2013 Record: 4-12
Notable Losses: Darrelle Revis, Carl Nicks (retirement), Donald Penn, Davin Joseph, Jeremy Zuttah, Dekoda Watson, Mike Williams, Erik Lorig
Notable Gains: Alterraun Verner, Josh McCown, Anthony Collins, Oniel Cousins, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Major Wright, Mike Jenkins, Brandon Myers, Michael Johnson
Draft Class: Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Charles Sims, Kadeem Edwards, Kevin Pamphile, Robert Herron
The Facts: The Buccaneers completely got rid of all the evidence of the old regime. They released Josh Freeman early last season. They fired GM Dennis Hickey after the season. They cut Darrelle Revis after the season. The biggest move the Buccaneers made was firing Greg Schiano and hiring Lovie Smith as head coach.
Also Leslie Frazier was hired to be the new defensive coordinator. The roster should be improved, but there are still questions. Quarterback is one of those question marks as the Buccaneers have Josh McCown, a veteran who hasn't been more of a back-up and Mike Glennon, who had a good season, but leaves much to be desired in the accuracy and YPA department.
Also with Carl Nicks retiring and Davin Joseph getting released, there's questions at the guard position with the most experienced guard there being Oniel Cousins. Good times.
The running back stable looks talented with Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey, and Charles Sims. Wide receiver is a position that was upgraded as Mike Evans and Robert Herron should be improvements over Tiquan Underwood and Mike Williams. And tight end got a boost with the selection of Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
That being said, Evans and Seferian-Jenkins are rookies. But they're talented rookies that will surely make highlight reel grabs out of could-be interceptions. At the same time, they'll also have the normal teeth-grinding mistakes that rookies have. The defense looks like it got better from last year's unit and it should help out an offense that will have its fair share of struggles as it tries to lift itself out of the bottom of the league.
If you disagree with my assessment and ranking remember: Unless it's something crazy, your guess is as good as mine.