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Fox Sports picks Bucs dead last in NFL countdown

Fox Sports -- which is scheduled to televise 13 of the Bucs' 16 games in 2014 -- has opened its countdown of all 32 NFL teams by introducing ... the Bucs in dead last at No. 32.

Here's a seven-minute video of Fox analysts discussing the team's prospects -- it doesn't line up much with the preseason pick, with optimism about Lovie Smith bringing a new attitude to the team and praise for new additions Josh McCown, Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner. There's little explanation for picking the Bucs to take a step backward, other than mentioning the uncertainty the offensive line has at guard.

The video has good insights -- former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher talks about playing for Smith, and how the Bucs are likely to use defensive tackle Gerald McCoy as a catalyst in the new defense. If the Bucs don't show any improvement from their 4-12 record in 2013, or even take a step backward, then you can give Fox Sports credit for anticipating that ... 

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:29am]


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