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The Buccaneers have turned it around this season, sort of. Despite the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball, it's the defense who deserves the credit.

While this team hasn't been able to figure out who should play quarterback on a weekly basis, this team has figured it out on defense thanks to the changing of the guard. Since Mike Smith's departure, this unit has improved vastly. 

Under new defensive coordinator Maker Duffner, Tampa has had an incredible turn around defensively. 

Would you believe it if I said Tampa was one of the best defenses in the league under Duffner? It sounds absurd, but it's true. 

Since Duffner took over in Week 7, Tampa has only allowed 16 points per game and have done an incredible job harassing the quarterback. They've had 20 sacks since the take over as opposed to the nine under Smith, which is second best in the NFL over that span. They're also 12th in total yards and fifth in third-down defense as Duffner's ability to mix up schemes has worked wonders for this group. 

The craziest part about this is that Duffner doesn't even have his full squad. Lavonte David, Kwan Alexander, and Justin Evans have all dealt with injuries. Imagine how much better they'd be with some of their best players in the lineup.

This season is far from salvageable for the Buccaneers but it could make them a force heading into next year. 

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