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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (usually shortened as the Bucs) are based in Tampa, Florida. Along with the Seattle Seahawks, the team joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. The Bucs played their first season in the AFC West division as part of the 1976 expansion plan, whereby each new franchise would play every other franchise over the first two years. After the season, the club switched conferences with the Seahawks and became a member of the NFC Central division. During the 2002 league realignment, the Bucs joined three former NFC West teams to form the NFC South.

The Bucs may have the leagues most disgusting uniforms, but their play was anything but disgusting last year. The team finished with a 9-7 record, and only narrowly missed out on the playoffs. The Bucs have one of the better young crop of players coming through, and will be hoping this generation of players led by second year Head Coach Dirk Koetter can get tham back to their first Super Bowl since their only other appearance and victory in 2002.

Roster

Head Coach: Dirk Koetter

The NFC South is one of the league's strongest divisions. Each team has a legitimate chance to claim the title. The Buccaneers appear most ready to make a move and usurp the crown. Jameis Winston enters his third year after becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 or more yards in his first two seasons. The organisation signed DeSean Jackson in free agency to complement the already-dangerous Mike Evans. And the Bucs defence played as well as any unit during the second half of last season. Everything is trending in Tampa Bay's direction.

OFFENCE

The Buc's offence was only average last year based on where they finished in all offensive categroies. However, this young group is getting better every season, with young QB Jameis Winston developing nicely into one of the game's most promising players. This time he'll have even more toys to play with, with the addition of speedster DeSean Jackson. Add in superstar WR Mike Evans, and this could be one of the more exciting teams when it comes to the pass attack. Doug Martin and the offensive line need to improve in the running game to add more balance to this team.

DEFENCE

Tampa finished around 22nd in every defensive category in terms of yards allowed. However, they did a better job with points allowed, finishing 15th. The Bucs have a few nice pieces to build their defence around. Gerald McCoy is one of the best defensive tackles in the game. Kwon Alexander is a rising star at linebacker, alongside other star LB LaVonte David. And Vernon Hargreaves III should be looking to build on a decent rookie season. Having veteran corner Brent Grimes on the other side of him should help a lot.

MVP

Jameis Winston, QB

Famous Jameis Winston was his nickname coming out of college in 2015, after he'd led Florida State to the National Championship. It made him the no.1 overall pick in the draft, and so far he's lived up to expectations, having been named rookie of the year and also making the pro bowl in his rookie season. At just 23 years old he already has plenty of experience for someone so young.

He often gets compared to fellow QB Marcus Mariota. Mariota was selected with 2nd overall pick, after Winston. Both young QBs have quickly shown the league that they belong on this level. Winston has all the attributes you look for in a franchise QB. Some of Winston's best plays have come when he improvises. Bucs fans can rest assured that they have their franchise in safe hands for the foreseeable future.

Other notable players: RB - Doug Martin. WR - Mike Evans. WR - DeSean Jackson. DT - Gerald McCoy. LB - LaVonte David. LB - Kwon Alexander. CB - Brent Grimes. CB - Vernon Hargreaves III.

Uniforms

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Raymond James Stadium

Raymond James Stadium, also known as the "Ray Jay", was opened in 1998 and is located in Tampa, Florida. One of the most recognisable features of the stadium is a 103-foot replica pirate ship, which fires replica cannons each time the Bucs score points or enter the other team's red zone.

Capacity: 65,890

Tampa

State: Florida

Population: 377,165

Tampa is a city on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A major business center, it’s also known for its museums and other cultural offerings. Busch Gardens is an African-themed amusement park with thrill rides and animal-viewing areas. The historic Ybor City neighborhood, developed by Cuban and Spanish cigar-factory workers at the turn of the 20th century, is a dining and nightlife destination.

Records

Super Bowls

2002
(XXXVII)

Conference Champions

NFC Champions - 1

Division Champions

NFC Central- 3

NFC South - 3

Playoff Appearances - 10

All Time Record

(Since end of 2016 Season)

Regular Season

Wins: 250 Losses: 393 Ties: 1

Post Season

Wins: 6 Losses: 9

Total

Wins: 256 Losses: 402 Ties: 1

Hall of Famers - 4

Lee Roy Selmon, DE - Class of 1995

Warren Sapp, DT - Class of 2013

Derrick Brooks, LB - Class of 2014

Tony Dungy, Coach - Class of 2016