As the pre-season rolls around many analyst are talking about this new looked Bucs squad, and for good reason. Tampa Bay hasn't had the greatest end of the 2000's or start of the 2010's. The Buccaneers haven't won a playoff game since their Superbowl win in 2002. It sure seems like that long as the fans haven't felt the glory of winning in years. Sure Tampa Bay has had a few winning seasons here and there, but nothing substantial to build off of. That may be the biggest problem Tampa Bay has had. Building off a previous season. Tampa Bay has lacked the pieces to build a dynasty, like the one they had in the early 2000's. In football often times the best teams stay the best for many years. For example in recent seasons; The Patriots, Ravens, Bears, and more have been good for the majority of the past ten or so seasons. The major question is why haven't the Buccaneers been able to build their own dynasty for success?
The first and possibly most obvious answer is the coaching. Looking at Tampa Bay's coaching history it becomes clear on why they haven't had recent success. After the firing of Jon Gruden, many analyst and fans didn't know what would become of the Bucs. Unlike other franchises that would hire a well-known experienced head coach, the Buccaneers took a risk on their very on Raheem Morris. Raheem Morris was the defensive backs coach for the Buccaneers for a few seasons, and never held a defensive coordinator job, and certainly not a head coaching gig. Through all of these flaws Morris was signed on as the head coach and coached poorly. After an inconsistent three seasons of drama and losing Tampa Bay let Raheem Morris go. Maybe learning from their mistakes the front office would decide to hire an experienced NFL coach this time. Well the front office hadn't learned their lesson and decided to hire Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano for the job. Greg Schiano seemed promising in his debut as the head coach bringing the team to a 7-9 record was successful compared to the prior season, but something seemed off. Blitzing quarterbacks on kneel-downs, a growing rift between him and Josh Freeman, and a whole bunch of no name Rutgers players finding spots on the roster raised some red-flags. Ultimately his second season was an utter disaster as the once promising Buccaneers squad turned into the laughing stock of the league. The Change Tampa Bay NEEDED. Finally the front office has seemed to get it right, bringing in a coach with a Super Bowl appearance into the job. Lovie Smith and his seasoned coaching staff seem to be just what Tampa Bay needs, but they certainly need more to turn this franchise around.
The quarterback situation over the years at Tampa Bay has been an odd one at best. Here is a list of the past quarterbacks ever since Brad Johnson left...Brian Griese, Chris Simms, Bruce Gradkowski, Jeff Garcia, Josh Freeman, and Mike Glennon. Six quarterbacks in eleven years isn't very good, and none of those six quarterbacks were franchise quarterbacks to build off of. In today's game if you do not have consistent quarterback play the team will not be very good. Look to today Tampa Bay is in a good position to have a great starting quarterback. Both Mike Glennon, and Josh McCown are great players looking to take the next step in their career, and head coach Lovie Smith has stated he is confident no matter who starts that the offense will get it done. With threats surrounding these quarterbacks both McCown and Glennon should have some fun throwing to these explosive targets. It seems that Tampa Bay has a solid quarterback for now.
Besides these two major problems the Buccaneers haven't been too bad. They have always had a solid rushing attack, paired with a decent o-line, and a stellar defense. These few problems have been nagging Tampa Bay for years now, and it seems like the front office may have finally solved them. Only time will tell, but it seems the pieces are finally in line for Tampa Bay to bring back some excitement to Raymond James, and to rejuvenate the fans of the Pewter Pirates. Comment below to tell me if you think the pieces are here for the Buccaneers to be special!