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Can first year head coach Greg Schiano put the Bucs back on top? Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud previews the Buccaneers.
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The Buccaneers finished 2011 with a four and twelve record out of a playoff and their head coach fired. To preview the 2012 -- and I'm joined by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay times. Rick and new team takes over and camp but look at buccaneer fans expect from a Greg -- no offense. Well they've got a lot of things in the off season just around just for him -- some weapons and I think that started in -- In free agency -- assignments and Jackson gives him a true number one wide receiver guys that get a frankly they really haven't had here may because all the back Kee Shawn Johnson and that'll be able Mike Williams to. They'll play off that because obviously change the World Cup -- way. And then they brought in Carl Nicks who's very -- All pro guard who's gonna help both in the run game in pass protection. It enables Jeremy Suton and moved to -- its not a big addition being drastic cut mark -- running back and Boise State. -- -- them again it's a three down back pick and pick play in -- and in pass protection. Run routes. -- just blow one dimensional Coste will be a big piece of the conference. Mark he's going to be more regard it will pounded -- and -- I don't want to -- the football wants to run the football be physical and that creates some play action opportunities that just treatment. And that's injection on the field. And -- the lead the bucks rank near the bottom of the league which means they can only and proof. Well look at -- got to bring to the defense at bat the ball. -- it too much on the charts in terms of personnel the only -- that they sign. In free agency was Eric Wright he's a quarterback as a free agent with the alliance. Enables Ronnie barber to move to safety which new position for him that. The transition that should be -- seamless even after sixteen seasons. And that really counting on their defense line to stay healthy and that starts which are -- -- number -- pick from a couple of years ago just hasn't been able to do that eastbourne. Both biceps the last two seasons only played. About nineteen or twenty games and has four sacks in his career he had to stay on the field for sixteen weeks. And that's kind of a mixed matched and their linebackers are extremely young Mason Foster was a rookie middle linebacker last year. -- and the young weak side linebacker next on the Milwaukee game at the draft pick out of Nebraska ago when two black. Who's only -- -- but their -- should be pretty good with the right to keep a lead. Who really is one of the best cover corners in the league I think you'll see a much more sound defense and one that does give up as many plays -- he gave up. Thirty touchdown pass last year -- last -- for a. Well what would be considered success -- here one of the piano air act. Well I think that the you know -- this is not really rebuilding project so to speak they do have a young team that they're better than nice mix of veterans. Obviously Greg is gonna have to make that the transition that many college coaches to struggle with common for brokers in the NFL but he was in the NFL defensive backs coach. And really the boxing -- go about as -- Josh Freeman does that mean in 2010 you look like. One of the best that he -- young backs in the league with 25 touchdowns six interceptions in the last season took a big step back contract with the weapons were very good. The defense obviously -- or force a lot of grows so. You know Mike Sullivan who was with Eli Manning. The last two years as quarterback much. With the New York Giants should making a lot of progress without which option I think if that happens. You know this year -- south as one of those worst to first -- They have a chance sustain it for a while that schedule very tough to depend on if they get off to a good start they host Carolina and play the next two weeks against the NFC east. All right thanks Rick can be sure to keep it logged on the foxsports.com. As we continue act when he twelve. Countdown to kickoff I'm still there and then.