On the Locked On These days podcast, we preview the calendar year ahead for the Tampa Bay Bucs, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
TAMPA, Fla — Must we anticipate a Super Bowl hangover for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Are the Arizona Cardinals superior? How can the Chiefs get back again to the quite prime?
As the preseason moves forward, we are previewing and forecasting groups throughout the NFL on the Locked On Right now podcast.
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Super Bowl hangover for the Bucs?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the 1st championship group to ever provide back again all 22 starters. Their roster is terrifying. Will that avert them from acquiring a Tremendous Bowl hangover?
James Yarcho of Locked On Bucs joined Locked On Right now to preview the year in advance for the defending champs.
“You know the NFL is a amusing animal,” Yarcho stated. “You could have a workforce appear out of nowhere. It is all about what staff gets warm. The Buccaneers obtained hot following they missing to the Chiefs in the typical time and rattled off 8 straight for the reason that they just started off clicking at the appropriate time. So it is really not usually the ideal group that wins the Tremendous Bowl. It’s what team is playing the most effective at that instant in time. But you could make a robust case that the Buccaneers are in point the best crew in the NFL.”
Yarcho explained a person of his major takeaways from camp was how excellent the Antonio Brown and Tom Brady link appeared. He thinks Brady can be even much better this yr.
“(Antonio Brown) acquiring a full offseason, he understands the offense. Obtain an individual who enjoys you the way Tom Brady enjoys throwing to Antonio Brown for the reason that it is really no joke. This crew could conclude up with a few 1,000 lawn receivers in Evans, Godwin and Antonio Brown,” Yarcho explained. “Again, health is going to be a massive issue. But yeah, they definitely can get improved than they had been last calendar year for the reason that Tom Brady’s not finding out the offense, he is refining it. They figured out what worked late in the year. They are working with that as a massive power.”
Are the Arizona Cardinals any superior?
The Arizona Cardinals experienced one particular of the most disappointing finishes in the NFL when they shed each and every of their final two games final season, the two from groups playing backup quarterbacks, needing to gain just a person of them to make the playoffs.
They experienced one of the busier offseasons in the NFL, picking up J.J. Watt, Malcolm Butler, Rodney Hudson, A.J. Environmentally friendly, Matt Prater and James Conner. Are they completely ready to be a legit contender?
Bo Brack and Alex Clancy of Locked On Cardinals joined Locked On Nowadays. Clancy mentioned it’s genuinely likely to arrive down to Kliff Kingsbury’s efficiency as a playcaller and video game manager.
“At this position, when you have veteran leadership like DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Inexperienced, you have Rodney Hudson underneath heart to shore up the offensive line. You have Rondale Moore, who appears to be to be electrical so far, they are heading to operate in the slot and outdoors type of be the gadget male. If you can not operate the offense proficiently, as Kliff Kingsbury, with this offense, what is he carrying out below? And I have claimed this all the offseason,” Clancy explained. “If the offense just isn’t the power of the Arizona Cardinals, why is Kliff Kingsbury the head coach? And he just desires to contact better performs from play a person to the very last enjoy of the recreation.”
But, with the addition of JJ Watt to the defensive line with Chandler Jones, in addition Budda Baker and Malcolm Butler in the secondary, could the defense be the Cardinals’ energy?
“There is certainly one area that things have to go correct for this Arizona Cardinals protection to be very good, to be a best 10 unit, and that is the defensive secondary,” Brack explained. “They’re gonna ride with Malcom Butler who replaces Patrick Peterson, it could be the standing quo is manufacturing. But then they have obtained a few rookies that everybody’s intrigued by Marco Wilson who they traded up for out of Florida absolute just software lose, but can he get it with each other amongst the ears? So much so very good, 1 preseason sport into it. It could be exclusive, it could be the Arizona Cardinals calling card despite obtaining Kliff Kingsbury as their head coach, Kyler Murray as the quarterback and DeAndre Hopkins as their best receiver.”
Can the Chiefs get back again on prime and get it all?
The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have been to two straight Tremendous Bowls and three straight AFC Championship video games. Can they maintain it rolling and get back to wherever it can be them hoisting the Lombardi Trophy?
Chris Clark joined Locked On Right now to chat about Kansas City’s odds this yr. The weakest stage for the Chiefs was the offensive line. Though it still has some thoughts, it is really intended to be considerably more powerful this 12 months.
“I feel the biggest will need was changing the offensive line and they did that in the offseason totally,” Clark mentioned. “So I think that they are in terrific shape in that regard. Dependent on where by you appear, I’ve observed them rated somewhere in the prime 10 of the offensive lines in the NFL and I think that could be optimistic. I do think that they are going to be very good offensive line but it seems like they are heading to begin 3 rookies. So though I do think that all a few of those guys will engage in effectively, it’s going to be a perform in progress.”
Also on present-day Locked On Now
- Yankees and Crimson Sox in August, other than the Pink Sox forgot to clearly show up.
- The chance of Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott looking at any are living motion in the preseason prior to the Sept. 9 opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is growing dimmer and dimmer.
- Nebraska declared that the NCAA is on the lookout into its football method just after a report claimed Cornhuskers workers improperly used analysts and consultants with the understanding of coach Scott Frost and even moved exercise sessions off campus last 12 months when these types of functions ended up banned in the course of the pandemic.
- Oakland Athletics ace Chris Bassitt endured a suitable cheek fracture that will have to have surgical procedures when he was struck in the head by a line generate for the duration of Tuesday’s match.