Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Super Bowl Championships: 1
- Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 37
- Claim to Fame: In 1979, they became the first post-merger expansion team to win a division title, win a playoff game, and to host and play in a conference championship.
- Claim to Shame: The Bucs lost their first 26 games in the NFL, and suffered through 14 straight losing seasons from 1983-1996 – both NFL records
With the planned expansion of the NFL in 1970, Tampa Bay landed a franchise in 1976. Upon the teams first game, they held a team-naming contest for local residents.
The team chose the Buccaneers, as the term derives from the pirates who were said to inhabit the Florida coast line in the 17th century.
Looking for successful beginnings, the Bucs hired notorious USC coach John McKay to captain the ship. McKay signed a $3 million deal, after turning multiple NFL franchises down in the past.
Unfortunately, the task of building an NFL team from scratch proved too much for McKay, as his college schemes did not translate to the NFL game.
After brief periods of success in the late 70s and early 80s, the Bucs continued to struggle, pushing the club closer and closer to bankruptcy. Insert Tony Dungy, the saviour of the franchise. Dungy was hired by the Glazer family, who purchased the team in 1996, and soon led the team towards bigger and better things.
The Bucs would soon win their first Super Bowl title in 2002 under coach Jon Gruden.
Since being crowned Super Bowl champions, the Bucs celebratory cruise continues to be lost at sea. The team has been atrocious lately, recording a 5-11 record and a 6-9-1 record ATS in 2017.
In 2015, the Bucs drafted FSU product Jameis Winston with the first-overall pick. Winston was said to be NFL ready, and could provide immediate help. Although his play on the field has been respectable, his off-field behaviour has been less than acceptable.
Winston was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season after being charged with sexual harassment of an Uber driver. The team actually started 2-0 thanks to a Ryan Fitzpatrick, a.k.a. “FitzMagic,” but would go 3-11 the rest of the way.
The defense was a far bigger problem than the offense, but Winston still didn’t turn into the top-tier QB the team was expecting when they drafted him first overall.
The 2019 Bucs have made significant changes on defense, led by first-round pick Devin White at linebacker. But turning a 5-11 team with a -68 point differential in a playoff contender is going to be a tall order.
|Passing YPG Allowed||31||281.8|
|Rushing YPG Allowed||2||76.3|
|Ronald Jones II||482||Rushing|
|Antony Auclair||Toe||IR||Auclair has hit the injured reserve list with a case of turf toe. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Zack Bailey||Ankle||IR||Bailey has been placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. There is no clear timetable for his return. Lasted Updated: 10/12/2019|
|Kendell Beckwith||Ankle||IR||Beckwith is expected to miss the entire 2019 season due to a fractured ankle that caused him to sit out the 2018 campaign. He has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. Lasted Updated: 05/12/2019|
|Alex Cappa||Elbow||questionable||Cappa departed the previous game with an injured elbow, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Colts on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 12/03/2019|
|Jack Cichy||Elbow||IR||Cichy has been sent to the injured reserve list with a left elbow injury. Lasted Updated: 10/30/2019|
|Jamel Dean||Shoulder||questionable||Dean left the last game due to a shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up Sunday against the Colts. Lasted Updated: 12/03/2019|
|D'cota Dixon||Shoulder||IR||Dixon has hit the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury. Lasted Updated: 08/08/2019|
|Justin Evans||Achilles||IR||Evans has hit the injured reserve list with ongoing soreness in his Achilles tendon. Lasted Updated: 11/16/2019|
|Blaine Gabbert||Shoulder||IR||Gabbert has been added to the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury. Lasted Updated: 11/16/2019|
|Michael Liedtke||Shoulder||IR||Liedtke has reverted to the injured reserve list after having shoulder surgery. Lasted Updated: 08/08/2019|
|Scotty Miller||Hamstring||questionable||Miller sat out the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Colts on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 12/03/2019|
|Bryant Mitchell||Achilles||IR||Mitchell has been designated for the injured reserve list due to a torn Achilles tendon. Lasted Updated: 08/13/2019|
|Anthony Nelson||Hamstring||questionable||Nelson has missed the past four games with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will return to action Sunday versus the Colts. Lasted Updated: 12/03/2019|
|M.J. Stewart||Knee||out||Stewart is out of commission due to a knee sprain, and he is likely to miss three to four weeks. Lasted Updated: 11/13/2019|
|Orion Stewart||Knee||IR||Stewart has reverted to the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee. Lasted Updated: 08/08/2019|