Have to agree that Gruden was the best hire. There's no way around it, he brought us the trophy. He continually tried to crack open a window that had closed on the Bucs and perhaps his refusal to go into a full rebuild right away didn't help. But seriously, who is really going to pitch a full rebuild after a Superbowl win? He clashed severely with Bruce Allen, who was another really headstrong person, but Bruce was here to fix a horrible cap situation and he did an excellent job, painful, but excellent. We've been in great cap shape ever since. Gruden never got a QB to work with except for scraps. I, like a few others here, was super excited for the Josh Johnson era to begin, but it never came to be as we fired Jon too soon.
Raheem is definitely the worse of recent times. He pretty much tried to run a whole ship just him and Olson and it was a disaster. Don't really blame him though, I mean if the owners want to throw a HC job your way are you really not even going to take a swing? For all you know you never get another shot again in your life. It was a bad, sloppy hire from the start.
I actually liked the Schiano hire. I thought it was very much what we needed. But similar to Lovie I think there just wasn't enough time or patience. He was also burned by an unstable staff. That leg of continually firing coaches was terrible, and each coach had to try their best to make **** work with the players of the last coach and then by the time they started to get a roster they liked, they were canned and it would all repeat.
The DK hire is becoming one of my favorites but I see it like a co-hire of DK and Mike Smith. I love Mike Smith and was a huge defender of his during the really low points last season. I think he's a hell of a coach and together I think they make a hell of a team. If we learned anything from the other hires before them it's that you are only as good as your staff and DK and Litch have surrounded themselves with good people.
I will always love and appreciate Tony Dungy, but I think he should have been fired sooner. The guy is a great builder and a great regular season coach, but he's just not a playoff winner. And that's fine, there are a lot of coaches like that. Marvin Lewis. Andy Reid. Marty Schottenheimer. John Fox. Dungy had to be dragged kicking and screaming to a championship by one of the GOATs. He's like a guy who will just do the same thing he's always done and if he wins he wins and if not not. Just walk away saying "Hm, guess it wasn't our day today".