So what does Jason Cole of YahooSports.com think of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiving corps? Well, folks it’s not pretty. Out of thirty-two teams, Cole ranked the Bucs 29th. The old NFL formula for winning, used to be a dominant rushing attack, augmented by a stout defense and a quarterback who could manage the game. Like anything, the golden age has given way to the aerial arsenal of recent, driven by elite quarterbacks and prima donna receivers.
It’s hard to argue against Cole, especially considering the team’s receivers are lumped into one of two categories. The unproven or the underachievers. The only legitimate receiving threat is tight end Kellen Winslow. Factor in Josh Freeman, as the lead trigger-man with only 9-starts under his belt and there is no denying that there’s a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the Bucs passing attack heading into 2010.
But after reading where some teams were ranked, there is no way the Bucs are worse the the Oakland Raiders, who Cole has ranked at 27th in the rankings. If you have been reading Bucs Central for a while you might remember the post about drop percentage where the Raiders have three players ranked in the top ten. So a team that has three players in the top 10 in drop percentage gets a higher ranking then the Bucs? I Just don’t see it. This is definitely a head scratcher. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with a low ranking but to be under the Raiders is baffling to say the least.