Will Bucs take a step back?

May, 27, 2011
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In this Insider post, Ben Fawkes writes that it’s going to be difficult for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to repeat the success of last year’s 10-6 season.

He cites a more difficult schedule, defensive line problems and issues in the secondary as the reasons the Bucs could take a step back.

On the other side of that, I’ll say the Bucs might be able to handle a harder schedule because their young players got some valuable experience last year. As far as the defensive line, I think the return of defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price from injuries and the drafting of defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers makes this unit a lot better than last season.

The secondary does have some questions because there is uncertainty about the future of cornerback Aqib Talib due to legal issues, and safety Tanard Jackson is suspended until at least late September. But the Bucs do have veteran Ronde Barber at cornerback and he can help ease the transition for E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis.

Feel free to share your thoughts on if the Bucs will take a step forward or a step back in the comments section below.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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