New power rankings have been released as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come in ranked a surprisingly high 25th out of the 32 teams in the NFL.
As training camps approach all around the league, a new series of power rankings are making their rounds. In one set of rankings done by Randy Gurzi of NFL Spin Zone, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ranked at the 25th slot.
To be honest, this is higher than anticipated for the Buccaneers after back-to-back 5-11 seasons, a new head coach in Bruce Arians, and an inconsistent quarterback in Jameis Winston. The Buccaneers are listed above the likes of the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, and more.
However, a strong rookie class and improvements on the defensive side of the football could go a long way for the Buccaneers. Not to mention, Arians has gotten the best out of quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and Carson Palmer; Winston could be the next quarterback that Arians can wring all of the potential out of.
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Arians brings with him defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who has historically put together defenses of high caliber. He gets to have fun, working with newcomers Ndamukong Suh, Shaquil Barrett, Devin White, Sean Murphy-Bunting, and others. Not to mention, Bowles gets to mold All-Pro linebacker Lavonte David and last year’s first rounder Vita Vea as well.
For a team that was horrible against the run defensively and was unable to run the football, they made minimal changes in the trenches to hope for improvement. This serves as a reason to worry in 2019. The Buccaneers are hoping a change to the blocking scheme offensively will solve their running game woes this season.
As for now, the Buccaneers are not favorites of those around the league. They have the potential, offensive firepower, and defensive name recognition to change their reputation however. Training camp is here, and it is time for the Buccaneers to put the offseason of change behind them as they prepare to take the field.