Jon Gruden Thinks Bucs Will Win NFC South

Jon_Gruden_2013Former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden picked the Buccaneers to win the NFC South on Thursday while offering up a passionate endorsement of beleaguered quarterback Josh Freeman.

In an ESPN conference call, the “Monday Night Football’’ analyst lauded the talent on the Bucs’ roster and said Tampa Bay is poised to end a five-year postseason drought.

“I think this is the year for Tampa to win the division and return to the playoffs,’’ Gruden said. “I have a lot of confidence Tampa is going to be a very good football team this year.’’

Gruden coached the 2002 Bucs to a Super Bowl victory in his first season on the Tampa Bay sidelines and posted a 57-55 record over seven years. He was dismissed after the 2008 season when the Bucs posted a second consecutive 9-7 mark.