Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Can Crash the NFL Playoffs in 2016

May 28, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When it comes to NFL relevance, you can bet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tired of theirs only coming once the on-field action ends and the draft projections begin.
The last time the Pewter Pirates made the playoffs? 2007.
The last time they won a playoff game? When they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy to close out the 2002 season.
Tampa Bay is on its fourth head coach and third general manager in six seasons, which tells you all you need to know. Poor drafting, a pirate ship full of free-agent busts and the absence of a true franchise quarterback have left Bucs fans pining for the days of Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, Mike Alstott, John Lynch and Ronde Barber.
But out of the ashes of Lovie Smith's two-year, 8-24 stint running the ship, the Bucs have emerged as a sleeping giant ready to wreak havoc in 2016 and beyond.
Why can a 6-10 team with a first-time head coach and a second-year quarterback make a playoff run?
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