The Bucs And Injury Luck In 2022

For a workforce to win a Tremendous Bowl plenty of issues should go proper. The workforce has to have a proficient roster. It must have an excellent scheme. The workforce must be a cohesive unit.

And they should have a little bit of luck.

One space of luck that performs an enormous function in workforce success is harm luck. This was one thing the Bucs loved fairly a little bit of of their two Tremendous Bowl championship seasons. Tampa Bay solely had one starter on injured reserve in every of these seasons. Nostril deal with Booger McFarland in 2002 and proper guard Alex Cappa in 2020.

Final yr, not a lot.

How huge of a change was there between 2020 and 2021? In keeping with Soccer Outsiders the Bucs misplaced simply 30.6 adjusted video games as a result of harm in 2020. Which means the gathered video games missed by injured gamers. Per FO’s metrics they had been the least injured workforce that yr.

In 2021 that quantity jumped to 81.3, which ranked sixteenth within the league. The 50.7 distinction recreation distinction represented the third largest year-over-year enhance within the NFL, trailing solely the Baltimore Ravens and the New Orleans Saints.

Accidents That Impacted 2021

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

And lots of the accidents the Bucs suffered had been main contributors. Whereas the workforce loved a really steady lineup alongside the offensive line for a lot of the common season, the offensive playmakers did face their share of missed video games as a result of harm. Between Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown, and Mike Evans the Bucs misplaced 18 video games as a result of harm. Add to that accidents sustained to Scotty Miller, Ronald Jones and Gio Bernard and the workforce misplaced one other 11 video games from key contributors.

On protection the workforce confronted extra adversity. Starters Shaq Barrett, Carlton Davis III, Lavonte David, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jordan Whitehead, Vita Vea, and Antoine Winfield, Jr. mixed to overlook 34 video games with one other 9 video games coming from key contributors Dee Delaney and Richard Sherman.

Making ready For 2022

Looking forward to 2022, it’s vital for the workforce to be ready for a state of affairs extra like 2021 than 2020. Final yr, the Bucs had been actually selecting up avenue free brokers to play within the secondary as a result of a rash of accidents to that place group. And the workforce is already making ready.

Free agent additions Keanu Neal, Logan Ryan, Akiem Hicks and Fred Johnson assist create extra depth. That is to arrange for potential accidents within the new yr. Rating sixteenth final yr means the workforce about common harm luck. And they need to put together as if they are going to have about the identical luck this yr. In the event that they find yourself with a season extra like 2020, all the higher.

With every offseason transaction you’ll be able to see that common supervisor Jason Licht and his workforce are attempting to strengthen the middle-to-bottom of the roster as a way to higher climate the potential harm bug. Good entrance workplaces self-evaluate and adapt. It appears the Bucs try to just do that.