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1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2-14-0, Finished 5th in NFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.0, Offense: -7.5, Defense: -1.6, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 241 points (15.1/g), 27th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 380 points (23.8/g), 22nd.
 Differential of -139 points (-8.7/g), 27th.  Expected W-L: 4.1-11.9.

Coach: John McKay (2-14-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Wayne Fontes

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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 241 4477 1005 4.5 37 13 249 300 528 3124 18 24 5.4 157 428 1353 9 3.2 72 94 832 20
Opp. Stats 380 5397 1093 4.9 41 18 320 300 490 3315 15 23 6.2 172 561 2082 19 3.7 124 105 799 24
Lg Rank Offense 27 28 10 6 28 9 15 19 18 23 24 27 25 28
Lg Rank Defense 22 16 12 10 18 10 19 1 12 19 23 15 21 8

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 Sun September 4 boxscore L 0-1 Detroit Lions 0 11 16 231 171 60 3 16 313 236 77 2
2 Sun September 11 boxscore L 0-2 @ Chicago Bears 10 17 17 347 262 85 2 14 358 263 95 3
3 Sun September 18 boxscore L OT 0-3 Minnesota Vikings 16 19 20 306 192 114 2 18 354 264 90
4 Sun September 25 boxscore L 0-4 Cincinnati Bengals 17 23 22 343 291 52 4 19 267 146 121 2
5 Sun October 2 boxscore L 0-5 @ Green Bay Packers 14 55 18 293 273 20 3 23 519 355 164 1
6 Sun October 9 boxscore L OT 0-6 @ Dallas Cowboys 24 27 13 335 248 87 2 25 444 340 104 3
7 Sun October 16 boxscore L 0-7 St. Louis Cardinals 27 34 17 270 196 74 3 17 279 143 136 2
8 Sun October 23 boxscore L 0-8 New Orleans Saints 21 24 12 141 67 74 3 19 239 60 179 6
9 Sun October 30 boxscore L 0-9 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 12 17 13 236 105 131 21 338 209 129 7
10 Sun November 6 boxscore W 1-9 @ Minnesota Vikings 17 12 11 275 67 208 2 18 247 179 68 1
11 Sun November 13 boxscore L 1-10 @ Cleveland Browns 0 20 11 232 166 66 1 18 275 174 101 1
12 Sun November 20 boxscore L 1-11 Chicago Bears 0 27 8 132 60 72 3 22 346 73 273 1
13 Sun November 27 boxscore W 2-11 Houston Oilers 33 24 19 345 210 135 1 21 257 165 92 4
14 Sun December 4 boxscore L 2-12 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 35 19 359 321 38 3 29 460 233 227 2
15 Mon December 12 boxscore L OT 2-13 Green Bay Packers 9 12 12 239 146 93 3 21 363 268 95 4
16 Sun December 18 boxscore L 2-14 @ Detroit Lions 20 23 21 393 349 44 2 19 338 207 131 2

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
14 Jack Thompson 27 QB 14 13 2-11-0 249 423 58.9 2906 18 4.3 21 5.0 80 6.9 5.5 11.7 207.6 73.3 39 289 5.66 4.40 8.4
11 Jerry Golsteyn 29 qb 5 3 0-3-0 47 97 48.5 535 0 0.0 2 2.1 52 5.5 4.6 11.4 107.0 56.9 7 52 4.64 3.78 6.7
7 Jeff Komlo 27 2 0 4 8 50.0 49 0 0.0 1 12.5 17 6.1 0.5 12.3 24.5 29.7 3 25 2.18 -1.91 27.3
Team Total 26.0 16 2-14-0 300 528 56.8 3490 18 3.4 24 4.5 80 6.6 5.2 11.6 218.1 69.4 49 366 5.41 4.17 8.5 0 0
Opp Total 16 300 490 61.2 3624 15 3.1 23 4.7 7.4 5.90 12.1 226.5 74.6 42 309 6.2 4.8 7.9

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 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
32 James Wilder 25 FB 10 10 161 640 4 75 4.0 64.0 16.1 57 380 6.7 2 31 5.7 38.0 1020 6 1
28 Mel Carver 24 RB 16 9 114 348 0 16 3.1 21.8 7.1 32 262 8.2 1 20 2.0 16.4 610 1 6
26 James Owens 28 rb 12 5 96 266 5 15 2.8 22.2 8.0 15 81 5.4 1 11 1.3 6.8 347 6 0
14 Jack Thompson 27 QB 14 13 26 27 0 10 1.0 1.9 1.9 27 0 10
1 Michael Morton 23 KR 16 0 13 28 0 5 2.2 1.8 0.8 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 37 0 5
46 Adger Armstrong 26 fb 11 5 7 30 0 7 4.3 2.7 0.6 15 173 11.5 2 41 1.4 15.7 203 2 0
11 Jerry Golsteyn 29 qb 5 3 5 3 0 2 0.6 0.6 1.0 3 0 3
7 Jeff Komlo 27 2 0 2 11 0 11 5.5 5.5 1.0 11 0 2
43 Terdell Middleton 28 7 0 2 4 0 2 2.0 0.6 0.3 4 0 0
87 Gerald Carter 26 WR 16 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 48 694 14.5 2 56 3.0 43.4 694 2 3
89 Kevin House 26 WR 16 16 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 47 769 16.4 5 74 2.9 48.1 765 5 0
83 Theo Bell 30 wr 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 410 16.4 2 52 1.6 25.6 410 2 0
88 Jimmie Giles 29 TE 11 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 349 14.0 1 80 2.3 31.7 349 1 1
82 Jerry Bell 24 te 16 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 200 11.1 1 33 1.1 12.5 200 1 2
86 Jim Obradovich 30 te 16 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 71 7.9 1 19 0.6 4.4 71 1 1
81 Andre Tyler 24 PR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 77 12.8 0 21 0.4 5.5 77 0 1
85 Mark Witte 24 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 15 7.5 0 10 0.1 0.9 15 0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 428 1353 9 75 3.2 84.6 26.8 300 3490 11.6 18 80 18.8 218.1 4843 27 39
Opp Total 16 561 2082 19 3.7 130.1 35.1 300 3315 11.1 15 18.8 207.2 5397 34 43

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
1 Michael Morton 23 KR 16 0 30 689 0 50 23.0 726
81 Andre Tyler 24 PR 14 0 27 208 0 16 7.7 285
26 James Owens 28 rb 12 5 20 380 0 31 19.0 727
83 Theo Bell 30 wr 16 4 10 48 0 11 4.8 458
22 Johnny Ray Smith 26 db 16 1 8 136 0 43 17.0 136
21 John Holt 24 LCB/rcb 16 16 5 43 0 17 8.6 43
55 Danny Spradlin 24 lb 16 2 3 35 0 24 11.7 35
28 Mel Carver 24 RB 16 9 2 24 0 13 12.0 634
44 Dwayne O'Steen 29 3 0 2 30 0 16 15.0 30
46 Adger Armstrong 26 fb 11 5 1 10 0 10 10.0 213
43 Terdell Middleton 28 7 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 14
86 Jim Obradovich 30 te 16 5 1 0 0 0 0.0 71
Team Total 26.0 16 42 299 0 17 7.1 68 1314 0 50 19.3 6525
Opp Total 16 59 603 1 10.2 50 1039 0 20.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring 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
5 Frank Garcia 26 P 16 0 95 4008 64 1 42.2
3 Bill Capece 24 K 15 0 8 7 4 8 3 3 23 10 43.5% 26 23 88.5%
2 David Warnke 23 k 1 0 1 1 0.0% 2 1 50.0%
68 George Yarno 26 lg/rg 14 11 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 26.0 16 9 7 4 8 3 3 24 10 41.7% 29 25 86.2% 95 4008 64 1 42.2
Opp Total 16 34 28 82.4% 42 40 95.2% 79 3215 40.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
14 Jack Thompson 27 QB 14 13 0 10 5 0 0
63 Lee Roy Selmon* 29 RDE 14 13 0 0 1 4 0 11.0
76 David Logan 27 NT 16 16 0 0 1 54 1 9.5
53 Hugh Green* 24 ROLB 16 15 2 54 2 33 0 0 1 2 11 0 3.5
28 Mel Carver 24 RB 16 9 0 6 2 0 0
43 Beasley Reece 29 FS 9 8 6 70 0 29 0 0 0 2 0 0
1 Michael Morton 23 KR 16 0 0 5 2 0 0
78 John Cannon 23 LDE 14 11 0 0 1 0 0 5.0
11 Jerry Golsteyn 29 qb 5 3 0 3 3 0 0
21 John Holt 24 LCB/rcb 16 16 3 43 0 25 0 0 1 1 0 0 1.0
22 Johnny Ray Smith 26 db 16 1 0 2 3 0 0
34 Cedric Brown 29 fs 8 7 4 78 0 36 0
33 Mark Cotney 31 SS 12 12 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.0
82 Jerry Bell 24 te 16 6 0 2 1 0 0
52 Scot Brantley 25 RILB 16 15 1 0 0 0 0 2.0
87 Gerald Carter 26 WR 16 9 0 3 0 0 0
59 Andy Hawkins 25 lolb 6 5 3.0
51 Ed Judie 24 LOLB 11 10 0 0 2 0 0 1.0
66 Booker Reese 24 lde 16 7 2 11 0 11 0 1.0
7 Jeff Komlo 27 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
86 Jim Obradovich 30 te 16 5 0 1 1 0 0
55 Danny Spradlin 24 lb 16 2 0 0 1 0 0 1.0
56 Robert Thompson 23 lb 10 1 0 0 2 0 0
40 Mike Washington 30 RCB 10 10 2 41 0 25 0
58 Jeff Davis 23 LILB 15 14 1.5
65 Dave Stalls 28 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.5
69 Hasson Arbubakrr 23 de 16 1 1.0
46 Adger Armstrong 26 fb 11 5 0 0 1 0 0
83 Theo Bell 30 wr 16 4 0 0 1 0 0
23 Jeremiah Castille 22 lcb 15 7 1 69 1 69 0
20 Neal Colzie 29 db 5 3 0 0 1 0 0
62 Sean Farrell 23 RG 10 9 0 0 1 0 0
88 Jimmie Giles 29 TE 11 9 0 1 0 0 0
60 Randy Grimes 23 c/LG 15 10 0 0 1 0 0
57 Jim Leonard 26 g 15 1 0 0 1 0 0
24 Tom Morris 23 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 James Owens 28 rb 12 5 0 0 1 0 0
74 Gene Sanders 27 lt 12 7 0 0 1 0 0
81 Andre Tyler 24 PR 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
32 James Wilder 25 FB 10 10 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 23 367 3 69 0 0 39 41 69 1 42.0
Opp Total 16 43 25 49 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Bill Capece 24 K 15 0 23 26 10 23 53
26 James Owens 28 rb 12 5 5 1 6 36
32 James Wilder 25 FB 10 10 4 2 6 36
89 Kevin House 26 WR 16 16 5 5 30
46 Adger Armstrong 26 fb 11 5 2 2 12
83 Theo Bell 30 wr 16 4 2 2 12
87 Gerald Carter 26 WR 16 9 2 2 12
53 Hugh Green* 24 ROLB 16 15 2 2 12
82 Jerry Bell 24 te 16 6 1 1 6
28 Mel Carver 24 RB 16 9 1 1 6
23 Jeremiah Castille 22 lcb 15 7 1 1 6
88 Jimmie Giles 29 TE 11 9 1 1 6
76 David Logan 27 NT 16 16 1 1 6
86 Jim Obradovich 30 te 16 5 1 1 6
2 David Warnke 23 k 1 0 1 2 1 1
68 George Yarno 26 lg/rg 14 11 1 1 1
Team Total 26.0 16 9 18 1 3 31 25 29 10 24 241
Opp Total 16 19 15 1 3 4 40 42 28 34 2 380

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1983-09-11 @ CHI L, 10-17 3 1 rush James Owens 1 yard rush (Bill Capece kick)
2 1983-09-18 MIN L, 16-19 2 1 rush James Owens 1 yard rush (run failed)
3 1983-09-18 MIN L, 16-19 4 5 pass James Wilder 5 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
4 1983-09-25 CIN L, 17-23 2 1 rush James Owens 1 yard rush (Bill Capece kick)
5 1983-09-25 CIN L, 17-23 4 15 pass Kevin House 15 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
6 1983-10-02 @ GNB L, 14-55 2 21 interception Hugh Green 21 yard interception return (Bill Capece kick)
7 1983-10-02 @ GNB L, 14-55 4 2 rush James Owens 2 yard rush (Bill Capece kick)
8 1983-10-09 @ DAL L, 24-27 1 9 pass James Owens 9 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
9 1983-10-09 @ DAL L, 24-27 3 56 pass Gerald Carter 56 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
10 1983-10-09 @ DAL L, 24-27 4 23 rush James Wilder 23 yard rush (Bill Capece kick)
11 1983-10-16 STL L, 27-34 1 11 pass James Wilder 11 yard pass from Jack Thompson
12 1983-10-16 STL L, 27-34 3 23 pass Theo Bell 23 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
13 1983-10-16 STL L, 27-34 3 33 interception Hugh Green 33 yard interception return (Bill Capece kick)
14 1983-10-16 STL L, 27-34 4 11 pass Jimmie Giles 11 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
15 1983-10-23 NOR L, 21-24 1 2 rush James Wilder 2 yard rush (Bill Capece kick)
16 1983-10-23 NOR L, 21-24 1 69 interception Jeremiah Castille 69 yard interception return (Bill Capece kick)
17 1983-10-23 NOR L, 21-24 2 7 rush James Wilder 7 yard rush (Bill Capece kick)
18 1983-11-06 @ MIN W, 17-12 2 54 fumble David Logan 54 yard fumble return (Bill Capece kick)
19 1983-11-06 @ MIN W, 17-12 3 75 rush James Wilder 75 yard rush (Bill Capece kick)
20 1983-11-27 HOU W, 33-24 2 6 pass Adger Armstrong 6 yard pass from Jack Thompson
21 1983-11-27 HOU W, 33-24 2 25 pass Kevin House 25 yard pass from Jack Thompson (run failed)
22 1983-11-27 HOU W, 33-24 3 41 pass Kevin House 41 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
23 1983-11-27 HOU W, 33-24 3 4 rush James Owens 4 yard rush (Bill Capece kick)
24 1983-11-27 HOU W, 33-24 4 3 pass Jim Obradovich 3 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
25 1983-12-04 @ SFO L, 21-35 2 9 pass Theo Bell 9 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
26 1983-12-04 @ SFO L, 21-35 3 74 pass Kevin House 74 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
27 1983-12-04 @ SFO L, 21-35 4 3 pass Mel Carver 3 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
28 1983-12-12 GNB L, 9-12 4 4 pass Adger Armstrong 4 yard pass from Jack Thompson
29 1983-12-18 @ DET L, 20-23 1 4 pass Jerry Bell 4 yard pass from Jack Thompson (David Warnke kick)
30 1983-12-18 @ DET L, 20-23 2 20 pass Kevin House 20 yard pass from Jack Thompson
31 1983-12-18 @ DET L, 20-23 4 13 pass Gerald Carter 13 yard pass from Jack Thompson (George Yarno kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1983-09-11 @ CHI L, 10-17 2 73 pass Walter Payton 73 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Bob Thomas kick)
2 1983-09-11 @ CHI L, 10-17 4 32 interception Terry Schmidt 32 yard interception return (Bob Thomas kick)
3 1983-09-18 MIN L, 16-19 1 8 pass Terry LeCount 8 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Benny Ricardo kick)
4 1983-09-25 CIN L, 17-23 1 34 interception Ken Riley 34 yard interception return (Jim Breech kick)
5 1983-09-25 CIN L, 17-23 1 4 pass Stanley Wilson 4 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
6 1983-09-25 CIN L, 17-23 2 2 rush Charles Alexander 2 yard rush (pass failed)
7 1983-10-02 @ GNB L, 14-55 1 90 punt Phil Epps 90 yard punt return (Jan Stenerud kick)
8 1983-10-02 @ GNB L, 14-55 1 75 pass Jessie Clark 75 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
9 1983-10-02 @ GNB L, 14-55 2 1 rush Harlan Huckleby 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1983-10-02 @ GNB L, 14-55 2 1 pass Paul Coffman 1 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1983-10-02 @ GNB L, 14-55 2 35 fumble Mike Douglass 35 yard fumble return (Jan Stenerud kick)
12 1983-10-02 @ GNB L, 14-55 2 27 interception John Anderson 27 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
13 1983-10-02 @ GNB L, 14-55 2 57 pass James Lofton 57 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
14 1983-10-09 @ DAL L, 24-27 1 80 pass Ron Springs 80 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
15 1983-10-09 @ DAL L, 24-27 2 1 rush Timmy Newsome 1 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
16 1983-10-09 @ DAL L, 24-27 4 52 pass Timmy Newsome 52 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
17 1983-10-16 STL L, 27-34 2 5 pass Doug Marsh 5 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
18 1983-10-16 STL L, 27-34 3 6 pass Roy Green 6 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
19 1983-10-16 STL L, 27-34 3 16 pass Doug Marsh 16 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
20 1983-10-16 STL L, 27-34 4 1 rush Randy Love 1 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
21 1983-10-23 NOR L, 21-24 2 0 fumble Kelvin Clark 0 yard fumble return (Morten Andersen kick)
22 1983-10-23 NOR L, 21-24 3 12 pass Eugene Goodlow 12 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Morten Andersen kick)
23 1983-10-23 NOR L, 21-24 3 70 interception Bobby Johnson 70 yard interception return (Morten Andersen kick)
24 1983-10-30 @ PIT L, 12-17 4 11 pass Wayne Capers 11 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
25 1983-10-30 @ PIT L, 12-17 4 2 rush Frank Pollard 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
26 1983-11-06 @ MIN W, 17-12 1 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
27 1983-11-13 @ CLE L, 0-20 1 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
28 1983-11-13 @ CLE L, 0-20 4 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
29 1983-11-20 CHI L, 0-27 2 2 rush Matt Suhey 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
30 1983-11-20 CHI L, 0-27 2 8 rush Walter Payton 8 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
31 1983-11-20 CHI L, 0-27 3 3 rush Walter Payton 3 yard rush
32 1983-11-20 CHI L, 0-27 4 10 fumble Mike Hartenstine 10 yard fumble return (Bob Thomas kick)
33 1983-11-27 HOU W, 33-24 3 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Florian Kempf kick)
34 1983-11-27 HOU W, 33-24 4 2 rush Earl Campbell 2 yard rush (Florian Kempf kick)
35 1983-11-27 HOU W, 33-24 4 7 pass Chris Dressel 7 yard pass from Oliver Luck (Florian Kempf kick)
36 1983-12-04 @ SFO L, 21-35 2 10 rush Roger Craig 10 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
37 1983-12-04 @ SFO L, 21-35 2 1 rush Roger Craig 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
38 1983-12-04 @ SFO L, 21-35 3 12 rush Joe Montana 12 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
39 1983-12-04 @ SFO L, 21-35 3 3 rush Bill Ring 3 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
40 1983-12-04 @ SFO L, 21-35 4 14 rush Roger Craig 14 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
41 1983-12-18 @ DET L, 20-23 2 3 rush Billy Sims 3 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
42 1983-12-18 @ DET L, 20-23 4 6 pass Jeff Chadwick 6 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Eddie Murray kick)