There's a new sheriff in town, and he's bringing a host of new deputies and a new attitude with him.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are starting a new chapter following the unceremonious end of the Greg Schiano era. Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith looks to return the Bucs to their Tampa 2 defensive roots and winning ways.
While the Bucs have spent the offseason reloading their offense, the defense stands to benefit most from the change of regime. While with Chicago, Smith put consistently stout defenses on the field.
The defense also benefits from greater experience and established talent like defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.
There are a number of players primed for breakout seasons in Tampa. Most have been with the team prior to this year and should benefit from Smith's coaching and defensive schemes.
Here are the five Buccaneers ready to take the next step in their careers and help Smith bring the Bucs back to prominence.