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When will the NFL team Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear in a Super Bowl again?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers has made only appeared once in a Super Bowl game. They went to the ultimate game in 2003 and won. They defeated the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII (37). Since it was played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, you could say that the Raiders possibly had a home field advantage just by knowing the history of that franchise. The head coach for the victorious season was Jon Gruden. He obviously finished what had former head coach Tony Dungy started in turning around the team. Jon hired Bill Muir to be the offensive coordinator. Stan Parrish was the quarterbacks coach. Monte Kiffin was retained to continue coaching the stifling defensive unit. Their quarterback was Brad Johnson. Their featured running back was Michael Pittman, and Mike Alstott was the fullback.
A New Era
Major changes were made to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team in 2012 starting with a new set of coaches. They hired fresh faces starting with the hiring of Greg Schiano. It’s his first head coaching job in the NFL. In his introductory conference, he made the infamous statement, "There will be Buccaneer men, and there will be a Buccaneer Way." I feel he trying to send a message to his players that he will strive for the franchise to stop being an average one. They have been like that for nine years. From my perspective he is more intense than other head coaches in the league. That should make his tenure in Tampa Bay interesting.
In a game against the New York Giants, the Buccaneers’ defense knocked down quarterback Eli Manning on the last play of the game. Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin didn’t like that because an injury could have occurred. In a way, it was unnecessary for Greg to get his players hard on that last play when they were down 34-41, and Eli just snapped the ball for a knee down.
Greg hired Mike Sullivan to be his offensive coordinator, and Ron Turner to coach the quarterbacks. Bill Sheridan became the new defensive coordinator.
The Buccaneers signed free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Carl Nicks to long-term contracts.
The Buccaneers had two 1st round picks in the 2012 draft. They used the second one to pick running back Doug Martin. He had a productive year by running for 1454 yards and gained 472 yards in receiving.
Mike Dominik, general manager of the Buccaneers, signed safety Dashon Goldson to a large contract. He also traded to get cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets for the teams’ 2013 first round pick (13th overall) and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014. That pick can become a third-round pick if Darrelle is on the Buccaneers' roster on the third day of the 2014-2015 league year.
In late September 2012 Darrelle suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. I’m sure that why when he signed a big contract with the Buccaneers, none of the money was guaranteed.
Placekicker Connor Barth is out for the year with a torn Achilles tendon. Another placekicker Lawrence Tynes is already having trouble with an ingrown toenail during the preseason. The Buccaneers do have Derek Dimke, an undrafted rookie. That certainly will make their season mysterious as to whether they will win or lose a lot of games.
Quarterback Josh Freeman’s contract will be up after the 2013-2014 season. If he doesn’t perform well, then the Buccaneers may not resign him. They could give Mike Glennon, who was drafted in the 3rd round in 2013, the lead as the starting QB for the season.
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