4. Sam Wyche
After the 1991 season, the Bucs were looking for a coach with a track record. Richard Williamson had led the team for just over two years, and his record was a whopping 4-15. He was summarily dismissed and the Bucs turned to Wyche. He was off of the Bill Walsh coaching tree and was known as a quarterback guru. After all, Wyche was the guy that helped Joe Montana through his formative years in the NFL.
Wyche also had a Super Bowl appearance on his resume. He actually had two, one as a coach with Walsh in San Francisco, and one with the Bengals as the head coach. Granted, he lost the one as the head coach after a vintage drive by Montana, but he had the big game experience. The Bucs felt that he was the guy that would bring them to prominence.
Unfortunately it never materialized for Wyche or for Tampa Bay. He never finished better than 7-9 and his overall record as 23-41. He was fired after four seasons. So why does he make this list? Because during his tenure, the Bucs brought in Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, and John Lynch via the draft. Wyche always had an eye for talent, and with these selections, he set the Bucs up for success as they moved into the future.