The Buccaneers were a product of bad defensive play due to poor coaching from college coach Lovie Smith. But things will be different in 2016 with new coaches and a new feel throughout One Buc Place.
“Ten wins. Ten wins,” Dukes said. “If you go back to last year and look at the games they lost, the defense pretty much let the Buccaneers down. That was the oddity of it. Many people felt — me being one of them — thought that Lovie [Smith coming in] — he got to buy the groceries, too.
“When he came in he spent a lot of money on defense and the defense, unfortunately, never panned out. Go back to that Washington Redskins game last year. The Bucs are killing the Washington Redskins. That started the Kirk Cousins run, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
Dukes points to the obvious: Lovie Smith being the issue for the Buccaneers downfall, something I have mentioned often since tweeting and writing about it entering the final four games of Smith’s tenure in Tampa Bay. The offense was successful. The defense, HIS defense, was not and far from it.
The Buccaneers have a good core in place. There is no reason to believe this team will not be successful. Of course a new coaching staff brings a sense of a re-building year, but in the case of the 2016 Bucs, 10 wins does not sound far-fetched with the veterans on the staff mixed in perfectly with the players on the roster.