As they brought in a rookie quarterback behind an offensive line with obvious holes, the ceiling for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL season was only ever going to be but so high. And, in truly unexciting fashion, the Buccaneers played exactly as you would have expected to this season with Jameis Winston taking the helm of the offense.
There were times when Winston and the offense looked like they could keep up with any team in the league throughout the regular season. If anything, Winston showed that he has the tools as a football player to be a superstar quarterback in this league as he continues to grow and develop alongside the likes of Mike Evans and Doug Martin and (hopefully) as the front office in Tampa Bay continues to improve the blocking in front of them.
Moreover, the defense showed that they have tremendous strengths littered throughout—their pass rush comes to mind—and that the Bucs could possibly build something really nice on that side of the ball. Though they finished the season 6-10, this team was essentially supposed to be less than average, but while showing potential. That’s exactly the way things played out and, as it’s neither over nor underwhelming, a C seems perfectly fitting.
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