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1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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0-14-0, Finished 5th in AFC West Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -19.7, Offense: -10.8, Defense: -8.8, SoS: 0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 125 points (8.9/g), 28th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 412 points (29.4/g), 27th.
 Differential of -287 points (-20.5/g), 28th.  Expected W-L: 0.8-13.2.

Coach: John McKay (0-14-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: John Rauch
 Defensive Coordinator: Abe Gibron

Stadium: Tampa Stadium
 Training Camp: One Buc Place / Buccaneer Place (Tampa, Florida)

Team Info

Owner/President Hugh Culverhouse
Head Coach/de facto General Manager John McKay
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 125 3006 859 3.5 37 17 27 191 181 376 1503 9 20 3.5 93 433 1503 5 3.5 71
Team Defense 412 4801 933 5.1 28 19 24 284 178 321 2241 19 9 6.5 124 588 2560 23 4.4 136
Lg Rank Offense 28 28 20 13 27 11 25 24 19 28 25 26 28 28
Lg Rank Defense 27 24 20 12 26 2 19 23 26 27 27 24 27 22

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore L 0-1 @ Houston Oilers 0 20 8 110 58 52 2 21 372 182 190 4
2 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-2 San Diego Chargers 0 23 5 125 -4 129 4 16 326 131 195 2
3 Sun September 26 boxscore L 0-3 Buffalo Bills 9 14 15 338 168 170 2 14 295 186 109 2
4 Sun October 3 boxscore L 0-4 @ Baltimore Colts 17 42 6 89 13 76 1 31 458 220 238 2
5 Sun October 10 boxscore L 0-5 @ Cincinnati Bengals 0 21 12 200 86 114 3 17 277 89 188 3
6 Sun October 17 boxscore L 0-6 Seattle Seahawks 10 13 18 285 140 145 1 14 253 163 90 2
7 Sun October 24 boxscore L 0-7 Miami Dolphins 20 23 20 334 191 143 1 19 290 90 200 1
8 Sun October 31 boxscore L 0-8 Kansas City Chiefs 19 28 16 196 182 14 1 22 318 182 136 3
9 Sun November 7 boxscore L 0-9 @ Denver Broncos 13 48 17 234 122 112 4 18 415 222 193 3
10 Sun November 14 boxscore L 0-10 @ New York Jets 0 34 18 277 171 106 6 24 344 133 211 1
11 Sun November 21 boxscore L 0-11 Cleveland Browns 7 24 18 227 125 102 2 21 282 133 149
12 Sun November 28 boxscore L 0-12 @ Oakland Raiders 16 49 16 218 107 111 3 28 486 307 179 3
13 Sun December 5 boxscore L 0-13 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 0 42 8 105 11 94 4 26 385 163 222 1
14 Sun December 12 boxscore L 0-14 New England Patriots 14 31 14 268 133 135 3 13 300 40 260 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Steve Spurrier 31 QB 14 12 0-12-0 156 311 50.2% 1628 7 2.3 12 3.9 38 5.2 3.9 10.4 116.3 57.1 32 267 3.97 2.80 9.3
18 Parnell Dickinson 23 qb 8 1 0-1-0 15 39 38.5% 210 1 2.6 5 12.8 49 5.4 0.1 14.0 26.3 25.5 14 124 1.62 -2.25 26.4
5 Terry Hanratty 28 qb 3 1 0-1-0 6 14 42.9% 32 0 0.0 1 7.1 12 2.3 -0.9 5.3 10.7 20.5 3 24 0.47 -2.18 17.6
32 Louis Carter 23 RB 14 8 2 5 40.0% 24 1 20.0 0 0.0 23 4.8 8.8 12.0 1.7 95.0 0 0 4.80 8.80 0.0
13 Larry Lawrence 27 1 0 0 5 0.0% 0 0 0.0 2 40.0 0 0.0 -18.0 0.0 0.0 1 8 -1.33 -16.33 16.7
27 Ricky Davis 23 11 0 1 1 100.0% -7 0 0.0 0 0.0 -7 -7.0 -7.0 -7.0 -0.6 79.2 0 0 -7.00 -7.00 0.0
83 Lee McGriff 23 wr 6 3 1 1 100.0% 39 0 0.0 0 0.0 39 39.0 39.0 39.0 6.5 118.7 0 0 39.00 39.00 0.0
Team Total 24.9 14 0-14-0 181 376 48.1% 1926 9 2.4 20 5.3 49 5.1 3.2 10.6 137.6 49.4 50 423 3.53 1.84 11.7 0 0
Opp Total 14 178 321 55.5% 2412 19 5.9 9 2.8 7.5 7.44 13.6 172.3 87.6 24 171 6.5 6.4 7.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
32 Louis Carter 23 RB 14 8 171 521 1 26 3.0 37.2 12.2 20 135 6.8 0 19 1.4 9.6 656 1 2
43 Ed Williams 26 FB 12 10 87 324 2 19 3.7 27.0 7.3 23 166 7.2 0 18 1.9 13.8 490 2 2
19 Essex Johnson 30 rb 14 1 47 166 1 27 3.5 11.9 3.4 25 201 8.0 1 38 1.8 14.4 367 2 3
26 Charlie Davis 24 rb 6 5 41 107 1 13 2.6 17.8 6.8 3 32 10.7 0 23 0.5 5.3 139 1 2
22 Rod McNeill 25 KR 11 0 27 135 0 17 5.0 12.3 2.5 7 33 4.7 0 9 0.6 3.0 168 0 3
35 Jimmy DuBose 22 rb 14 4 20 62 0 24 3.1 4.4 1.4 5 26 5.2 0 18 0.4 1.9 88 0 1
18 Parnell Dickinson 23 qb 8 1 13 103 0 46 7.9 12.9 1.6 103 0 3
11 Steve Spurrier 31 QB 14 12 12 48 0 10 4.0 3.4 0.9 48 0 5
44 Manfred Moore 26 10 0 7 4 0 7 0.6 0.4 0.7 6 54 9.0 0 23 0.6 5.4 58 0 3
85 Morris Owens 23 WR 12 10 2 2 0 18 1.0 0.2 0.2 30 390 13.0 6 27 2.5 32.5 392 6 1
86 Bob Moore 27 TE 12 10 2 23 0 22 11.5 1.9 0.2 23 281 12.2 0 31 1.9 23.4 304 0 0
82 Fred Pagac 24 te 14 3 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 2 15 7.5 0 10 0.1 1.1 19 0 0
4 Dave Green 27 K/P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 9 0 1
5 Terry Hanratty 28 qb 3 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.3 0.3 1 0 1
20 Vince Kendrick 24 1 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3.0 1.0 3 0 0
89 John McKay 23 WR 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 302 15.1 1 49 1.4 21.6 302 1 0
80 Jack Novak 23 te 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 130 16.3 1 30 0.7 10.8 130 1 0
88 Barry Smith 25 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 88 22.0 0 39 0.3 6.8 88 0 0
84 Freddie Douglas 22 wr 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 58 19.3 0 35 0.4 8.3 58 0 0
51 Dan Ryczek 27 C 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.4 6 0 1
Team Total 24.9 14 433 1503 5 46 3.5 107.4 30.9 181 1926 10.6 9 49 12.9 137.6 3429 14 30
Opp Total 14 588 2560 23 4.4 182.9 42.0 178 2241 12.6 19 12.7 160.1 4801 42 33

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
44 Manfred Moore 26 10 0 14 106 0 21 7.6 7 134 0 0 19.1 298
46 Danny Reece 21 PR/RCB 11 10 20 143 0 30 7.2 1 30 0 30 30.0 173
22 Rod McNeill 25 KR 11 0 17 384 0 43 22.6 552
32 Louis Carter 23 RB 14 8 15 300 0 30 20.0 956
19 Essex Johnson 30 rb 14 1 13 287 0 32 22.1 654
84 Freddie Douglas 22 wr 7 1 4 78 0 32 19.5 7 167 0 29 23.9 303
26 Charlie Davis 24 rb 6 5 4 73 0 25 18.3 212
33 Mark Cotney 24 SS 14 13 3 26 0 9 8.7 26
1 Isaac Hagins 22 1 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2 35 0 21 17.5 37
56 Bert Cooper 24 lb 12 3 1 22 0 22 22.0 22
35 Jimmy DuBose 22 rb 14 4 1 34 0 34 34.0 122
59 Mike Lemon 25 lb 5 1 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
82 Fred Pagac 24 te 14 3 1 20 0 20 20.0 39
28 Ken Stone 26 FS 14 14 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
Team Total 24.9 14 43 366 0 32 8.5 70 1488 0 43 21.3 5283
Opp Total 14 71 754 1 10.6 35 717 0 20.5

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
4 Dave Green 27 K/P 14 0 1 1 2 1 7 4 4 2 14 8 57.1%% 14 11 78.6%% 92 3619 56 0 39.3
5 Mirro Roder 32 k 2 0 2 1 3 0.0%%
Team Total 24.9 14 1 1 2 1 9 4 5 2 17 8 47.1%% 14 11 78.6%% 92 3619 56 0 39.3
Opp Total 14 31 20 64.5%% 50 48 96.0%% 65 2554 39.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
11 Steve Spurrier 31 QB 14 12 0 5 2 -3 0
18 Parnell Dickinson 23 qb 8 1 0 3 2 0 0
46 Danny Reece 21 PR/RCB 11 10 0 2 3 53 1
44 Manfred Moore 26 10 0 0 3 1 0 0
33 Mark Cotney 24 SS 14 13 3 25 0 25 0
19 Essex Johnson 30 rb 14 1 0 3 0 0 0
25 Curtis Jordan 22 LCB 11 9 2 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
22 Rod McNeill 25 KR 11 0 0 3 0 0 0
85 Morris Owens 23 WR 12 10 0 1 2 0 0
53 Larry Ball 27 13 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Louis Carter 23 RB 14 8 0 2 0 0 0
56 Bert Cooper 24 lb 12 3 0 0 2 10 0
26 Charlie Davis 24 rb 6 5 0 2 0 0 0
4 Dave Green 27 K/P 14 0 0 1 1 -9 0
86 Bob Moore 27 TE 12 10 0 0 2 0 0
58 Cal Peterson 24 lb 5 4 1 15 0 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Steve Reese 24 MLB 12 10 0 0 2 0 0
28 Ken Stone 26 FS 14 14 2 47 0 26 0
43 Ed Williams 26 FB 12 10 0 2 0 0 0
54 Richard Wood 23 RLB 13 9 0 0 2 0 0
71 Steve Young 23 LT 13 11 0 0 2 0 0
21 Joe Blahak 26 db 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
74 Mike Current 31 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
27 Ricky Davis 23 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Jimmy DuBose 22 rb 14 4 0 1 0 0 0
30 Jimmy Gunn 28 LLB 13 12 0 0 1 0 0
5 Terry Hanratty 28 qb 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
80 Jack Novak 23 te 12 1 0 0 1 0 0
78 Council Rudolph 26 LDE 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
51 Dan Ryczek 27 C 14 13 0 1 0 0 0
66 Pat Toomay 28 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 24.9 14 9 99 0 26 0 0 30 31 51 1
Opp Total 14 50 33 14 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
85 Morris Owens 23 WR 12 10 6 6 36
4 Dave Green 27 K/P 14 0 11 8 35
19 Essex Johnson 30 rb 14 1 1 1 2 12
43 Ed Williams 26 FB 12 10 2 2 12
32 Louis Carter 23 RB 14 8 1 1 6
26 Charlie Davis 24 rb 6 5 1 1 6
89 John McKay 23 WR 14 13 1 1 6
80 Jack Novak 23 te 12 1 1 1 6
46 Danny Reece 21 PR/RCB 11 10 1 1 6
Team Total 24.9 14 5 9 1 15 11 8 125
Opp Total 14 23 19 1 3 4 48 20 2 412

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-10-03 @ BAL L, 17-42 4 44 fumble Danny Reece 44 yard fumble return (Dave Green kick)
2 1976-10-03 @ BAL L, 17-42 4 1 rush Charlie Davis 1 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
3 1976-10-17 SEA L, 10-13 3 1 pass Morris Owens 1 yard pass from Louis Carter (Dave Green kick)
4 1976-10-24 MIA L, 20-23 1 18 pass Morris Owens 18 yard pass from Parnell Dickinson (Dave Green kick)
5 1976-10-24 MIA L, 20-23 3 20 pass Morris Owens 20 yard pass from Steve Spurrier
6 1976-10-24 MIA L, 20-23 4 7 pass Morris Owens 7 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Dave Green kick)
7 1976-10-31 KAN L, 19-28 4 8 pass John McKay 8 yard pass from Steve Spurrier
8 1976-10-31 KAN L, 19-28 4 1 rush Essex Johnson 1 yard rush
9 1976-10-31 KAN L, 19-28 4 30 pass Jack Novak 30 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Dave Green kick)
10 1976-11-07 @ DEN L, 13-48 2 3 rush Louis Carter 3 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
11 1976-11-21 CLE L, 7-24 2 12 pass Essex Johnson 12 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Dave Green kick)
12 1976-11-28 @ OAK L, 16-49 1 2 rush Ed Williams 2 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
13 1976-11-28 @ OAK L, 16-49 4 9 pass Morris Owens 9 yard pass from Steve Spurrier
14 1976-12-12 NWE L, 14-31 2 17 rush Ed Williams 17 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
15 1976-12-12 NWE L, 14-31 2 17 pass Morris Owens 17 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Dave Green kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 @ HOU W, 20-0 2 13 pass Fred Willis 13 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
2 1976-09-12 @ HOU W, 20-0 4 42 pass Ken Burrough 42 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
3 1976-09-19 SDG W, 23-0 4 46 rush Rickey Young 46 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
4 1976-09-19 SDG W, 23-0 4 37 interception Tom Hayes 37 yard interception return (Toni Fritsch kick)
5 1976-09-26 BUF W, 14-9 2 58 pass Bob Chandler 58 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Benny Ricardo kick)
6 1976-09-26 BUF W, 14-9 4 15 pass Reuben Gant 15 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Benny Ricardo kick)
7 1976-10-03 @ BAL W, 42-17 2 1 rush Roosevelt Leaks 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
8 1976-10-03 @ BAL W, 42-17 2 1 rush Roosevelt Leaks 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
9 1976-10-03 @ BAL W, 42-17 2 48 pass Roger Carr 48 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
10 1976-10-03 @ BAL W, 42-17 3 24 pass Lydell Mitchell 24 yard pass from Bert Jones
11 1976-10-03 @ BAL W, 42-17 4 2 rush Don McCauley 2 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
12 1976-10-10 @ CIN W, 21-0 1 10 pass Bob Trumpy 10 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
13 1976-10-10 @ CIN W, 21-0 1 3 rush Boobie Clark 3 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
14 1976-10-10 @ CIN W, 21-0 3 25 fumble Tommy Casanova 25 yard fumble return (Chris Bahr kick)
15 1976-10-17 SEA W, 13-10 2 15 pass Sam McCullum 15 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
16 1976-10-24 MIA W, 23-20 2 6 rush Benny Malone 6 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1976-10-24 MIA W, 23-20 2 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1976-10-31 KAN W, 28-19 3 2 pass Billy Masters 2 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
19 1976-10-31 KAN W, 28-19 3 2 pass Walter White 2 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
20 1976-10-31 KAN W, 28-19 4 2 rush MacArthur Lane 2 yard rush
21 1976-11-07 @ DEN W, 48-13 1 36 pass Otis Armstrong 36 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
22 1976-11-07 @ DEN W, 48-13 3 71 pass Haven Moses 71 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
23 1976-11-07 @ DEN W, 48-13 3 31 interception Randy Gradishar 31 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
24 1976-11-07 @ DEN W, 48-13 4 9 rush Lonnie Perrin 9 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
25 1976-11-07 @ DEN W, 48-13 4 32 interception John Rowser 32 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
26 1976-11-07 @ DEN W, 48-13 4 26 fumble Randy Poltl 26 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)
27 1976-11-14 @ NYJ W, 34-0 1 14 rush Clark Gaines 14 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
28 1976-11-14 @ NYJ W, 34-0 2 3 pass Rich Caster 3 yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)
29 1976-11-14 @ NYJ W, 34-0 2 5 rush Steve Davis 5 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
30 1976-11-14 @ NYJ W, 34-0 3 60 punt Lou Piccone 60 yard punt return (Pat Leahy kick)
31 1976-11-21 CLE W, 24-7 1 2 rush Cleo Miller 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
32 1976-11-21 CLE W, 24-7 3 15 pass Paul Warfield 15 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
33 1976-11-21 CLE W, 24-7 4 0 fumble Joe Jones 0 yard fumble return (Don Cockroft kick)
34 1976-11-28 @ OAK W, 49-16 1 1 rush Mark van Eeghen 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
35 1976-11-28 @ OAK W, 49-16 2 1 rush Mark van Eeghen 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
36 1976-11-28 @ OAK W, 49-16 2 2 rush Pete Banaszak 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
37 1976-11-28 @ OAK W, 49-16 3 9 pass Warren Bankston 9 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
38 1976-11-28 @ OAK W, 49-16 3 25 pass Cliff Branch 25 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
39 1976-11-28 @ OAK W, 49-16 3 1 rush Carl Garrett 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
40 1976-11-28 @ OAK W, 49-16 4 37 pass Mike Siani 37 yard pass from Mike Rae (Errol Mann kick)
41 1976-12-05 @ PIT W, 42-0 1 7 rush Rocky Bleier 7 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
42 1976-12-05 @ PIT W, 42-0 2 1 rush Rocky Bleier 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
43 1976-12-05 @ PIT W, 42-0 2 1 rush Mike Kruczek 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
44 1976-12-05 @ PIT W, 42-0 2 3 rush Rocky Bleier 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
45 1976-12-05 @ PIT W, 42-0 3 35 pass Lynn Swann 35 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
46 1976-12-05 @ PIT W, 42-0 3 23 pass Lynn Swann 23 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
47 1976-12-12 NWE W, 31-14 2 69 rush Andy Johnson 69 yard rush (John Smith kick)
48 1976-12-12 NWE W, 31-14 3 9 rush Andy Johnson 9 yard rush (John Smith kick)
49 1976-12-12 NWE W, 31-14 4 68 interception Sam Hunt 68 yard interception return (John Smith kick)
50 1976-12-12 NWE W, 31-14 4 1 rush Steve Grogan 1 yard rush (Steve Zabel kick)