The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a pretty disappointing start to the season. At 2-3 and with poor performances in the majority of their games, they’re wasting what should have been their breakout season.
So what could the Bucs have done differently this offseason to prevent that? Should they have invested even more in the offense, or added better defensive talent? I tend toward the latter—there’s a long list of holes on defense right now, and the Bucs failed to do much to address them.
Number one on that list has to be pass-rusher. Noah Spence is slowly turning into an impressive player and Robert Ayers has his moments, but the Bucs still lack an impactful edge presence. And there’s a few players who would have fit the bill—Julius Peppers was available, and he has 6.5 sacks now. Calais Campbell was available, and he has a whopping eight sacks.
There’s also the cornerback position. The Bucs weren’t going to give up on Vernon Hargreaves one year in, but they may be regretting that decision right now: he’s playing such bad football that even Dirk Koetter acknowledged it this week. But the Bucs have no one better to put on the field, so what are they going to do?
Well, they could have signed current NFL interception leader Micah Hyde. Instead, they’ll face him this Sunday. Whoops.
There’s one more thing the Bucs could have done that might have gotten them a few more wins: get a kicker not named Roberto Aguayo or Nick Folk. But then, judging by the Bucs’ luck, whoever that was would’ve turned out terrible, too.