About Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets 2019 Season Outlook
The Buccaneers had a tough season as members of the NFC South division. However, a total of seven draft picks and re-signing of offensive tackle Donovan Smith could help improve performance. The roster will depend heavily on the leadership of the head coach, Bruce Arians. Arians is an experienced coach with several awards to his name.
In the 2019 season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to focus more on the offensive side. Some of the biggest contributors will need to be quarterback Jameis Winston, wide receiver Mike Evans and tight Cameron Brate. Bruce Arians has the responsibility to ensure the positions are covered to avoid finishing last. Winston has been underwhelming throughout his career. Initially expected to lead the Bucs back to the Super Bowl, his career has been marred by inconsistency. Arians is an offensive genius and will be tasked with unlocking his true potential.
History of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The NFL found its way to Tampa, Florida in 1976 when the league awarded an expansion franchise to the city. Originally, the proposed Tampa Bay expansion was awarded to construction company owner Tom McCloskey, but McCloskey backed out of the deal. Instead, the franchise was awarded to Hugh Culverhouse, who had previously failed to bid high enough to buy the Los Angeles Rams. Like many teams in the NFL, the name ‘Buccaneers’ was decided by a name-the-team contest. The expansion teams of the era had a difficult time building a successful roster that could win football games right away, and with no team was that more evident than with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During their first NFL season, the Bucs were unable to find the win column, losing each of their fourteen games. The second season was not much better, as they lost the first twelve games. The team's 0-26 start as a franchise is a record for the worst in NFL history.
The team's popularity began to grow among potential ticket buyers in 1996 when the franchise hired Tony Dungy as their head coach. His winning personality and defensive mindset changed the culture in Tampa. From 1996 through 2001, Dungy compiled a 54-42 record and helped take the Buccaneers from a last place franchise to one of the NFL's elite teams and one of the most sought-after tickets in the league. Despite Dungy consistently bringing Tampa Bay to the NFL playoffs, he could never bring the team to the next level. After letting go of the popular coach, the team hired fiery head coach Jon Gruden to replace the even-tempered Dungy in 2002. That same year, with players like Warren Sapp, Keyshawn Johnson and Brad Johnson, coach Gruden helped to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first championship in Super Bowl XXXVII.
The Buccaneer’s home is the Raymond James “Ray-Jay” Stadium. The stadium opened on September 20, 1998 and has been the home venue for Tampa Bay ever since. Its capacity is 65,890 which is expandable to 75,000. The stadium features a 103-foot, 43-ton steel and concrete replica pirate ship in the north end zone. Each time the Bucs score, enter the other team’s red zone, or win a home game, the replica cannons on the ship are fired off. According to a 2009 biannual players’ survey, Raymond James Stadium has the second-best turf in the NFL.