They've been on a downward spiral since, compiling a paltry 69-91 (.431) regular-season record with just two playoff appearances (2005, 2007) during that span.
That said, the Buccaneers appear to have turned a corner this past offseason by bringing in head coach Greg Schiano, who instilled discipline and accountability to an organization that sorely needed both after three seasons of Raheem Morris at the helm.
Though the discipline and accountability Schiano brought didn't translate into a playoff berth in 2012, the foundation has been set for success—both short- and long-term.
And while there is no "magic wand" for the Bucs front office to use, there are a few things that can be done to get them back on track and on the road to a Super Bowl.
And maybe sooner than anyone thinks.