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1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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5-11-0, 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
Pts 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

Week 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

No. 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 Yds 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

Rushing Receiving
No. 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

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. 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

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. 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
58 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

No. 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