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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

Woe and The Season in Tampa?


While the Cleveland Browns may have a worse team, the Browns play a much more favorable schedule than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do this season. The Browns have games against Detroit, Oakland, Kansas City, and Jacksonville. However, the Buccaneers schedule the rest of the way is extremely tough. With their easiest games the rest of the way likely coming at Washington, at Seattle, and at Miami, there really is no room for error in Tampa. Their schedule includes two games still against Carolina, Atlanta, and New Orleans. They also have games at Philadelphia, New England at home, Green Bay at home, and the Jets at home.

Tampa Bay's roster may be one of the more inexperienced in the league when it comes to leadership. Outside of cornerback Ronde Barber, the team let go several of their key veterans this past offseason, including linebacker Derrick Brooks and running back Warrick Dunn.

While the moves likely made sense from a financial standpoint, they didn't from a team standpoint. With the youngest head coach in the league, coming up from being a position coach, having veteran leadership is exactly what rookie head coach Raheem Morris needs, and that's exactly what he doesn't have. Byron Leftwich is clearly not the future at the quarterback position, however Josh Freeman is still far away making an impact.

The Bucs running game is the one thing that can help propel their offense. With new addition Derrick Ward, the team should be able to pound the rock. However, their defense has been so bad that they've had to go to the air in their first few games to try and keep up with the Giants, Bills, and Cowboys.

The future in Tampa is not pretty. At least in Cleveland, they have a head coach with experience, and in Kansas City they have a quarterback who has experience along with a head coach that made it to the Super Bowl last year as an outstanding play caller. Tampa has none of these. They are stuck in a rebuilding year, hoping to not be the next team to go 0-16.

By Shawn Zobel  |  September 28, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  | Category:  Tampa Bay Buccaneers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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