Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/8/12
NFL beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder. Whereas a 4-4 record at the seasons halfway point might rank as a disappointment for some teams, others would see it as major progress. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can be grouped in the latter. The Bucs finished 2011 with a 4-12 record that prompted the firing of head coach Raheem Morris. But halfway through 2012, Tampa Bay is making significant strides under coach Greg Schiano. OK, so the teams the Bucs have beaten are a combined 11-22. Big deal. This is the NFL, where any team can win on a given Sunday. Upon further review, even the Buccaneers first half can be divided into two: a pre-bye week 1-3 mark, and a post-bye week 3-1. The turnaround has been fueled by a resurgent offense that has averaged 477 yards and 36 points the past four games. Quarterback Josh Freeman and rookie running back Doug Martin have led the explosion. Martin hasnt been the only impressive rookie. Linebacker Lavonte David and safety Mark Barron have ...
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