Feb. 19: Sometime around 3 a.m. PST, Bucs Executive Vice Presidents Joel and Bryan Glazer finalize a deal with Oakland owner Al Davis to get Gruden out of the final year of a contract with the Raiders. The cost is two first-round picks, two second-round picks and $8 million.

Feb. 20: Gruden, 38, is introduced as the seventh coach in Bucs history.

July 28: An estimated 2,000 fans show up at Disney's Wide World of Sports to see Coach Jon Gruden's first training practice -- and the team's first in Central Florida.

Sept. 15: A week after losing his debut at home in overtime against New Orleans, Gruden gets his first Tampa Bay win as the Bucs smash the Baltimore Ravens 25-0.

Dec. 19: Martin Gramatica kicks five field goals in a 15-0 shutout of the Chicago Bears at Champaign, Ill., securing a bye week for the NFC South Division champ Bucs.


Jan. 12: The Bucs force five turnovers and rout the San Francisco 49ers 35-6 to advance to the NFC Championship Game for only the third time in team history.

Jan. 19: Playing sub-freezing temperatures and in the final game of Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Gruden leads the Bucs to a 27-10 defeat of the Eagles for the franchise's first berth in a Super Bowl. "This is the greatest day of my life," Gruden says.

Jan. 26: Tampa Bay's top-ranked defense forces Oakland MVP Rich Gannon into five interceptions as the Bucs obliterate the Raiders 48-21 to Super Bowl XXXVII.

March 24: Two months after winning the Super Bowl, rumors begin to fly at the NFL meetings in Arizona that Gruden and General Manager Rich McKay won't make it through another season.

Dec. 15: With the defending champion Bucs' playoff hopes on life support, McKay resigns and take the job as GM and president of the Atlanta Falcons. Six days later, the Falcons beat the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium, eliminating them from postseason contention.


Jan. 9: Bruce Allen, former senior assistant with the Raiders, is named Bucs general manager.


Jan. 2: The Bucs end the '04 season with a 12-7 loss at Arizona. The 5-11 record marks the team's worst since 1993.

Nov. 13: In arguably his finest moment since the Super Bowl, Gruden opts to go for a two-point conversion -- trailing Washington by one point with just under a minute to go -- and Mike Alstott slams across the goal line for a pulsating 36-35 victory.


Jan. 1:Tampa Bay defeats New Orleans 27-13 before a raucous home crowd to win the NFC South Division on the final day of the season.