The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got off to a rough start in 2013 before stringing together some wins. They made a change at head coach, parting ways with Greg Schiano and bringing in former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith.
Smith brings a strong resume to the table that includes three division titles, advanced to two NFC championship games and made one Super Bowl appearance in nine seasons with the Chicago. Heading into his tenure with the Bucs, he isn’t preaching a small improvement in record, he is preaching a big turnaround and contending for the division title.
“I’m not going into meetings saying: ‘Hey guys, we were 4-12 last year, we’ve got to get to 5-11, we’ve made improvement,’” said Smith, via the Associated Press.
“No, you talk about winning the division, making Raymond James Stadium a place that people don’t want to come and play at,” he added. “It’s all about winning.”
Aside from a young nucleus, the Buccaneers added quarterback Josh McCown, pass rusher Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, and offensive linemen Anthony Collins and Evan Dietrich-Smith during the offseason. They drafted Mike Evans, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims to bring in some more offensive weapons.
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