Tampa Bay Buccaneers, American professional turf football crew situated in Tampa, Florida, that plays in the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The Buccaneers won a Super Bowl title in 2003.
The Buccaneers (frequently abbreviated to "Bucs") were built up in 1976, and they posted a shameful 0–14 record in their underlying season in the NFL. Subsequent to playing their first season in the American Football Conference (AFC), the Bucs moved to their flow gathering in 1977. The group's losing ways proceeded in the NFC, as Tampa Bay did not record the main win in establishment history until December 1977, and its 26-game losing streak remains a NFL record. These early Buccaneer groups were striking for the nearness of future Hall of Fame cautious end Lee Roy Selmon and for their alluring head mentor John McKay, whose numerous jokes about the group's disappointments charmed him to football fans across the country.
Driven by quarterback Doug Williams, in 1979 the Bucs—to the shock of numerous spectators—won 10 recreations and qualified for the postseason, where they progressed to the gathering title game however lost to the Los Angeles Rams. Tampa Bay went on to playoff compartments in both 1981 and 1982, preceding falling back to the base of the meeting standings with a 2–14 record in 1983.
The 1983 crusade started a questionable dash of 12 back to back seasons that saw the Buccaneers post twofold digit misfortune aggregates. Over that period the group likewise had a deplorable propensity for getting some prominent players (counting running back Bo Jackson and quarterbacks Steve Young and Vinny Testaverde) who might play ineffectively (or not in the slightest degree) in Tampa Bay just to go on to extraordinary accomplishment with other groups.
The establishment's fortunes started to pivot in the late 1990s as head mentor Tony Dungy constructed a standout amongst the best guards in the NFL, including tackle Warren Sapp, linebacker Derrick Brooks, and protective backs John Lynch and Ronde Barber. The Bucs showed up in the five seasons somewhere in the range of 1997 and 2001, however the unpleasantly restricted group scored less than 10 in every one of its four playoff misfortunes in that length, and Dungy was terminated in mid 2002 in spite of his customary season achievement.
The Buccaneers contracted head mentor Jon Gruden to improve the group's offense, however it was the top-positioned resistance in the league that helped the group post a 12–4 record in 2002 (which was tied for the best imprint in the NFL) and upset the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game the next January. At Super Bowl XXXVII the Bucs soundly vanquished the Oakland Raiders 48–21 to catch their first title. The Bucs passed up the postseason the accompanying two years yet came back to the playoffs after the 2005 and 2007 seasons, the two of which finished in opening-round misfortunes at home. A late-season breakdown by the group in 2008—the Bucs lost four back to back diversions to finish off the season subsequent to beginning the year 9–3—prompted the terminating of Gruden and an enormous training, the executives, and list turnover trying to reconstruct the establishment starting from the earliest stage.
In spite of the fact that the Bucs won 10 amusements in 2010 (yet passed up the playoffs), that reconstructing exertion eventually demonstrated fruitless. The group pursued this with an unexpected contract of school mentor Greg Schiano, who administered two losing seasons that highlighted various humiliating minutes—outstandingly a MRSA bacterial flare-up in the storage space—before being terminated toward the finish of the 2013 season. The Buccaneers remade around youthful quarterback Jameis Winston, and the group posted its first winning record in six seasons in 2016 (9–7). Nonetheless, that restoration was brief, and the group posted back to back 5–11 records in 2017 and 2018.