It’s not likely that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win go 16-0, but a 2-0 start with wins against Cleveland and division rival Carolina on the road is a step in the right direction.
In 2009, rookie head coach Raheem Morris and rookie QB Josh Freeman were facing a lot of criticism throughout the season.
Some were questioning whether to fire Morris and even a Facebook page was dedicated to the head coach being fired.
Freeman, the early round draft choice out of Kansas State showed flashes of brilliance last year, but more things went wrong than right. However, it’s about learning from your mistakes and growing.
“I think he’s growing up right before everyone’s eyes,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said of Josh Freeman, who is among the youngest of these young and yet-to-be-defeated Bucs.
Is it Tampa’s turn to win the NFC South?
No team has won the NFC South in consecutive years since its inception in 2002.
Carolina’s situation at QB is more unsettled, especially after the Buccaneers surprised the Panthers with a road win. The Falcons have Matt Ryan, but the Bucs came close on two occasions in beating the Falcons. And finally, how can one forget the Bucs defeating the Saints toward the end of last season in overtime, 20-17?
Bucs’ fans should be encouraged, but also cautious. This team is still the second youngest team in the NFL.
Tampa will face a 2-0 Pittsburgh team with their veteran defense, but if Freeman can use his mobility and manage the game, this team has a chance to win.