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1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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10-6-0, NFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.8, Offense: -4.6, Defense: 1.8, SoS: -5.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 273 points (17.1/g), 21st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 237 points (14.8/g), 1st.
 Differential of 36 points (2.2/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-6.7.

Coach: John McKay (10-6-0)
 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 273 5049 1055 4.8 41 15 23 267 183 434 2612 19 26 5.9 137 609 2437 13 4.0 107
Team Defense 237 3949 1015 3.9 38 24 20 247 250 436 2076 14 14 4.4 111 539 1873 13 3.5 116
Lg Rank Offense 21 14 20 8 23 18 18 12 24 16 4 8 21 14
Lg Rank Defense 1 1 14 1 2 7 1 4 26 1 16 7 5 4

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 1 boxscore W 1-0 Detroit Lions 31 16 18 334 105 229 1 16 231 89 142 3
2 Sun September 9 boxscore W OT 2-0 @ Baltimore Colts 29 26 17 294 196 98 5 18 206 114 92 4
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 3-0 @ Green Bay Packers 21 10 19 367 132 235 1 18 274 185 89 3
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W 4-0 Los Angeles Rams 21 6 15 249 101 148 3 11 186 76 110 4
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 5-0 @ Chicago Bears 17 13 18 373 159 214 3 11 234 152 82 3
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 5-1 @ New York Giants 14 17 15 273 182 91 3 15 220 18 202 1
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 5-2 New Orleans Saints 14 42 16 374 213 161 4 22 397 163 234 1
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 6-2 Green Bay Packers 21 3 15 313 85 228 1 16 299 261 38 4
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W 7-2 @ Minnesota Vikings 12 10 20 360 258 102 1 21 330 219 111 1
10 Sun November 4 boxscore L 7-3 @ Atlanta Falcons 14 17 13 268 194 74 3 18 266 54 212 1
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 8-3 @ Detroit Lions 16 14 17 286 182 104 1 16 267 229 38 3
12 Sun November 18 boxscore W 9-3 New York Giants 31 3 20 363 176 187 14 200 105 95 4
13 Sun November 25 boxscore L 9-4 Minnesota Vikings 22 23 22 425 242 183 1 16 268 158 110 2
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L 9-5 Chicago Bears 0 14 13 238 131 107 5 10 164 17 147 1
15 Sun December 9 boxscore L 9-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 7 23 13 263 211 52 6 21 327 214 113 1
16 Sun December 16 boxscore W 10-6 Kansas City Chiefs 3 0 16 269 45 224 3 4 80 22 58 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 29 boxscore W 11-6 Philadelphia Eagles 24 17 17 318 132 186 1 15 227 179 48 1
ConfChamp Sun January 6 boxscore L 11-7 Los Angeles Rams 0 9 7 177 85 92 1 23 369 153 216 1

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 24 QB 16 16 10-6-0 166 397 41.8 2448 18 4.5 24 6.0 66 6.2 4.4 14.7 153.0 52.5 7 57 5.92 4.14 1.7 3 4
15 Mike Rae 28 5 0 17 36 47.2 252 1 2.8 2 5.6 29 7.0 5.1 14.8 50.4 56.7 5 31 5.39 3.68 12.2
43 Jerry Eckwood 25 RB 16 10 0 1 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
Team Total 25.2 16 10-6-0 183 434 42.2 2700 19 4.4 26 6.0 66 6.2 4.4 14.8 168.8 52.8 12 88 5.86 4.09 2.7 3 4
Opp Total 16 250 436 57.3 2405 14 3.2 14 3.2 5.5 4.71 9.6 150.3 70.2 40 329 4.4 3.6 8.4

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 24 FB 16 16 283 1263 7 49 4.5 78.9 17.7 25 248 9.9 2 26 1.6 15.5 1511 9 6
43 Jerry Eckwood 25 RB 16 10 194 690 2 61 3.6 43.1 12.1 22 268 12.2 0 31 1.4 16.8 958 2 9
38 Johnny Davis 23 rb 16 4 59 221 2 18 3.7 13.8 3.7 5 57 11.4 0 24 0.3 3.6 278 2 0
12 Doug Williams 24 QB 16 16 35 119 2 16 3.4 7.4 2.2 119 2 2
36 Rick Berns 23 rb 16 1 23 102 0 16 4.4 6.4 1.4 5 40 8.0 0 12 0.3 2.5 142 0 0
23 George Ragsdale 27 KR 15 0 6 5 0 3 0.8 0.3 0.4 3 28 9.3 0 19 0.2 1.9 33 0 2
87 Larry Mucker 25 wr 16 4 4 16 0 16 4.0 1.0 0.3 14 268 19.1 5 42 0.9 16.8 284 5 1
88 Jimmie Giles 25 TE 16 16 2 7 0 9 3.5 0.4 0.1 40 579 14.5 7 66 2.5 36.2 586 7 0
84 Gordon Jones 22 wr 12 1 1 12 0 12 12.0 1.0 0.1 4 80 20.0 1 37 0.3 6.7 92 1 0
16 Tom Blanchard 31 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
15 Mike Rae 28 5 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.4 0.2 2 0 0
81 Isaac Hagins 25 WR 16 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 692 17.7 3 57 2.4 43.3 692 3 1
85 Morris Owens 26 WR 16 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 377 18.9 0 64 1.3 23.6 377 0 1
86 Jim Obradovich 26 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 63 10.5 1 19 0.4 3.9 63 1 0
Team Total 25.2 16 609 2437 13 61 4.0 152.3 38.1 183 2700 14.8 19 66 11.4 168.8 5137 32 25
Opp Total 16 539 1873 13 3.5 117.1 33.7 250 2076 8.3 14 15.6 129.8 3949 27 45

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 24 PR 16 1 70 431 0 17 6.2 1 13 0 13 13.0 444
23 George Ragsdale 27 KR 15 0 34 675 0 30 19.9 708
81 Isaac Hagins 25 WR 16 14 9 196 0 31 21.8 888
27 Tony Davis 26 16 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 4 33 0 16 8.3 40
51 Dana Nafziger 26 te 16 2 2 36 0 19 18.0 36
36 Rick Berns 23 rb 16 1 1 6 0 6 6.0 148
Team Total 25.2 16 71 438 0 17 6.2 51 959 0 31 18.8 6534
Opp Total 16 47 270 0 5.7 55 1254 0 22.8

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
16 Tom Blanchard 31 P 16 0 93 3679 58 2 39.6
6 Neil O'Donoghue 26 K 16 0 1 1 4 3 9 5 5 2 19 11 57.9% 35 30 85.7%
Team Total 25.2 16 1 1 4 3 9 5 5 2 19 11 57.9% 35 30 85.7% 93 3679 58 2 39.6
Opp Total 16 24 14 58.3% 28 25 89.3% 104 4274 41.1

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
43 Jerry Eckwood 25 RB 16 10 0 9 0 0 0
42 Ricky Bell 24 FB 16 16 0 6 1 0 0
34 Cedric Brown 25 FS 16 15 3 79 0 72 0 0 0 1 5 0
56 Cecil Johnson 24 ROLB 15 14 0 0 4 0 0
77 Bill Kollar 27 nt 15 8 0 0 4 0 0
57 Dave Lewis 25 LOLB 16 16 2 19 0 11 0 0 0 2 39 1
45 Jeris White 27 LCB 16 16 3 39 0 39 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Richard Wood 26 RILB 16 16 2 37 0 24 0 0 0 2 7 0
23 George Ragsdale 27 KR 15 0 0 2 1 0 0
46 Danny Reece 24 PR 16 1 0 2 1 0 0
40 Mike Washington 26 RCB 15 15 3 64 1 49 0
12 Doug Williams 24 QB 16 16 0 2 1 -5 0
33 Mark Cotney 27 SS 16 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Isaac Hagins 25 WR 16 14 0 1 1 0 0
51 Dana Nafziger 26 te 16 2 0 0 2 0 0
63 Lee Roy Selmon*+ 25 RDE 16 16 0 0 2 29 1
36 Rick Berns 23 rb 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
16 Tom Blanchard 31 P 16 0 0 1 0 -5 0
38 Johnny Davis 23 rb 16 4 0 0 1 0 0
88 Jimmie Giles 25 TE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
64 Greg Horton 28 LG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
25 Curtis Jordan 25 db 16 2 0 0 1 0 0
79 Reggie Lewis 23 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Larry Mucker 25 wr 16 4 0 1 0 0 0
6 Neil O'Donoghue 26 K 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Morris Owens 26 WR 16 12 0 1 0 0 0
61 Greg Roberts 23 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.2 16 14 238 1 72 0 0 25 32 70 2
Opp Total 16 12 45 21 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 26 K 16 0 30 11 63
42 Ricky Bell 24 FB 16 16 7 2 9 54
88 Jimmie Giles 25 TE 16 16 7 7 42
87 Larry Mucker 25 wr 16 4 5 5 30
81 Isaac Hagins 25 WR 16 14 3 3 18
38 Johnny Davis 23 rb 16 4 2 2 12
43 Jerry Eckwood 25 RB 16 10 2 2 12
12 Doug Williams 24 QB 16 16 2 2 12
84 Gordon Jones 22 wr 12 1 1 1 6
57 Dave Lewis 25 LOLB 16 16 1 1 6
86 Jim Obradovich 26 te 16 2 1 1 6
63 Lee Roy Selmon*+ 25 RDE 16 16 1 1 6
40 Mike Washington 26 RCB 15 15 1 1 6
Team Total 25.2 16 13 19 2 1 35 30 11 273
Opp Total 16 13 14 1 25 14 1 237