I think the fire he brings would elevate the level of play here for a little while. Maybe even win a Super Bowl with the talent we've got here.
& granted, the deal that brought him to Tampa Bay hamstrung him as far as the draft goes, but if the Texans had seasons like the Bucs last 4 seasons under Gruden, the pink soap would have his name on it.
In the 2005 season, the Buccaneers celebrated their 30th season in the league, and returned to their winning ways.
The Bucs won the NFC South Division finishing 11–5. The season ended abruptly, however, with a 17–10 loss in the Wild Card round, in a rematch with the Redskins.
After winning the division in 2005, the Bucs suffered through an abysmal 2006 season.
The Bucs started off the season 0–3, with QB Chris Simms throwing only 1 touchdown to 7 interceptions.
Tim Rattay replaced Gradkowski as quarterback late in the season, and the team finished 4–12.
The offseason changes resulted in the Buccaneers winning the NFC South title in the 2007 season, finishing with a 9–7 record, and the 4th seed in the NFC.
In the Wild Card round of the playoffs held on January 6, 2008, the Buccaneers lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants by a final score of 24–14.
During the 2008 offseason, the Bucs re-signed head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen through the 2011 season.
The Bucs got off to a great start in 2008, with a 9–3 record going into the final month of the season, tied for first place in the division, with a chance at the top seed in the conference.
...the Buccaneers would lose the final four games of the season to finish 9–7 for the second consecutive season. Unlike 2007, it was not enough to secure the division championship, nor a playoff appearance.
The word mediocrity would be thrown around left & right. I'm not seeing the appeal.