2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12 in 2013)
The Bucs started last season 0-8, as Greg Schiano was clearly in over his head; he’s better suited as a college coach. He’s finally gone, replaced by Lovie Smith, a guy who led the Chicago Bears, with Rex Grossman at QB, to the Super Bowl. Now, he has an offense that features newcomer Josh McCown under center, with Doug Martin in the backfield and Vincent Jackson out wide. Plus, they have a defense that got better with Alterraun Verner now at cornerback.
1. Washington Redskins (3-13 in 2013)
Robert Griffin III was never right last year, as he tried to rebound from the injury that ended his ultra-successful rookie campaign. That created a soap-opera atmosphere in D.C. that started in training camp and remained throughout a dismal season. Now, RGIII is healthy, and he’ll have a new quarterback guru (head coach Jay Gruden helped groom Andy Dalton in Cincinnati) to learn from. They were the NFC East champs in 2012; they can do it again in ’14.
Buck Stanton is a former agent and current sports business writer for various web sites, publications and newspapers. He believes that emotion is for suckers and statistics never lie.
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