It is a new era in Tampa Bay Buccaneers football history as it will be its first season since 2019 without future Hall-Of-Fame quarterback Tom Brady and the first time since 2014 that its starting quarterback entering the season isn't Brady or his predecessor former first-round pick Jameis Winston.
Now Baker Mayfield taking the reins after an 8-9 season, which was just enough to capture the NFC South and a playoff birth, which was a loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
But how will the Buccaneers do this season? Some fans are optimistic they can still be a playoff team, while others are preparing for the worst.
In this article, we will cover three realistic outcomes of the 2023 Buccaneers season, and what to expect from the pewter and red.
First, let's recap some offseason roster changes.
Additions: QB Baker Mayfield, OG Matt Feiler, S Ryan Neal, K Rodrigo Blankenship
Subtractions: RB Leonard Fournette, QB Tom Brady (retired), CB Sean Murphy Bunting, S Mike Edwards, WR Scotty Miller, OG Shaq Mason
Notable Draft Picks: DT Calijah Kancey (first-round), OT Cody Mauch (second-round)
The Best Outcome For Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Final Record: 10-7 First NFC South
In the best outcome for the Buccaneers, they prove all the doubters wrong by improving from their 8-9 record and taking the division crown once again.
Baker Mayfield shows flashes like the first-overall pick he once was and throws for 30+ touchdowns. The defense is top-ten with many game-winning plays.
Rachaad White wastes no time, becoming a star running back and rushing for over 1,000 yards and 10+ touchdowns.
Mike Evans once again tops 1,000 yards and keeps building his case as a Hall-Of-Fame receiver. Chris Godwin remains elite as well as Cade Otton having a breakout season for Tampa Bay.
In this scenario, the Buccaneers host the New York Giants, and they can secure a playoff win at home. But despite this, they fall the next week in Philadelphia to the Eagles.
Although there is no Super Bowl, the team proved the doubters wrong and Todd Bowles wins Coach of the Year.
The Realistic Outcome For Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Final Record: 7-10 3rd NFC South
In the most realistic outcome for the Buccaneers, they miss the playoffs and win only seven games in 2023. They keep most games very close, but let some get away.
Baker Mayfield is solid for Tampa Bay, throwing over 20 touchdown passes including three game-winning drives.
The organization realizes that the Super Bowl window is pretty much closed, and decides to start rebuilding, keeping Baker as a bridge quarterback.
Rachaad White shows big flashes of being their starting running back for the near future, and Calijah Kancey excites Bucs fans on the D-Line.
Mike Evans once again gets 1,000+ receiving yards and Todd Bowles is extended as the team likes his potential. The defense also plays solid but the offensive line struggles a bit, despite the absence of Donovan Smith, who always got into trouble by holding.
Buccaneers fans might not be happy with this scenario, but it's the most realistic. As I said, I do see Tampa Bay being very competitive this season, but the losses are too much compared to the gains and if they couldn't achieve a winning record with Tom Brady last season, how will they have one with Baker Mayfield?
The Worst Outcome For Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Final Record: 4-13 4th NFC South
In the worst outcome for the Buccaneers, they are one of the worst teams in the league and only win four games.
Baker Mayfield struggles badly, and his replacement Kyle Trask can't help much either. The offensive line is one of the worst, and the defense looks like a shell of itself.
Tampa Bay goes from worst to first, but despite this, the future is brighter than ever. They secure the first-overall pick and select Caleb Wiliams, who has gotten comparisons to Patrick Mahomes.
This honestly feels like the best-case scenario because instead of getting a mid-round pick with an aging roster, Tampa Bay can start the rebuild right.
Give Us Your Thoughts
Which scenario do you think will play out this season for the Buccaneers? Will they make a playoff push, or sink to the bottom of the NFC?
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