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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)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Doug Williams 23 Rook 10 73 for 194, 1,170 yards, 7 td, 8 int, & 27 rushes for 23 yards and 1 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 17th pick / 1978
RB Ricky Bell 23 1 9 185 rushes for 679 yards, 6 td, & 15 catches for 122 yards and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 1st pick / 1977
FB Johnny Davis 22 Rook 10 97 rushes for 370 yards, 3 td, & 5 catches for 13 yards and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1978
WR John McKay 25 2 7 9 catches for 166 yards, 1 td Cleveland Browns / 16th / 394th pick / 1975
WR Morris Owens 25 3 11 32 catches for 640 yards, 5 td Miami Dolphins / 5th / 106th pick / 1975
TE Jimmie Giles 24 1 10 23 catches for 324 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for -1 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1977
LT Dave Reavis 28 4 16 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1973
LG Greg Horton 27 2 12 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 56th pick / 1974
C Steve Wilson 24 2 16 2 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 5th / 154th pick / 1976
RG Garry Puetz 26 5 8 New York Jets / 12th / 300th pick / 1973
RT Darryl Carlton 25 3 12 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 23rd pick / 1975
 Defensive Starters
LDE Charley Hannah 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1977
NT Dave Pear* 25 3 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 56th pick / 1975
RDE Lee Roy Selmon 24 2 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 1st pick / 1976
LOLB Dave Lewis 24 1 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 29th pick / 1977
LILB Dewey Selmon 25 2 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 60th pick / 1976
RILB Richard Wood 25 3 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 3rd / 68th pick / 1975
ROLB Cecil Johnson 23 1 13 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
LCB Jeris White 26 4 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1974
RCB Mike Washington 25 2 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1975
SS Mark Cotney 26 3 15 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 7th / 171st pick / 1975
FS Cedric Brown 24 2 13 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Oakland Raiders / 12th / 343rd pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K Neil O'Donoghue 25 1 0 13 of 23 field goals & 25 of 29 extra points Buffalo Bills / 5th / 127th pick / 1977
P Dave Green 29 5 0 100 punts for a 40.9 average, 2 blocked Cincinnati Bengals / 17th / 418th pick / 1972
PR Danny Reece 23 2 0 44 punt returns for a 8.9 average and 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 69th pick / 1976
KR George Ragsdale 26 1 0 24 kick returns for a 23.1 average and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 12th / 321st pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
31 Jerry Anderson 25 2 0 198 5-11 Oklahoma 10/27/1953 1 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 105th pick / 1977
42 Ricky Bell 23 RB 12 9 220 6-2 USC 4/8/1955 1 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 1st pick / 1977
53 Rik Bonness 24 lb 16 2 220 6-3 Nebraska 3/20/1954 2 2 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 84th pick / 1976
10 Mike Boryla 27 qb 1 1 200 6-3 Stanford 3/6/1951 4 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 87th pick / 1974
55 Aaron Brown 22 16 0 235 6-2 Ohio St. 1/13/1956 Rook 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 10th / 252nd pick / 1978
34 Cedric Brown 24 FS 14 13 199 6-1 Kent St. 5/6/1954 2 7 Oakland Raiders / 12th / 343rd pick / 1976
70 Darryl Carlton 25 RT 13 12 271 6-6 Tampa 6/24/1953 3 5 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 23rd pick / 1975
32 Louis Carter 25 16 5 207 5-11 Maryland 2/6/1953 3 4 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 76th pick / 1975
44 William Cesare 23 10 0 190 5-11 Memphis,Miami (FL) 6/2/1955 Rook 3
60 Wally Chambers 27 dt 12 2 250 6-6 East. Kentucky 5/15/1951 5 2 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1973
33 Mark Cotney 26 SS 16 15 204 6-0 New Mex. Highlands,Cameron 6/26/1952 3 7 Houston Oilers / 7th / 171st pick / 1975
71 Randy Crowder 25 14 0 242 6-2 Penn St. 7/30/1953 4 4 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 136th pick / 1974
82 Al Darby 24 te 6 1 221 6-5 Florida 9/14/1954 2 0 Seattle Seahawks / 6th / 157th pick / 1976
38 Johnny Davis 22 FB 16 10 235 6-1 Alabama 7/17/1956 Rook 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1978
35 Jimmy DuBose 24 fb 6 5 217 5-11 Florida 10/25/1954 2 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1976
41 Dave Farmer 24 3 0 205 6-0 USC 5/20/1954 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 287th pick / 1977
84 Karl Farmer 24 2 0 165 5-11 Pittsburgh 8/28/1954 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 193rd pick / 1976
80 Larry Franklin 23 2 0 185 6-1 Jackson St. 8/2/1955 Rook 0
74 Rocky Freitas 33 t 13 2 270 6-6 Oregon St. 9/7/1945 10 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
88 Jimmie Giles 24 TE 16 10 239 6-3 Alcorn St. 11/8/1954 1 3 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1977
49 Randy Gill 22 1 0 230 6-2 San Jose St. 8/1/1956 Rook 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 265th pick / 1978
83 Frank Grant 28 wr 10 4 181 5-11 Southern Colorado 2/15/1950 5 1 Washington Redskins / 13th / 332nd pick / 1972
4 Dave Green 29 P 16 0 206 5-11 Ohio 9/21/1949 5 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 17th / 418th pick / 1972
81 Isaac Hagins 24 wr 4 1 179 5-9 Southern 3/2/1954 2 1 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 262nd pick / 1976
73 Charley Hannah 23 LDE 16 14 260 6-5 Alabama 7/26/1955 1 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1977
52 Paul Harris 24 5 0 220 6-3 Alabama 12/19/1954 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1977
64 Greg Horton 27 LG 14 12 245 6-4 Colorado 1/1/1951 2 5 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 56th pick / 1974
19 Gary Huff 27 6 0 195 6-1 Florida St. 4/27/1951 5 1 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1973
59 Earl Inmon 24 2 0 215 6-1 Bethune-Cookman 3/21/1954 Rook 3 Oakland Raiders / 7th / 192nd pick / 1978
56 Cecil Johnson 23 ROLB 13 13 230 6-2 Pittsburgh 8/19/1955 1 7
65 Randy Johnson 25 g 10 1 255 6-2 Georgia 1/2/1953 1 1 Seattle Seahawks / 4th / 122nd pick / 1976
25 Curtis Jordan 24 fs 16 4 200 6-2 Texas Tech 1/25/1954 2 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 6th / 158th pick / 1976
77 Bill Kollar 26 de 16 2 255 6-3 Montana St. 11/27/1952 4 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 23rd pick / 1974
84 Mike Levenseller 22 2 0 180 6-1 Washington St. 2/21/1956 Rook 0 Oakland Raiders / 6th / 164th pick / 1978
57 Dave Lewis 24 LOLB 16 16 240 6-4 USC 10/15/1954 1 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 29th pick / 1977
28 Alvin Maxson 27 1 0 205 5-11 SMU 11/12/1951 4 0 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1974
89 John McKay 25 WR 15 7 182 5-11 USC 3/28/1953 2 2 Cleveland Browns / 16th / 394th pick / 1975
68 Dan Medlin 29 RG 14 8 260 6-3 North Carolina St. 10/12/1949 4 4 Oakland Raiders / 6th / 131st pick / 1972
67 Brett Moritz 23 6 0 250 6-5 Army,Nebraska 7/15/1955 Rook 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1978
87 Larry Mucker 24 wr 16 7 190 5-11 Arizona St. 8/15/1954 1 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 9th / 251st pick / 1977
51 Dana Nafziger 25 te 14 1 220 6-1 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 10/26/1953 1 0
6 Neil O'Donoghue 25 K 15 0 208 6-6 St. Bernard,Auburn 6/18/1953 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 127th pick / 1977
86 Jim Obradovich 25 TE 16 9 225 6-2 USC 4/2/1953 3 2 New York Giants / 7th / 158th pick / 1975
85 Morris Owens 25 WR 16 11 190 6-0 Arizona St. 2/14/1953 3 7 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 106th pick / 1975
76 Dave Pear* 25 NT 16 16 250 6-2 Washington 6/1/1953 3 9 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 56th pick / 1975
72 Garry Puetz 26 RG 10 8 263 6-3 Valparaiso 3/14/1952 5 3 New York Jets / 12th / 300th pick / 1973
15 Mike Rae 27 qb 6 5 193 6-0 USC 7/26/1951 2 4 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 205th pick / 1973
23 George Ragsdale 26 KR 15 0 185 5-11 North Carolina A&T 12/4/1952 1 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 12th / 321st pick / 1976
75 Dave Reavis 28 LT 16 16 257 6-5 Arkansas 6/19/1950 4 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1973
46 Danny Reece 23 PR 15 0 190 5-11 USC 1/28/1955 2 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 69th pick / 1976
78 Kurt Schumacher 26 g 4 4 252 6-3 Ohio St. 12/26/1952 3 2 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 12th pick / 1975
58 Dewey Selmon 25 LILB 16 16 246 6-1 Oklahoma 11/19/1953 2 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 60th pick / 1976
63 Lee Roy Selmon 24 RDE 14 14 256 6-3 Oklahoma 10/20/1954 2 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 1st pick / 1976
40 Mike Washington 25 RCB 16 16 197 6-2 Alabama 7/1/1953 2 8 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1975
28 Charlie White 25 rb 7 1 222 6-0 Bethune-Cookman 8/31/1953 1 1 New York Jets / 7th / 168th pick / 1977
45 Jeris White 26 LCB 16 16 188 5-9 Hawaii 9/3/1952 4 8 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1974
12 Doug Williams 23 QB 10 10 220 6-4 Grambling St. 8/9/1955 Rook 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 17th pick / 1978
50 Steve Wilson 24 C 16 16 265 6-4 Georgia 5/19/1954 2 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 5th / 154th pick / 1976
62 Jeff Winans 27 g 1 1 265 6-5 USC 10/12/1951 5 0 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1973
54 Richard Wood 25 RILB 16 16 224 6-2 USC 5/31/1953 3 7 New York Jets / 3rd / 68th pick / 1975
Team Total 25.0 16 221.1 6-1.7 2.3