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NFL Season Preview: #26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Overview: The Bucs were 9-3 and in prime position to make the playoffs at Week 13 of the ‘o8 season. Fumbling down the stretch, Tampa Bay lost their last four games, including an absolute upset to Oakland, to go 9-7 and be eliminated from the playoffs.

Offseason Moves: Tampa Bay, in a surprise move, fired longtime head coach Jon Gruden, and replaced him with Raheem Morris. Sticking with the theme of change, the Bucs let QBs Jeff Garcia and Brian Griese walk, and released WR Joey Galloway, RB Warrick Dunn, and LB Derrick Brooks. In with the new, the Buccaneers drafted QB Josh Freeman in the first round, and traded for TE Kellen Winslow from Cleveland. Of course, Tampa Bay wouldn’t be complete without a quarterback competition, so they signed QB Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown. The Buccaneers also added RB Derrick Ward and LB Angelo Crowell to the mix.

Upcoming Season: The Bucs have made a lot of changes, and a lot will depend on the QB play, and consistency, which is something they had neither of last year. The defense appears to be the strength of this team, but it doesn’t appear that the offense is together yet.

Player to watch: Since I believe that Tampa Bay will not throw QB Josh LeftwichFreeman into the mix right away, look for QB Byron Leftwich to win the job and impress. After being released by the Jaguars, and being the backup for the Steelers, Leftwich showed signs of being him old self. With the starting job in Tampa, and some decent weapons in WR Antonio Bryant and TE Kellen Winslow, Leftwich could have a twenty TD season.

Prediction: 5-11, 4th in NFC South

The Bucs just have too much uncertainty, and are in too tough a division to have a good season. Plus, they play the AFC and NFC East, which easy games are few and far between.

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