Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season Outlook
After a turbulent 2013 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move forward -- and return to the playoffs in 2014. Tampa Bay brought in Lovie Smith to be the team's new head coach, and the defensive-minded coach inherits a team that should have one of the league's top defenses in 2014. Smith, who last coached the Chicago Bears, signed former Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown to start at quarterback for Tampa Bay. With a new coach and quarterback, things are looking up for the Bucs.
Don't miss out on your chance to be there at Raymond James Stadium this season, as the Buccaneers return to their winning ways! Check out Tampa Bay's 2014 schedule, and buy your Buccaneers tickets today!
Established in 1976 as an expansion team in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an interesting history. The Bucs went 0-14 in their first-ever season, earning them the nickname, the "Yuckaneers." Tampa Bay won just two games the following season, but then went on to make the playoffs in 1979, 1981 and 1982. Between 1983-1996, the Buccaneers failed to make the playoffs.
Tampa Bay's fortunes turned around in 1997, under head coach Tony Dungy. The Buccaneers made the playoffs in five of six seasons -- including four straight between 1999-2002. Dungy was relieved of his duties following the 2001 season, and the Bucs brought in Jon Gruden to be the team's head coach. Gruden made an immediate impact, leading the Buccaneers to their first-ever Super Bowl title in 2002.
Since Tampa Bay's Super Bowl victory, the Bucs have only qualified for the playoffs twice -- in 2005, and 2007. Now with an established head coach, new quarterback and excellent defense, the Buccaneers are ready to take the next step, and return as a dominant team in the NFC South.
Be there this season to watch as Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin and the rest of the Bucs compete with the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, in what could be the NFL's best division!
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