Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets – 2014 Tickets and Preview
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wiped the slate clean after last season and fired anybody who was anybody. Then they hired Lovie Smith to be head coach, as good a move as any team has made this offseason. Smith continued the housecleaning by attacking the Buccaneers roster, shedding dead weight and adding talent chosen by it’s compatibility with the Buccaneers new scheme. It’s a long haul from the cellar of the NFC South but the Buccaneers have already begun the climb.
Smith brought along an ace in the hole in quarterback Josh McCown. Certainly not a big name, but McCown could surprise some teams. He’s worked with Smith before, having backed up Jay Cutler, and he’s done well, throwing 13 touchdowns against a single interception. Lovie Smith likes big receivers and has some now in Tampa Bay. Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans (2014 draft choice) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2014 Draft choice) are all 6’5” tall. At least McCown will be able to see them in traffic.
Buccaneers ticket holders may have been shocked when Smith released Darrelle Revis, but it was a good move that saved Tampa Bay some money and more importantly, gave them some flexibility and the chance to broaden the talent base. The Buccaneers defense will lean heavily on Gerald McCoy to provide a pass rush and a set of linebackers built to deploy in a Tampa 2 defense.
The 2014 Buccaneers schedule is intimidating. There are no probable wins here (maybe Cleveland?) The Buccaneers schedule brings the Saints, Falcons, and Panthers in home and away games. In addition, Raymond James Stadium will welcome the St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals, and Green Bay Packers. On the road the Buccaneers schedule looks like this, apart from NFC South opponents: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, and Detroit Lions.