On NFL Access, Mike Garafolo, who successfully predicted that the Rams would not make the playoffs last year, said that the Buccaneers will not make the playoffs this year.
“I’m going to go with another popular team that’s a popular playoff pick, and I’m going to say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do not make the playoffs. Here we are talking about Tom Brady going to Tampa and them being Super Bowl contenders.”
“Look, there’s a lot of change with him coming in, yes, they’ve had their time separately, but not together as a team, so I think that is a detriment to them. I also understand that maybe people are exaggerating how munch he is going to have to hold the football in Bruce Arians’ scheme, but there is going to be an element of that, and so I think that’s a possibility that he might get banged up at some point, maybe worn down.”
“There’s just too much here, so I’m looking at DeAngelo [Hall] already putting the Arizona Cardinals in the playoffs; San Francisco, Green Bay, Philly, Seattle, the Rams, New Orleans, Minnesota, [DeAngelo Hall: Dallas] I just can’t imagine that they’re gonna be – Dallas, fine whatever – I’m having a tough time putting them in as one of the six playoff teams. Wait! Wait! Seven? Seven playoff – I don’t care. Eight, however many it was; Bucs aren’t making the playoffs.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made splash signings and re-signings this off-season, nailed the NFL draft, but haven’t really been able to get the work in as they would during a normal year. Does that mean that Tampa can’t make the playoffs? No, it doesn’t. Tampa has just as much of shot at the playoffs than any other team in the NFL.
Retaining the high-end defensive players is certainly a positive, and with bringing in the G.O.A.T. and Gronk, bolstering the offensive line with a monster tackle, and adding to a secondary that was on the rise at the end of last season with a stud safety, can give anyone hope. I will not bet with my heart and would be more than happy with a 9-7 season, and possibly squeaking into the playoffs via wild card or better. But for now, it’s hard to say with full confidence that the Buccaneers will be 12-4 or 11-5, and number one seed in the playoff race. I certainly, would love for that to be the case. I believe anything less than that will result in the loss of jobs.
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