Remember when I came out and predicted the Bucs would be in the Super Bowl for the 2016 season? I was referred to as being as delusional as they come. I toned it down a bit and later predicted a 10-6 record immediately after the schedule was released. Still, many chose not to believe.
Since then we have seen several outlets praise the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for how they handled free agency and their successful draft. Put all of that together and that has people talking who are now starting to believe in the idea of Tampa Bay being a contender in 2016. Add NFL Media’s Adam Schein to that growing list of believers.
In his latest column on NFL.com, Schein lists several reasons why he believes the Bucs will be “right in the mix” for playoff contention. Among the two previously mentioned reasons he feels that way is because the Bucs have a young core group of players, the first three players selected in this year’s draft will provide instant impact (including praise for the Roberto Aguayo selection) and the most obvious reason, Lovie Smith is no longer the head coach.
The coaching staff will also play a huge role in the success. With there no longer being a conflict of interest because relatives are on the staff and constant power struggles throughout the defensive secondary coaches, the Buccaneers now have a competent staff who can put players — and will put players — in position to win. Simple as that.
Many are still choosing to sleep on Tampa Bay which is why Schein ends his article saying, “Open your eyes. It’s time to stop sleeping on the Bucs.” It’s been obvious, at least for me, that you can see the potential success for 2016 around the corner. Schein went from bashing quarterback Jameis Winston last offseason and saying he should not be drafted to now becoming a believer.
There will be more people like Schein. How do I know? Because they are slowly publishing articles out about it.
The hype is infectious.
The hype, whether you want to believe it or not, is real.