The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, and that’s also the last time they won the NFC South. The Buccaneers have struggled for the majority of the time with the exception of 2010 where they finished 10-6 yet still placed third in their own division. It seems like it doesn’t matter who the coach is for them as they are on their third head coach since their last playoff appearance. Those coaches have included a Super Bowl winning coach in Jon Gruden and a coach that seemed poised for greatness as he was turning around the team’s defense in Raheem Morris. That didn’t work either, so before last season Greg Schiano was pegged to be the new guy in charge of turning the team around.
This year the Buccaneers will go as far as starting quarterback Josh Freeman will take them. He will likely play every single snap this year unless he gets hurt, and since he is in a contract season, it is likely he will play hard this season so he cashes in big time either for Tampa Bay or another team. If Freeman leaves, that would leave a huge hole at the most important position in football, and frankly it is unlikely that Mike Glennon will be up to filling his shoes despite his freakish arm strength.
Another huge question mark for Tampa Bay in 2013 is how will elite shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis bounce back from a torn ACL that occurred in Week 3 of last season. The good news for the Buccaneers is if Revis doesn’t pan out, there is no guaranteed money coming his way so he can be traded or released without a financial penalty to the organization.