The defense will save the attack
September 3, 2022
Sometimes it takes someone watching from the outside to get the best grip.
That’s exactly what Joe thought when reading an NFC South breakdown by SI.com’s Gary Gramling.
Gramling believes this is the Bucs division to lose. And while the offense entering the season has issues (offensive line injuries, wide receiver injuries, no Rob Gronkowski foot rubs – yet), that be the defense which arrives very early and leaves time for the attack to find its way.
Best case: The defense carries the team as soon as the offense finds its footing with two new receivers (Russell Gage and Julio Jones), and Brady has all the pieces in working order by the time the playoffs roll around. The quarterback is making his 11th Super Bowl start.
Joe likes it, but wait: Do we really have to believe that the offense will be disjointed for three months or more? Joe expects the offense to peak in six weeks or less.
Now people might be pointing to Tom Brady and the 2020 Bucs. The offense didn’t really click until after the bye in late November. The difference between then and now is that Brady knows the attack like the back of his hand. At the time, he was learning on the job.
Joe thinks the Bucs’ defense might be the best in the NFL. Yeah, Joe is so bullish.