This time a year ago, Greg Schiano was only two weeks into his tenure as Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach, so he had barely begun the process of filling out a staff of assistants and evaluating players.

His late arrival forced the Bucs into a game of catch-up that lasted well beyond the 2012 bye week, but general manager Mark Dominik believes the Bucs have finally caught their rivals.

With the tweaks to their coaching staff complete and player evaluations well underway, the Bucs are enjoying what Dominik believes is a more natural and productive offseason.

"Already this year we have been a lot more football focused,'' Dominik said. "We've been able to do a lot more in terms of evaluating of our entire football team, whereas last year we just didn't have that opportunity.

"You (saw) Coach Schiano out at the Senior Bowl this year, whereas last year he hadn't even been hired yet. So, there's been a lot more time devoted this year not just to evaluating our team but to fixing it and making it better.''