It should come as no surprise that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sought a new head coach after finishing the 2013 season with a 4-12 record.
What may be lost in the coaching staff furor is the problems with a Buccaneers roster that is in part responsible for another losing season in Tampa Bay. While the roster is certainly talented, boasting two All-Pros in linebacker Lavonte David and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, no team that finishes 4-12 expects to have everyone back the following August.
The Bucs have glaring holes on both sides of the ball, some requiring an new starters and others needing additional depth. At defensive end, questions surround the duo of Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers, as neither have developed into consistent players.
On offense, whoever ends up under center for Tampa could use more weapons in the pass game. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson was the only reliable pass-catcher. Tight end Tim Wright emerged as a legitimate threat for quarterback Mike Glennon but to say the 220-pound Wright is actually a tight end is subject to debate.
With final say on the makeup of the Buccaneers roster, Lovie Smith no doubt will be looking toward free agency to fill some of the holes and insure against personnel shortfalls down the road.
Here are five key players Smith and the Buccaneers need to seriously consider signing to bring the Bucs back to relevance.