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What’s new with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? That’s what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

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Updates

2020 Season

2020 Season Preview: Tom Brady begins a new phase of his Hall of Fame career in Tampa Bay. The 43-year-old will play behind a very good wall of blockers and has some good players on the receiving end of his passes—including OJ Howard, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and his old New England buddy, Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs should be very good against opposing quarterbacks, with a solid group of defensive backs and three superstars in linebacker Lavonte David and pass rushers Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: Jameis Winston threw for more than 5,000 yards and connected for 33 touchdowns. But he also turned the ball over 39 times on interceptions and fumbles. The defense had trouble stopping the pass, and could not always hold leads late in games. What should have been a 9- or 10-win season and a trip to the postseason ended 7–9 with the Bucs watching playoff games on TV.

October 3, 2019: Shaq Barret was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September. Barret had 9 sacks in four games and forced 3 fumbles. He would finish the year with an NFL-best 19.5 sacks.

2019 Season Preview: Head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles aim to remake the Bucs into division contenders. Arians has designed a new offense around the skills of QB Jameis Winston, while Bowles hopes to rebuild the defense around newcomers Ndamukong Suh and Devin White. The passing game may be the key; with the loss of two star receivers, the pressure is on Mike Evans to improve on his sensational 1,500-yard season in 2018.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: Tampa Bay had no problem putting points in the scoreboard. Unfortunately, they were not very good at keeping other teams out of the end zone. They scored three or more touchdowns in 14 of their 16 games but won only five times. Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for 5,000-plus passing yards and more than 30 touchdowns, with their favorite target, Mike Evans topping 80 catches for the second time in his career. Jason Pierre-Paul had a great first year with the Bucs, leading the club with 12.5 sacks.

2018 Season Preview: NFL passers had a lot of fun playing against the Bucs in 2017. Running backs? Not so much. Linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander saw to that. This year, with the addition of Jason Pierre-Paul, Tampa Bay will try to put more pressure on the quarterback. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans will lead the offense, which desperately needs a better running attack. Rookie Ronald Jones, who scored 20 TD’s for USC last year, may be the answer.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: The Bucs played far better than their 5–11 record indicates. The problem was they were in the NFC South, where their three rivals were all playoff teams. QB Jameis Winston showed improvement in his third season, while Mike Evans had another sensational year as a receiver. Gerald McCoy led a defense that was especially good against the pass.

2017 Season Preview: Quarterback Jameis Winston is ready to have a career year, and the Bucs have surrounded him with the talent he needs. DeSean Jackson joins wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end Cameron Brate to give Tampa Bay an exciting passing attack. If the defense plays as well as it did in the final two months of 2016, then 2017 should be a playoff year.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: The Bucs had a fine season under new coach Dirk Koetter, winning 10 games. Young Jamieis Winston took a step forward toward becoming a top NFL quarterback, with more than 4,000 passing yards. Mike Evans had a great year as Winston’s go-to receiver. Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy led the 15th-ranked defense. Had injuries not hit the Tampa Bay backfield, the Buccaneers might have won a couple more games and made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

2016 Season Preview: Quarterback Jameis Winston has superstar written all over him. Running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims are a good 1¬2 punch. Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are excellent receivers. If the offensive line can give these stars time to do their thing, the Bucs should be a winning team. That could also depend on the defense, of course. There is a ton of potential on that side of the ball, but so far only Gerald McCoy and Vernon Hargreaves have shown they can be difference-makers.

2015 Season

2015 Season Preview: Rookie Jameis Winston and his young receivers should give Tampa Bay fans lots to cheer about, and Doug Martin is a quality runner. But the Bucs’ defense has a long way to go before the team challenges for a playoff spot.

2014 Season

September 7, 2014: The team debuted its new uniform and logo in a loss to the Carolina Panthers.

September 1, 2014: New coach Lovie Smith hopes to turn Tampa Bay’s defense into one of the top units in the NFC. He’ll need big years from Alterraun Verner, Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David to do so. Quarterback Josh McCown has some big targets to throw to, but he may be doing some running thanks to a leaky offensive line.

2013 Season

November 17, 2013: Rookie Mike Glennon completed 20 of 23 passes (87%) in a victory over the Atlanta Falcons. No first-year player had ever completed more than 85% of his passes in a game.

September 4, 2013: Which Josh Freeman will show up in 2013—the confident rising star from 2011 or the passer who finished 2012 with the two worst games of his career? The Bucs are betting he’ll make better use of weapons such as running back Doug Martin, wide receivers Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson, and the best offensive line in the NFC. The defense is good but not great. However, Tampa Bay has lineman Gerald McCoy, its finest defensive tackle since Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: Greg Schiano’s first year as an NFL coach saw the Bucs set a new team record with 389 points. Josh Freeman passed for more than 4,000 yards and rookie Doug Martin ran for nearly 1,500. The defense was great against the run but could not stop enemy passers. The result was a 7–9 record.

November 4, 2012: Greg Schiano’s first year as an NFL coach saw the Bucs set a new team record with 389 points. Josh Freeman passed for more than 4,000 yards and rookie Doug Martin ran for nearly 1,500. The defense was great against the run but could not stop enemy passers. The result was a 7–9 record.

Summer, 2012: The lockout in 2011 hurt the Buccaneers, who were depending on a lot of young players. With a full summer to practice, they should improve greatly in 2012. Quarterback Josh Freeman was the happiest man in Florida when he heard Tampa Bay had signed wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

More Go-To Guys

Ricky Bell breaks a tackle against the Philadelphia Eagles on the cover of this 1980 magazine. The Bucs looked like they were headed for a Super Bowl around this time, but the San Francisco 49ers were also becoming a great team, so it didn’t happen for Tampa Bay in the 1980s. (Sports Illustrated/TIME Inc.)

Trent Dilfer signed this card. He never became the great quarterback Tampa fans hoped he could be. It was nice that he won a Super Bowl after he left. The only problem is that he beat MY NEW YORK GIANTS!!! (Score)

  • Ricky Bell — Running Back
    Born: 4/8/1955
    Died: 11/28/1984
    Played for Team: 1977 to 1981
    After their winless 1976 season, the Buccaneers held the first pick in the 1977 draft. They selected Ricky Bell and made him the highest-paid rookie in history at that time. In 1979, Bell ran for 1,263 yards and helped the Bucs reach the NFC title game. In the movie made about his life, Bell was played by the actor Mario Van Peebles.

  • Tony Mayberry— Offensive Lineman
    Born: 12/8/1967
    Played for Team: 1990 to 1999
    During the 1990s, Tampa Bay’s most dependable player was probably their center, Tony Mayberry. At 6′ 4″ and nearly 300 pounds, he was a strong and agile blocker. Mayberry was picked to play in the Pro Bowl after each season from 1996 to 1998.

  • Trent Dilfer — Quarterback
    Born: 3/13/1972
    Played for Team: 1994 to 1999
    After struggling for two seasons, Trent Dilfer became the first Tampa Bay passer to make the Pro Bowl, in 1996. He teamed with running backs Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott to give the team a well-balanced attack. After an injury ended Dilfer’s 1999 season early, the Bucs decided not to re-sign him. Dilfer signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 instead…and led them to victory in the Super Bowl that season!

  • Warrick Dunn — Running Back
    Born:1/5/1975
    Played for Team: 1997 to 2001
    The Bucs were at their best when Mike Alstott was barreling through the line and Warrick Dunn was sprinting toward the sidelines. Despite sharing the team’s carries with Alstott, Dunn had two 1,000-yard seasons.

  • Simeon Rice — Defensive Lineman
    Born: 2/24/1974
    Played for Team: 2001 to 2006
    Simeon Rice was the last piece in the puzzle for the Bucs in their march to the Super Bowl. He teamed with Warren Sapp to give Tampa Bay an unstoppable defensive line. In six seasons with the Bucs, he had 69.5 sacks.

More Fun Facts

I wrote a kids book with Steve Young in the 1990s. He did not have many happy memories of his time with the Bucs. (Topps, Inc.)

  • GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
    After more than 35 years and dozens of quarterbacks, Vinny Testaverde is still the Bucs’ all-time passing leader, with 14,820 yards. During his six seasons in Tampa Bay, Testaverde topped 3,000 yards twice. Unfortunately, he also led the NFL in interceptions twice.

  • CARRIER FORCE
    No team asked more of a running back during the 1980s than the Bucs asked of James Wilder. In 1984, he set an NFL record with 407 carries in a season and almost broke the league’s then-total yardage record of 2,245. In a game against the Green Bay Packers that season, Wilder carried the ball 43 times to tie an NFL record. Jamie Morris of the Washington Redskins broke Wilder’s record four years later, with 45 carries.

  • OH, TO HAVE YOUNG AGAIN
    Quarterback Steve Young began his NFL career with the Bucs and won just three games in two seasons. Tampa Bay decided he wouldn’t amount to much and sent him to the San Francisco 49ers for two draft picks. Young went on to win two MVP awards for San Francisco.

League Leaders

Ronde Barber was always one of the smallest people on the field, but as this photo shows, he was a fast and fearless tackler. (Black Book Partners)

  • RUSHING YARDS
    No Buc has led the league in rushing yards.

  • RECEIVING YARDS
    No Buc has led the league in receiving yards.

  • PASSING YARDS
    2019 — Jameis Winson — 5,109

  • RUSHING TDs
    No Buc has led the league in rushing touchdowns.

  • RECEIVING TDs
    No Buc has led the league in receiving touchdowns.

  • PASSING TDs
    No Buc has led the league in passing touchdowns.

  • POINTS
    No Buc has led the league in points.

  • INTERCEPTIONS
    1999 — Donnie Abraham — 7 (tied for NFL lead)
    2001 — Ronde Barber — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
    2002 — Brian Kelly — 8 (tied for NFL lead)

  • SACKS
    2019 — Shaq Barrett — 19.5

Playing for the Championship

SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1979 NFC Championship Los Angeles Rams Lost 9–0
1999 NFC Championship St. Louis Rams Lost 11–6
2002 NFC Championship Philadelphia Eagles Won 27–0
2002 Super Bowl XXXVII Oakland Raiders Won 48–21

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