Sustained improvement isn't easy in the NFL — the Bucs have a chance to improve their win total for the third year straight season, something that's happened once in the franchise's 41-year history. The Bucs were winless in 1976, won two in 1977, five in 1978 and 10 (and a playoff appearance) in 1979.
In the NFL, it's happened less than once a year in the last decade, and such a climb often coincides with a team getting a quarterback in the first round after a difficult first season. Here are the seven times in the past decade an NFL team has improved its win total three years in a row:
|Team (Years)||Wins Year 1||Wins Year 2||Wins Year 3||Wins Year 4||Comment|
|Falcons (2013-16)||4||6||8||11||Dirk Koetter there for first 2 years|
|Cardinals (2012-15)||5||10||11||13||Added Carson Palmer in 2013|
|Bengals (2010-13)||4||9||10||11||Drafted Andy Dalton in 2011|
|Panthers (2010-13)||2||6||7||12||Drafted Cam Newton in 2011|
|Lions (2008-11)||0||2||6||10||Drafted Matt Stafford in 2009|
|Vikings (2006-09)||6||8||10||12||Four different QBs, ending with Brett Favre|
|Titans (2005-08)||4||8||10||13||Drafted Vince Young in 2006|
The Bucs — 2 wins in 2014, 6 in 2015, 9 in 2016 -- could join this group with Jameis Winston joining in Year 2 of that ascent, much like the Titans (2, 3, 9 wins) with Marcus Mariota and the Raiders (3, 7, 12) in three years with Derek Carr.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer