Tampa Bay Buccaneers: All-NFC South team

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The All-NFC South team is out, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fared about as well as you'd expect from a 4-12 team.

Five members of the Buccaneers were chosen to the team, which was chosen by the four writers who cover the division's teams. Let's start with the offense because that will be short.

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson was the only member of the Bucs' offense selected. He deserved it because he put up solid numbers despite drawing constant double-teams after No. 2 receiver Mike Williams went out with an injury just before midseason.

Now, let's flip over to the defense, where the Bucs fared pretty well. They placed four players on the defense, and none of them is a surprise. Gerald McCoy might be the best all-around defensive tackle in the game right now. Second-year linebacker Lavonte David had a breakthrough season and established himself as one of the top players in the league at his position.

Darrelle Revis brought the Bucs exactly what they were expecting -- a shutdown cornerback. The final member of the Bucs to make the All-NFC South team might come as a surprise to some but shouldn't be a shock to those who watched closely. In the eyes of the coaching staff and front office, strong safety Mark Barron really blossomed in his second season.


Best Bucs in the NFC South?

December, 18, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – Before you know it, we’re going to have our All-NFC South team.

I’m working on my nominations for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and will share my thoughts with you here. We’ll be doing a first and a second team.

Let’s start with the defense because that’s been the bright spot. I think linebacker Lavonte David, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and cornerback Darrelle Revis all have an excellent chance of making the first team. I’m also pushing hard for safety Mark Barron. If Barron doesn’t make the first team, I think he’ll be a strong candidate for the second team. Linebacker Mason Foster and safety Dashon Goldson also are guys I think may have a shot at the second team.

Now, let’s head over to the offense, where the list is much shorter. New Orleans and Carolina have been winning a lot of games, so they’ll probably dominate the first-team offense. But I think Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson has at least a shot at the first team. And I think veteran offensive linemen Donald Penn and Davin Joseph each have a shot at the second team.