McFarland voiced his lack of faith in the Buccaneers being Super Bowl contenders. He pointed to that while the team is very good, they still have a lot of holes to fill. McFarland also mentioned he didn’t think wide receiver Chris Godwin would be back with the team until December. The former Buccaneer then stated he was concerned that Rob Gronkowski wasn’t back yet. Even going as far as to say Gronkowski isn’t the player he once was.
Booger wasn’t done, he then pointed to off-field concerns. He cited the coaching change and that under Todd Bowles the team will have a more balanced attack. To be honest, McFarland seemed to point in more directions of what’s wrong with the Buccaneers than he has crooked fingers to do so with.
But, McFarland does know the game, and he always seems to pay more attention to his former team, the Buccaneers. So his take isn’t wrong, but it also doesn’t take in to account that we haven’t even had the draft yet. A draft that looks like the Buccaneers could pull two if not three impact players out of.
McFarland also seems to leave out the mass exodus of talent from the NFC to the AFC this offseason. The NFC would appear to be a three-horse race between Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Los Angeles. Taking that in to consideration, I would say the Buccaneers have a very solid chance of making it to the big game. Especially with a solid draft class.
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