The Bucs through seven games still don't have an identity. When Lovie Smith took over the team it was understood that the Bucs would play a certain way. Run the football and play good defense. Control the clock on offense, limit mistakes from the quarterback position, and take away the football on defense. Needless to say that plan has succumb to below average talent and coaching.
What is most disturbing about this team is that the rebuilding process could extend beyond this year. The team now has eight draft picks for this upcoming draft. I could see a couple of veterans who are playing now get cut before next season. The Bucs once again will be players in free agency. The roster turnover won't be as dramatic next year as it was this year but there will be changes nonetheless.
Greg Cosell from NFL films, who joined Fan Interference on Thursday, thinks this team still has a ways to go to be competitive. "If Lovie wants to have a team that's built on the run game on offense and good defense then that's not this team right now," Cosell said. "So if he's trying to build that, and that's okay because he's going to be there for at least a couple years obviously, then it's going to take some time because this team as presently constructed can't win like that."
Smith has a track record of being a solid coach. This year is certainly not indicative of his overall coaching record. If it takes a couple of years to find the right identity, then so be it. I just hope that process happens sooner rather than later.
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