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1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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5-11-0, Finished 5th in NFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.3, Offense: -4.1, Defense: 0.8, SoS: -2.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 241 points (15.1/g), 25th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 259 points (16.2/g), 7th.
 Differential of -18 points (-1.1/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 7.3-8.7.

Coach: John McKay (5-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Joe Gibbs
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bass

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

Team Info

Owner/President Hugh Culverhouse
General Manager/Assistant to the President Phil Krueger
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 241 3801 962 4.0 38 20 26 238 151 361 1703 12 18 4.1 101 549 2098 16 3.8 111
Team Defense 259 4328 1047 4.1 43 14 16 256 241 419 2279 13 29 5.0 131 595 2049 12 3.4 109
Lg Rank Offense 25 28 12 20 27 26 28 23 8 27 20 19 12 18
Lg Rank Defense 7 4 8 24 5 10 4 7 3 7 19 7 5 1

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 2 boxscore L 0-1 New York Giants 13 19 16 251 86 165 4 12 238 162 76 1
2 Sat September 9 boxscore L 0-2 Detroit Lions 7 15 10 109 -31 140 6 11 196 47 149 2
3 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-2 @ Minnesota Vikings 16 10 10 155 63 92 1 15 219 146 73 5
4 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-2 Atlanta Falcons 14 9 10 176 82 94 1 13 217 69 148 3
5 Sun October 1 boxscore L 2-3 Minnesota Vikings 7 24 18 370 283 87 3 19 319 208 111 1
6 Sun October 8 boxscore W 3-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 30 13 21 347 226 121 1 15 256 136 120 2
7 Sun October 15 boxscore L 3-4 @ New York Giants 14 17 20 263 100 163 4 16 218 48 170 2
8 Sun October 22 boxscore W 4-4 Chicago Bears 33 19 21 319 173 146 1 15 323 203 120 3
9 Sun October 29 boxscore L 4-5 @ Green Bay Packers 7 9 7 170 98 72 3 18 249 158 91 4
10 Sun November 5 boxscore L 4-6 @ Los Angeles Rams 23 26 18 341 132 209 5 15 344 220 124 1
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L 4-7 @ Detroit Lions 23 34 18 202 89 113 20 404 193 211 3
12 Sun November 19 boxscore W 5-7 Buffalo Bills 31 10 20 312 107 205 2 18 211 132 79 5
13 Sun November 26 boxscore L 5-8 @ Chicago Bears 3 14 6 92 -7 99 1 17 301 50 251 1
14 Sun December 3 boxscore L 5-9 Green Bay Packers 7 17 20 321 144 177 3 11 173 108 65 1
15 Sun December 10 boxscore L 5-10 @ San Francisco 49ers 3 6 13 196 83 113 3 17 239 149 90 6
16 Sun December 17 boxscore L 5-11 New Orleans Saints 10 17 10 177 75 102 24 421 250 171 3

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
12 Doug Williams 23 QB 10 10 4-6-0 73 194 37.6% 1170 7 3.6 8 4.1 56 6.0 4.9 16.0 117.0 53.4 6 69 5.51 4.41 3.0 1 1
15 Mike Rae 27 qb 6 5 1-4-0 57 118 48.3% 705 4 3.4 7 5.9 33 6.0 4.0 12.4 117.5 53.8 37 288 2.69 1.17 23.9
19 Gary Huff 27 6 0 15 36 41.7% 169 1 2.8 3 8.3 31 4.7 1.5 11.3 28.2 30.9 5 54 2.80 0.00 12.2
10 Mike Boryla 27 qb 1 1 0-1-0 2 5 40.0% 15 0 0.0 0 0.0 18 3.0 3.0 7.5 15.0 47.9 4 57 -4.67 -4.67 44.4
32 Louis Carter 25 16 5 2 5 40.0% 87 0 0.0 0 0.0 66 17.4 17.4 43.5 5.4 87.5 0 0 17.40 17.40 0.0
4 Dave Green 29 P 16 0 2 3 66.7% 25 0 0.0 0 0.0 25 8.3 8.3 12.5 1.6 92.4 0 0 8.33 8.33 0.0
Team Total 25.0 16 5-11-0 151 361 41.8% 2171 12 3.3 18 5.0 66 6.0 4.4 14.4 135.7 52.3 52 468 4.12 2.74 12.6 1 1
Opp Total 16 241 419 57.5% 2535 13 3.1 29 6.9 6.1 3.56 10.5 158.4 56.7 33 256 5.0 2.7 7.3

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 23 RB 12 9 185 679 6 56 3.7 56.6 15.4 15 122 8.1 0 22 1.3 10.2 801 6 1
38 Johnny Davis 22 FB 16 10 97 370 3 18 3.8 23.1 6.1 5 13 2.6 0 7 0.3 0.8 383 3 2
35 Jimmy DuBose 24 fb 6 5 93 358 4 12 3.8 59.7 15.5 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.2 0.5 361 4 1
32 Louis Carter 25 16 5 81 275 1 17 3.4 17.2 5.1 19 139 7.3 0 17 1.2 8.7 414 1 6
12 Doug Williams 23 QB 10 10 27 23 1 7 0.9 2.3 2.7 23 1 5
23 George Ragsdale 26 KR 15 0 25 121 1 18 4.8 8.1 1.7 3 41 13.7 1 31 0.2 2.7 162 2 2
15 Mike Rae 27 qb 6 5 20 186 0 42 9.3 31.0 3.3 186 0 4
28 Charlie White 25 rb 7 1 11 42 0 8 3.8 6.0 1.6 2 31 15.5 0 18 0.3 4.4 73 0 1
87 Larry Mucker 24 wr 16 7 5 35 0 13 7.0 2.2 0.3 13 271 20.8 0 48 0.8 16.9 306 0 2
19 Gary Huff 27 6 0 3 10 0 10 3.3 1.7 0.5 10 0 2
88 Jimmie Giles 24 TE 16 10 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 23 324 14.1 2 38 1.4 20.3 323 2 1
4 Dave Green 29 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
85 Morris Owens 25 WR 16 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 640 20.0 5 66 2.0 40.0 640 5 1
86 Jim Obradovich 25 te 16 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 219 15.6 3 28 0.9 13.7 219 3 0
89 John McKay 25 WR 15 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 166 18.4 1 28 0.6 11.1 166 1 0
83 Frank Grant 28 wr 10 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 112 14.0 0 20 0.8 11.2 112 0 0
81 Isaac Hagins 24 wr 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 65 10.8 0 21 1.5 16.3 65 0 1
46 Danny Reece 23 PR 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 25 25.0 0 25 0.1 1.7 25 0 2
Team Total 25.0 16 549 2098 16 56 3.8 131.1 34.3 151 2171 14.4 12 66 9.4 135.7 4269 28 35
Opp Total 16 595 2049 12 3.4 128.1 37.2 241 2279 9.5 13 15.1 142.4 4328 25 32

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
46 Danny Reece 23 PR 15 0 44 393 0 50 8.9 11 240 0 32 21.8 658
23 George Ragsdale 26 KR 15 0 24 555 0 46 23.1 717
87 Larry Mucker 24 wr 16 7 7 49 0 14 7.0 2 9 0 6 4.5 364
81 Isaac Hagins 24 wr 4 1 4 23 0 11 5.8 4 69 0 20 17.3 157
32 Louis Carter 25 16 5 6 97 0 21 16.2 511
33 Mark Cotney 26 SS 16 15 5 38 0 10 7.6 38
88 Jimmie Giles 24 TE 16 10 5 60 0 17 12.0 383
86 Jim Obradovich 25 te 16 9 3 48 0 17 16.0 267
34 Cedric Brown 24 FS 14 13 2 9 0 9 4.5 9
28 Alvin Maxson 27 1 0 1 17 0 17 17.0 17
Team Total 25.0 16 62 512 0 50 8.3 56 1095 0 46 19.6 5876
Opp Total 16 62 447 0 7.2 49 1146 0 23.4

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 29 P 16 0 1 1 1 1 100.0%% 100 4092 61 2 40.9
6 Neil O'Donoghue 25 K 15 0 6 6 6 2 10 5 1 23 13 56.5%% 29 25 86.2%%
Team Total 25.0 16 6 6 7 3 10 5 1 24 14 58.3%% 29 25 86.2%% 100 4092 61 2 40.9
Opp Total 16 32 24 75.0%% 27 23 85.2%% 97 3919 40.4

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
34 Cedric Brown 24 FS 14 13 6 110 0 29 0 0 1 0 0 0
32 Louis Carter 25 16 5 0 6 1 0 0
12 Doug Williams 23 QB 10 10 0 5 2 -6 0
33 Mark Cotney 26 SS 16 15 2 28 0 28 0 0 1 2 0 0
15 Mike Rae 27 qb 6 5 0 4 1 0 0
40 Mike Washington 25 RCB 16 16 5 43 0 24 0
45 Jeris White 26 LCB 16 16 5 56 0 31 0
56 Cecil Johnson 23 ROLB 13 13 2 5 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0
57 Dave Lewis 24 LOLB 16 16 3 24 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
19 Gary Huff 27 6 0 0 2 1 -12 0
25 Curtis Jordan 24 fs 16 4 3 23 0 22 0
87 Larry Mucker 24 wr 16 7 0 2 1 0 0
46 Danny Reece 23 PR 15 0 1 13 0 13 0 0 2 0 0 0
55 Aaron Brown 22 16 0 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
71 Randy Crowder 25 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
38 Johnny Davis 22 FB 16 10 0 2 0 0 0
35 Jimmy DuBose 24 fb 6 5 0 1 1 0 0
73 Charley Hannah 23 LDE 16 14 0 1 1 -24 0
85 Morris Owens 25 WR 16 11 0 1 1 0 0
23 George Ragsdale 26 KR 15 0 0 2 0 0 0
28 Charlie White 25 rb 7 1 0 1 1 0 0
50 Steve Wilson 24 C 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
42 Ricky Bell 23 RB 12 9 0 1 0 0 0
10 Mike Boryla 27 qb 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
44 William Cesare 23 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Jimmie Giles 24 TE 16 10 0 1 0 0 0
81 Isaac Hagins 24 wr 4 1 0 1 0 0 0
52 Paul Harris 24 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Bill Kollar 26 de 16 2 0 0 1 0 0
76 Dave Pear* 25 NT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
75 Dave Reavis 28 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
61 Dewey Selmon 25 LILB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0
54 Richard Wood 25 RILB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.0 16 29 312 0 31 0 0 35 26 -42 0
Opp Total 16 52 32 18 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
6 Neil O'Donoghue 25 K 15 0 25 13 64
42 Ricky Bell 23 RB 12 9 6 6 36
85 Morris Owens 25 WR 16 11 5 5 30
35 Jimmy DuBose 24 fb 6 5 4 4 24
38 Johnny Davis 22 FB 16 10 3 3 18
86 Jim Obradovich 25 te 16 9 3 3 18
88 Jimmie Giles 24 TE 16 10 2 2 12
23 George Ragsdale 26 KR 15 0 1 1 2 12
32 Louis Carter 25 16 5 1 1 6
89 John McKay 25 WR 15 7 1 1 6
40 Mike Washington 25 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
12 Doug Williams 23 QB 10 10 1 1 6
4 Dave Green 29 P 16 0 1 3
Team Total 25.0 16 16 12 1 29 25 14 241
Opp Total 16 12 13 1 23 24 1 259

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-02 NYG L, 13-19 1 2 rush Jimmy DuBose 2 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
2 1978-09-09 DET L, 7-15 1 1 rush Ricky Bell 1 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
3 1978-09-17 @ MIN W, 16-10 2 2 rush Ricky Bell 2 yard rush
4 1978-09-17 @ MIN W, 16-10 3 5 pass Morris Owens 5 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
5 1978-09-24 ATL W, 14-9 1 79 blocked field goal Mike Washington 79 yard blocked field goal return (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
6 1978-09-24 ATL W, 14-9 4 15 pass Jim Obradovich 15 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
7 1978-10-01 MIN L, 7-24 2 56 pass Morris Owens 56 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
8 1978-10-08 @ KAN W, 30-13 2 10 pass Morris Owens 10 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
9 1978-10-08 @ KAN W, 30-13 4 1 rush Jimmy DuBose 1 yard rush
10 1978-10-08 @ KAN W, 30-13 4 3 rush Louis Carter 3 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
11 1978-10-08 @ KAN W, 30-13 4 1 rush Jimmy DuBose 1 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
12 1978-10-15 @ NYG L, 14-17 2 3 rush Johnny Davis 3 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
13 1978-10-15 @ NYG L, 14-17 2 1 rush Jimmy DuBose 1 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
14 1978-10-22 CHI W, 33-19 1 1 rush Ricky Bell 1 yard rush
15 1978-10-22 CHI W, 33-19 2 28 pass Jim Obradovich 28 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
16 1978-10-22 CHI W, 33-19 3 1 rush Doug Williams 1 yard rush
17 1978-10-22 CHI W, 33-19 4 40 pass Morris Owens 40 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
18 1978-10-22 CHI W, 33-19 4 3 rush Johnny Davis 3 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
19 1978-10-29 @ GNB L, 7-9 3 1 rush Ricky Bell 1 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
20 1978-11-05 @ RAM L, 23-26 4 1 rush Ricky Bell 1 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
21 1978-11-05 @ RAM L, 23-26 4 23 pass John McKay 23 yard pass from Mike Rae (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
22 1978-11-12 @ DET L, 23-34 2 12 pass Jim Obradovich 12 yard pass from Mike Rae (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
23 1978-11-12 @ DET L, 23-34 4 31 pass George Ragsdale 31 yard pass from Gary Huff (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
24 1978-11-19 BUF W, 31-10 1 12 rush Ricky Bell 12 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
25 1978-11-19 BUF W, 31-10 3 22 pass Morris Owens 22 yard pass from Mike Rae (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
26 1978-11-19 BUF W, 31-10 4 33 pass Jimmie Giles 33 yard pass from Mike Rae (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
27 1978-11-19 BUF W, 31-10 4 3 rush Johnny Davis 3 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
28 1978-12-03 GNB L, 7-17 2 14 rush George Ragsdale 14 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
29 1978-12-17 NOR L, 10-17 4 2 pass Jimmie Giles 2 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-02 NYG W, 19-13 1 32 interception Terry Jackson 32 yard interception return (Joe Danelo kick)
2 1978-09-02 NYG W, 19-13 3 67 pass Johnny Perkins 67 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik
3 1978-09-09 DET W, 15-7 1 9 pass Jesse Thompson 9 yard pass from Greg Landry
4 1978-09-17 @ MIN L, 10-16 1 4 pass Ahmad Rashad 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
5 1978-09-24 ATL L, 9-14 3 5 pass Alfred Jackson 5 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)
6 1978-10-01 MIN W, 24-7 1 1 rush Robert Miller 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
7 1978-10-01 MIN W, 24-7 2 21 pass Sammy White 21 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
8 1978-10-01 MIN W, 24-7 4 16 blocked punt Fred McNeill 16 yard blocked punt return (Rick Danmeier kick)
9 1978-10-08 @ KAN L, 13-30 4 26 pass Henry Marshall 26 yard pass from Tony Adams (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1978-10-15 @ NYG W, 17-14 4 7 rush Larry Csonka 7 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
11 1978-10-15 @ NYG W, 17-14 4 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
12 1978-10-22 CHI L, 19-33 2 34 pass James Scott 34 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
13 1978-10-22 CHI L, 19-33 3 2 rush Roland Harper 2 yard rush
14 1978-10-29 @ GNB W, 9-7 1 2 rush Terdell Middleton 2 yard rush (pass failed)
15 1978-11-05 @ RAM W, 26-23 2 16 rush Nolan Cromwell 16 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
16 1978-11-05 @ RAM W, 26-23 2 68 pass Billy Waddy 68 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
17 1978-11-12 @ DET W, 34-23 1 2 pass David Hill 2 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
18 1978-11-12 @ DET W, 34-23 2 75 rush Horace King 75 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
19 1978-11-12 @ DET W, 34-23 2 14 pass David Hill 14 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
20 1978-11-12 @ DET W, 34-23 3 1 rush Dexter Bussey 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
21 1978-11-19 BUF L, 10-31 4 9 pass Bob Chandler 9 yard pass from Bill Munson (Tom Dempsey kick)
22 1978-11-26 @ CHI W, 14-3 3 3 rush Walter Payton 3 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
23 1978-11-26 @ CHI W, 14-3 4 3 rush Bob Avellini 3 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
24 1978-12-03 GNB W, 17-7 1 10 pass James Lofton 10 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
25 1978-12-03 GNB W, 17-7 2 1 rush Barty Smith 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
26 1978-12-17 NOR W, 17-10 3 21 rush Chuck Muncie 21 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
27 1978-12-17 NOR W, 17-10 4 1 pass Henry Childs 1 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)