Bucs are ready to put disastrous 2017 season in rear view mirror

Jason Licht

Jason Licht

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers encountered quite the disappointing season in 2017-18 while once again missing out on the postseason.

In an interview with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said he "cringed at" the preseason predictions for his team. And now we had a year where I've been on record saying it - it was brutal.

"The last eight games - this is typically what you get from teams that didn't make the playoffs - we were close in this many games and we should've won these games and blah, blah, blah. I think anytime when you have your quarterback go down, it's just not going to be the same". I know we only finished with five wins, but there's nobody walking around here thinking anything but good things about next year.

Specifically, Licht believes that the Buccaneers offense struggled in part due to the lack of production from running back Doug Martin. "And it wasn't until late that Peyton [Barber] kind of arrived and things started going a little bit better with him, starting with the Green Bay game and on and on". At this point a year ago, we were being lauded for the best off-season move of keeping Mike Smith after a historic turnaround in 2016.

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The above quote is as clear a sign as a GM usually gives he will move on from a player - there is no guaranteed money left in Martin's contract.

The Bucs had plenty of problems on that side of the ball this year, including some actual football things like an injury to defensive end Noah Spence rendering their pass rush ineffective.

Licht added that he plans to focus on building the defense this offseason.

"We've been pretty heavy offense", he said.

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