Hey everyone, first post on here so bear with me if things don't come out all cherry. I'd first like to say thank you to everyone who contributes on this site. I live in PA so it's nice to have a little insight on what the majority of the fan base thinks about the team. Plus it helps my eyes seeing red and pewter instead of green and white and black and yellow everywhere I turn.
Onto my real topic.
After watching the Bucs this past season, I, and every other Bucs fan, was appalled at what we called "pass defense." Let me first say, I had no problem trading Aqib Talib
(Dom should've gotten GM of the Year for that alone). He was nothing but a headache during his time here. That, however, did leave our pass defense worst than what it was, and even with Talib, it wasn't that great. Now, I think we can all agree the Bucs do need to address the defensive back field this offseason, whether through the draft or free agency. With the draft being deep with corners I say we hold off until the 2nd round.
So who do I want the Bucs to pick up at #13? Nobody. I say we find a partner, someone between 19-28, looking for some of these stalwarts up front, and trade picks with them and also accumulate another draft pick or two. Then where ever we end up, we select Tyler Eifert, TE out of Notre Dame.
Here is my reasoning.
First, we don't know if Dallas Clark
will be back, and let's be honest, if he is, he's not getting any younger so we need his replacement in the next year or two anyway. Secondly, picture if you will Vincent Jackson
and Mike Williams on the outside, and the big 6'5", 250 lb TE rumbling around in the middle of the field. Our offense could become the best, yes I said, THE BEST IN THE NFL! With a big TE, two huge WR's, and the Dougernaut, Josh Freeman
would be like a kid at a candystore. Which brings me to my next point. Everyone wants Freeman to be like his amazing 2010 season, myself included. During that year, he had one thing, a reliable TE in Kellen Winslow
(how quickly that changed). If Freeman has Doug, V-Jax, Williams and Eifert to chuck the ball around to, then I don't see why he can't become the QB we want him to.
Finally my last point. 6 games a year we play Drew Brees
, Matt Ryan, and Cam. Even if we had world beaters at the CB positions, those QB's are going to find ways to put up points. Plus I think we all remember what Brees did to us with a three man rush. You can drop everyone back into coverage and those QB's will eventually find someone. So I say fight fire with fire. Let's put up more points. With a huge tight end running around the defenses are going to have to spread out and pick who they cover. We saw a remergence of Mike Williams last year thanks to the addition of V-Jx. You throw a TE in there and who are they going to cover? And I think it'd be safe to say that if Freeman's inconsistencies continue to be a problem, then we can go ahead and move on next year. But in my opinion, he has the tools to be a top 10 QB. If you give him a big target like that, there will be no more excuses for Free.
Just my opinion and thought I'd see if anyone else agrees with me. And again, keep up the great posts, I'm on here daily reading everything Bucs.
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