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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Overhyped?!? Says Who?

NFL AM host Steve Wyche and guest Jordan Babineaux both agreed the division is too tough for the Buccaneers.

The word being thrown around this morning on the somewhat dubious NFL Network morning show “NFL AM” was “overhyped.” This was being used to discuss the current roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The arguments by Steve Wyche and Jordan Babineaux were that the division is too tough, and that the Buccaneer pass rush is not going to be able to get to the quarterback often enough.

While these are both fair points, I’d like to know who’s hyping the Bucs. What show am I missing where people are picking Tampa Bay to win 10 games? Who’s got the Bucs winning the division? What hype?

By definition, there has to be hype before one can be deemed overhyped. Not sure you can consider a team picked to win between 7-8 games, and a 50 to 1 underdog to in the Super Bowl hyped up.

I watch my fair share of NFL Network, PFT, and the garbage ESPN runs out there and I rarely even hear the word Buccaneers, let alone postseason talk about them. Pundits like to point out that the Bucs are improved, yet never seem to want to go out on a limb and make a bold positive statement.

I’m not sure what our friends at NFL AM were trying to get at. What do they expect? The Buccaneers improved in a few areas of great need. They still have a few question marks, but without question are a better team on paper today than they were in January. We’ve written playoff or bust articles on this site, and it seems as though that is the word out of Bucs camp as well.

But can you really say the Buccaneers are overhyped? A team that hasn’t won a playoff game in 11 years and hasn’t even been there in five suddenly believe this might be the year they are relevant, and you want them all to take a step back.

Well, I guess it is what it is. Maybe I should just be happy someone on TV is even talking about the Bucs, even if they make up some rabble rousing garbage being spit out by their imaginary hype machine. We here at the Pewter Plank can’t wait to see how the Buccaneers prove themselves on the field.

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