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1981 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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9-7-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.0, Offense: -1.4, Defense: 4.4, SoS: 0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 315 points (19.7/g), 18th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 268 points (16.8/g), 4th.
 Differential of 47 points (2.9/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 9.5-6.5.

Coach: John McKay (9-7-0)
 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 315 5160 950 5.4 28 14 15 269 239 473 3429 20 14 7.0 159 458 1731 13 3.8 95
Team Defense 268 5312 1115 4.8 46 14 23 320 317 541 3140 10 32 5.6 174 551 2172 16 3.9 123
Lg Rank Offense 18 18 3 4 26 22 11 16 3 2 25 24 17 21
Lg Rank Defense 4 13 7 26 19 22 12 1 2 7 23 22 14 12

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 5 boxscore W 1-0 Minnesota Vikings 21 13 10 219 108 111 27 443 343 100 4
2 Sun September 13 boxscore L 1-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 10 19 17 298 286 12 13 256 99 157
3 Sun September 20 boxscore L 1-2 @ Chicago Bears 17 28 22 450 309 141 3 15 247 126 121 1
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W 2-2 St. Louis Cardinals 20 10 18 321 154 167 1 18 255 79 176 2
5 Sun October 4 boxscore W 3-2 Detroit Lions 28 10 14 211 162 49 1 18 332 239 93 6
6 Sun October 11 boxscore W 4-2 @ Green Bay Packers 21 10 22 371 199 172 2 19 298 203 95 4
7 Sun October 18 boxscore L 4-3 @ Oakland Raiders 16 18 11 356 327 29 3 22 370 176 194 3
8 Sun October 25 boxscore L 4-4 @ Philadelphia Eagles 10 20 24 347 238 109 4 17 298 109 189 3
9 Sun November 1 boxscore W 5-4 Chicago Bears 20 10 15 392 183 209 1 18 325 233 92 3
10 Sun November 8 boxscore L 5-5 @ Minnesota Vikings 10 25 10 193 150 43 2 26 426 221 205 4
11 Sun November 15 boxscore L 5-6 Denver Broncos 7 24 10 209 168 41 2 22 281 128 153 1
12 Sun November 22 boxscore W 6-6 Green Bay Packers 37 3 23 348 138 210 3 14 282 212 70 4
13 Sun November 29 boxscore W 7-6 @ New Orleans Saints 31 14 22 345 218 127 2 20 341 204 137 3
14 Sun December 6 boxscore W 8-6 Atlanta Falcons 24 23 22 420 327 93 1 23 373 236 137 1
15 Sun December 13 boxscore L 8-7 San Diego Chargers 23 24 18 404 290 114 3 27 445 351 94 4
16 Sun December 20 boxscore W 9-7 @ Detroit Lions 20 17 11 276 172 104 21 340 181 159 3
Playoffs
Division Sat January 2 boxscore L 9-8 @ Dallas Cowboys 0 38 12 222 148 74 4 26 345 133 212

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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 26 QB 16 16 9-7-0 238 471 50.5 3563 19 4.0 14 3.0 84 7.6 7.0 15.0 222.7 76.8 18 135 7.01 6.50 3.7 2 3
14 Chuck Fusina 24 4 0 1 1 100.0 2 1 100.0 0 0.0 2 2.0 22.0 2.0 0.5 118.7 0 0 2.00 22.00 0.0
89 Kevin House 24 WR 16 16 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
43 Jerry Eckwood 27 RB 16 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 -1.00 -1.00 100.0
Team Total 26.0 16 9-7-0 239 473 50.5 3565 20 4.2 14 3.0 84 7.5 7.1 14.9 222.8 77.4 19 136 6.97 6.50 3.9 2 3
Opp Total 16 317 541 58.6 3297 10 1.8 32 5.9 6.1 3.80 10.4 206.1 57.8 23 157 5.6 3.4 4.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
43 Jerry Eckwood 27 RB 16 12 172 651 2 59 3.8 40.7 10.8 24 213 8.9 0 33 1.5 13.3 864 2 3
32 James Wilder 23 FB 16 16 107 370 4 23 3.5 23.1 6.7 48 507 10.6 1 38 3.0 31.7 877 5 3
26 James Owens 26 KR 16 1 91 406 3 35 4.5 25.4 5.7 12 145 12.1 0 35 0.8 9.1 551 3 1
12 Doug Williams 26 QB 16 16 48 209 4 29 4.4 13.1 3.0 209 4 9
42 Ricky Bell 26 rb 7 3 30 80 0 8 2.7 11.4 4.3 8 92 11.5 0 22 1.1 13.1 172 0 1
14 Chuck Fusina 24 4 0 3 3 0 7 1.0 0.8 0.8 3 0 0
89 Kevin House 24 WR 16 16 2 9 0 8 4.5 0.6 0.1 56 1176 21.0 9 84 3.5 73.5 1185 9 2
27 Tony Davis 28 16 0 2 5 0 3 2.5 0.3 0.1 5 0 0
83 Theo Bell 28 PR/WR 16 9 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.4 0.1 21 318 15.1 2 58 1.3 19.9 325 2 1
16 Tom Blanchard 33 p 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 1
9 Larry Swider 26 P 13 0 1 -9 0 -9 -9.0 -0.7 0.1 -9 0 0
88 Jimmie Giles* 27 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 45 786 17.5 6 81 2.8 49.1 786 6 0
84 Gordon Jones 24 wr 13 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 276 13.8 1 44 1.5 21.2 276 1 0
86 Jim Obradovich 28 te 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 42 10.5 1 16 0.3 2.6 42 1 0
87 Gerald Carter 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.6 10 0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 458 1731 13 59 3.8 108.2 28.6 239 3565 14.9 20 84 14.9 222.8 5296 33 27
Opp Total 16 551 2172 16 3.9 135.8 34.4 317 3140 9.9 10 19.8 196.3 5312 26 32

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
83 Theo Bell 28 PR/WR 16 9 27 132 0 13 4.9 457
26 James Owens 26 KR 16 1 24 473 0 34 19.7 1024
21 John Holt 22 rcb 16 6 9 100 0 56 11.1 11 274 0 40 24.9 374
28 Gary Davis 27 7 0 5 81 0 21 16.2 81
27 Tony Davis 28 16 0 3 51 0 21 17.0 56
20 Neal Colzie 27 SS 16 16 2 12 0 12 6.0 12
52 Scot Brantley 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
86 Jim Obradovich 28 te 16 3 1 14 0 14 14.0 56
32 James Wilder 23 FB 16 16 1 19 0 19 19.0 896
Team Total 26.0 16 38 244 0 56 6.4 46 912 0 40 19.8 6452
Opp Total 16 52 668 1 12.8 64 1332 0 20.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
9 Larry Swider 26 P 13 0 58 2476 62 2 42.7
3 Bill Capece 22 K 13 0 7 5 5 3 10 5 2 2 24 15 62.5% 32 30 93.8%
16 Tom Blanchard 33 p 3 0 22 899 58 0 40.9
1 Garo Yepremian 37 k 3 0 1 1 3 1 4 2 50.0% 6 6 100.0%
Team Total 26.0 16 7 5 6 4 13 6 2 2 28 17 60.7% 38 36 94.7% 80 3375 62 2 42.2
Opp Total 16 33 25 75.8% 27 27 100.0% 73 3008 41.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
12 Doug Williams 26 QB 16 16 0 9 3 -31 0
34 Cedric Brown 27 FS 16 15 9 215 2 81 0 0 1 1 0 0
20 Neal Colzie 27 SS 16 16 6 110 1 82 0 0 1 1 0 0
40 Mike Washington 28 RCB 14 12 6 156 1 34 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 Cecil Johnson 26 LILB 16 16 5 84 0 36 0 0 1 0 0 0
43 Jerry Eckwood 27 RB 16 12 0 3 2 0 0
32 James Wilder 23 FB 16 16 0 3 1 0 0
16 Tom Blanchard 33 p 3 0 0 1 2 0 0
53 Hugh Green 22 ROLB 16 16 2 56 0 50 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Bill Kollar 29 LDE 12 12 0 0 3 0 0
57 Dave Lewis 27 lb 13 4 2 12 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Ricky Bell 26 rb 7 3 0 1 1 0 0
21 John Holt 22 rcb 16 6 1 13 0 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
89 Kevin House 24 WR 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
26 James Owens 26 KR 16 1 0 1 1 0 0
41 Norris Thomas 27 LCB 16 15 0 0 2 5 0
83 Theo Bell 28 PR/WR 16 9 0 1 0 0 0
52 Scot Brantley 23 16 0 1 2 0 2 0
28 Gary Davis 27 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
59 Andy Hawkins 23 LOLB 16 12 0 0 1 3 0
62 Jim Leonard 24 g 16 3 0 1 0 -6 0
76 David Logan 25 NT 16 16 0 0 1 21 1
51 Dana Nafziger 28 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Dave Stalls 26 lde 16 7 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 32 648 4 82 0 0 27 24 -8 1
Opp Total 16 19 32 18 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Bill Capece 22 K 13 0 30 15 75
89 Kevin House 24 WR 16 16 9 9 54
88 Jimmie Giles* 27 TE 16 16 6 6 36
32 James Wilder 23 FB 16 16 4 1 5 30
12 Doug Williams 26 QB 16 16 4 4 24
26 James Owens 26 KR 16 1 3 3 18
83 Theo Bell 28 PR/WR 16 9 2 2 12
34 Cedric Brown 27 FS 16 15 2 2 12
43 Jerry Eckwood 27 RB 16 12 2 2 12
1 Garo Yepremian 37 k 3 0 6 2 12
20 Neal Colzie 27 SS 16 16 1 1 6
84 Gordon Jones 24 wr 13 4 1 1 6
76 David Logan 25 NT 16 16 1 1 6
86 Jim Obradovich 28 te 16 3 1 1 6
40 Mike Washington 28 RCB 14 12 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 16 13 20 1 4 38 36 17 315
Opp Total 16 16 10 1 27 25 2 268