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NFL Lines – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Begin New Era

Posted by Brett Nielson on 6/27/2011 8:34:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will show their 2009-10 nfl lines season was no fluke.

2010-11 NFL Lines
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NFL: 10-6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NFC South: 3-3

NorthBet Numbers: Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 10-5-1 ATS this season.

Over the course of the past couple of years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization has made some key decisions that positively altered their team’s future.

The Buccaneers’ biggest issue going into the 2009 season was their lack of a decent quarterback. Their starting quarterback Jeff Garcia had just retired, which left the organization with 34-year-old Brian Griese.

As a result, they drafted franchise quarterback Josh Freeman from Kansas State with their first round pick. So far, Freeman has done nothing but exceed any expectations from critics and supporters. In his first two seasons in the NFL, the 23-year-old has totaled 5,306 passing yards, 35 touchdowns and an 82.2 passer rating.

The Buccaneers also had many defensive questions entering that draft, as they finished with the 24th overall defense and 29th passing defense. Consequently, they selected defensive tackle Roy Miller with their second draft pick and defensive end Kyle Moore with their third pick.

At the end of their 2009 season, Tampa Bay’s defense was still lacking some talent – they finished as the 23rd passing defense allowing 207.4 aerial yards per game. So, management went all-out and drafted two defensive tackles (Gerald McCoy and Brian Price) with their first two picks. They also drafted cornerback Myron Lewis in the third round.

As well, the Buccaneers recognized the growing fear that Freeman was not reaching his potential with below-average receivers (tight end Kellen Winslow led the team in receiving yards that season). Thus, they drafted talented wideouts Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams. The two rookies combined for over 1,300 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns.

Finally, this past year, Tampa Bay succeeded in passing offense and rushing offense. Their run defense was also quite stout, however, their passing defense was yet again poor. Therefore, they drafted defensive ends Adrian Clayborn, Da’Quan Bowers and line backer Mason Foster with their first three selections.

This intelligence by their organization and mentality that they will always draft what is necessary shows that the team is based on stability and continuous progress.

Nielson Notice: Don’t be surprised if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers edge out the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints to lead the NFC South with 2 NFL lines seasons.

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