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Donald Penn promises Bucs fans “a Super Bowl soon”

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There’s been plenty of reason for optimism coming out of Tampa Bay this offseason, and with good reason: The Bucs are young, they’re coming off a surprising 10-6 season, and most of the key players from 2010 are expected back in 2011.

But we haven’t seen quite as much optimism previously as we saw today from offensive tackle Donald Penn, who told the Tampa Tribune that he wants fans to expect a Super Bowl.

“My message for our fans is to hold on, we’re going to put on a show,” Penn said. “Josh Freeman will be leading us to a Super Bowl soon. He’s a beast.”

That’s a bold comment for a player on a team that was 3-13 just two years ago, but Penn says that if the Bucs keep their own free agents, there’s no reason not to think they can be the best team in the league.

“I want everybody back,” Penn said, “because all of those guys played a big role in our success last year. . . . I know this is a business, but if we bring everybody back, a lot of people are going to be talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the end of the season.”

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22 Responses to “Donald Penn promises Bucs fans “a Super Bowl soon””
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 19, 2011 6:22 PM

    Everybody will be talking about the Bucs disappointing season is all they will be talking about.

  2. derekjetersmansion says: Jul 19, 2011 6:26 PM

    When is the next time they vote for one?

  3. sensiblebuc says: Jul 19, 2011 6:34 PM

    @touchdownroddywhite

    Nope. That would be everybody’s prohibitive Super Bowl favorite…Atlanta Falcons.

    Julio Jones is going to take you to the promised land!!!

  4. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Jul 19, 2011 6:36 PM

    I am die hard bucs fan, but thats asking a lot seeing that we would have to get thru Green Bay/Eagles/Falcons/Bears.. Few years maybe, but i am gonna be happy if Freeman makes it out of week 1 Lions game in one peice.

  5. typhilly21 says: Jul 19, 2011 6:39 PM

    ATL will drop to at least 11-5 this year. D is suspect and 3/5 of their OL are UFA

  6. buc13jcs says: Jul 19, 2011 6:50 PM

    julio jones lols…and they have NO cap $ to spend

  7. jayslang says: Jul 19, 2011 7:05 PM

    This team reminds me alot of the Bucs in the early 90’s that I fell in love with. This time it’s the O with the star power and the D that needs to preform. With a couple of solid FA signings we really will be in a great position to compete for the SB for the next Decade.

  8. bucforever says: Jul 19, 2011 7:16 PM

    CAN’T WAIT! I have really been looking forward to this season, and the fact that the Bucs may be the best prepared team will soon pay off. I am really glad that it looks like no games will be missed so any sucess that they have will not be followed by an (*) to indicate a short season. Go Bucs!

  9. crenfroe45 says: Jul 19, 2011 8:06 PM

    I’d certainly love it if the Bucs won a Super Bowl in the coming years.

    In the meantime, I just want to watch Freeman throw bombs to Mike Williams….figuratively of course.

  10. corndogluv says: Jul 19, 2011 8:16 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says derekjetersmansionty philly21 says I cant wait for the bucs to prove all 3 of you aholes wrong philly fans suck yank me fans blow and atlanta fans you gag on boyh of them.

  11. toolkien says: Jul 19, 2011 8:23 PM

    I think the Bucs need to cool their optimism, at least as far as what they say to their fans.

    The Bucs were 10-6 last year, but they (as did the entire NFC South) played the dreadful NFC West AND had 2-14 Carolina to play twice and Cinci and Cleveland as part of their AFC package. That’s 8 gimme games right there. And they beat a 6-10 Washington team. They beat one team with a winning record all year – the inter-divisional rival Saints.

    They have to play the NFC North AFC South in 2011. Given their meager 23 point differential and scoring only 341 points while giving up 318 to that slate of teams in 2010 seems a lot like smoke and mirrors. Their 2011 slate of teams will be harder with only three gimmes. If the Bucs play pretty much the same ball for their own part in 2011, against the slate they’re playing, they will only be 7-9 at best.

  12. firstroyal says: Jul 19, 2011 8:58 PM

    Great young team lots of reasons to look forward, but it looks like he just graduated from the Rex Ryan school of optimism or as non-jets fans see it- we win on word of mouth who cares about the actual ring.

  13. seneca1ss says: Jul 19, 2011 10:32 PM

    i like the confidence but let’s beat the Lions in week ONE. they kicked our Ass IN TAMPA last year with a back-up QB!

    but it’s nice to finally have a good offense and D. Penn is a big part of it.

  14. keeponhating says: Jul 19, 2011 11:03 PM

    sure there will be a superbowl soon. there is one every year. the bucs just wont be in it

  15. xxxviichamps says: Jul 20, 2011 8:40 AM

    I guess I dont really understand all the doubt around the league in regards to the Bucs…after all, we have something here in Tampa that most teams around the league (Ehemm, Jets and Ravens) dont have, and thats a franchise quarterback. Freeman got it done last year with a cast of rookies and a patchwork offensive line. 3 guys started on the offense last season, for most of the year, that were undrafted free agents! This team has nowhere to go but up. And lets not forget that the Bucs were an inch away from wins in both Atlanta games and vs the Lions…if we come away with any of those wins, the Bucs are in the playoffs and not the Packers…and then I guess we’re having a whole different discussion right now.

    Warren Sapp: “The biggest surprise in the NFC South in 2011 is that Josh Freeman will be an MVP candidate”

    ^ Write that down kids.

  16. scubasteve4930 says: Jul 20, 2011 9:37 AM

    The bucs team that played the 1st 8 games (a spanking by the saints and steelers) of the season was nowhere close to good as the team that played the 2nd half of the season. We keep that momentum going throwing in a few free agents and the bucs are gonna give the NFC South a run for its money

  17. eurometal15 says: Jul 20, 2011 9:46 AM

    @toolkien

    “STATS ARE FOR LOSERS!!!!”

    The bucs are a young group who learned how to win last year, valuable experience that can only help them grow and improve.

    Not saying that their record will improve in 2011, but there is no doubt that the bucs will be an improved team

  18. lgwelsh1 says: Jul 20, 2011 11:20 AM

    Same record as last year but they make the playoffs. Win the first round and lose in the second.

  19. mobuccsfan says: Jul 20, 2011 12:56 PM

    I’m going to say they just miss the playoffs again, but I hope not. I think they are a few pieces and about two years away still from making any real noise. But I could be wrong, I hope I am. It would be great to see the Buccaneers make it to the Superbowl and capture another Lombardi. I do agree that the schedule last year was a little too soft and they didn’t really beat anyone of significance besides the Saints. In the end it should be fun to watch, whenever a season happens again (hopefully soon) because they were getting better and some momentum. I think they will definitely be exciting to see how it plays out.

  20. stavreafavre says: Jul 20, 2011 3:58 PM

    You’ll have to find a way to get past the unbeaten Detroit Lions and their Iron Man QB first, mister!!!

  21. bucwild05 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:13 PM

    All these negative responces? Can someone tell me where the Bucs are weak? Awesome QB, great RB’s, super WR’s, great Offensive Line, revamped D-line, and if we can keep Talib and get Asu…. Damn! I am more excited for this Bucs team then I ever have been.

  22. axespray says: Jul 20, 2011 4:49 PM

    Warren Sapp: “The biggest surprise in the NFC South in 2011 is that Josh Freeman will be an MVP candidate”

    lol, Josh ain’t taking on the weak defenses…

    The Packers/Bears/Vikings/Lions/Colts/Revamped Texans/Titans/Jags…..

    a little better than the bengals/browns/nfc west/panthers….

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