The Buccaneers are putting together one of their worst seasons of all time when you look at the expectations relative to what they have done. Here is why.
To say that this season has been a disappointment for the Buccaneers would be a massive understatement.
This team was a preseason favorite to win a very weak NFC. The NFC did end up proving to not be up to the same standard as the AFC, but the Bucs fell very far short of their lofty preseason expectations.
This combination is unacceptable for a team that has experienced such a massive fall from grace, and it begs the question why this has happened and in such a dramatic fashion.
Here are the biggest issues facing the Bucs in 2022 and how they have played into this team losing:
Byron Leftwich has experienced the furtherest fall from grace of all the people associated with the team.
The quick-rising offensive coordinator that seemed like a lock for the Jaguars HC job has created an offense that is so stagnant and painful to watch that it actually makes some wonder if this is the least successful offense in team history relative to the talent.
Leftwich has become too predictable, too conservative, and he refuses to use analytics or acknowledge their effectiveness in the modern game, and his coaching style reflects all of this.
The Bucs are effectively neutered in the most important part of the modern NFL. This won’t change as long as Leftwich is the OC.