Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three New Year's Resolutions for 2013

By Ben Adams
January 18, 2013 10:31 pm
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The Buccaneers went 7-9 this past season and wound up on the cusp of making the playoffs. Are there some surprised fans out there in the crowd? I’m sure there are, just as there are surprised fans in Cincinnati right now after the Bengals made their fourth playoff appearance since the Marvin Lewis era began in 2003. 

Recording a 4-8 conference slate with an even 3-3 divisional performance doesn’t exactly speak volumes about the team. But if you look closely, the positive takeaway from this year’s season is that the Bucs played most teams close and were in the running for the victory in most games. 

Now please enjoy my ideas for Tampa Bay’s New Year’s resolutions. 

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18 months ago
Raheem Morris's team won a lot of close victories in 2010, too, including a convincing victory over the playoff-bound Saints in the last game. They must resolve to revamp their defensive philosophy. When a team is first against the run, last against the pass, and cannot hold onto a lead when teams start slinging it downfield, there's more than just a talent shortfall. It's as though pass defense is a neglected afterthought in the game plan. According to Schiano, teams "throw to score and run to win." Well, plenty of teams are scoring and winning a lot of games against the Bucs by only running the ball enough to make the Bucs think they are accomplishing something when they stop those runs. I'd much rather see them flip it around-- keep the safeties deep to stop those big play burners who toasted us all year long, play to contain the run but not take so much risk to stuff the run, and turn some of those ugly enemy touchdown throws into punts and field goals.

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