1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule

Season statistics

Offense Defense
Record Playoff record Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
10-6-0 1-1 5544 2829 2715 43 291 4545 2408 2137 40 285
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' fourth season was in 1979, and it was the fourth season John McKay served as the head coach of the team. The Buccaneers played their home games at Tampa Stadium. They finished the year 10-6-0 in the regular season, en route to winning the NFC Central, and 1-1 in the playoffs, eventually losing to the Los Angeles Rams 9-0. At the end of the season, Lee Roy Selmon was awarded with the AP Defensive Player of the Year award.


Week Opponent Score Notes
Week 1 Detroit Lions 31-16
Week 2 @ Baltimore Colts 29-26
Week 3 @ Green Bay Packers 21-10
Week 4 Los Angeles Rams 21-6
Week 5 @ Chicago Bears 17-13
Week 6 @ New York Giants 14-17
Week 7 New Orleans Saints 14-42
Week 8 Green Bay Packers 21-3
Week 9 @ Minnesota Vikings 12-10
Week 10 @ Atlanta Falcons 14-17
Week 11 @ Detroit Lions 16-14
Week 12 New York Giants 31-3
Week 13 Minnesota Vikings 22-23
Week 14 Chicago Bears 0-14
Week 15 @ San Francisco 49ers 7-23
Week 16 Kansas City Chiefs 3-0


Week Opponent Score Notes
Divisional Round Philadelphia Eagles 24-17
Conference Championship Los Angeles Rams 0-9

1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coaching Staff

Head Coach: John McKay Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bass Chief Assistant: Abe Gibron Quarterbacks Coach: Bill Nelsen Wide Receivers Coach: Bill Nelsen Offensive Line Coach: Bill Johnson Running Backs Coach: George Chaump Defensive Line Coach: Abe Gibron Linebackers Coach: Tom Bass Defensive Backs Coach: Wayne Fontes Special Teams Coach: Phil Krueger Pro Scout: Bill Muir