In 2009, the Buccaneers posted a miserable 3-13 mark, but the following season, they returned boasting an unprecedented level of improvement in seemingly every area of the game and a new “never-say-die” attitude, earning every bit of their 10-6 record.
Young, hungry and dangerous, Tampa Bay was poised to challenge for the NFC South crown in the face of contention from NFC favorites Atlanta and New Orleans in 2011.
These expectations had appeared to manifest themselves following impressive victories over both said teams at Raymond James.
The ensuing streak of 10 straight losses was marred by noticeable indiscipline on the field and an incredible drop-off from the previous season, which ultimately cost head coach Raheem Morris his job.
Enter former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, who now stands before a momentous task with monumental expectations.