STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
The 2013 season marked another disappointing effort for the Bucs, as they recorded a 4-12 record for the second time in three years. The tumble resulted in the firing of both coach Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik. Heading into 2014, Lovie Smith takes over the team's coaching duties, while Jason Licht will serve as the GM.
Contributing to the team's latest fall was an offense that finished last in total yards and 30th in points per game. Josh Freeman – the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft – was dreadful in three starts to open the season and benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon before eventually being released by the team. Starting running back Doug Martin only played six games before succumbing to a season-ending shoulder injury. Martin's replacement, Mike James, followed him to IR. Additionally, No. 2 wideout Mike Williams lasted just six games, thanks to a hamstring issue.
On the plus side, Vincent Jackson had an You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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