Bleacher Report weighs in on Bucs' biggest offseason question mark
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By Bonnie Mott

After finishing 5-11 in one of the most disappointing seasons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had, it’s pretty clear that this team has multiple areas to address and needs to fill if they want to punch a ticket to the playoffs in 2018. However, there is one position in particular that is the Buccaneers’ biggest concern right now and that is the defense. At least that’s what Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski seems to think. Sobleski believes Mike Smith’s unit is the franchise’s biggest question mark this offseason for the following reasons:

The defense being this team’s biggest problem is definitely true without a doubt. Tampa Bay’s defense struggled all season long with getting to the quarterback, containing opposing passing games, generating sacks and generating an effective pass-rush. As a result, offenses consistently trampled over the Bucs defense drive after drive which led to back-to-back losses for the Bucs. It also doesn’t help that Noah Spence had an injury-riddled season and Robert Ayers couldn’t seem to get anything going to help the team’s lack of pass-rush. So, to address the dilemma the Bucs would be wise to cut any dead weight that isn’t helping this team live up to its potential and also begin their search for a solid pass-rusher whether that be through free agency or the draft. Smith doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon so starting with the team’s roster should be the first offseason move Tampa Bay makes no...



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