It’s tough to expect an 0-2 team to be ranked very high in Power Rankings, but when we look around at some of the more popular rankings on the web, we find that the Buccaneers are laughably low.
ESPN.com released power rankings that place the Buccaneers 30th, ahead of only the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars. The comments on the Bucs’ ranking point out Josh Freeman’s poor accuracy and dropped passes by receivers as culprits holding the Bucs back.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk didn’t even have the decency to keep the Buccaneers ahead of the Browns, ranking them 31st, ahead of only the Jags. He also tossed in a comment directed at Greg Schiano, implying that his days in Tampa are numbered.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report went a bit easier on the Buccaneers, showing some emotion for the team’s difficult circumstances having lost two games in the final seconds. He also offers a positive comment about the defense, which is something the other power rankers ignored.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports also chimed in with some positive remarks about the defense and about Doug Martin, but the issues at quarterback mean Kirwan places the Buccaneers in the 30th spot.
I tend to agree with Matt Miller, and think this team isn’t as close to the bottom as the other three rankings do. But if the coach and quarterback continue to stay out of sync, the rest of the talent on the team won’t matter as much.
Where do you think the Bucs stand in the NFL? Does a dysfunctional coach and quarterback situation drag them down to the bottom of the league? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.