Since the hiring of Greg Schiano, and the introductory press conference, I have been taking some time to think about the team, and how we might look by the time the 2012-2013 season begins. Schiano put an emphasis on running the ball physically, and taking shots down the field. As of right now, I do not believe that the offensive unit is capable of playing to that scheme right now, but there will be plenty of options for us if that is the direction the team honestly wants to go.
First, we need to finally claim ourselves the speedy WR we've never had, and we can have that if we go after Desean Jackson. We all know his situation in Philly is less than stable, and it wouldn't be too hard for the Bucs to put together a deal that would meet Jackson's demands and bring him to the Bay area. With the addition of Jackson, it would force defenses to keep safeties back, and prevent 8 man boxes to stonewall Blount. We have a good QB in Freeman that has plenty of arm strength to make Freeman to Jackson a deadly combination.
Secondly, drafting Trent Richardson at the number 5 spot could turn out to be too high for a RB, albeit, a talented one such as Richardson would add another dimension to the backfield that the Bucs have never really had. It is entirely possible for the Bucs to trade out of the number 5 spot in order to stock up on picks, or we could sit tight at number 5 and Draft Claiborne instead. If this is the case, the Bucs could wait until the 2nd or 3rd round to draft Lamichael James instead of spending the number 5 pick on Richardson. That would add a third down back to our unit, and allow Blount to focus solely on his position as a north-south runner.
Adding Desean Jackson and Richardson would give Freeman two dynamic weapons to play with, but seeing as our defensive backfield could be potentially crippled by the retirement of Ronde and the prosecution of Talib, Adding Claiborne in the first, and James in the latter rounds could be a good scenario as well. A lot of this truly depends on whether the Glazers are willing to shell out some money in order to stock up on much needed talent. They say No. 5 is the franchise, and that they will "...spend whatever it takes to win...", so now is the time for the FO to make some moves and bring the team back to life.
What do you think Bucs fans?