Originally posted on Charlotte Observer  |  Last updated 12/2/11

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 27: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs to pass the ball during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 27, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
(By Ron Green Jr., rgreenjr@charlotteobserver.com) A year ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in the midst of what seemed to be a breakthrough season.With second-year quarterback Josh Freeman, the high-energy coaching style of Raheem Morris and a sense of momentum, the Bucs put together a 10-6 season that didn't get them in the playoffs but put them in the conversation about the league's fast-rising teams.
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