Every year there is at least one team that comes out of nowhere to make the playoffs.
This team flies under the radar, ignored by prognosticators and so-called “experts”, who make their picks largely based on last season’s results more than the changes made to the current roster.
In 2011, that team was undoubtedly the San Francisco 49ers. This season, it will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa is widely being picked to finish last in the NFC South this season.
The common line of thought is that division rivals Atlanta and New Orleans will remain in the thick of the playoff race, while Carolina is a team on the rise due to last year’s Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton.
Most believe Tampa has improved on paper with several big ticket free agents, but think that it will not be enough to move upwards in the division.
This does not take into account the biggest change Tampa Bay made this offseason. Like the 2011 Niners, the Bucs enter this season with a new head coach. Like Jim Harbaug...