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Team needs: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Bucs made the jump from awful to good far quicker than anyone that expected.  The jump from good to great will be even tougher, but they have a shot with Josh Freeman at the helm.

Tampa is the final NFC team in our team needs series:

DE: G.M. Mark Dominik drafted a pair of inside guys last year.  He could stand to draft a pair of pass rushers on the outside this time.  Stylez White should be making Teen Wolf 3 in another city.  Tim Crowder is also a free agent, which means Kyle Moore is probably their best returning guy.  Yikes.

LB: Raheem Morris has done a nice job coaching up a defense that is clearly still in transition.  Middle linebacker Barrett Ruud may be too expensive to keep and underrated Quincy Black is also a free agent.  Figure the team keeps one, and drafts a guy to replace the other.

OL: A lot of questions here, and the Bucs can answer some of hem by building with youth.  Even if the team brings Jeff Faine back, they could use a center.  Right tackle Jeremy Trueblood is a free agent and could be replaced, while the team’s best run-blocker Davin Joseph is going to be very rich when the lockout ends.

CB: The ageless Ronde Barber is year-to-year.  The immature Aqib Talib is arrest-to-arrest.  Morris counts on Talib so much that the team needs to plan for life without him.  If the team doesn’t take a cornerback early — forget shaky character prospect Jimmy Smith — then they might try to make a splash in free agency.

Overview: Now comes the hard part.  Dominik found Freeman in ’09, but the rest of his first draft was blah.  The 2010 crop was awesome, including the undrafted free agents.  The Bucs could have a number of veterans leave an already-young team so Dominik again needs to find guys to contribute right away.

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13 Responses to “Team needs: Tampa Bay Buccaneers”
  1. Xenu D. Alien says: Apr 16, 2011 3:39 PM

    Supposedly they’re willing to spend in free agency this year, Nnamdi Asomugha would look nice in a Bucs uniform.

  2. springy619 says: Apr 16, 2011 3:45 PM

    Akeem Ayers would be a good fit for them

  3. rjblitz02 says: Apr 16, 2011 3:51 PM

    For once, not a quarterback.

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 16, 2011 4:06 PM

    Clearly DL and LB.

  5. stavreafavre says: Apr 16, 2011 4:31 PM

    “Year – to -year… arrest – to – arrest” Very nicely done.

  6. tomwill21 says: Apr 16, 2011 4:41 PM

    4 days w/o an arrest. Any guess on who’s next?

  7. denverhighrize says: Apr 16, 2011 4:48 PM

    I wanted to comment on Jimmy Smith. You keep hearing about “character issues” but if you research it you will see that this is completely overblown. The kid got two MIP’s and was late for class a few times…sounds like a typical college student.

  8. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Apr 16, 2011 5:04 PM

    CB: The ageless Ronde Barber is year-to-year. The immature Aqib Talib is arrest-to-arrest.

    Perfect.

    I LOL’d.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Apr 16, 2011 5:20 PM

    Why don’t they get Chris Simms back. He was doing pretty mediocre until he got his spleen ruptured. Of course after a hangnail he couldn’t play anymore.

    They need a head coach with a real name. His mom must have cleared her throat when she was asked what she was naming that baby.

  10. slickzmoney says: Apr 16, 2011 5:24 PM

    Saying they are good now might be a stretch. 10 wins vs Carolina(twice), Cincy, Clev, Rams, Cards, Skins, Seahawks, 49ers, and N.O. in wk 17.

  11. armchairgm9 says: Apr 18, 2011 9:35 AM

    Rosenthal said no Jimmy Smith. So the pick will be Jimmy Smith.

    Actually, I’ve been saying it’s going to be Smith all along. The Bucs don’t just write off guys with off field issues. They research it and determine on their own if it is a real issue, e.g. Blount.

  12. petedutcher says: Apr 22, 2011 11:20 PM

    “Overview: Now comes the hard part. Dominik found Freeman in ’09, but the rest of his first draft was blah. The 2010 crop was awesome, including the undrafted free agents. The Bucs could have a number of veterans leave an already-young team so Dominik again needs to find guys to contribute right away.”

    Gregg Rosenthal doesn’t know his arse from a hole in the ground if he thinks that.

    Josh Freeman (great), Roy Miller (very solid), E.J. Biggers (good player; could get even better) and Sammie Stroughter (great) came from that draft, leaving only 3 other picks that are questionable.

    Greg should actually pay attention to the teams he’s covering, rather than go off what he reads from other bloggers that don’t actually watch the team.

    The last 2 drafts for the bucs have been very solid.

  13. petedutcher says: Apr 22, 2011 11:22 PM

    “slickzmoney says:
    Apr 16, 2011 5:24 PM
    Saying they are good now might be a stretch. 10 wins vs Carolina(twice), Cincy, Clev, Rams, Cards, Skins, Seahawks, 49ers, and N.O. in wk 17.”

    You go ahead and think that. I don’t mind one bit. In fact, I hope everyone underestimated the Bucs this year.

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