In 2013, the Buccaneers offense finished No. 32, dead last among NFL teams, in terms of total yards per game. That season, Tampa Bay averaged 277 yards per game en-route to finishing the season 4-12. The 2014 season was better, but not my much. The Buccaneers finished No. 30 in the league with 292 yards per game.
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As the 2015 season begins to come to a close, the turnaround the Bucs have made has been drastic.
Tampa Bay enters their Week 16 matchup with the Bears averaging 374 yards per game, nearly 100 yards per game more than the team did two seasons ago. The team's 374 yards per game place them No. 7 in the league. The Buccaneers have more yards in 14 games this season than they did in either of the previous two.
Jameis Winston's success has played a large role in the Bucs' offensive improvement, as has Doug Martin's. Winston has already set the Buccaneer record for passing yards in a rookie season and Martin is currently No. 2 in the NFL in rushing with 1,305 yards.
But as both of those players thrive, it is in the system that Dirk Koetter brought to Tampa this offseason. Koetter, who served as Atlanta's OC from 2012 to 2014, was hired to lead the Bucs offense last winter. Since his arrival, Tampa Bay has jumped 22 spots in the league rankings.
The Bucs have also moved up to No. 17 in scoring, climbing 12 spots, from No. 29 last season. The Bucs' offense was No. 30 in scoring in 2013.
With two games left to play, the Buccaneers are on the verge of setting a franchise record. If the team were to finish No. 8 in the league, it would be the highest they have finished in team history. The Bucs finished No. 9 in total offensive yards in 2012 and No. 10 in 2003 and 1984, according to Pro Football Reference.