Last year, Greg Schiano became the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During that season, the Buccaneers had a lot of positives and a lot of negatives. With the addition of Schiano, Tampa had many other new faces that improved the Buccaneers roster with receiver Vincent Jackson, who was acquired through the free agency, safety Mark Barron, running back Doug Martin and linebacker Lavonte David to name a few picked up through the draft. All of these players made a huge impact in the 2012 season, as Martin and Jackson were Pro Bowl alternates.
Last season, the Buccaneers defense had an amazing strength and a terrifying weakness as the Tampa D was ranked with the best rush defense but the worst pass defense. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Buccaneers only allowed 29 yards rushing, but Nick Foles threw for nearly 400 yards. This game was a great summary for how the entire season went for the Buccaneers Defense.
Once the offseason began, Tampa knew that it was time to improve the secondary by acquiring All Pro safety Dashon Goldson from the San Francisco 49ers. Goldson has the speed to move around the field and the right amount of strength to layout anyone on offense. Along with Goldson, Tampa made a trade to get Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets, and only losing a first-round pick and only a conditional pick as well. Revis is arguably the best safety in the league, he can completely shutdown an entire side of the field with nearly zero effort. There’s a reason why they call it “Revis Island.”
With the two new All Pro defensive backs, Tampa also drafted cornerback Jonathan Banks in the second round. Banks seems to be making an impact on the team since Tampa recently released cornerback Eric Wright. If Banks performs even near the level that Revis performs, then you will certainly see a lockdown secondary for this next season to come.
Schiano has brought new life into this organization. I believe that Schiano and the Buccaneers will take the league by storm and if all goes well you might see Tampa playing on Super Sunday sometime soon.