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Season by Season History of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2009

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The Bucs were left with a talentless roster, and an inexperienced head coach who would fire both of his coordinators during the season. Other than that, things were just fine.

Al Messerschmidt

Before the start of training camp and the official kickoff of the 2014 Buccaneers season, Bucs Nation will take you through every season in Buccaneers history, one by one, to paint the whole picture of how the Buccaneers got to where they are today.

In this edition, we take a look at Raheem Morris' 2009 Buccaneers.

Season Recap

Record: 3-13 (Last in the NFC South)

Points scored: 244 (30th in NFL)

Points against: 400 (27th in NFL)

Trouble Under Center: Jeff Garcia would not return to Tampa for the 2009 season, and the Bucs were left with an empty cupboard at quarterback. They signed veteran journeyman Byron Leftwich, while second-year QB prospect Josh Johnson and rookie Josh Freeman fought to back him up during the season. Leftwich was completely ineffective, and Johnson wasn't much better, as the duo failed to win a game combining for 11 interceptions and only 8 touchdowns.

K-2's Comeback: After disappointing in 2008, the Bucs acquired Kellen Winslow, and he instantly became the focal point of the offense, leading the team in every receiving category despite some very poor quarterback play. Winslow was the only regular target in the passing game to play in all 16 games, as the Bucs lacked in talent and health at receiver all season.

Not Always Getting Into Trouble: Aqib Talib and Tanard Jackson (who was suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season) led the team in interceptions, both grabbing five passes from opposing quarterbacks. Despite the frustrating season in Tampa, the duo seemed to be a solid foundation upon which a defense could be built. If only they could stay out of trouble...

Key Game

Hope for Freeman: The Buccaneers were 0-7 when they took on the Green Bay Packers in Week 9, a Packers team that would go on to be 11-5 on the season.  And as expected, they fell behind trailing 28-17 in the fourth quarter. But rookie quarterback Josh Freeman, in his first start, would lead the team back in the final 15 minutes, aided by a strong defensive performance capped by a Will Allen interception return to extend the final lead to 38-28.

Major Storylines

The Buccaneers fired head coach Jon Gruden, but the changes didn't stop there heading into the 2009 season. Derrick Brooks was let go, along with Cato June, Joey Galloway and Warrick Dunn.

Former Giants back Derrick Ward was brought in to "replace" Dunn, while the remaining holes in the roster were left seemingly unfilled.

All of this didn't help new head coach Raheem Morris, who at 32 would be one of the youngest coaches in NFL history (Lane Kiffin was the only man younger than 32 to coach in the league). He had no talent on his roster for his first year in charge, and to make matters even worse, he would lose a key member of his coaching staff right before the start of the season.

Former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski, who was named offensive coordinator that offseason, would be fired before the first week of the 2009 campaign, with Greg Olson being promoted from quarterbacks coach to coordinator to fill the void.

Add in an arrest for Aqib Talib and a suspension for Tanard Jackson, and nearly everything that could go wrong for the Bucs was going wrong in a hurry.

The team managed to win three games after finding hope with Josh Freeman under center, but it was ugly of a season as there had been in Tampa since before Raymond James was built and before the logo and uniform change took place.