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Thursday, September 1, 2011
Jaws: Bucs don't have enough offense

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

When you see my season predictions Thursday afternoon, you’ll see that I’m very high on Tampa Bay’s offense. But not everybody falls into that same category.

Take "Monday Night Football" analyst Ron Jaworski for one. On a conference call with the other members of the broadcast crew Wednesday, Jaworski was asked if the Bucs have enough weapons surrounding Josh Freeman.

“I really don't,’’ Jaworski said. “I think Josh Freeman and I know we've had this discussion before. I think he's a rising star. He's got everything you could want in a quarterback from a physical side, all the throws. He was wired by NFL Films last year, and I listened to his demeanor in the huddle at the line of scrimmage, so you know he's got the cerebral approach down. I think he's a terrific young quarterback.

But that’s where Jaworski veered in another direction.

“I think they have to run the football a lot more consistent,’’ Jaworski said. “Obviously, LeGarrette Blount came in and did an outstanding job last year. I still don't think they've got enough. They've got some quality at the wide receiver in (Mike) Williams and (Arrelious) Benn. I just don't see a team where I say, wow, they're going to scare me right now on the offensive side of the football. I think, as this offense begins to evolve and grow around Josh, then it can become a dynamic offense.’’

I’d throw out the names of receivers Dezmon Briscoe and Sammie Stroughter and tight end Kellen Winslow to argue the Bucs can be a pretty dynamic offense. Dynamic enough to score with Drew Brees and the Saints and Matt Ryan and the Falcons? Maybe so.

But the thing I worry about more is Tampa Bay’s defense being able to keep Brees and Ryan from piling up points.