The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been shuffling their defensive secondary all season long, and Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times just gave us the perfect visual to illustrate the chaos.
I plotted the playing time of Bucs corners and nickels on a line graph -- dizzying how much change this season: pic.twitter.com/uHw6Qx92Q6— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 18, 2015
It's no secret that the Bucs are going to overhaul their defensive secondary this offseason. The only defensive back who's consistently played well is Sterling Moore, with everyone else putting in at least a few terrible games and most being little more than serviceable even in their best games.
With Alterraun Verner being benched for the second time this season, he's almost certainly getting cut. And Johnthan Banks has and Mike Jenkins lost out to an undrafted rookie in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Bradley McDougald has steadily seen his playing time reduced because he kept making mistakes as a deep half safety. The Bucs are now reluctantly starting Chris Conte and Major Wright at safety -- players who will do what is asked of them in the scheme, but who don't have the talent to be real difference makers.
That's a lot of players the Bucs need to replace or upgrade, and it may result in even more chaos next season. But the talent the Bucs have been putting out there this year just isn't good enough.