Baxter: Tampa Bay Will "Rattle Some Cages"

NFL analyst Russell Baxter explains why he expects the Bucs to take a step forward in 2019

Taz and the Moose
August 23, 2019 - 10:33 am
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Over the last two NFL seasons, four teams have gone from worst to first: Jacksonville and Philadelphia in 2017, and Chicago and Houston in 2018. NFL analyst Russell Baxter doesn’t know if that will happen in the NFC South in 2019, but he won’t be surprised if it does.

“Tampa Bay intrigues me,” Baxter said on Taz & The Moose. “A lot of it has to do with Bruce Arians, but a lot of it has to do with Jameis Winston. When you look at their personnel – offense and defense – you’re wondering how they haven’t been to the playoffs in almost a decade. A lot of it has to do with self-inflicted wounds. Jameis was not around to begin the year last year, and still that team led the league with 35 turnovers. So regardless of what they do on defense, they shoot themselves in the foot constantly.”

Tampa Bay finished third in the league in total offense last season but went 5-11. With fewer turnovers, the Buccaneers could be much better in 2019.

“In a division that is highly competitive, I think they could make a move up,” Baxter said. “The talent is there. I just find them very intriguing because of Arians and what he’s been able to do with the Colts, going to Arizona and resurrecting that team. Arians took a year away from football – at least on the sidelines – and I like what he stands for. He’s got Todd Bowles there as well. I think the switch on defense helps them a lot. I’m not picking them necessarily for the playoffs, but I think they’ll rattle some cages.”

Click below to listen to Baxter’s interview in its entirety.