The 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the regular season with a 9-7 record and missed the playoffs. The Oakland Raiders defeated Tampa Bay 31-24 in Tampa in week 17 that cost the Buccaneers a playoff spot. The team ended the season losers of 4 straight and with the defense collapsing giving up 31 or more points in 3 of the 4 losses. Head coach John Gruden was fired and replaced by Raheem Morris. The Buccaneers lost starting quarterback Jeff Garcia who bolted to the Oakland Raiders in free agency. The team also said goodbye to longtime linebacker Derrick Brooks as…

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