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1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) 1st place National Football Conference Central Division 10-6-0 .625
Head Coach: John McKay
Defensive Coordinator/LinebackersTom Bass
Running BacksGeorge Chaump
Defensive SecondaryWayne Fontes
Chief Assistant/Defensive LineAbe Gibron
Defensive LineBill Johnson
Special TeamsPhil Krueger
Quarterbacks/ReceiversBill Nelsen
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat9/1/1979HDetroit Lions31-16WTampa, FLTampa Stadium68225
Sat8/4/1979HWashington Redskins7-9LTampa, FLTampa Stadium64493
Sat8/11/1979HMiami Dolphins7-13LTampa, FLTampa Stadium64481
Sun9/9/1979ABaltimore Colts29-26WOTBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium36374
Sun9/16/1979AGreen Bay Packers21-10WGreen Bay, WILambeau Field55498
Sat8/18/1979HNew Orleans Saints14-7WTampa, FLTampa Stadium49042
Sun9/23/1979HLos Angeles Rams21-6WTampa, FLTampa Stadium69497
Sat8/25/1979ACincinnati Bengals24-13WCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium44120
Sun9/30/1979AChicago Bears17-13WChicago, ILSoldier Field55258
Sun10/7/1979ANew York Giants14-17LEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium72841
Sun10/14/1979HNew Orleans Saints14-42LTampa, FLTampa Stadium67640
Sun10/21/1979HGreen Bay Packers21-3WTampa, FLTampa Stadium67186
Sun10/28/1979AMinnesota Vikings12-10WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46906
Sun11/4/1979AAtlanta Falcons14-17LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium55150
Sun11/11/1979ADetroit Lions16-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome70461
Sun11/18/1979HNew York Giants31-3WTampa, FLTampa Stadium70261
Sun11/25/1979HMinnesota Vikings22-23LTampa, FLTampa Stadium70039
Sun12/2/1979HChicago Bears0-14LTampa, FLTampa Stadium69508
Sun12/9/1979ASan Francisco 49ers7-23LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park44506
Sun12/16/1979HKansas City Chiefs3-0WTampa, FLTampa Stadium63624
Sat12/29/1979HPhiladelphia Eagles24-17WTampa, FLTampa Stadium71402NFC Divisional Playoff
Sun1/6/1980HLos Angeles Rams0-9LTampa, FLTampa Stadium72033NFC Championship
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
69Darrell AustinOG-C-OT6'425528South Carolina160
42Ricky BellRB6'221824Southern California1616
36Rick BernsRB6'221023Nebraska161
16Tom BlanchardP6'018531Oregon160
53Rik BonnessLB6'522025Nebraska160
55Aaron BrownLILB6'223823Ohio State121
34Cedric BrownFS6'119025Kent State1615
70Darryl CarltonOT6'626026Tampa162
44Billy CesareCB-S5'1119024Memphis; Miami (Florida)160
60Wally ChambersLDE6'625028Eastern Kentucky1616
33Mark CotneySS6'020527New Mexico Highlands; Cameron1615
71Randy CrowderNT6'225227Penn State168
38Johnny DavisRB6'123523Alabama164
27Tony DavisRB5'1121026Nebraska160
43Jerry EckwoodRB6'019825Arkansas1610
14Chuck FusinaQB6'119722Penn State10
88Jimmie GilesTE6'324225Alcorn State1616
81Isaac HaginsWR5'917925Southern University1614
73Charley HannahROT6'626024Alabama1414
64Greg HortonLOG6'425028Colorado1616
56Cecil JohnsonROLB6'223024Pittsburgh1514
84Gordon JonesWR6'019022Pittsburgh121
25Curtis JordanSS6'220525Texas Tech162
77Bill KollarNT6'425627Montana State158
57Dave LewisLOLB6'424525San Diego CC; Southern California1616
79Reggie LewisDE6'325523North Texas120
76Dave LoganNT6'225023Pittsburgh50
87Larry MuckerWR5'1118025Arizona State164
51Dana NafzigerROLB6'122126Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo)162
86Jim ObradovichTE6'222526El Camino JC; Southern California162
6Neil O'DonoghueK6'621026St. Bernard; Auburn160
85Morris OwensWR6'019226Arizona State1612
15Mike RaeQB6'020028Southern California50
23George RagsdaleRB5'1118527North Carolina A&T State150
75Dave ReavisLOT6'426029Arkansas1616
46Danny ReeceCB-S5'1118824Southern California161
61Greg RobertsROG6'326223Oklahoma1616
74Gene SandersNT-DE6'328523Texas A&M160
58Dewey SelmonLILB6'124026Oklahoma1515
63Lee Roy SelmonRDE6'325625Oklahoma1616
40Mike WashingtonRCB6'319026Alabama1515
45Jeris WhiteLCB5'1118027Hawaii1616
12Doug WilliamsQB6'422024Grambling State1616
50Steve WilsonC6'426625Georgia1616
54Richard WoodRILB6'223026Southern California1616
68George YarnoOG6'226722Washington State150
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Greg Roberts233GOklahomafrom BAL
Gordon Jones234WRPittsburgh
Jerry Eckwood360RBArkansasfrom BAL
Reggie Lewis378DENorth Texasfrom HOU
Rick Berns380RBNebraskafrom LARM/WAS/MIA/OAK
Chuck Fusina5133QBPenn Statefrom HOU
Gene Sanders8217DTTexas A&Mfrom MIA
Henry Vereen9225WRNevada-Las Vegas
Bob Rippentrop11281TEFresno State
Dave Logan12307DTPittsburgh
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals3310644873
Opponents Totals506146800
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals267107137239226434.8102905
Opponents Totals247116111207924732.0100870
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Neil O'Donoghue0303585.7111957.9063
Ricky Bell90000054
Jimmie Giles70000042
Larry Mucker50000030
Isaac Hagins30000018
Johnny Davis20000012
Jerry Eckwood20000012
Doug Williams20000012
Gordon Jones1000006
Dave Lewis1000006
Jim Obradovich1000006
Lee Roy Selmon1000006
Mike Washington1000006
Team Totals35303585.7111957.90273
Opponents Totals28252889.3142458.31237
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Neil O'Donoghue111957.91/13/45/92/50/0
Team Totals111957.91/13/45/92/50/0
Opponents Totals142458.30/04/45/95/110/0
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Ricky Bell28312634.5497
Jerry Eckwood1946903.661t2
Johnny Davis592213.7182
Doug Williams351193.4162
Rick Berns231024.4160
Larry Mucker4164.0160
Gordon Jones11212.0120
Jimmie Giles273.590
George Ragsdale650.830
Mike Rae122.020
Tom Blanchard100.000
Team Totals60924374.061t13
Opponents Totals53918733.560t13
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Doug Williams39716641.820724486.214.766t184.5246.0757239152.5
Mike Rae361747.2172527.014.82912.825.653122156.7
Jerry Eckwood100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals43418342.222527006.214.866t194.4266.01288261252.8
Opponents Totals43625057.317224055.59.667t143.2143.240329207670.2
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Jimmie Giles4057914.566t7
Isaac Hagins3969217.7573
Ricky Bell252489.9262
Jerry Eckwood2226812.2310
Morris Owens2037718.9640
Larry Mucker1426819.142t5
Jim Obradovich66310.5191
Johnny Davis55711.4240
Rick Berns5408.0120
Gordon Jones48020.037t1
George Ragsdale3289.3190
Team Totals183270014.866t19
Opponents Totals25024059.667t14
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Cedric Brown37926.3720
Mike Washington36421.349t1
Jeris White33913.0390
Richard Wood23718.5240
Dave Lewis2199.5110
Mark Cotney100.000
Team Totals1423817.0721
Opponents Totals2632412.5401
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Tom Blanchard93367939.65822514270290930.6
Team Totals95367938.75822514270290930.6
Opponents Totals104427541.1650819438367735.4
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Danny Reece7014316.2170
Tony Davis1177.060
Team Totals7124386.2170
Opponents Totals4782705.7260
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
George Ragsdale3467519.9300
Isaac Hagins919621.8310
Tony Davis4338.3160
Dana Nafziger23618.0190
Danny Reece11313.0130
Rick Berns166.060
Team Totals5195918.8310
Opponents Totals55125422.8830
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Ricky Bell610100
Rick Berns0001100
Tom Blanchard1000-50
Cedric Brown0001150
Mark Cotney0001100
Johnny Davis0010100
Jerry Eckwood900000
Jimmie Giles0010100
Isaac Hagins110100
Greg Horton0010100
Cecil Johnson0004400
Curtis Jordan0001100
Bill Kollar0004400
Dave Lewis00022391
Reggie Lewis0001100
Larry Mucker100000
Dana Nafziger0002200
Neil O'Donoghue0010100
Morris Owens100000
George Ragsdale201100
Danny Reece210100
Greg Roberts0001100
Lee Roy Selmon00022291
Jeris White0001100
Doug Williams2101-50
Richard Wood0002270
Team Totals251782432702
Opponents Totals45241615310
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