Tampa Bay Buccaneers: State of Franchise at the Start of the 2014 Offseason

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: State of Franchise at the Start of the 2014 Offseason
Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in for some radical changes.


For the third time in five years, the Bucs replaced their head coach, former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. For incoming head coach, Lovie Smith, it is a homecoming.

Since Tony Dungy was booted by the Glazer family in 2002, the Buccaneers haven't been able to spell the word "consistency" much less play with any. Every other year hope peeks over the horizon, only to slip away in a cruel vacuum of spotty coaching and questionable personnel decisions.

Greg Schiano's tenure was especially frustrating. From his victory formation rush to his alleged micromanagement, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Schiano failed to endear himself to Bucs fans, the Glazers or much of his locker room.

The return of Lovie Smith spells the return of legitimacy for a Bucs team mired in a series of bad coaching hires by the Glazers. Though Smith is only available because the Chicago Bears didn't believe he could push his team over the hump, Smith has a proven pedigree with developing championship-caliber defenses and getting the most out of his players.

The Bucs also replaced former general manager Mark Dominik with Jason Licht. Though Dominik established himself as a contract wunderkind, his personnel decisions were often questionable.

Replacing the head coach and general manager shrouds the future of the franchise in uncertainty. What schemes will Smith install?

Who will stay and who will go? What players will the Bucs pick up in free agency and the draft?

These are the questions we will try to answer in this examination of the state of the franchise entering the 2014 offseason.

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