John Harvey McKay. Coach of the Bucs from 1976 to 1984.
1976: Coached by legendary USC coach John McKay the Buccaneers played their first season in the AFC West with understanding that the following year they would move permanently to the NFC Central. The Bucs would select DE Lee Roy Selmon with their first draft pick and traded for Steve Spurrier to give themselves a veteran QB. On September 12th the Buccaneers played their first regular season game in Houston against the Oilers, and were shut out 20-0. A week later they played their first game at Tampa Stadium against the San Diego Chargers, once again they were shutout, losing 23-0. A week later the Bucs finally got on the board with 3 Dave Green FGs. However, they still lost at home to the Buffalo Bills 14-9. The Bucs lost their next 2 games as well before facing their expansion brothers at Tampa Stadium. With both teams fighting for their first ever win the Seattle Seahawks stunned the Bucs with a last minute FG 13-10. A week later it was heartbreak again as they played it close all game with Miami Dolphins before losing 23-20. It would be the last close game the Bucs would play all season. Already 0-7 the Bucs would continue to lose, being shutout a total of 4 times on the way to an embarrassing 0-14 season, in which they were outscored a total of 412-125. The Buccaneers had ended their first season, and were still waiting for their first win. The team will forever be remembered as the worst in the history of the NFL as Coach John McKay once replied "He was all for it, " when asked about his team's execution.
1977: Now playing in the NFC Central the Buccaneers did not fair any better being shutout 6 times on the way to losing their first 12 games. Overall it gave the Buccaneers an embarrassing 26 game losing streak. In those 26 games the Bucs lost by less then a TD 3 times. However, on December 11th the Bucs futility would finally come to an end in New Orleans, as the Bucs beat the Saints 33-14 behind 3 interceptions returned for Touchdowns. When the team got home to Tampa, over 8,000 fans had gathered to greet them. A week later the Bucs won their first home game beating the St. Louis Cardinals 17-7, to close their 2nd season with a 2-12 record.
1978: After losing their first 2 games the Bucs won their next 2 to sit at .500 for the first time ever. The Bucs would alternate wins and loses over the 4 weeks, and were actually playing solid football at 4-4. However, injuries would cripple the Bucs as they lost 7 of their last 8 games to finish with a 5-11 record.
1979: The Bucs started off their 4th season on the right note by beating the Detroit Lions 31-16 at Tampa Stadium to start the season with a win. The Bucs would go on to win their first 5 games, becoming the story of the season. However the team would start to struggle and their playoff hopes sat in jeopardy entering the final week of the season with an 8-7 record. Playing in a torrential downpour in Tampa the Bucs beat the Kansas City Chiefs 3-0 to win the NFC Central with a 9-7 record. Among the stars of the surprise season was RB Ricky Bell who rushed for 1,263 yards, and DE Lee Roy Selmon who Defensive Player of the Year. In their first playoff game in Bell was the star again scoring 2 TDs and rushing for 142 yards as the Bucs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-17 at Tampa Stadium. Just 2 years after ending their 26-game losing streak the Bucs were facing the Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Stadium for a trip to the Super Bowl. However, the Bucs were washed away losing the NFC Championship Game 9-0 in the rain.
1980: The Bucs got off on the right foot again winning their first 2 games. However, the magic would not return as the Bucs struggled with injuries on the way to a disappointing 5-10-1 season. However, QB Doug Williams provided a bright spot passing for 3,396 yards.
1981: The Buccaneers play mediocre football all season, but find themselves in the thick for the race for first place in a weak NFC Central. A late season 3-winning streak highlighted by 336 passing game form Doug Williams would put the Bucs in the driver's seat. However, after a heartbreaking 1-point loss at home to the San Diego Chargers, the Bucs need a win over the Lions in Detroit to win the division. The game was close through out as Dog Williams hit WR Kevin House on an 84-yard TD strike to lift the Bucs to a 20-17 win. However, the Bucs season would end quickly with a 38-0 shellacking in Dallas from the Cowboys.
1982: The Bucs lose their first 2 games before a 2-month player strike interrupts the season. When the players returned the Bucs still struggled losing to the Cowboys 14-9 in Dallas. Facing a 0-4 start the Bucs would get their first win a week later with a 23-17 Monday Night win over the Miami Dolphins at Tampa. The win would be the spark the Bucs needed as they won 5 of their last 6 including their final 3 games to qualify for the playoffs with a 5-4 record. However, once again their season would end in Dallas with a 30-17 loss to the Cowboys. Following the season the Bucs would lose QB Doug Williams to the USFL.
1983: Without Doug Williams the Bucs would from the start losing their first 9 games, giving fans flashbacks of 1976. The Bucs would finally get their first win in Minnesota as RB James Wilder rushed for a team record 219 yards in a 17-12 win over the Vikings. The Bucs would win only 1 more game the rest of the season, finishing with a dreadful 2-14 record.
1984: The Buccaneers struggle early again losing 7 of their first 10 games, as Coach John McKay announces he would retire following the season. The Bucs would end the season on a strong note winning their final 2 games to finish with a 6-10 record, as RB James Wilder ended the season with 2,229 All-Purpose Yards. Following season the Bucs would sign QB Steve Young away from the USFL.
1985: Under new Coach Leeman Bennett the Buccaneers would struggle out of the gate losing their first 9 games, before shutting out St. Louis Cardinals 16-0 at Tampa Stadium. The Bucs would go on to win just once more, finishing with a 2-14 record for the 2nd time in 3 seasons. Meanwhile, QB Steve Young would have a rough debut being sacked 21 times in limited action.
1986: Prior to the season the Bucs were embarrassed in the NFL draft when, top draft pick Bo Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy refuses to sign and chooses to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals. On the field the Bucs were in an even greater embarrassment finishing with a 2-14 record, as Steve Young has a horrid season being sacked 47 times while throwing just 8 TD passes. Following the season Coach Leeman Bennett would be fired and replaced by Ray Perkins.
1987: The Bucs use the top pick for another Heisman Trophy winner, this time they are able to come to terms with QB Vinny Testaverde, which led them to trading of QB Steve Young to the San Francisco 49ers. However, Testaverde would have to wait for the starting job, as Steve DeBerg got the season started on the right note throwing 5 TD passes in a season opening win over the Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Stadium. The Buccaneers would get off to a solid start winning 4 of their first 7 games. However, the Bucs would lose their last 8 games to finish with a dreadful 4-11 record, their 5th straight season with 10 or more losses. Testaverde would eventually see some action passing for 1,081 yards in limited action.
1988: Vinny Testaverde is given the starting job at QB, and struggles right away; throwing 35 interceptions to just 13 TD passes, as the Bucs finished with a terrible 5-11 record. However, the Bucs were bad all over even losing a game against the Colts in Indianapolis when Vinny passed for a team record 469 yards.
1989: Despite an improved season from QB Vinny Testaverde the Buccaneers still struggle to a 5-11 record, for their 7th consecutive season with 10 or more losses. Highlighting the lost season was an impressive season in which WR Mark Carrier set a franchise record with 1,422 yards.
1990: during a 6-game losing streak. The Bucs would snap the losing streak with a 23-17 win over the Falcons in Atlanta. However, it was not enough to save Coach Ray Perkins job, as he was fired and replaced by Richard Williamson. Under Williamson the Bucs would lose 2 of 3 to finish with a 6-10 record.
1991: In Richard Williamson's first full season as Coach the Buccaneers would get off to a miserable start losing their first 5 games, on the way to another last place 3-13 season. Among the major disappointments was QB Vinny Testaverde who passes for 1,994 yards and throws just 8 TD passes to 15 interceptions. Following the season Coach Williamson would be fired and replaced by Sam Wyche.
1992: Under Sam Wyche the Bucs get off to a solid start winning 3 of their first 4 games. However, the Bucs would fall again losing 5 straight, and 10 of 11 on the way to a 5-11 season, which was their 10th straight with 10 or more losses. Following the season QB Vinny Testaverde was released after 6 mainly disappointing season. Making matters worse former QB Steve Young, won the NFL's MVP award with San Francisco 49ers.
1993: Despite a solid 3,054 passing season from QB Craig Erickson the Buccaneer woes continue losing 5 of their first 6 games on the way to another wretched 5-11 season.
1994: The Buccaneers lose their patriarch when Hugh Culverhouse who was owned the team since it founding dies at the age of 75. Trying to tart from step one again the Bucs draft QB Trent Dilfer with their first round pick. Dilfer would struggle in limited time a he threw just 1 TD pas to 6 interceptions, as the Bucs lost 9 of their first 11 games. The Buccaneers would finish the season on a strong note winning 4 straight, highlighted by a 192-yard game for RB Eric Rhett. However, with a chance to end 12 years of frustration, the Bucs dropped their season finale at Tampa Stadium to the Green Bay Packers 34-19, the loss would drop the Bucs to 6-10 on the season.
1995: Prior to the season the Buccaneers are sold to restaurateur Malcolm Glazer. The Bucs would get off to a solid start winning 5 of their first 7 games, to find themselves in first place on October 15th. However, the Bucs would lose 7 of their last 9 games, ending 12 straight seasons with 10 or more losses. Following the season Coach Sam Wyche is fired and replaced by Tony Dungy. Among the disappointments was QB Trent Dilfer who threw just 4 TD passes to 18 interceptions.
1996: In Tony Dungy's first season at the helm the Buccaneers hit rough waters early losing their first 5 and 8 of 9 overall. However, the team would finish the season on a strong note winning 5 of their lat 7 games. The Bucs at 6-10 would suffer their 14th straight losing season, but with a score of young talented players hope was beginning to return to Tampa.
1997: Prior to the final season at Tampa Stadium, which had recently been named Houlihan's Stadium a year earlier the Buccaneers got a new look, discarding the old effeminate red and orange pirate, for a meaner sleeker look feature a red pirate flag on a pewter helmet. The Bucs would use the new Pewter Power to have them flying out of the gate winning their first 5 games. However the ship would hit rough sees as they lost 3 in a row. Instead of sinking the Bucs righted the ship and would go on to earn a wild card spot with a 10-6 record. Highlighting the Bucs successful season was Trent Dilfer who had a solid season passing for 21 Touchdowns, Mike Alstott the powering fullback who bulldozed his way for 7 TDs and countless first downs, and Warrick Dunn who captured the Offensive Rookie of the Year. In the Bucs first playoff game in 15 years the Bucs slaughtered the Detroit Lions 20-10 behind the powerful running of Alstott in the final game at Houlihan's Stadium. However, their season would come to an end a week later with a 27-7 loss in Green Bay to the Packers.
1998: To assure their new stadium is ready the Buccaneers start the season by playing their first 2 games on the road. Unfortunately both games were against playoff teams, and the Bucs lost both. The Bucs would finally open Raymond James Stadium on September 20th, as the Bucs rallied from an early deficit to beat the Chicago Bears 27-15. However, an early tough schedule and offensive struggles would cause the Bucs to get off to a rough start. The Bucs would finally reach the .500 mark by handing the Minnesota Vikings their only loss on the season 27-24 at the Pirate Ship. However the Bucs were not able to capitalize on the momentum as they lost their next 3 games. With their playoff hopes all but gone the Bucs would win 3 in a row to keep hope alive, but a 20-16 loss to the Redskins in Washington sealed their fate, as the Bucs needed to win their last game to finish with a disappointing 8-8 record. Following the season the Bucs would use a 2nd Round draft pick to select PK Martin Gramatica, a move that came after Michael Husted missed 7 key FGs.
1999: The Bucs take on rough waters early as they drop their season opener 17-13 to the New York Giants in Tampa. A week later the Bucs would recover as their defense smothered the Eagles to the tune of 9 sacks in a 19-5 win in Philadelphia. The defense would carry the weight most of the season, as the Bucs offense seemed in neutral at times as the Bucs got off to a disappointing 3-4 start, in which the defense only allows 20 points twice. However, the offense only managed 20 once, leading to Shaun King being inserted at Quarterback. King's play was not spectacular but it seemed to give the team some spark, as they embarked on a 6-game winning streak to catapult themselves into first place. After a aberrational 45-0 loss to the Raiders in Oakland the Bucs won their last 2 games to claim the NFC central with a franchise best 11-5 record, earning them a first round bye, as Warren Sapp won Defensive Player of the Year honors. In the Divisional Playoffs the Bucs would overcome a 13-0 deficit in the 3rd Quarter to beat the Washington Redskins 14-13 before a record crowd of 65,835 at Raymond James Stadium. In the NFC Championship Game in St. Louis the Bucs held a precarious 6-5 lead late in the 4th Quarter over the Rams. However, the Rams would take an 11-5 lead with a little over 2 minutes left. The Bucs would drive right down the field and appeared to be on the move when Shaun King hit Bert Emmanuel on a key pass, that would have kept a game winning drive alive. However, instant replay would overturn the call and the Bucs ship was sunk, even though most angles showed Emanuel made the catch.
2000: To give the offense an added dimension the Buccaneers acquire WR Keyshawn Johnson from the New York Jets. The trade paid immediate dividends as the Bucs won their first 3 games in impressive fashion. However, the Bucs would blow a 17-3 lead in the 4th Quarter to the Jets, which seems to send the Bucs into a tailspin as they lost 4 straight. The Bucs would right the stern with a 41-13 rout of the previously Minnesota Vikings at the Pirate Ship, as the Bucs 7 of their next 8. Sitting at 10-5 the Bucs needed a win in their final game to win the NFC Central. However, the game was in Green Bay and the temperature was below 40 conditions in which the Bucs had never won before. The Bucs appeared to have the game won as Martin Gramatica set up for a 35-yard FG with time winding down in regulation. However, the usually reliable Gramatica's kick was offline, and the Packers would win the game in OT 17-14. The Bucs would have to settle for a wild card spot with a 10-6 record. In the Wild Card Game in Philadelphia the mercury dipped below 40 again as the Bucs were frost bit with a 21-3 loss to the Eagles.
2001: The Bucs in hopes to revitalize the offense sign Free Agent QB Brad Johnson. However, the offense remained stagnate, as the Bucs played mediocre football and sat 4-5 through their first 9 games. With playoff hopes fading the Bucs would stun the Rams 27-24 in a Monday Night thriller in St. Louis. The win was the spark the Bucs needed as they won 3 straight and 5 out of 6 to qualify for the playoffs as the 6th seed with a 9-7 record. However, the season was still considered a major disappointment as the offense struggled all season, which led to rumors that Bill Parcels was in line to become the next coach, as it was understood the Bucs needed to beat the Eagles in Philadelphia to save Ton Dungy's job. The game was over before it began as the Bucs were rocked in Philadelphia 31-9. Within a few days it would become official as Dungy was forced to walk the plank. However, Parcels had a last minute change of heart and the Bucs were forced to scramble. Over the next few weeks the Bucs ship looked in complete disarray, as they could not come up with a replacement. Dungy himself would even land work before the Bucs made a deal with Oakland Raiders that allowed them to sign Coach Jon Gruden to take over the Bucs stern.
2002:With Jon Gruden taking over as head coach the Buccaneers began the season with renewed hope playing in the newly formed NFC South Division. However, the Bucs old struggles creped up in the season's first game as they lost to the New Orleans Saints at home 26-20 in overtime after rallying from a 17-point deficit. The Buccaneers would quickly rebound behind their dominant defense as they won 5 straight allowing only 1 TD while LB Derrick Brooks scored 3 times. The Buccaneers would enter a key match up with the Philadelphia Eagles with a record of 5-1. Their they would get off to a strong start as Brooks set a NFL record for Linebackers with his 4th TD return. However, the Bucs old struggles in Philadelphia would rise again as they lost 20-10. The Bucs loss to the Eagles would be a bump in the road as their top rated defense helped the Bucs to improve to 8-2 heading into a key match up with the Green Bay Packers at home. Against the Packers the Bucs defense was at its best sacking Brett Favre 3 times and picking off 4 passes in a 21-7 win. The game was not without its controversy as Warren Sapp and Packers Coach Mike Sherman got into a heated war of words after the game after Sapp injured tackle Chad Clifton during a interception return with a vicious but clean hit. After a disappointing loss in New Orleans the Buccaneers defense again frustrated one of the top QBs in the NFL as Atlanta Flacons dynamo Michael Vick was frustrated and limited to 9 yard rushing and 125 yards passing in a dominant 34-10 Buccaneers win. After narrowly beating the Detroit Lions the Buccaneers road to the Super Bowl seemed in peril as they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-7 on Monday Night with QB Brad Johnson on the sideline. With a record of 11-4 the Bucs entered the final game of the season needing a win for a first round bye in the playoff. However, to do so they would have to end 0-39 losing streak in sub 40-degree weather. Playing with Rob Johnson in at QB the Bucs defense did it all completely shutting down the Chicago Bears as Martin Gramattica hit 5 field goals in a 15-0 win. The win completed the Buccaneers season at 12-4 a franchise best, as Derrick Brooks was named Defensive Player of the year, in a season of several defensive MVPs including NFC sack leader Simeon Rice. After the Buccaneers offense struggled in the final 2 games it was clear they needed the bye week for QB Brad Johnson to fully heal. When they played their first game in the Divisional Round against the San Francisco 49ers Johnson would get off to a shaky start as he threw an interception on the Bucs first possession. However the Bucs top rated defense buckled down and kept the 49ers off the scoreboard. Brad Johnson would not make another mistake as the Bucs jumped out to a 28-6 halftime lead on the way to an overwhelming 31-6 victory that catapulted them into the NFC Championship Game. Heading into the NFC Championship it seemed as if everything was against the Bucs as they headed to Philadelphia, where their previous 2 seasons ended in disaster for the final game ever at Veterans Stadium. Things got bleaker as the Eagles had a 7-0 lead less then a minute into the game after a long kickoff return by Brian Mitchell. The Buccaneers would catch their breath as a steady drive on their first possession led to a Martin Gramattica FG. After stopping the Eagles on their next possession the Buccaneers offense made a big game changing play as Joe Jerevicius, who was playing with a heavy heart after his son was born severely premature, turned a 3rd down reception into a 74-yard game deep into Eagles territory. The heroic catch and run set up a Mike Alstott TD that gave the Bucs a 10-7 lead. After another long Brian Mitchell kick return led to a tying field goal, Keyshawn Johnson showed his playing making abilities catching 32 passes including one for a TD to give Tampa a 17-10 halftime lead. In the second half the Bucs defense took over as the Buccaneers added a field goal to take a 20-10 lead. As time was Rhonde Barber put the dagger in the Eagles by returning a Donovan McNabb interception 94 yard for a Touchdown he could have run all the way to San Diego as the Bucs beat the Eagles and the ghosts of the Vet 27-10 to go to their first Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XXXVII: For Jon Gruden Super Bowl Week was a circus as he faced the team he had coached a year previously the Oakland Raiders. Gruden knew the Raiders offense so well, that he at times portrayed Raiders QB Rich Gannon in practice, using the same single calls. However, the Buccaneers defense had its back against the wall early as Brad Johnson threw an interception on the Bucs first possession. However, the defense rose to the occasional and held the number 1 offense in the NFL to a FG. The Bucs would quickly tie the game on their next possession. Knowing the Raiders offense would begin to pay off as 2 Dexter Jackson interceptions to give the Bucs a 6-3 lead. While the Bucs defense was shutting down the Raiders offense the Bucs offense was starting to break down the Raiders defense as a long drive led to a Mike Alstott TD. The Buccaneers would pad their lead to 20-3 as Keenan McCardell caught a TD pass in the final minute of the first half. The Bucs defense had completely taken the Raiders out of the game by allowing just 3 first downs 62 yards total offense. The Bucs would get off to a strong start in the second half as they expended their lead to 27-3 on a 14-play 89-yard time consuming Touchdown drive. With the Raiders in panic mode the Bucs scoring defense would put down the clamps as Dwight Smith picked off Rich Gannon for a 44-yard interception return to give the Bucs a 34-3 lead. However, the Raiders would not give up as they scored 3 touchdowns to take get back with in 2 touchdowns at 34-21. With time winding down the Bucs defense would again rise to the occasion as Derrick Brooks return an interception 44 yards for a TD to give the Bucs a 41-21 lead with 1:18 left. The return by Brooks sent the Buccaneers into celebration mode as Dexter Jackson was voted MVP for his 2 early interceptions that set the trend for the game. However, their defense was not done scoring as Dwight Smith returned his 2nd interception 50 yards for a TD that put an exclamation point on the Buccaneers 48-21 Super Bowl Victory.
2003: Coming off their Super Bowl Championship great things were expected again for the Buccaneers, as they got off to a great start spoiling the grand opening of the Philadelphia Eagles new stadium on Monday Night Football 17-0 as Joe Jerevicius made a spectacular highlight reel catch. However in Week 2 the Bucs began to hit rough waters as Jerevicius was essentially lost for the season with a knee injury in their home opener the following week against the Carolina Panthers. The game would provide further frustration as the Bucs appeared to have the game won with a Touchdown on the games final play. However Martin Gramatica's PAT was blocked and the game went to overtime tied at 9, where the Panthers eventually won the game with a Field Goal. The Bucs recovered with a win over the Atlanta Falcons the following week and appeared to be in great shape leading the Indianapolis 35-7 with a little over 5 minutes left in the game. However the Colts would make a stunning comeback with 28 points to send the game to overtime where the Colts would win 38-35. Making matters worse both Mike Alstott and Brian Kelly were lost to season ending injuries. The Bucs would stay afloat as they won 35-13 the following on the road against the Washington Redskins, but every win was followed by a loss as the Bucs continued to play .500 ball. Eventually the absence of their power running game would catch up to the Bucs as they fell below .500 in a 27-24 loss to the Panthers that ended their hopes of winning the NFC South in Week 10. Devastated the Bucs continued to struggle playing sluggish football in a 20-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers the following week at home. A few days later the Bucs frustrations boiled over as Keyshawn Johnson who sulked all season over his usage in the offense was benched for the remainder of the season. Without Keyshawn the Bucs beat the New York Giants on Monday Night Football 19-13 to keep their fading hopes alive. However a week later the Bucs offense was stuck in neutral as they were beaten by the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. The Bucs would end up splitting their final 4 games to finish the season in 3rd place with a disappointing 7-9 record.
2004: Changes began to roll through Tampa as Warren Sapp and John Lynch were both allowed to walk away from the team, while Keenan McCardell was trying to force his way off the team by holding out. When the season started the Bucs struggled right away losing their first 4 games as newly acquired WR Joey Galloway was lost for 8 weeks after an injury in Week 1 while QB Brad Johnson struggled, leading to his benching. In Week 5 the Bucs would turn to 2nd year QB Chris Simms, who would be injured in his first game leading to Brian Griese who would take over and lead the team the rest of the way as they won their first game against the New Orleans Saints 20-17. Over the next 8 games the Bucs played better climbing to 5-7 as Griese showed promise leading the offense while rookie WR Michael Clayton was having a solid year with 1,193 receiving yards with 7 touchdowns. However, with a chance to climb back in the playoff race the Bucs suffered back to back heartbreaking losses that would knock the wind out of their sales as they went on to lose their final 4 games on the way to sinking to last place with a disappointing 5-11 record.
2005: The Buccaneers got off to a fast start thanks to their top draft pick RB Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, who had a historic first three games as he rushed for 434 yards on 88 carries as the Bucs got off to a 3-0 start. However, in Week 4 Cadillac showed some early wear and tear as he rushed for just 13 yards on 11 carries and left with an injury as the Bucs beat the Detroit Lions 17-13 to improve to 4-0. However, with Cadillac in the shop the following week the Bucs were stunned by the New York Jets 14-12. Williams would be out again the following week as the Buccaneers beat the Miami Dolphins in a Sunshine State Showdown 27-13. However, in the game the Buccaneers would lose QB Brian Griese for the rest of the year to a knee injury. After the bye week with Chris Simms starting the Bucs offense looked lost as they were beaten by the San Francisco 49ers 15-10 despite not allowing a Touchdown. Following a 34-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers dropped them to 5-3 the Buccaneers season appeared to be slipping away as they trailed the Washington Redskins 35-28 late in the 4th Quarter. The game would end up being a coming out party for Chris Simms as he passed for 3 Touchdowns including a 30 yarder Edell Sheppard with 58 seconds remaining; from there Coach Jon Gruden gambled and had Mike Alstott run in for a 2 point conversion that gave the Buccaneers a dramatic 36-35 win. Reenergized the Bucs won again the following week against the Atlanta Falcons as Cadillac Williams ran for 116 yards. After splitting their next two games the Buccaneers stunned the Carolina Panthers on the road 20-10 to pull into a 1st place tie in the NFC South. However, a December trip to face the New England Patriots exposed many holes in the Bucs as they lost 28-0. However the would recover to win their next two games and would capture the Division Title with a record of 11-5 as Cadillac Williams who rushed for 1178 yards and scored 6 Touchdowns was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. However, in the playoffs the Buccaneers young offense would struggle as Cadillac was limited to 49 yards and Chris Simms committed 3 turnovers including a interception that set up the Redskins first TD, and a fumble that was returned for the second, as the Buccaneers lost the game to the 17-10, despite limiting the Redskins to just 120 yards total offense.
2006: From the start of the season, injuries played a factor for the Buccaneers, as Rookie of the Year Cadillac Williams played all year with nagging injuries, and failed to reach 1,000 yards rushing. Things were even worse for QB Chris Simms who suffered a ruptured spleen in a heartbreaking 26-24 loss in Week 3 to the Carolina Panthers as time expired to drop the Bucs to 0-3. Simms, who needed emergency surgery, would be lost for the remainder of the season as Bruce Gradkowski took over. Gradkowski played well in his first start, but the Bucs lost another heartbreaker falling to 0-4 with a 24-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Trailing the Cincinnati Bengals 13-7 in the final minute of Week 5, the Buccaneers finally got their first win as Gradkowski found Michael Clayton in the endzone for a thrilling 14-13 win. There were even more thrills the following week as the Buccaneers stunned the Philadelphia Eagles 23-21, as Matt Bryant nailed a 62-yard field goal as time expired. The kick was just one yard short of the NFL record, was shown all over the highlight shows, and gave Buccaneers fans something to cheer about in an otherwise dreadful season. Following those two thrilling wins the injuries continued to mount, as the Buccaneers finished in last place with a dreadful 4-12 record. Following the season there would be changes throughout the roster as Shelton Quarles retired, while Simeon Rice was released. Although Chris Simms was expected to return the Buccaneers made a deal to get QB Jeff Garcia from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sorry I only have up to 2006. I will give you some pics, though.
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