Tuesday, 6 a.m.
Some gotta win. Some gotta lose.
Some run across the goal line. Others chase.
Some make the tackle. Some miss.
And so it goes. The NFL is the definition of Newton's law of action and reaction. There is good and bad, catches and drops, touchdowns and interceptions.There are runs and stumbles. There are blocks and whiffs.
It is with that it mind that the Tampa Bay Bucs conclude an off-season that, as
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they enter training camp, at least looks promising, They like their draft picks. They like their free agents. They like their coaches.
It hasn't always been that way. Sam Wyche couldn't draft. Lovie Smith was confused about free agency. Raheem Morris had a lousy staff. Ebbs and flows. Gives and takes. Losses and, well, more losses.
Right now, you love Vernon Hargreaves and Noah Spence and Roberto Aguayo. You think a lot of Brent Grimes and Robert Ayers and J.R. Sweezy. But will you in three months? Or will these guys, too, turn into Eric Curry and Booker Reese and Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson.
Failure is always possible in the NFL. It's why we pay attention. Vernon Hargreaves still has to compete against Julio Jones and Kelvin Benjamin. Noah Spence still has to rush against Drew Brees and Cam Newton.Who will be the best of this draft class? Of these free agents? And who will be taking up space?
Let's look back at the best and worst offseason moves of the Bucs by the year.
1976 – Best: Drafted Lee Roy Selmon, a future Hall of Famer.
– Worst: Traded a second-round draft choice for Steve Spurrier, who never won a game.
1977 – Best: Drafted Ricky Bell No. 1.
– Worst: Traded two No. 6 picks for Gary Huff.
1978 – Best: Drafted Doug Williams No. 1
– Worst: Traded 1979 No. 1 pick for Wally Chambers.
1979 – Best: Spent a No. 12 draft pick on David Logan.
– Worst:Spent a No. 2 draft pick on Gordon Jones.
1980 – Best: Drafted Scot Brantley in the third round.
– Worst: Drafted Ray Snell in the first round.
1981 – Best: Drafted James Wilder in second round.
– Worst: Former Bucs Doug Williams said the coaches spent the off-season on the golf course.
1982 – Best: Drafted (by accident) guard Sean Farrell.
– Worst: Drafted (on purpose) Booker Reese.
1983 – Best: Drafted center Randy Grimes.
– Worst: Traded for quarterback Jack Thompson.
1984 – Best: Traded for quarterback Steve DeBerg from Denver.
– Worst: Drafted linebacker Keith Browner.
1985 – Best: Drafted Steve Young, although he won only three games in two years.
– Worst: Hired Leeman Bennett as coach.
1986 – Best: Drafted punter Tommy Barnhardt in the ninth round.
– Worst: Drafted and did not sign Bo Jackson.
1987 – Best – Fired Leeman Bennett as coach.
– Worst – Hired Ray Perkins as coach.
1988 – Best: Drafted Paul Gruber No. 1.
– Worst: Drafted Lars Tate No. 2.
1989 – Best: Traded former first-rounder Ron Holmes for a fourth-round pick.
– Worst: Traded a No. 3 for Stephen Starring, who never started a game.
1990 – Best: Drafted Tony Mayberry in fourth round.
– Worst: Traded No. 1 pick for Colts' quarterback Chris Chandler.
1991 – Best: Drafted receiver Lawrence Dawsey No. 3.
– Worst: Drafted tackle Charles McRae No. 1.
1992 – Best: Fired Richard Williamson as head coach.
– Worst: Let kicker Steve Christie go in Plan B.
1993 – Best: Drafted John Lynch No. 3.
– Worst: Drafted Eric Curry No. 1.
1994 – Best: Bucs name Rich McKay general manager.
– Worst: Drafted Trent Dilfer No. 1.
1995 – Best: Drafted Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, both of whom would be in the Hall of Fame.
– Worst: Signed receiver Alvin Harper as a free agent.
1996 – Best: Hired Tony Dungy as head coach.
– Worst: Drafted Regan Upshaw No. 1.
1997 – Best: Drafted Ronde Barber No. 3.
– Worst : Drafted Reidel Anthony No. 1.
1998 – Best: Drafted Brian Kelly No. 2.
– Worst: Drafted Jacquez Green No. 2.
1999 – Best: Drafted Dexter Jackson, safety, in round four.
– Worst: Drafted Booger McFarland No. 1.
2000 – Best: Traded for Keyshawn Johnson.
– Worst: Team let go of Hardy Nickerson.
2001 – Best: Signed Brad Johnson and Simeon Rice.
– Worst: Traded up to draft Kenyatta Walker.
2002 – Best: Hired Jon Gruden.
– Worst: Fired Tony Dungy
2003 – Best: Signed Earnest Graham as undrafted free agent.
– Worst: Kept Michael Pittman after he drove his car into his wife's.
2004 – Best – Signed quarterback Brian Griese
– Worst: Replaced Rich McKay with Bruce Allen.
2005 – Best: (For a while) Drafted Cadillac Williams.
– Worst: No. 3 pick Chris Colmer never played a down.
2006 – Best: Drafted Davin Joseph
– Worst: Signed David Boston.
2007 – Best: Signed quarterback Jeff Garcia
– Worst: Drafted Sabby Piscitelli
2008 –Best : Resigned running back Warrick Dunn
– Worst : Flirted with trading for Brett Favre
2009 – Best: Signed undrafted Michael Bennett
– Worst: Fired Jon Gruden.
2010 – Best: Drafted Gerald McCoy.
– Worst: Traded a No. 2 and No. 5 for Kellen Winslow
2011 –Best: Even at age 36, re-signed Ronde Barber.
– Worst: Claimed Albert Haynesworth off waivers.
2012 – Best: Fired Raheem Morris.
– Worst: Hired Greg Schiano.
2013 – Best: Traded for Darrelle Revis.
– Worst: MRSA outbreak in locker room.
2014 – Best: Fired Greg Schaino
– Worst: Hired Lovie Smith as coach.
2015 – Best: Drafted Jameis Winston
– Worst: Traded for George Johnson.
2016 – Best: Replaced Lovie Smith with Dirk Koetter.
– Worst: Lost Logan Mankins to retirement