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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
Player PF 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 4477 1005 4.5 37 13 20 249 300 528 3124 18 24 5.4 157 428 1353 9 3.2 72
Team Defense 380 5397 1093 4.9 41 18 24 320 300 490 3315 15 23 6.2 172 561 2082 19 3.7 124
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

W# 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. Player 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 SkYds 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. Player 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. Player 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 6456
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. Player 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. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
14 Jack Thompson 27 QB 14 13 0 10 5 0 0
63 Lee Roy Selmon* 29 RDE 14 13 11.0 0 0 1 4 0
76 David Logan 27 NT 16 16 9.5 0 0 1 54 1
53 Hugh Green* 24 ROLB 16 15 3.5 2 54 2 33 0 0 1 2 11 0
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 5.0 0 0 1 0 0
11 Jerry Golsteyn 29 qb 5 3 0 3 3 0 0
21 John Holt 24 LCB/rcb 16 16 1.0 3 43 0 25 0 0 1 1 0 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 1.0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Jerry Bell 24 te 16 6 0 2 1 0 0
52 Scot Brantley 25 RILB 16 15 2.0 1 0 0 0 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 1.0 0 0 2 0 0
66 Booker Reese 24 lde 16 7 1.0 2 11 0 11 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 1.0 0 0 1 0 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 0.5 0 0 1 0 0
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 42.0 23 367 3 69 0 0 39 41 69 1
Opp Total 16 49 43 25 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Bill Capece 24 K 15 0 23 10 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 1
68 George Yarno 26 lg/rg 14 11 1 1
Team Total 26.0 16 9 18 1 3 31 25 10 241
Opp Total 16 19 15 1 3 4 40 28 2 380

Touchdown Log

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