As the off-season madness is just beginning teams will look to find answers to major questions on their rosters. Tampa Bay had one of the best off-season in recent memory as the Bucs grabbed a brand new coaching staff, and over-hauled the team completely. The team looks very different entering the season and looks rejuvenated. The Defense has been inconsistent over the last few years, no the run defense so much but the pass defense. Look for that to change this season as Tampa Bays defensive line finally looks to be able to get some pressure on the opposing quarterback. The defense seems to be coming together like a puzzle, slowly but surely coming together. Look for this years defense to be much more balanced than in recent years. Over the last few seasons defense wasn't the nucleus of the problem, but rather the offense. Yes the offense increased it's production last season, but it was still inconsistent. With a revamped roster lets take a dive into the major questions this Bucs offense still offers.
The receiving core is the first question that has to be addressed. With both Tampa Bay's second and third options at receiver released it looks like just Vincent Jackson for now. Tiquan Underwood, and Mike WIlliams were both let go by the Buccaneers this off-season. While both of these receivers aren't top of the tier talent, they both had great roles playing for the Buccaneers offense, without them Tampa will have to look elsewhere for receiver talent. Josh McCown won't be familiar with any of his new receivers. The Bucs will obviously have to draft a receiver, but who? and how many? My guess is as good as yours. Most people are projecting Tampa Bay to select Mike Evans from Texas A&M. Mike Evans is a true athletic beast, he would be a great compliment to Vincent Jackson and could learn a lot. It would be preferred if Tampa Bay could grab Sammy Watkins it probably won't happen so this seems like the most probable outcome. After the Bucs select their first round receiver, will the Buccaneers select another wideout? If so who would even be there later on? And with what pick would the Buccaneers use. This is all hypothetical for now but the Bucs best option would seem to be Kelvin Benjamin falling to the Bucs later on in the draft. That would be a deadly young receiving core to learn from Vincent Jackson.
The O-Line is a completely different look this season. After getting rid of Jeremy Zuttah, Donald Penn, and Davin Joseph. That's a major chunk of the line over the last few seasons, now it's all gone and maybe it's for the better. The running o-line looked weak last season. I can recall a certain game, the New York Jets game, Doug Martin had a poor showing, but it wasn't his fault. Martin often got stuffed at the line or even behind, he did his best but just couldn't seem to overcome the faults of the offensive line. So with new talent, there are still a few holes on the o-line. With an abundance of talent in the draft Tampa could easily use their second pick on a top tier o-lineman. That seems like the smart thing to do. Hopefully this O-Line will be a key component for the team.
The Quarterbacks and probably the most important question of this Tampa Bay squad. The Ideal thing to happen is that Josh McCown goes out excels, teaches Mike Glennon along the way. Then Glennon would take over and become Tampa Bays starter in the coming years. This could happen but the likeliness of Glennon learning a lot from a career backup are slim. Tampa should look for a veteran quarterback next season, but that is a long time away. This year I can defiantly see Tampa grabbing a quarterback later on towards the 6th and 7th rounds of the draft. For now McCown looks like the starter, with Glennon close behind. Glennon will defiantly play this season, how much depends on how will McCown does. McCown won't do as well as last season, but look for him to do decent and hopefully lead Tampa to their first playoff berth in years.