to potentially make a playoff run.

We all know how that ended, as do the folks over at GMFB.

They got burned from drinking thew hyped up Kool-Aid just like we did, and even though the hype for the 2018 Buccaneers will surely be somewhat tempered, unlike last season, Peter Schrager, one of the hosts of the show, still noted what massive changes the Bucs made to their defense from last season on the show on Thursday.

“They went from being an overpriced, inflated bunch of softies to one of the angriest, meanest defenses in the league,” Schrager said.

Schrager was impressed with the kind of turnaround the Bucs were able to pull on their roster, specifically the defensive line.

Are you just as impressed? Or are you still pumping the brakes?

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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AlexanderNascimento
3 years ago

Definitely impressed

fredster
3 years ago

I’m impressed with the moves the Bucs made on D line. Couldn’t have done much more to help it in one year. It is annoying though that mentality of “it starts up front” and “you can never have enough pass rushers” hasn’t been there really to me. I’ve said it over and over and lot people want to argue but you better have good O line and D line or you aren’t going anywhere. Yes there were injuries on d line but my god somebody can’t evaluate d line talent! Chris Baker was a lazy pig and I said so… Read more »

kram0789
Reply to  fredster
3 years ago

fredster has it right. A lot of Buc fans, me included, have said it starts up front. It remains to be seen if the coaching staff can bring all of the new talent together. With the player contract limiting practices that has been a problem for every team that has tried to make big changes. That said, Smith better find a way or he is out and probably Koetter too.

Jolly Bucs Fan
3 years ago

Sorry but you cant call it a “turnaround” if the darn season hasnt even started

Overall I agree in a sense though, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the type of changes we have made on the defense in an ATTEMPT to get “angry” and “mean”.

I love what they are going for, what they are trying to turn this defense into, but jeez, you cant just say “…one of the angriest, meanest defenses in the league,” when its freaking OTAs

Jolly Bucs Fan
Reply to  Jonathan Goodfellow
3 years ago

COULD they be one of the angriest and meanest? sure. Are they? we dont know yet but we certainly hope so.

Keep your pants on Pete :)

Brandonges
3 years ago

Seems like the Bucs have been the trendy, breakout team for most of the last decade. Let’s see them play a game first before we anoint them anything more than a 5-11 team.

stlbucsfan
3 years ago

There’s no way we can be impressed with anything from this front office and staff until the product on the field is visibly better. Last year we were sold on Chris Baker being the answer coming off his 3-4 sack season. Then he gets here and we downgrade as a unit. The return of Mike Smith was a huge deal last year when in reality his defense forced turnovers but gave up a ridiculous amount of yardage. JR Sweezy was brought in with this “nasty” reputation but he’s done nothing but be the mediocre player he was graded out as… Read more »

kram0789
Reply to  stlbucsfan
3 years ago

I agree. Lite has blown a lot of picks and has not addressed needs. It all starts with player evaluation and for the Bucs that has stunk even back to the Gruden era.

Bradenton BucFan
3 years ago

What team will give Buckner a HC job? Watch us let another great assistant coach get out the door. He should be a DC right now. Instead of retread smitty. dead last in in too many defensive stats should get you canned. Glazers are still trying to lose. They don’t want a dynasty. They don’t think dynasty. They were all most to late with Chucky. That defense should have at least 2 rings maybe as many as 4. They(Glazers) should have been demanding top 10 in all three phases. since 1999 loss to the Greatest show on turf who only… Read more »

slaythembucs
3 years ago

Definitely impressed with the improvements on the paper but i’m pumping the breaks until i see the improvement on the field. I need to see the improvement in the coaching staff style and execution. Giving a Jaguar to a teenager with a learning license doesn’t make him a great driver.

Mike Wright
3 years ago

Agree with Bern 1000%! Why DC Smith was not fired beats me. Ohh..I know why. He’s Koetters mentor. Our defense will improve and Smith will get the credit. Buckner will go on to be a DC to another team which will..haunt the Bucs. Just like Dungy did us! And NO..I’m not impressed until I see the win lost column improve. Everybody looks good on paper. We have..for years. I’m elated both Koetter and Smitty are under duress. They should be. Poop or get off the pot. No excuses. The time is now..period!!

Charlie
3 years ago

Man, I hope I’m totally off base on this, as the changes we’ve made seem nice and should help alot. But just listening to how Mike Smith talks to you guys in the media and this can obviously not be indicative of anything at all, but the guy just seems soft on the inside and not capable of releasing the beast so to speak…I dunno I hope he’s more aggressive this year and I’m wrong…

EastEndBoy
3 years ago

The addition of JPP was impressive, but the jury is out on the other Vets. They were signed first when we had openings – if they perceive they were being signed to play and end up on the pine, things could go wrong quickly. Overall, things look much improved on the DL. As for “nasty” or “mean”…that’s all BS. Our best DLineman (one of the best in the league) is also one of the nicest players in the league. I’ve heard every JAG in town be called nasty…I care about whether they can get sacks and stuff runs, nastily or… Read more »

Ja'crispy
3 years ago

Lets hunt!

Devasher
3 years ago

“They went from being an overpriced, inflated bunch of softies to one of the angriest, meanest defenses in the league,” Schrager said. The 2018 Buccaneers have literally not even taken a preseason snap let alone a regular season snap yet. To call them one of the meanest defenses in the league at this point is absolutely ridiculous. It would be like calling Saquon Barkley the best RB in NFL history. You may think he has game, but maybe wait he actually plays a season first. There’s a line between stating an opinion and speaking factually about things that haven’t actually… Read more »

scubog
3 years ago

What a bunch of whiners. Nothing ever causes some of you to peek your head over the rim of the cesspool you seem to enjoy so much. Those of you who have Ed Norton as a folk hero because of his desire to be in the sewer, are unrelenting in your search for turds. I’m not the biggest fan of free agency and am never ready to put a rookie into the Pro Bowl when OTA’s have barely begun. Neither am I inclined to poo poo everything the team has done to improve. To me it’s nearly impossible for the… Read more »

Devasher
Reply to  scubog
3 years ago

There is a country mile of difference between a defense that is better and improved and going from the 32nd ranked D to “one of the angriest, meanest defense in the NFL” without taking a snap together. Maybe you missed the difference in context.

Ken - Kfromfla
Reply to  Devasher
3 years ago

“There is a country mile of difference between a defense that is better and improved and going from the 32nd ranked D to “one of the angriest, meanest defense in the NFL” without taking a snap together.”

Yeah, please explain the difference, preferable with examples or stats. Thanks