Evan Silva, senior editor at Rotoworld, started somewhat of a war on Twitter with his recent tweet about the most improved team in 2013. Much to the delight of this writer, Silva declared the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the most improved team on paper and used his 160 characters judiciously in explaining why.
#Bucs most improved team in NFL, on paper. Both stud OGs back & replaced league’s worst Back 4 with arguably most talented. Up to Freeman.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) July 17, 2013
The tweet seemed to light a fire under the rears of the entire Kansas City fan base as they’ve attacked Silva for not choosing their beloved Chiefs. Feel free to work through the replies and how Silva responds. It’s enjoyable.
Clearly I agree with Silva, but while his arguments lie more his notion that Alex Smith isn’t what Chiefs fan’s think, I believe the Bucs are more improved than the Chiefs even if Alex Smith can repeat what he did in San Francisco.
The Buccaneers took an area of weakness and turned it into a major strength. Last season the Bucs had an absolutely atrocious secondary. This year, assuming a healthy Darrelle Revis, opponents will have to get creative in how they plan on attacking Tampa Bay through the air. With the addition of Goldson, a healthy Eric Wright, and an added year of experience in Mark Barron‘s corner, there suddenly isn’t even a weak part of the secondary.
The Chiefs brought in a new coach, a new QB, and the number one overall pick in the draft. And while these all seem like huge additions, two of the three people they brought in to rescue the franchise are rejects from somewhere else. Andy Reid was run out of Philadelphia because he couldn’t get the Eagles over the hump and he seemed to lack focus in the waning weeks. And Alex Smith got benched in favor of a guy who showed himself in just two starts prior to Smith returning from injury.
When it comes to improvement in the win/loss column, I’m almost positive the Chiefs will see a bigger jump. But I’m also a little sad to see the Chiefs not on the Buccaneers schedule, because that’s a game the Bucs would be in a great position to win.