The bench mark has been set, for the Bucs as a franchise to go from an organization built largely on the success of teams known for their legendary defensive prowess to potentially become a powerhouse offensively.
As a franchise the Bucs have never, had a team score more then 388 points in a season. The high water mark came in 2000 under the guidance of offensive coordinator Les Steckel powered by the likes of Shaun King, Keyshawn Johnson & Warrick Dunn.
The youngest team in the NFL, for a second season in a row is counting on the resonating success of Josh Freeman, Mike Williams and LaGerrette Blount, from 2010 to catapult them into the record books in 2011.
“There’s a chance, just because of our youth and the experience we got last year,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson told the St. Petersburg Times. “We’re still the youngest team in the league, but we do have experience, and that’s a huge positive. I do believe we’ll get better.”
The above trio helped generate the fourth highest offensive point total in the 35-year history of the Bucs with 341 points.
While it might be a tad bit premature to start comparing the group to many great offensive trio’s of yesteryear. However, there is a possibility that with the continued development by Freeman, Williams and Blount that the Bucs offense could become a force to be reckoned with.
Now no ones insinuating the trio of Freeman, Williams and Blount are even in the same realm at this point as the Cowboys, you know the originally triplets, consisting of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, & Emmitt Smith, or the Colts led by Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison & Edgerrin James, or the “Greatest Show on Turf” with the likes of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, & Isaac Bruce, or the 49ers who were led by Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Roger Craig or even the San Diego “Super” Chargers under Don Coryell who were led by Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner & Chuck Muncie.
But, if and it’s a big if, they become more consistent and continue to progress they have the makings of the next set of triplets to grace the NFL landscape.