Danny Kelly ranked the top teams most likely to turn into the next big NFL dynasty. He named the obvious teams: the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers, the Baltimore Ravens and more. Understandably, he left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off the list.
But that may be a mistake. Here's how Kelly ranked the things you need to establish a dynasty:
1) A top-tier franchise quarterback
2) A talented defense with one or more tough, charismatic leaders
3) A head coach with a well-defined system and strictly practiced philosophy
4) Harmony between ownership, front office, and coaching staff
The number one thing you need for a dynasty: a franchise quarterback. That's something the Bucs hope they have right now -- and if they do, they have one who's just 21. Someone who could conceivably continue to be their starting quarterback for a whopping 20 years -- maybe a little less than that is more realistic, but that's a massive window of opportunity to establish a dynasty.
In addition to Jameis Winston, the Bucs have a head coach who knows how to coach defense. Year in, year out, he's produced top-notch defensive performances which turned the Chicago Bears into a consistent winner despite consistently horrible offense. That's not only impressive, it bodes well for the Bucs' future on defense. In addition, they have multiple tough, charismatic leaders on defense: Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, with a lot of young, talented players around them. That's number two and three covered.
Number four is more nebulous. As far as we can tell, there's harmony between ownership, the front office and the coaching staff. Lovie Smith and Jason Licht have worked well together, at least publicly, and ownership has been supportive on all fronts. That's number four covered.
Look at the New England Patriots. They have a defensive head coach (mostly) who stumbled onto a franchise quarterback in his second year at the helm of his second team as a head coach. The Super Bowls they've won have come on the back of a terrific defense, with a franchise quarterback lifting an often less-talented offense to heights just great enough to win the big one. That's the recipe the Bucs could easily follow with a little bit of luck.
So why couldn't they be the next NFL dynasty?