A reality, not wishful thinking
It’s a question I don’t think the rest of the NFL really wants to ponder too hard on. Because from a grounded, honest, unbiased, and realistic view of these Bucs, We have not! Consider this for the majority of last season; the team was learning how to play together. It was a fluid situation all the way through. Byron Leftwich and Bruce Arians, as well as Todd Bowles and the rest of the staff, were trying to find this team’s way on both sides of the ball. That was even more evident on the offensive side of the ball. They were inconsistent from week to week, maybe even quarter to quarter. Remember, it wasn’t until after the bye week (week 13) that the Buccaneers really started coming together, hitting on all cylinders on both sides of the ball to become the force that waltzed into the playoffs kicking ass and taking names.
It wasn’t until seasons end; almost
They were able to win enough the rest of the season that when they hit their stride, it was enough wins to make the playoffs. But as a wild card, remember, not a Division Champion. Really, it could be said; that they, as a cohesive unit playing consistently and strongly together that they have 8 games under their belts (weeks 14-17, playoff games, and the Super Bowl.) That’s only about half a season. Honestly, it’s almost scary to think how good this team could be with limited injuries and figuring in the new help that has been brought in to aid those rock-solid 22 from a season ago.
A young team, learning and getting better
Many of these players are young and are still getting better every year. (see Devin White, Winfield Jr., Murphy-Bunting, etc.) Many names would make that list. The chances that the Buccaneers are not a good bit improved from 2020 are really very slim. This team can be more dominating on defense and more electric on offense, and that for me, is very exciting, and I can’t wait to watch it come together again in 2021. Go Bucs!!