Tampa Bay Buccanneers: What is Missing?

By John Beauchamp
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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So far, the season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been horrible, going 0-4 through five weeks. Josh Freeman is gone and the season ahead doesn’t look very bright.

The first week against the New York Jets was a tight one, battled to the last second. Tampa took a two-point lead late in the game which seemed to seal the victory, but with it all went wrong. Linebacker Lavonte David made a boneheaded move and put a late hit on rookie quarterback Geno Smith, which would put the Jets into field goal range. The Jets hit the field goal and won the game. This immediately hurt the confidence of the Tampa defense.

The next week was almost a replica of Week 1. The Buccaneers hosted against the New Orleans Saints, the game was tight going into the fourth quarter. The Buccaneers could have potentially won it with a field goal or a touchdown, but instead they missed the field goal and allowed the Saints to set up for a game winning drive, leaving the Bucs at 0-2.

Week 3 the Buccaneers traveled to Foxborough, Massachusetts to face off against the New England Patriots. This game wasn’t even close with the Patriots winning, 23-3.

With the Buccaneers off to a 0-3 start, they knew that changes had to be made; they moved Freeman down on the depth chart and gave rookie quarterback Mike Glennon his first career start against the Arizona Cardinals. Even with the change, the Buccaneers still failed to win a game.

I believe that the Buccaneers still have a long way to go till they actually have an elite team. The Buccaneers defense isn’t doing bad so far, allowing only five touchdowns — they could use another linebacker and defensive tackle — but overall, the Tampa Bay defense isn’t far from being elite.

Even though the Buccaneers’ defense is doing well, their offense has still struggled this year. There have been several injuries at the tight end position between Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree, with Nate Byham now starting at the position. There are also a few holes in the line but the offensive line is almost the least of their problems.

Even though the Buccaneers have gotten off to an 0-4 start, they still have a long season ahead of them where they can get some decent wins in. Playoff picture may be out of sight but after a bye week hopefully the Buccaneers can figure out a way to win.

John Beauchamp is a multi-sport writer for Rant Sports, for any questions or concerns please email him at beauchamp.john8@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter @John_Beauchamp_, or add him to your network on Google

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