Bucs No. 7… For The Decade

June 18th, 2009

NBCSports.com decided to rank all 32 NFL teams on how they fared throughout the first decade of the 21st Century, even though the decade is not yet finished.

Even Joe knows there’s one more year left (technically there is two more years but this format was developed long before there were speedometers).

As a result, the Bucs were ranked the No. 7 NFL team for the decade — thus far.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Record: 76-68
Playoff appearances: 5
Playoff record: 3-4
Conference championships: 1-0
Losing seasons: 3
Super Bowls: 1-0

The Bucs only had three seasons with 10 or more wins and were one-and-done in the playoffs in four of their five appearances. Still, that Warren Sapp-led 2002 team that waxed the Raiders in the Super Bowl is Tampa’s trump card in this conversation. At the start of the decade, Tampa was among the NFC’s elite, along with the Rams and Eagles, but the core of their team rusted away and, as they close the decade, they’re in rebuilding mode.

Imagine if the Bucs had anything resembling an NFL offense in the pre-Chucky days of the decade where the Bucs might have been ranked? That rankles Joe to this day.

One Response to “Bucs No. 7… For The Decade”

  1. Mr. Lucky Says:

    That list is very interesting and puts things into perspective. In spite of all the F*-ups and disappointment of last year’s 0-4 COLLAPSE and the years of “one and done” playoff appearances Tampa fans could have had it worse.