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1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2-12-0, Finished 5th in NFC Central Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -10.7, Offense: -11.1, Defense: 0.3, SoS: -2.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 103 points (7.4/g), 28th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 223 points (15.9/g), 12th.
 Differential of -120 points (-8.6/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 1.9-12.1.

Coach: John McKay (2-12-0)

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 3-4

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 103 2693 834 3.2 46 16 15 168 131 321 1269 3 30 3.4 69 465 1424 4 3.1 84
Team Defense 223 3934 949 4.1 41 18 11 241 191 338 1903 10 23 5.2 106 581 2031 13 3.5 124
Lg Rank Offense 28 28 23 16 28 20 28 28 26 28 24 28 26 28
Lg Rank Defense 12 13 7 7 17 11 11 3 9 15 23 17 16 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore L 0-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 3 13 8 118 26 92 1 15 281 137 144 5
2 Sat September 24 boxscore L 0-2 Minnesota Vikings 3 9 8 138 34 104 3 17 315 211 104 3
3 Sun October 2 boxscore L 0-3 @ Dallas Cowboys 7 23 10 163 87 76 2 23 415 210 205 3
4 Sun October 9 boxscore L 0-4 Washington Redskins 0 10 11 136 39 97 5 14 239 118 121 3
5 Sun October 16 boxscore L 0-5 @ Seattle Seahawks 23 30 22 384 217 167 6 21 375 241 134 2
6 Sun October 23 boxscore L 0-6 Green Bay Packers 0 13 13 188 113 75 3 14 218 93 125 2
7 Sun October 30 boxscore L 0-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 10 20 18 250 146 104 3 20 306 101 205 1
8 Sun November 6 boxscore L 0-8 @ Los Angeles Rams 0 31 9 152 43 109 4 21 330 153 177 1
9 Sun November 13 boxscore L 0-9 New York Giants 0 10 19 287 182 105 5 13 197 74 123 3
10 Sun November 20 boxscore L 0-10 @ Detroit Lions 7 16 8 147 71 76 5 14 216 69 147 5
11 Sun November 27 boxscore L 0-11 Atlanta Falcons 0 17 8 78 16 62 5 18 222 47 175 1
12 Sun December 4 boxscore L 0-12 Chicago Bears 0 10 9 135 21 114 2 17 274 133 141 1
13 Sun December 11 boxscore W 1-12 @ New Orleans Saints 33 14 14 238 103 135 1 17 250 154 96 7
14 Sun December 18 boxscore W 2-12 St. Louis Cardinals 17 7 11 279 171 108 1 17 296 162 134 4

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
19 Gary Huff 26 QB 8 6 2-4-0 67 138 48.6% 889 3 2.2 13 9.4 67 6.4 2.6 13.3 111.1 37.4 15 150 4.83 1.40 9.8
14 Randy Hedberg 23 qb 7 4 0-4-0 25 90 27.8% 244 0 0.0 10 11.1 19 2.7 -2.3 9.8 34.9 0.0 15 131 1.08 -3.21 14.3
17 Jeb Blount 23 qb 5 4 0-4-0 37 89 41.6% 522 0 0.0 7 7.9 56 5.9 2.3 14.1 104.4 28.4 18 164 3.35 0.40 16.8
32 Louis Carter 24 rb 14 1 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
4 Dave Green 28 P 14 0 2 2 100.0% 59 0 0.0 0 0.0 45 29.5 29.5 29.5 4.2 118.7 0 0 29.50 29.50 0.0
Team Total 24.4 14 2-12-0 131 321 40.8% 1714 3 0.9 30 9.3 67 5.3 1.3 13.1 122.4 22.5 48 445 3.44 -0.06 13.0 0 0
Opp Total 14 191 338 56.5% 2149 10 3.0 23 6.8 6.4 3.89 11.3 153.5 57.2 30 246 5.2 2.9 8.2

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
42 Ricky Bell 22 RB 11 10 148 436 1 20 2.9 39.6 13.5 11 88 8.0 0 23 1.0 8.0 524 1 4
28 Anthony Davis 25 11 6 95 297 1 35 3.1 27.0 8.6 8 91 11.4 0 30 0.7 8.3 388 1 5
35 Jimmy DuBose 23 FB 13 6 71 284 0 13 4.0 21.8 5.5 11 89 8.1 0 17 0.8 6.8 373 0 0
43 Ed Williams 27 fb 14 5 63 198 0 14 3.1 14.1 4.5 10 67 6.7 0 15 0.7 4.8 265 0 6
32 Louis Carter 24 rb 14 1 59 117 2 20 2.0 8.4 4.2 10 65 6.5 0 19 0.7 4.6 182 2 2
14 Randy Hedberg 23 qb 7 4 9 35 0 12 3.9 5.0 1.3 35 0 2
19 Gary Huff 26 QB 8 6 8 10 0 2 1.3 1.3 1.0 10 0 2
17 Jeb Blount 23 qb 5 4 5 26 0 12 5.2 5.2 1.0 26 0 2
23 George Ragsdale 25 9 0 3 21 0 15 7.0 2.3 0.3 2 17 8.5 0 10 0.2 1.9 38 0 0
85 Morris Owens 24 WR 14 14 2 -2 0 5 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 34 655 19.3 3 67 2.4 46.8 653 3 1
81 Isaac Hagins 23 KR 13 3 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 15 196 13.1 0 56 1.2 15.1 198 0 3
4 Dave Green 28 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
89 John McKay 24 WR 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 164 13.7 0 26 0.9 11.7 164 0 0
83 Dana Nafziger 24 TE 14 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 119 13.2 0 38 0.6 8.5 119 0 0
87 Larry Mucker 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 59 14.8 0 23 0.3 4.2 59 0 0
80 Jack Novak 24 te 9 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 24 12.0 0 15 0.2 2.7 24 0 0
46 Danny Reece 22 PR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 59 29.5 0 45 0.1 4.2 59 0 0
82 Gary Butler 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 21 21.0 0 21 0.3 7.0 21 0 0
Team Total 24.4 14 465 1424 4 35 3.1 101.7 33.2 131 1714 13.1 3 67 9.4 122.4 3138 7 30
Opp Total 14 581 2031 13 3.5 145.1 41.5 191 1903 10.0 10 13.6 135.9 3934 23 34

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
81 Isaac Hagins 23 KR 13 3 17 85 0 29 5.0 21 493 0 31 23.5 776
46 Danny Reece 22 PR 14 0 31 274 0 36 8.8 3 72 0 34 24.0 405
28 Anthony Davis 25 11 6 15 277 0 28 18.5 665
23 George Ragsdale 25 9 0 3 68 0 21 22.7 106
83 Dana Nafziger 24 TE 14 11 1 4 0 4 4.0 123
Team Total 24.4 14 48 359 0 36 7.5 43 914 0 34 21.3 4411
Opp Total 14 71 469 0 6.6 33 699 0 21.2

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 28 P 14 0 3 3 2 2 1 7 4 57.1%% 6 5 83.3%% 98 3948 70 1 40.3
9 Allan Leavitt 22 K 8 0 1 1 3 2 2 1 3 1 1 10 5 50.0%% 5 5 100.0%%
Team Total 24.4 14 1 1 6 5 4 1 5 2 1 17 9 52.9%% 11 10 90.9%% 98 3948 70 1 40.3
Opp Total 14 27 14 51.9%% 26 23 88.5%% 84 3352 39.9

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
43 Ed Williams 27 fb 14 5 0 6 2 0 0
28 Anthony Davis 25 11 6 0 5 1 0 0
56 Cecil Johnson 22 ROLB 13 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0
40 Mike Washington 24 RCB 14 14 5 71 1 45 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Ricky Bell 22 RB 11 10 0 4 1 0 0
45 Jeris White 25 LCB 14 14 4 61 0 32 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Richard Wood 24 RILB 14 14 4 86 1 30 0 0 0 1 37 1
34 Cedric Brown 23 FS 14 14 2 66 0 27 0 0 1 1 24 0
19 Gary Huff 26 QB 8 6 0 2 2 0 0
17 Jeb Blount 23 qb 5 4 0 2 1 0 0
32 Louis Carter 24 rb 14 1 0 2 1 0 0
81 Isaac Hagins 23 KR 13 3 0 3 0 0 0
57 Dave Lewis 23 LOLB 14 13 2 55 0 42 0 0 0 1 0 0
61 Dewey Selmon 24 LILB 14 14 2 29 0 20 0 0 0 1 4 0
14 Randy Hedberg 23 qb 7 4 0 2 0 0 0
25 Curtis Jordan 23 db 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 Dave Pear 24 NT 14 14 0 0 2 7 0
63 Lee Roy Selmon 23 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
66 Blanchard Carter 22 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Mark Cotney 25 SS 14 12 1 0 0 0 0
4 Dave Green 28 P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Paul Harris 23 lb 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
72 Greg Johnson 24 5 0 1 0 1 0 0
83 Dana Nafziger 24 TE 14 11 0 0 1 0 0
85 Morris Owens 24 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
75 Dave Reavis 27 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
78 Council Rudolph 27 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
51 Dan Ryczek 28 C 14 10 0 1 0 -29 0
Team Total 24.4 14 23 368 3 45 0 0 30 29 43 1
Opp Total 14 48 34 16 1

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
9 Allan Leavitt 22 K 8 0 5 5 20
85 Morris Owens 24 WR 14 14 3 3 18
4 Dave Green 28 P 14 0 5 4 17
32 Louis Carter 24 rb 14 1 2 2 12
54 Richard Wood 24 RILB 14 14 1 1 2 12
42 Ricky Bell 22 RB 11 10 1 1 6
28 Anthony Davis 25 11 6 1 1 6
72 Greg Johnson 24 5 0 1 1 6
40 Mike Washington 24 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 24.4 14 4 3 1 3 11 10 9 103
Opp Total 14 13 10 3 23 14 1 223

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-10-02 @ DAL L, 7-23 2 37 fumble Richard Wood 37 yard fumble return (Allan Leavitt kick)
2 1977-10-16 @ SEA L, 23-30 2 1 rush Anthony Davis 1 yard rush (Allan Leavitt kick)
3 1977-10-16 @ SEA L, 23-30 4 67 pass Morris Owens 67 yard pass from Gary Huff (Allan Leavitt kick)
4 1977-10-30 @ SFO L, 10-20 4 5 rush Louis Carter 5 yard rush (Allan Leavitt kick)
5 1977-11-20 @ DET L, 7-16 2 4 rush Ricky Bell 4 yard rush (Allan Leavitt kick)
6 1977-12-11 @ NOR W, 33-14 2 5 pass Morris Owens 5 yard pass from Gary Huff (Dave Green kick)
7 1977-12-11 @ NOR W, 33-14 3 45 interception Mike Washington 45 yard interception return (Dave Green kick)
8 1977-12-11 @ NOR W, 33-14 4 10 interception Richard Wood 10 yard interception return
9 1977-12-11 @ NOR W, 33-14 4 0 fumble Greg Johnson 0 yard fumble return (Dave Green kick)
10 1977-12-18 STL W, 17-7 1 1 rush Louis Carter 1 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
11 1977-12-18 STL W, 17-7 2 61 pass Morris Owens 61 yard pass from Gary Huff (Dave Green kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 @ PHI W, 13-3 2 7 pass Tom Sullivan 7 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Horst Muhlmann kick)
2 1977-09-18 @ PHI W, 13-3 3 17 pass Keith Krepfle 17 yard pass from Ron Jaworski
3 1977-09-24 MIN W, 9-3 3 31 pass Chuck Foreman 31 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
4 1977-10-02 @ DAL W, 23-7 1 79 interception Thomas Henderson 79 yard interception return (Efren Herrera kick)
5 1977-10-02 @ DAL W, 23-7 1 17 rush Robert Newhouse 17 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
6 1977-10-09 WAS W, 10-0 1 6 rush Mike Thomas 6 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
7 1977-10-16 @ SEA W, 30-23 1 8 pass Steve Largent 8 yard pass from Steve Myer (John Leypoldt kick)
8 1977-10-16 @ SEA W, 30-23 2 4 pass Steve Largent 4 yard pass from Steve Myer (John Leypoldt kick)
9 1977-10-16 @ SEA W, 30-23 4 45 pass Duke Fergerson 45 yard pass from Steve Myer (John Leypoldt kick)
10 1977-10-16 @ SEA W, 30-23 4 44 pass Sherman Smith 44 yard pass from Steve Myer
11 1977-10-23 GNB W, 13-0 3 5 rush Eric Torkelson 5 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
12 1977-10-30 @ SFO W, 20-10 1 2 rush Wilbur Jackson 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
13 1977-10-30 @ SFO W, 20-10 2 35 rush Delvin Williams 35 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
14 1977-11-06 @ RAM W, 31-0 2 51 pass Harold Jackson 51 yard pass from Pat Haden (Rafael Septien kick)
15 1977-11-06 @ RAM W, 31-0 2 4 pass Lawrence McCutcheon 4 yard pass from Pat Haden (Rafael Septien kick)
16 1977-11-06 @ RAM W, 31-0 3 25 interception Jim Young 25 yard interception return (Rafael Septien kick)
17 1977-11-06 @ RAM W, 31-0 4 1 rush Jim Jodat 1 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
18 1977-11-13 NYG W, 10-0 1 2 rush Bobby Hammond 2 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
19 1977-11-20 @ DET W, 16-7 4 1 rush Rick Kane 1 yard rush (pass failed)
20 1977-11-20 @ DET W, 16-7 4 48 interception Reggie Pinkney 48 yard interception return (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1977-11-27 ATL W, 17-0 1 1 rush Haskel Stanback 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
22 1977-11-27 ATL W, 17-0 3 1 rush Haskel Stanback 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
23 1977-12-04 CHI W, 10-0 4 3 rush Walter Payton 3 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
24 1977-12-11 @ NOR L, 14-33 4 2 rush Archie Manning 2 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
25 1977-12-11 @ NOR L, 14-33 4 11 pass John Gilliam 11 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
26 1977-12-18 STL L, 7-17 2 3 rush Wayne Morris 3 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)