Imagine this.... as the Superbowl passes and the lead up into free agency begins, the Bucs start it off hot and pursue two players who could immediately upgrade this defense. Charles Tillman and Lamar Houston. Not only would Peanut bring experience to this defense and some leadership. But he will help bring over some of the Chicago defense that has been so dominant under Lovie Smith. I like the Tillman signing because he may come over with a good price since we can offer a great coach and friend in Lovie Smith, and the opportunity to play opposite the best corner in the NFL (in my eyes at least). Think about that, our secondary would be one of the best in the league. Revis, Goldson, Tillman and Barron. WOW! Talk about No Fly Zone.
Now onto Lamar Houston, this season he contributed 6 sacks and over his career has 16. Nothing amazing, but Lamar knows how to rush the passer. I know some want Jared Allen, one of the leagues most prolific pass rushers, or Michael Bennett, but the thing that really sticks out to me is Houston's age. 26. That's young enough for Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier to give guidance which was lacking in Oakland. Sure he isn't someone amazing, but put him in across from Adrian Clayborn (who I believe will strive under this defense) and we have already an improved pass rush.
Imagine this... in free agency, the Bucs dab their feet in the water. Picking up small signings along with Tillman and Houston, now looking onto the draft. Now that we have looked at defense, our offense needs an immediate upgrade. My pick for the first round wont change, I like this pick and all of its perk. Sammy Watkins. I'm not just picking him for his speed, his return ability (which Lovie Smith will love), his catching ability, his big play ability or how he will take pressure away from V-Jax. But what I love most is how he will be another option for Mike Glennon.
Say we take Watkins in the first and move onto our second, this i easy. If the pick is there, take. It. Eric Ebron. Talk about giving a kid weapons. This will be the true test of Glennon's ability. We saw him play pretty good football with 1 pro bowl receiver, a 3rd string running back, a 3rd string wide out and a converted Tight end. Now give him 3 solid options at WR, two great receivers at TE, a pro bowl RB and a solid backup (trade Bobby Rainey for pick). WOW! Talk about an offense. Later picks being used on O-line and D-line.
Imagine this... the season begins, the team takes the field. We show the great defense that everyone will be expecting and our offense has enough firepower to keep the lead.
Now is it just me, or could the Buc's be contenders. I know it's a lot to ask of them. But maybe, just maybe Lovie Smith could do what Chip Kelly, or Andy Reid or even Mike McCoy. or Maybe I better put the pipe down...