A new executive followed by a new head coach and staff. And make sure you throw in a whole lot of new players. While you’re at it, why don’t you tweak the uniforms a bit?
Welcome to the 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It starts with general manager Jason Licht, who would prove to be very busy during free agency. First things first and a team that hired Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano in recent years, neither who were NFL head coaches before joining the Bucs, went for experience plus.
New head coach Lovie Smith guided the Chicago Bears for nine seasons from 2004-12. Tampa’s new defensive coordinator is Leslie Frazier, who was recently the Minnesota Vikings head coach before being given his walking papers this offseason.
The new faces on the offense include free-agent pickups in quarterback Josh McCown, left tackle Anthony Collins, center Evan Dietrich-Smith, tight end Brandon Myers. On defense, there’s Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner, defensive end Michael Johnson, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, cornerback Mike Jenkins and safety Major Wright.
The draft brought targets such as wide receiver Mike Evans, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims. The team used all six of its draft choices on the offensive side of the ball.
That’s quite an overhaul. Of course, the Buccaneers have also finished dead last in the NFC South three straight years and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2007.
It will be interesting to see how and when it all comes together.