The Bucs have had five head coaches in the past 10 years, a remarkable record of either impatience or incompetence for an organization that by all outward appearances seems dedicated to winning.

So the decision to give Dirk Koetter a third season despite a 13-18 record and no playoff appearances is not the norm for the Glazer family.

But in the NFL, with the draft and free agency, the system will work for those teams that stay the course and can identify talent.

Exhibit one is today’s opponent, the Saints.

After three consecutive 7-9 seasons, coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees were stuck in the gumbo muck of mediocrity. But if any team has shown that the distance from worst to first isn’t that far to travel, it’s the Saints.

"I think oftentimes, our case in point, you’re a good draft class away from a season turning really in a completely different direction," Payton said. "And I think the importance of the procurement of your players, be it through the draft and also through free agency, can’t be undervalued."

The Saints win the NFC South today with a victory over the Bucs. Both Payton and Brees point to the contributions they have gotten from an outstanding rookie class that includes two Pro Bowl players — RB Alvin Kamara and CB Marshon Lattimore.