The Glazers have a big decision to make for the Buccaneers this off-season. They will have many options if they decide to make changes, but for now the coaching staff is what it is.
In my opinion, there are better options out there than what the Bucs currently have.
The Buccaneers season has been the exact opposite of what everyone thought entering the season. People believed that the team was going to take a step forward, but they have taken a huge step back in every category. The defense was stepping up at the end of last season but this year, the Bucs have regressed to second worst in the NFL.
While the offense is getting a lot of yards per game they are scoring less per game and performing worse in the red zone than last year. After the additions on offense this off-season the expectations were to improve not get worse.
Now, while the Buccaneers have had injuries to key players on both sides of the ball, they have not lost as much production as many would expect.
With Jameis Winston sidelined the Buccaneers actually had a winning record. Winston may have been hurt well before he actually sat out, but the coaches decided he was good enough to play.
An injury to someone’s throwing shoulder is a reasonable excuse why accuracy has been off, but a healthy Ryan Fitzpatrick has been better than an injured Winston.
While the defense lost some players to minor injuries and missed a few games, the game plan has been its worst aspect. Julio Jones recently put up 250 receiving yards and came out saying in the second half they didn’t adjust, and he kept getting catch after catch.
When you don’t game plan for a player like Julio Jones there has to be discussions on whether or not these coaches are smart enough to make the right adjustments week-to-week.
The Bucs have to adjust and if they show no signs of improvement on both sides, changes will be made. I don’t like changes after two years again, but there have been no signs of improvement and these coaches might be losing the locker room.