Buccaneers want to be like Chiefs

June, 17, 2014
As his team wrapped up minicamp last week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht brought up a good point.

“Everyone saw what Kansas City did last season,’’ Licht said. “Why can’t it be us?’’

Last year’s Chiefs went from 2-14 to 11-5. The Bucs were 4-12 last season and a similar turnaround isn’t that hard to picture.

The Bucs already had a fair amount of individual talent with the likes of Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Vincent Jackson. They’ve added new players like Alterraun Verner and Michael Johnson. They also have a new coach in Lovie Smith, who has put together a strong staff of assistants.

Licht was with Arizona last season when the Cardinals went 10-6, but didn’t make the playoffs.

“We made some strides and it seemed like people wanted to throw a parade for us, but the fact of the matter is we failed because we didn’t make the playoffs,’’ Licht said. “Being 10-6 would be great for the Bucs this year, but the goal is making it to the dance. If we had any other goal, I’d be very upset.’’

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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