The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the 2021-22 NFL season as the current Super Bowl champions and after a break in which they bet to maintain the base of their squad they will seek to revalidate their status as the best team in the league.
There are some differences that will be key both at the beginning of the campaign and during it, especially due to the consolidation of a game system that was successful in the previous harvest.
Despite the fact that at the start of the 2020-21 season they had several of the main figures such as Jason Pierre-Paul, Devin White and Shaquil Barrett, they had a difficult time finding stability. Proof of this is that they allowed 22.6 points per game in the first half of the season, in contrast to the 19.5 they gave up in the postseason.
The explanation behind this improvement in defense revolves around the game identity built by coordinator Todd Bowles, who over the weeks managed to consolidate a style that even led them to dominate an offense as powerful as that of the Chiefs in the Super Bowl LV.
The promotion to starters of Antoine Winfield Jr., Jordan Whitehead and Sean Murphy-Bunting, are the most notable changes in terms of the squad that started the previous season, with three players who earned their space in the first unit of the team .
If we talk about offensive players, the changes are almost imperceptible, since the system of Bruce Arians and coordinator Byron Leftwich plans to work in a similar way. Justin Watson is one of the few who will see his position compromised, but this courtesy of a serious injury that forced him to undergo surgery.
Tom Brady will continue as the leader of the Tampa Bay attack after renewing with the team for another year and will again have several of his favorite pieces for the passing game, such as tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate.
The group of receivers is boosted with one of the best versions of Antonio Brown in several years, finding the confidence of the organization during the past playoffs. He joins Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as the main body of wide receivers.
If we talk about the runners, more than a change of names what there will be is a change of style, since as it has been revealed during the training sessions, they expect both Ronald Jones II, Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard, to occupy a more role. important receiving the ball by air and not just carrying it.
This will be the first season since 2007 in which the Buccaneers have solid aspirations to be champions of the NFC South Division and not only that, since they manage to stay healthy they are candidates to even return to the Super Bowl.