The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2022 season has not gone quite as planned. However, there is still reason for optimism for Buccaneers fans.
To say that the 2022 NFL season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been a roller coaster of emotions would be an understatement. The circus has seemingly been in town ever since the offseason, and despite the fact that the Buccaneers are 2-1, it sure doesn’t feel like it to some fans.
The style of play with suffocating defense and frustrating offense under new head coach Todd Bowles harkens back to the days of the Tony Dungy-era with the Bucs, that in itself was also a mixed bag of emotions. Well frustration is certainly at an all-time high, there is reason for optimism amongst Buccaneers fans.
For starters, the team is still 2-1. We mentioned that earlier, but just thought we reiterate. They are in first place in an admittedly weak division, even if it may look just a hair better than initially anticipated. With the Bucs playing as inconsistent and almost uninspired as they have, their record should be seen as a positive despite the shortcomings.
The shortcomings of course refer to almost exclusively the offense. However, this really shouldn’t last too much longer. Sure, the possibility of the offense not being what it once was is always there, but the stagnant nature of it should at the very least improve in the coming weeks.
The biggest reason for optimism is that the Buccaneers will be getting their horses back on offense. Mike Evans suspension is over, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones should be getting healthier, and Tom Brady can finally rebuild the report he had with his pass catchers. This should improve the offense by leaps and bounds, as should the return of life tackle Donovan Smith. With all these championship pieces coming back into the fold, there’s no reason to believe that these dark times will last. The season is still young, and with a weakened NFC, one where the Philadelphia Eagles currently look like the best team in the conference , the Bucs have a lot of time to get their act together, especially with the way the defense is playing.
Injuries happen, to think otherwise it’s just silly. With that said, the almost comical nature that Buccaneers players have been getting injured almost all at once is also not something that should be anticipated. The offense is not the same, we knew that coming in. That doesn’t mean that the season his loss, and or hope should be abandoned. The way the defense has been playing, it will be able to shoulder the load while Brady in the offense gets back into the swing of things. Remember, it took them a bit in 2020 to get going as well, and look how that turned out. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be just fine. After all, they do have Tom Brady.