No Love for the Bucs
NFL News: Bucs Can’t Catch a Break
If you are a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, you have plenty to look forward to this upcoming season. Unfortunately, you are getting “No Love” from the national media nor the odds makers in Vegas. This is pretty puzzling for much of the fan base.
Not only do the Bucs have a new head coach, general manager, and starting QB, but they have filled many of their needs via the NFL draft and free agency. Despite these recent additions, numerous national media outlets are not giving Tampa Bay much hope in 2014.
Let’s take a look at what a few have to say:
Bleacher Report projects the Bucs to improve to 6-10, but says that they will improve only slightly, but not quite over the playoff hump.
CBS Sports predicts that head Coach Lovie Smith will help stabilize some of the Bucs woes…but not to expect a “180-degree flip and a 12-win season.” They also compared the Bucs to last year’s Chief’s squad, who quickly turned their franchise into playoff contenders.
FOX Sports In a daily segment, called “Worst to First”, the Bucs were ranked dead last by the analysts at FOX. But they did stress that this is not a rebuilding process, but rather a compete-now process.
Football Nation Gives the Bucs a little hope, but is skeptical whether QB Josh McCown can have the same kind of season that he did last season with the Bears. They also point out that McCown will have plenty of large targets much like he did in Chicago.
ESPN happens to be the exception. Herm Edwards predicted that the Bucs will play in this year’s Super Bowl!
Vegas predicts the outlook is grim for the Buccaneers as they have 50 to 1 odds at winning the Super Bowl. That is only slightly better than the Vikings, Jets, Bills, Raiders, Titans, and Jaguars.
While neither the national media nor the Vegas odds makers are giving the Bucs a chance, I’d look for the Bucs to be much improved in 2014. They may even contend for a wild card spot, if they catch a few breaks along the way.No Love for the Bucs by Kip Michalak