1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

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1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
Head coach Ray Perkins
Owner Hugh Culverhouse
Home field Tampa Stadium
Results
Record 5–11
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers WR Mark Carrier
Team MVP WR Mark Carrier

The 1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season began with the team trying to improve on an 5–11 season which finished winning two of their last three games including an upset of the 1988 AFC East Champion Buffalo Bills (a win that was not only Tampa Bay's high point of the season, but turned out to be hugely impactful on the AFC playoff picture, as Buffalo’s loss combined with an overtime win by the Cincinnati Bengals over Washington in the season finale meant that the Bengals clinched the home-field advantage that would have otherwise gone to the Bills; Cincinnati ended up winning a close AFC title game at home against Buffalo and got to Super Bowl XXIII. The season started with a road win against the improved Green Bay Packers, and game two brought the world champion San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana to Tampa Stadium. With Joe trying to direct a 4th quarter comeback, cornerback Ricky Reynolds dropped what would have been a game ending interception on second down in the end zone. On third down, Montana rolled out and ran untouched into the endzone for a winning TD that left a rare sellout crowd stunned and silent in defeat. The Bucs extended their record to 3—2 by beating the hated Chicago Bears finally in Tampa Stadium, holding off the Bears to a 42—35 victory. It was an impressive win, but then the Bucs lost to the Detroit Lions in the last minute and entered into an over all five-game losing streak tailspin. Tampa Bay would sweep Chicago to end the streak (an achievement which was diluted by the Bears having their worst season in several years) but ended with a disappointing 5—11 record. James Wilder’s final season was highlighted by a 100-yard receiving game in week 9. Many fans[who?] felt the Bucs were far better than the final record suggested, and offseason acquisitions would help the Bucs win the next year.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Pick Round Player Position School
4 1 Broderick Thomas Outside Linebacker Nebraska
33 2 Danny Peebles Wide Receiver N.C. State
90 4 Anthony Florence Defensive Back Bethune-Cookman
117 5 Jamie Lawson Running Back Nicholls State
146 6 Chris Mohr Punter Alabama
154 6 Derrick Little Linebacker South Carolina
200 8 Carl Bax Guard Missouri
230 9 Patrick Egu Running Back Nevada
257 10 Ty Granger Tackle Clemson
284 11 Rod Mounts Guard Texas A&M
290 11 Willie Griffin Defensive End Nebraska
302 11 Herb Duncan Wide Receiver Northern Arizona
329 12 Ulysess Turner Defensive Back Virginia Union

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Regular season
Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff[a] Game site TV Attendance Record
1 September 10, 1989 at Green Bay Packers W 23–21 1:00 Lambeau Field CBS 55,650 1–0
2 September 17, 1989 San Francisco 49ers L 20–16 4:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 64,087 1–1
3 September 24, 1989 New Orleans Saints W 20–10 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 44,053 2–1
4 October 1, 1989 at Minnesota Vikings L 17–3 1:00 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS 54,817 2–2
5 October 8, 1989 Chicago Bears W 42–35 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 72,077 3–2
6 October 15, 1989 Detroit Lions L 17–16 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 46,225 3–3
7 October 22, 1989 at Washington Redskins L 32–28 1:00 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium CBS 52,862 3–4
8 October 29, 1989 at Cincinnati Bengals L 56–23 1:00 Riverfront Stadium CBS 57,225 3–5
9 November 5, 1989 Cleveland Browns L 42–31 1:00 Tampa Stadium NBC 69,162 3–6
10 November 12, 1989 Minnesota Vikings L 24–10 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 56,271 3–7
11 November 19, 1989 at Chicago Bears W 32–31 1:00 Soldier Field CBS 63,826 4–7
12 November 26, 1989 at Phoenix Cardinals W 14–13 4:00 Sun Devil Stadium CBS 33,297 5–7
13 December 3, 1989 Green Bay Packers L 17–16 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 58,120 5–8
14 December 10, 1989 at Houston Oilers L 20–17 1:00 Astrodome CBS 54,532 5–9
15 December 17, 1989 at Detroit Lions L 33–7 1:00 Pontiac Silverdome CBS 40,362 5–10
16 December 24, 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers L 31–22 1:00 Tampa Stadium NBC 29,690 5–11

Notes:

a All times in North American Eastern Time. (UTC–4 and UTC–5 during Standard Time)

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings(3) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–4 362 356 W1
Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5–3 10–4 351 275 W2
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 4–4 6–6 312 364 W5
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 358 377 L6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 3–5 5–7 320 419 L4

Roster[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen DE

Linebackers

Defensive Backs CB

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

References[edit]