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Overview of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are based in Tampa, Florida but represent all the cities that surround the Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers struggled in their first twenty years in the league, qualifying for the playoffs just three times. The franchise's most successful period was between 1997 and 2002, making the playoffs five times. They defeated the Oakland Raiders to win their first Super Bowl in 2002. They have qualified for the playoffs twice since 2002 but have generally been competitive in a difficult division.

Statistics Overview of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1976. They play their home matches at Raymond James Stadium, which is well known for its replica pirate ship. The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl and NFC Conference Championship in 2002. They have won six division titles and qualified for the playoffs on ten occasions. The franchise has an overall record of 233-362-1 (the worst win loss ratio in the NFL) and a playoffs record of 6-9. Their rivalry with the Carolina Panthers has gotten extremely personal in recent years with each franchise accusing the other of injuring their players.

Conference: NFC
Established: 1976
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium (1998- present)
Super Bowl Championships: 1 (2002)
Conference Championships: 1 (2002)
Division Championships: 6 (1979, 1981, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007)
Playoff Appearances: 10 (1979, 1981, 1982, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007)
Overall Record: 233-362-1
Playoff Record: 6-9
Biggest Rivals: Carolina Panthers
Head Coach: Lovie Smith
Legenday Players: Vinny Testaverde, James Wilder, Mark Carrier, Derrick Brooks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Star Players for 2014

Quarterback: Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon played college football for North Carolina State before Tampa Bay selected him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 73rd overall pick. The Buccaneers had a disappointing season in 2013 and Glennon was one of the only highlights. Glennon finished his rookie campaign with a 83.9 passer rating, completing 59.4 percent of his passes (247 of 416) for 2,608 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also carried the ball 27 times for just 37 yards and no touchdowns. Glennon also had 7 fumbles on the season, losing 4 of them. He earned an NFL Offensive Rookie of the Week award in Week 12 and was named to the PFW/PFWA 2013 NFL All-Rookie Team.

Offensive Star: Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson was selected with the 61st pick of 2005 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. Jackson missed most of his rookie season with injuries but had a successful 2006 season, finishing the season as the Chargers number two receiver. In 2007 he became the Chargers top receiver and in 2008 became the first Chargers played to have 1000 yards receiving since 2001. Jackson was selected in the Pro Bowl in 2009 but held out the first ten games in the 2010 season because of contract disputes. He had an excellent season in 2011, once again receiving for 1000 yards. Jackson signed a $55.5 million contract with the Buccaneers in March 2012. On October 21st against the New Orleans Saints, Jackson set multiple Buccaneer records, with the longest reception in Tampa Bay history (95 yards) and the most receiving yards in a single game (216 yards). Jackson was selected to his 3rd Pro Bowl to replace the injured Calvin Johnson.

Defensive Star: Lavonte David

Linebacker Lavonte David was drafted by Tampa Bay in round 2 of the 2012 NFL Draft. David's 98 tackles (18 solo) led the Buccaneers for the season, and had him eighth league-wide in the 2012 season. He also led all NFL rookies in tackles. It was the first time any Buccaneer has been named Defensive Rookie of the Month. On November 27, 2013, David was named NFC defensive player of the week after a great performance against the Lions, the latest in a string of strong performances. His 5.0 sacks and two interceptions on the season, made him one of just six players in franchise history to post those totals in a season. New coach Lovie Smith has already compared David to Buccaneers legend Derrick Brooks and he will lead their playoffs charge in 2014.

Head Coach: Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith replaced Greg Schiano as Buccaneers's head coach in January 2014. He's no stranger to the job, leading the Chicago Bears from 2004-2012, one of the longest coach reigns. Houston and Detroit were both trying to woo Smith to coach their sides before he took the Tampa bay gig. Smith led the Bears to three NFC North Championships, and one Super Bowl appearance in 2006. In his nine seasons as head coach of the Bears he had a winning record six times. The Buccaneers will be hoping Smith can weave this kind of magic on their team in 2014.

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