If there was one highlight of the 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season, it would be the record-setting franchise offense, especially the passing game projected to reach 6,000 yards.
That’s 6,000 yards between journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and franchise QB Jameis Winston, who are currently throwing for a combined 3,746 yards. Fitzpatrick has 2,366, while Winston has 1,380. Provided the Bucs keep on pace with their #1 offense, it would be the first time in franchise history the team finished best in the league in yardage, which is quite a feat considering the franchise has finished in the top only three times in its 43-year history.
Unfortunately, the #1 ranking doesn’t translate to enough scoring as they are 8th due to their constant stalled drives and ill-timed turnovers. An ineffective RedZone offense combined with a porous defense has resulted in their current 3-7 record and the team likely missing the playoffs again.
Is there something to build off of? Given the likely lame duck status of the coaching staff, it depends if the new staff wants to give Winston an audition in his final option year. Fitzpatrick likely hasn’t impressed any new teams enough to warrant him seriously testing the market given his turnovers. If other teams are interested, it would be similar to the interest in Jeff George late in his career before he finally retired. Otherwise, just a one-year deal.
The Bucs could look to the draft for a QB of the future, but the team has so many areas to address. A trade for an established QB is also possible provided the team has the proper resources not to mortgage the future.
Could the team build off this record season or are they too far gone?