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12-27 at New Orleans.inddBUCCANEERS FACE OFF AGAINST NFC SOUTH FOE NEW ORLEANS
BUCCANEERS AT SAINTS Tampa Bay has won seven of the last 12 meetings, including four of the last six road contests in the series. New Orleans leads the all-time series 21-14 and holds a slight edge at 8-7 as NFC South rivals. The teams split the series last year, with New Orleans winning at home in Week 1 and the Buccaneers prevailing at home in Week 13. The Buccaneers swept both contests in 2005 and 2007, including a 10-3 victory in 2005 in a road contest played in Baton Rouge and 27-13 in the 2005 regular season home fi nale, a victory that clinched the NFC South title for the Buccaneers.
GAME INFORMATION Date: Sunday, December 27, 2009 Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET (Noon CT) Site: Louisiana Superdome (68,000) 2009 Records: Tampa Bay 2-12, New Orleans 13-1 Network Television: FOX Play-by-Play: Kenny Albert, Analyst: Daryl Johnston, Sideline: Tony Siragusa Bucs Radio: US 103.5, fl agship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM) Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives Last Game: Tampa Bay won at Seattle 24-7; New Orleans lost vs. Dallas 24-17 Next Game: Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta (1/3); New Orleans at Carolina (1/3)
LAST GAME RECAP Tampa Bay 24, Seattle 7 - 12/20/09 TAMPA – Tampa Bay’s defense forced fi ve turnovers and the offense scored the second-most points in a single game this season as the Bucca- neers earned their fi rst road victory of the season and fi rst regular season win on the west coast since 1999. Additionally, the fi ve takeaways re- corded by the defense were the most in a game for the team since 2007. TE Kellen Winslow fi nished the game with a team-leading six receptions for 93 yards, setting a new team record for most catches by a tight end in a single season with 68. After a mistake-fi lled and scoreless fi rst quarter in which each team committed a turnover and the Seahawks botched a short fi eld goal attempt, Seattle grabbed the lead late in the second quarter. QB Matt Hasselbeck hit TE John Carlson for a 29-yard touchdown with 4:31 remaining in the fi rst half to give Seattle a 7-0 lead. On Seattle’s next possession, LB Geno Hayes picked off Hasselbeck as DE Jimmy Wilkerson batted his short pass in the air. The turnover gave Tampa Bay possession at the Seahawks 25-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the fi rst half. Five plays later, K Connor Barth got Tampa Bay on the board with a 28-yard fi eld goal. The Buccaneers cut into the lead on the opening drive of the second half as Barth hit from 45 yards out to make the score 7-6. On Seattle’s ensuing possession, S Tanard Jackson picked off Hasselbeck in Seattle territory and on the next play, QB Josh Freeman hit RB Carnell Wil- liams on a screen that Williams took 22 yards for a touchdown and a 13-7 lead. Following a Seattle three-and-out on its next possession, Freeman found RB Derrick Ward for a six-yard scoring pass and the rookie quarter- back then ran into the end zone untouched for the two-point conversion and a 21-7 Tampa Bay lead. Barth added a 39-yard fi eld goal early in the fourth quarter to pad what turned out to be an insurmountable Buccaneers lead. Seattle had two fi nal possessions to attempt a comeback, but Has- selbeck was picked off twice by CB Elbert Mack to secure the win.
2009 SCHEDULE
2009 Schedule & Results (2-12) Sept. 13 DALLAS (FOX) L, 34-21 Sept. 20 at Buffalo (FOX) L, 33-20 Sept. 27 N.Y. GIANTS (FOX) L, 24-0 Oct. 4 at Washington (FOX) L, 16-13 Oct. 11 at Philadelphia (FOX) L, 33-14 Oct. 18 CAROLINA (FOX) L, 28-21 Oct. 25 NEW ENGLAND (CBS) L, 35-7 (London - Wembley Stadium) Nov. 1 Bye Nov. 8 GREEN BAY (FOX) W, 38-28 Nov. 15 at Miami (FOX) L, 25-23 Nov. 22 NEW ORLEANS (FOX) L, 38-7 Nov. 29 at Atlanta (FOX) L, 20-17 Dec. 6 at Carolina (FOX) L, 16-6 Dec. 13 N.Y. JETS (CBS) L, 26-3 Dec. 20 at Seattle (FOX) W, 24-7 Dec. 27 at New Orleans (FOX) 1:00 Jan. 3 ATLANTA (FOX) 1:00
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TAKING IT BACK This past week in Seattle the Buccaneers re- corded fi ve takeaways (four interceptions and one fumble recovery), marking the most take- aways for Tampa Bay in a game since 2007 when they recorded six against Washington (11/25). The plus-four turnover margin was also the best turnover margin for the team this season. The Buccaneers defense held Seattle to just seven points, the fewest point total they have given up this season. The previous low was 16 points given up in both Week 4 at Washington and Week 13 at Carolina.
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2009 STATISTICAL COMPARISON
A look at how the teams match up in the latest NFL rankings: Category Tampa Bay New Orleans Total Offense 29th (282.5 ypg) 1st (419.6 ypg) Rushing Offense 23rd (100.8 ypg) 5th (133.6 ypg) Passing Offense 25th (181.7 ypg) 3rd (286.0 ypg) Total Defense 25th (362.8 ypg) 22nd (354.1 ypg) Rushing Defense 30th (158.9 ypg) 18th (114.4 ypg) Passing Defense 8th (203.9 ypg) 25th (239.8 ypg) Points Scored 29th (15.3 ppg) 1st (34.5 ppg) Points Allowed 29th (25.9 ppg) 19th (21.3 ppg) Sacks 25th (26) t17th (30) Turnover Margin t22th (-5) 3rd (+13)
Team Leaders Tampa Bay New Orleans Rushing Yards Carnell Williams (652) Pierre Thomas (733) Passer Rating Josh Freeman (60.1) Drew Brees (109.4) Receptions Kellen Winslow (68) Marques Colston (61) Receiving Yards Kellen Winslow (752) Marques Colston (994) Sacks Stylez G. White (6.5) Will Smith (12.0) Interceptions Aqib Talib (5) Darren Sharper (8)
ALL-TIME SERIES
Tampa Bay has won seven of the last 12 meetings, including four of the last six road contests in the series. New Orleans leads the all-time series 21-14 and holds a slight edge at 8-7 as NFC South rivals. The teams split the series last year, with New Orleans winning at home in Week 1 and the Buccaneers prevailing at home in Week 13. The Buccaneers swept both contests in 2005 and 2007, including a 10-3 victory in 2005 in a road contest played in Baton Rouge and 27-13 in the 2005 regular season home fi nale, a victory that clinched the NFC South title for the Buccaneers. Prior to joining the NFC South, Tampa Bay had claimed three of the previous four meetings, including wins in both 1999 and 2001. The Bucs won the fi rst game between the two clubs, a 33-14 triumph at the Superdome in 1977. Tampa Bay tied an NFL record, which has since been broken, by returning three interceptions for touchdowns. The victory marked the Bucs’ fi rst regular season win after 26 consecutive losses. More than 8,000 fans greeted the team upon its return to One Buccaneer Place. Tampa Bay and New Orleans split the next four meetings, each winning two straight on the other team’s turf before the Saints assembled a six- game winning streak.
HEAD-TO-HEAD
New Orleans leads 21-14 (Regular Season) Season Result Site 1977 W, 33-14 New Orleans 1978 L, 17-10 Tampa 1979 L, 42-14 Tampa 1981 W, 31-14 New Orleans 1982 W, 13-10 New Orleans 1983 L, 24-21 Tampa 1984 L, 17-13 New Orleans 1985 L, 20-13 New Orleans 1986 L, 38-7 New Orleans 1987 L, 44-34 New Orleans 1988 L, 13-9 New Orleans 1989 W, 20-10 Tampa 1990 L, 35-7 New Orleans 1991 L, 23-7 New Orleans 1992 L, 23-21 New Orleans 1994 L, 9-7 Tampa 1996 W, 13-7 Tampa 1998 L, 9-3 New Orleans 1999 W, 31-16 New Orleans 2001 W, 48-21 Tampa 2002 L, 26-20 Tampa L, 23-20 New Orleans 2003 L, 17-14 Tampa W, 14-7 New Orleans
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2004 W, 20-17 New Orleans L, 21-17 Tampa 2005 W, 10-3 Baton Rouge W, 27-13 Tampa 2006 L, 24-21 New Orleans L, 31-14 Tampa 2007 W, 31-14 Tampa W, 27-23 New Orleans 2008 L, 24-20 New Orleans W, 23-20 Tampa 2009 L, 38-7 Tampa
LAST MEETING
New Orleans 38, Tampa Bay 7 (Nov. 22, 2009) TAMPA – Tampa Bay held an early 7-0 lead and played the undefeated Saints close for much of the fi rst half, but the NFL’s top-ranked offense proved to be too much for the Buccaneers in the second half. Following a Saints punt on the game’s opening pos- session; the Buccaneers drove 95 yards on 12 plays, culminating with an 18-yard touchdown pass from QB Josh Freeman to WR Michael Clayton. The pos- session marked the team’s longest scoring drive of the season. New Orleans responded on its next pos- session as QB Drew Brees hit WR Robert Meachem for a four-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 late in the fi rst quarter. Late in the second quarter, Freeman looked for WR Antonio Bryant over the mid- dle, however Bryant slipped and CB Michael Jenkins picked off the pass, giving the Saints possession in Tampa Bay territory. Four plays later, the Saints took their fi rst lead of the game on a 38-yard fi eld goal by K John Carney. The teams traded punts on their next three drives as New Orleans regained posses- sion with 1:38 remaining in the fi rst half. The Saints drove 63 yards in fi ve plays to extend their lead to 17-7 as Brees hit Meacham again from six yards out. The Buccaneers turned the ball over on their fi rst two possessions of the second half on a Freeman fumble and interception, leading to a pair of Saints touch- downs. New Orleans tacked on another touchdown early in the fourth quarter on RB Mike Bell’s second score to put the game out of reach.
SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
CB Mike Washington (45 yards), LB Richard Wood (10) and DE Greg Johnson (0) returned interceptions for scores in 33-14 Bucs win (12/11/77), the fi rst in franchise history… Saints scored 42 unanswered points – all in the second half – en route to 42-14 win at Tampa Stadium (10/14/79)… New Orleans scored fi ve of its six TDs on the ground, rushing for 234 yards on 48 carries… QB Doug Williams threw for 218 yards and two TDs in 31-14 road win
(11/29/81)… Teams combined for 600 passing yards in 44-34 Saints win at the Superdome (12/6/87)… WR Mark Carrier caught fi ve passes for 120 yards, helping Bucs snap six-game series skid with 20-10 win (9/24/89)… Morten Andersen booted a 50-yard FG to lift New Orleans to a 23-21 victory (11/1/92)… Rookie FB Mike Alstott caught seven passes for 91 yards, including 17-yard TD in 13-7 Bucs victory (11/24/96)… The Bucs snapped a nine-game road losing streak in the series with a 31-16 victory at New Orleans (11/7/99)… Tampa Bay tied the club’s single-game record for points scored in a 48-21 victory over New Orleans at Raymond James Stadium (12/23/01)… CB Ronde Barber set a club record (later tied) with three interceptions, including a 36- yard return for a touchdown on his fi nal interception, as the Bucs picked off Saints QB Aaron Brooks four times… New Orleans LB James Allen intercepted a desperation pass from P Tom Tupa in the end zone on a botched punt to lead the Saints to a 26-20 overtime win in head coach Jon Gruden’s debut (9/8/02)… Trailing late in the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay posted a frantic 10-point comeback to send the game into overtime… WR Joe Jurevicius made a one- handed grab for an 11-yard TD with 2:41 on the clock and Gramatica nailed a 40-yard fi eld goal as time expired to force the extra period… TE Ken Dilger and DT Warren Sapp, who was playing tight end at the time, both caught touchdowns as the Bucs won 14-7 at New Orleans (12/7/03)… QB Chris Simms made his fi rst career start in the NFL at New Orleans (10/10/04) and completed 5-of-8 pass attempts for 68 yards before leaving the game because of injury late in the fi rst quarter… Backup QB Brian Griese relieved Simms and led the Buccaneers to a 20- 17 win by completing 16-of-19 pass attempts for 194 yards and one touchdown… CB Ronde Barber recorded his second three-interception game of his career against the Saints in Baton Rouge (12/4/05)… Tampa Bay clinched the NFC South title with a 27-13 win vs. New Orleans (1/1/06)… WR Joey Galloway caught a pair of touchdown passes, his ninth and 10th of the season to set a new team record… Saints RB Reggie Bush scored his fi rst career touchdown on a 65-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter to give New Orleans (10/8/06) a 24-21 win in New Orleans… After losing its fi rst game of the season on the road, Tampa Bay was able to defeat New Orleans (9/16/07) 31-14 at home for their fi rst of nine wins on the season in route to the 2007 NFC South division title… The Buccaneers all but sealed up the 2007 NFC South Championship after they were able to leave New Orleans (12/2/07) with 27-23 come from behind victory… Trailing 23-20 with 3:36 remaining in the fourth quarter, DT Jovan Haye was able to recover a RB Reggie Bush fumble on New Orleans 37-yard line… After marching down the
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fi eld, QB Luke McCown found TE Jerramy Stevens in the end zone with just 14 seconds remaining in the game to give Tampa the win… The Buccaneers defense intercepted Saints’ QB Drew Brees three times in 23-20 defeat of the Saints to give Gruden his 100th career victory (11/30/08).
AGAINST THE OPPOSITION
Below are highlights of how selected Buccaneers have performed during their careers against the New Orleans Saints.
CB Ronde Barber: Tied his career-high and tied his own club record (equaled by Aqib Talib earlier this season) with three interceptions at New Orleans (12/4/05), including one at the Bucs’ goal line with less than two minutes remaining in the game to preserve the Tampa Bay victory… Returned an 18- yard fumble for his second touchdown of the 2004 season at New Orleans (10/10/04), becoming the Bucs’ all-time leader for defensive touchdowns with eight career defensive scores (including one in the postseason)… Also had 11 tackles in the game… Set a career-high and established a new Bucs’ single- game record with three interceptions, returning one for a 36-yard touchdown, to go along with two tackles and three passes defensed vs. New Orleans (12/23/01), earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
LB Barrett Ruud: Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 16 tackles, a career-high two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery vs. New Orleans (9/16/07).
DE Stylez G. White: Posted fi rst career NFL sack vs. New Orleans (9/16/07).
RB Carnell Williams: Tied his career high with two rushing touchdowns vs. New Orleans (9/16/07).
DIRECT CONNECTIONS
- Buccaneers Director of Pro Personnel Doug Williams played quarterback at Grambling from 1974-77, where he passed for more than 8,000 yards and 93 touchdowns, leading the Tigers to three National Black College National Championships and two SWAC titles. Williams returned to Grambling State University, spending six seasons (1998-03) as their head coach and compiling a 52-18 record after succeeding the legendary Eddie Robinson.
- Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton was born and raised in Baton Rouge and attended
college at Louisiana State University. During his career he caught 182 passes for 2,582 yards and a school-record 21 touchdown receptions while helping the Tigers to a co-National Championship in 2003.
- Buccaneers C Jeff Faine played two seasons (2006-07) for New Orleans, starting 30 regular season contests as well as two playoff games for the Saints.
- Saints Offensive Line Coach/Running Game Aaron Kromer is in his second year with the Saints after spending the previous three seasons (2005-07) as the Buccaneers senior assistant in 2005 and senior assistant/offensive line coach from 2006-07.
- Buccaneers Defensive Backs Coach Joe Baker coached fi ve years with the Saints from 2000- 2004. He was a secondary coach from 2003-2004, secondary assistant in 2002 and assistant defensive backfi eld/assistant special teams coach from 2000- 2001
- Buccaneers Offensive Line Coach Pete Mangurian played college football at Louisiana State University and later served as their offensive line coach from 1984-1987.
- Buccaneers Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Keenan served as Tulane University’s assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2006- 08.
- Buccaneers LB Matt McCoy appeared in four games for the Saints in 2007.
- Buccaneers T Demar Dotson is from Alexandria, Louisiana and attended Alexandria High School.
- Saints DE Anthony Hargrove is from Punta Gorda, Florida and attended Port Charlotte High School.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- CB Ronde Barber • With 182 games started, Barber is just one game shy of tying Paul Gruber (183 from 1988-99) for the second-most games started in club history.
- WR Antonio Bryant • Bryant (29 receiving TDs) is one touchdown shy of 30 career receiving touchdowns.
- WR Michael Clayton • Clayton has 2,910 receiving yards with the Buc- caneers and needs 33 more yards to surpass Bruce
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Hill (2,942 yards from 1987-91) for eighth on the Buccaneers all-time receiving yards list.
- QB Josh Freeman • With nine passing touchdowns, Freeman needs one more passing touchdown to break Bruce Grad- kowski’s record (9 TDs in 2006) for most touchdown passes by a rookie in team history.
- RB Earnest Graham • Graham has 14 rushing touchdowns with the Buc- caneers and needs one more to tie Lars Tate (15 from 1988-89) for the seventh-most rushing touch- downs in team history.
- RB Carnell Williams • Williams has 17 rushing touchdowns with the Buc- caneers and needs two more to tie Warrick Dunn (19 from 1997-01, 08) for the fi fth-most rushing touch- downs in team history. • Williams also has 3,069 rushing yards with the Buc- caneers and needs 296 more to pass Michael Pittman (3,364 from 2002-07) for the fourth-most rushing yards in team history.
- TE Kellen Winslow • Winslow has 68 receptions this season and needs seven more catches to tie Michael Pittman (75 in 2003) for the 10th-most receptions in a single sea- son in team history. • Winslow has 752 receiving yards this season and needs 35 more yards to pass Jimmie Giles (786 re- ceiving yards in 1981) for the most receiving yards among tight ends in a single season in team history.
RAHEEM MORRIS
Raheem Morris was named the eighth head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 17, 2009.
Morris is currently in his second stint with Tampa Bay, spending the 2007-08 seasons as the Buccaneers defensive backs coach after also serving on the Buccaneers defensive coaching staff from 2002- 2005. In between stints in Tampa Bay, he spent 2006 as Kansas State’s defensive coordinator. Morris has quickly risen through the Buccaneers coaching ranks during his time with the team, serving as defensive quality control coach in 2002, defensive assistant in 2003 and assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-2005 before taking over as defensive backs coach in 2007. During his fi rst stint with the club, Morris worked closely with former Bucs defensive backs coach and current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in the development of one of the NFL’s top secondaries.
Morris has helped shape one of the NFL’s best defenses over the past decade. Since 1996, the Buccaneers defense has produced 36 Pro Bowlers, the most in the NFL, and fi nished as the NFL’s top- ranked defense two times (2002 and 2005). The past 13 seasons have also seen the Buccaneers defense rank in the Top 10 on 11 occasions and in the Top 5 eight times.
In Morris’ fi nal season as the defensive backs coach in 2008, Tampa Bay’s defense fi nished the year ranked fourth in the NFL against the pass. It marked the fi fth time in six seasons with Morris on the staff that the Buccaneers defense ranked in the Top 5 in pass defense. After Tampa Bay fell to 19th in the NFL in pass defense in 2006, Morris led a resurgence in his return in 2007 as he guided the Buccaneers pass defense to the league’s top ranking en route to the NFC South division title. The Buccaneers secondary helped limit opposing quarterbacks to a 76.2 rating in 2007 to rank eighth in the NFL after ranking 29th in 2006.
In his lone season with Kansas State in 2006, Morris coordinated a defense that displayed improvement in several statistical categories from the previous season, including total defense, scoring defense and pass defense. Morris oversaw a Wildcat defense that included seven players who received conference recognition, including two fi rst-team All-Big 12 honorees and one second-team selection.
During his six seasons in Tampa Bay, the Bucs have fi nished ranked in the Top 5 in the NFL in total defense every year except 2008 (ranked ninth), including No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2005. Additionally, the defense fi nished as the top-ranked pass defense on three occasions (2002, 2004 and 2007) and never ranked lower than sixth with Morris on the staff. In 2002, his fi rst season as a coach in the NFL, Morris helped guide the Buccaneers top-ranked defense as they captured the franchise’s fi rst world title in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Morris joined Tampa Bay after spending the 2000 and 2001 seasons as defensive backs coach at Hofstra University. He also spent time in the fall of 2001 with the New York Jets serving a defensive minority internship. Morris began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Hofstra in 1998, where he was responsible for coaching the offensive scout team, developing scouting reports and handling video breakdown and computer input and analysis. He then landed at Cornell University as defensive backs coach and special teams assistant for the 1999 season.
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Morris played collegiately as a safety at Hofstra from 1994-1997, and received his bachelor of science degree in physical education. Morris, who hails from Irvington, New Jersey, was presented the Key to the City in his hometown during “Raheem Morris Day” on June 5, 2009.
IN THE CLASSROOM
This season, Buccaneers fi rst-year head coach Raheem Morris has started his “Be the Ultimate Character Student” (BUCS) program. The program is an initiative designed to teach students lessons on education and athletics as they relate to leadership, determination and character. Morris will record video podcasts on Monday following each home game, utilizing his own experiences during the 2009 season to relate messages about perseverance, integrity, commitment and, ultimately, the importance of making the most of one’s educational opportunities.
On Tuesday mornings the video podcast will air in middle and high schools in Hillsborough and Pinellas County School Districts as well as on Buccaneers. com. Teachers can choose to display the podcast on the monitors in their classrooms and work Morris’ message into their day’s curriculum. On the weeks during the Buccaneers’ away games, schools will work on their own character education curriculum, which will be reinforced by Coach Morris’ character- building message.
Morris knows the importance of education: “Growing up as a young man, education was so much more important in my parents’ eyes than sports was, and that was a big part of who I am today,” said Morris, who wasn’t allowed to participate in varsity sports until he had improved his grades to the level set by his father. “We want these kids to have the ability to realize their full potential as students and be committed to it. I think it’s a great opportunity to reach them and we’re really fi red up about it.”
SEAN PAYTON
Now in his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton already ranks among the most successful coaches in club history, with accomplishments that include winning NFL Coach of the Year honors, leading the club to the NFC Championship Game, overseeing an offense that has shattered the majority of the team’s all-time records and this season leading the Saints to their fi rst 13-0 start. Payton was hired as the 14th head coach in Saints history on January 18, 2006 after being a
member of the Dallas Cowboys staff
from 2003-05. He is now in his 12th season in the NFL and 21st as a coach.
In 2008, the Saints ranked No. 1 in the NFL in total offense for only the second time in club history, duplicating a feat achieved in 2006, Payton’s fi rst season with the team.
Payton came to Dallas after four years with the New York Giants (1999-2002), the last three as offensive coordinator after spending his fi rst season as quarterbacks coach. He began his NFL career as Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach in 1997 and 1998.
MORRIS MATCHUP
- Head Coach Raheem Morris is 0-1 against the New Orleans Saints and Saints Head Coach Sean Payton.
- Payton is 4-3 all-time against the Buccaneers after splitting the series last season and earning a win in the fi rst matchup this season.
MEDIA SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 23 Open Locker Room: 11:15 a.m.-Noon - QB Josh Freeman 11:15 a.m. (studio) Practice: 12:40-2:25 p.m. - HC Raheem Morris Following practice (studio) - OC Greg Olson 2:45 p.m. (studio)
New Orleans Conference Calls: LB Jonathan Vilma 2:30 p.m. ET Head Coach Sean Payton 3:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, December 24 Open Locker Room: 10:15-11:00 a.m. Practice: 11:40 a.m.-1:25 p.m. - HC Raheem Morris Following practice (studio)
Friday, December 25 Practice: 3:50-5:15 p.m. - HC Raheem Morris Following practice Open Locker Room: 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Media may attend and shoot B-Roll of practice for approximately the fi rst 30 minutes, but the remainder of practice is closed. Media will be escorted back to the practice fi elds to watch practice. Prior to the end of practice, a member of the public relations staff will take interview requests.
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RECORD BREAKERS
After 14 games, Tampa Bay has set or tied a few franchise records. Here is a look at the records that have fallen, or may fall this season:
Single-Season Records 2009 Previous Record INDIVIDUAL Most Receptions, Tight End Kellen Winslow - 68 Jackie Harris, 62 - 1995 *Most Touchdown Passes, Rookie Josh Freeman - 9 Bruce Gradkowski, 9 - 2006 Kickoff Return Average Sammie Stroughter - 29.5 Mark Jones, 28.6 - 2007
Single-Game Records 2009 Previous Record INDIVIDUAL *Most Interceptions Aqib Talib, 3 Ronde Barber, 3, Twice at Washington, 9/21/08 last at New Orleans, 12/4/05 Most 50-Plus Yard Field Goals Connor Barth, 3 Martin Gramatica, 2, Four times at Miami, 11/15/09 last at Carolina, 10/27/02 *Longest Kickoff Return Sammie Stroughter, 97t Clifton Smith, 97t vs. Carolina, 10/18/09 at Kansas City, 11/2/08 Longest Non-Scoring Fumble Return Sabby Piscitelli, 72 Donald Anderson, 38 at Buffalo, 9/20/09 at New Orleans, 12/6/87 Most Touchdown Passes, Rookie Josh Freeman, 3 Four players tied with 2 vs. Green Bay, 11/8/09 * Tied Record
RECORD WATCH Single-Season Records 2009 Record INDIVIDUAL Most Receiving Yards, Tight End Kellen Winslow - 752 Jimmie Giles, 786 - 1981 Most Touchdowns, Tight End Kellen Winslow - 5 Jimmie Giles, 8 - 1985 Most Tackles Barrett Ruud - 179 Hardy Nickerson, 214 - 1993
TEAM Kickoff Return Yards 1,460 1,622 - 1985 Kickoff Return Avg. 27.0 24.8 - 2008 Most Blocked Kicks 5 7 - 2000
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
COACHES Tim Berbenich ..................................Bur-bin-ick Richard Bisaccia .............................Bi-sach-ee-ah Ejiro Evero ............................ E-ja-row E-ver-row Pete Mangurian .......................... Man-Gear-ee-in
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MEDIA WEBSITE
Be sure to click on the offi cial Web site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at www.buccaneers.com for all of the club’s breaking news. Buccaneers.com offers the media full access to all of the team’s publicity material using a restricted ‘Media Entrance.’ Members of the media may access this area using ‘media’ as both the username and password.
Once inside, users will fi nd updated statistics, game notes, bios, transcripts, rosters, the 2009 Buccaneers Media Guide and more, plus the latest releases on the team. Media may reference archival information, including detailed stats, recaps and rosters, broken down into game weeks dating back to the 2001 season as well.
HONOR ROLL
• WR Sammie Stroughter - NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week (Week 6 vs. Carolina) RB/KR Clifton Smith • - NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week (Week 9 vs. Green Bay)
SEATTLE GAME NOTES
• TE Kellen Winslow fi nished with a team-high six receptions for another team-high 93 yards receiving. With the six receptions, he has 68 receptions, the most ever for a tight end in a single season in team history. Winslow also has 752 receiving yards this season, passing both Jimmie Giles (673 receiving yards in 1985) and Jackie Harris (751 receiving yards in 1995) for the second-most receiving yards among tight ends in a single season in team history. The Buccaneers fi nished with fi ve takeaways • (four interceptions and one fumble recovery), marking the most takeaways for Tampa Bay in a game since 2007 when they recorded six against Washington (11/25). The plus-four turnover margin was also the best turnover margin for the team this season. The Buccaneers defense also held Seattle to just • seven points, the fewest point total they have given up this season. The previous low was 16 points given up in both Week 4 at Washington and Week 13 at Carolina. RB Carnell Williams caught a season-long 22-• yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, giving the Buccaneers a 13-7 lead. It was Williams’ third receiving touchdown of the season and the third of his career, tying him for second on the team in
receiving touchdowns. He also fi nished with 12 rushes for 66 yards (5.5 avg.),
including a long of 23 yards. He now has 3,069 yards rushing in his career, moving him past both RB Ricky Bell (3,057 from 1977-81) and RB Reggie Cobb (3,061 from 1990-93) for the fi fth- most rushing yards in team history. LB Geno Hayes recorded the fi rst fumble recovery • and the fi rst sack of his career. Hayes followed the sack with an interception on the very next play, marking the second interception of his career and the season. He also added six tackles, three quarterback pressures, a pass defensed and two TFLs. CB Elbert Mack recorded a career-high with two • interceptions in the game. He now has three in his career, all of which have come this season. S Tanard Jackson recorded his fourth interception • of the season in the third quarter and is now second on the team in interceptions trailing CB Aqib Talib, who has fi ve. WR Sammie Stroughter recorded a career-• high four receptions, for 46 yards. He also set a career-high with a 33-yard punt return, which was the longest by a Buccaneer this season. He fi nished with four punt returns for 74 yards and an 18.5 average. Of his four receptions, two went for fi rst downs with both of those coming on third downs. QB Josh Freeman fi nished with a 95.8 QB rating • after completing 16-of-26 pass attempts for 205 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. In the second half, Freeman went 11-of-14 for 144 yards and two touchdowns while also recording a two-point conversion to put the team up 21-7. In just seven starts, he now has nine touchdown passes this season, tying former Buccaneers QB Bruce Gradkowski for the most touchdown passes by a rookie in a season in team history. With their 24-7 win, the Buccaneers scored the • second-most points in a single game this season. The most points scored came in the team’s fi rst win of the season against Green Bay in which they scored 38 points. The team also scored 18 points in the third quarter, the second-most by the team in any quarter this season (only surpassed by the 21 points in the fourth quarter vs. Green Bay). The Buccaneers also fi nished with 339 yards of • total offense, the fourth-most by the team this season, and rushed for 134 yards, which marked the third-most rushing yards in a single-game for Tampa Bay this season. The Buccaneers held the ball for 20:26 minutes in the second half to close the game. RB Derrick Ward rushed for a season-high 67 • yards today on 19 attempts and also recorded one reception for a six-yard touchdown. Ward’s previous high came in Week 1 against Dallas when he rushed for 62 yards.
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K Connor Barth connected on 3-of-4 fi eld goal • attempts with a long of 45 yards. He is now 11- for-16 this season on fi eld goal attempts. On his fi rst career kickoff return, RB Kareem • Huggins recorded a 30-yard return. Playing in his 191st career game, CB Ronde Barber • passed TE Dave Moore (190 from 1992-01, 2004- 06) for the second-most games played in club history. He has also played in 190 consecutive games, tied for the fi fth-most in the NFL among active players. Barber has started all but one game since the beginning of the 1999 season, the longest streak among cornerbacks over that span. Barber has started 165 consecutive games, starting every game at cornerback since Week 10 against Atlanta (11/21) in 1999. The Bucs win marked the fi rst regular season win • for the team on the west coast since 1999 when the team defeated Seattle 16-3 (11/28/99).
A DECADE OF WINNING
Over the last 11 years, the Buccaneers have the sixth-best overall record in the NFC, with an 89-85 regular season mark since 1999. In addition, only the Eagles, with eight, made more playoff appearances in that span than the Buccaneers’ six. At home, Tampa Bay has also performed very well. Minnesota tops the list at 60-27, while the Buccaneers are sixth with a 53-34 record.
BEST OVERALL RECORD AMONG CURRENT NFC TEAMS SINCE 1999
Rank Team Record Winning Pct. 1. Philadelphia 107-66-1 .618 2. Green Bay 101-73 .580 3. N.Y. Giants 95-79 .546 4. Minnesota 93-81 .534 5. Seattle* 91-83 .523 6. Tampa Bay 89-85 .511
*Seattle was in AFC from 1999-2001.
BEST HOME RECORD AMONG CURRENT NFC TEAMS SINCE 1999
Rank Team Record Winning Pct. 1. Minnesota 60-27 .690 2. Green Bay 57-30 .655 3. Seattle* 56-31 .644 4. Philadelphia 55-32 .632 5. Dallas 54-33 .621 6. Tampa Bay** 53-34 .609
*Seattle was in AFC from 1999-2001. **Includes 35-7 loss to New England in London on Oct. 25, 2009.
MAKING STRIDES
The Bucs defense has continued to improve since Head Coach Raheem Morris took over the defense prior to the game at Atlanta in Week 12. Since then, every major defensive category - points per game, total net yards per game, rushing yards per game, passing yards per game, takeaways per game and sacks per game- has improved.
2009 DEFENSIVE BREAKDOWN
First 10 Games Last 4 Games Points/Game 29.4 17.3 Total Yards/Game 378.3 324.0 Rushing Yards/Game 168.9 133.8 Passing Yards/Game 209.4 190.3 Takeaways/Game 1.6 2.3 Sacks/Game 1.7 2.3
Below is a statistical look at the past four games: At Atlanta (11/29)
Second-fewest total yards (297) in a game this • season. Fewest rushing yards (75) in a single game this • season. Recorded six sacks from four different players, • tying a team-high this season. 3.9 yards per play were the fewest given up this • season. 20 points given up was the fourth-fewest allowed • in a Buccaneer game this season.
At Carolina (12/6) Allowed the third-fewest total yards (309).• Tied for the third-fewest net passing yards (152) • in a game this season. Held the Panthers to 16 points, tying for the • second-fewest given up by the team this year and 15 fi rst downs, the third-fewest given up in a single game this season.
N.Y. Jets (12/13) Allowed only 14 fi rst downs, tying for the fewest • fi rst downs by an opponent this season. Held the Jets to 4.6 yards per play, the third-• fewest yards per play given up by the team in a game this season. The Bucs defense was also stout against the pass • holding the Jets to 135 net passing yards, the second-fewest in a game this season.
At Seattle (12/20) The Buccaneers fi nished with fi ve takeaways (four • interceptions and one fumble recovery), marking the most takeaways for Tampa Bay
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in a game since 2007 when they recorded six against Washington (11/25). The plus-four turnover margin was also the best • turnover margin for the team this season. Held Seattle to just seven points, the fewest • points given up this season. The previous low was 16 points given up in both Week 4 at Washington and Week 13 at Carolina.
IN THE (RED) ZONE
Through 14 games this season, the Buccaneers offense has been extremely effective in the red zone. Tampa Bay’s offense has scored a touchdown 55.6 percent (15-27) of the time it has been inside the 20-yard line, eighth-best in the NFL.
2009 NFL RED ZONE OFFENSE
Rank Team Pos. TD Percentage 1. Arizona 48 33 68.8 2. Indianapolis 50 33 66.0 3. Miami 47 29 61.7 4. Minnesota 57 34 59.6 5. New Orleans 66 39 59.1 6. Washington 42 24 57.1 7. San Francisco 32 18 56.3 8. Tampa Bay 27 15 55.6 9. Tennessee 35 19 54.3 10. Atlanta 47 25 53.2
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added a big target to their offense this offseason acquiring TE Kellen Winslow from the Cleveland Browns. Winslow, the son of San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, was originally drafted by the Browns with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and since that time has shown he is one of the most dangerous tight end receiving threats in the league.
2009 Highlights: Led or tied for the team lead in receptions in 11 • of 14 games. First on team in receptions (68), a single-season • Buccaneers record among tight ends. First on team in receiving yards (752).• First on team in receiving touchdowns (5), • matching his single-season career-high. In Week 5 at Philadelphia Winslow recorded a nine-• yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and another nine-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, tying his career-high for receiving touchdowns (fi rst set on November 6,
2008 while with Cleveland against the Denver Broncos).
Also recorded the fi fth 100-yard receiving game • of his career, and fi rst as a Buccaneer, totaling a team-high nine receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns. His nine receptions were the most in a game by • a Buccaneer this season and also marked the second-best single-game performance by a tight end in team history. The club record for most receptions by a tight end in a single game belongs to Jackie Harris, who had 10 receptions (for 122 yards) at Green Bay (11/26/95).
MOST RECEPTIONS IN A SINGLE GAME BY A TIGHT END (Team History)
Player Opponent-Date Receptions 1. Jackie Harris at GB-11/26/95 10 2. Kellen Winslow at PHI-10/11/09 9 3. Four players tied with eight
Below is a breakdown of Winslow’s other single-game highlights from 2009:
Tied for the team lead with fi ve receptions, for 30 • yards and a touchdown in his fi rst outing for the Buccaneers against the Dallas Cowboys (9/13) in Week 1. In Week 2 at Buffalo (9/20), again tied for a • team-high with seven receptions for a team and game-high 90 yards receiving, including a 42- yard touchdown reception. his 42-yard reception was the second-longest of his career. In Week 3 against the N.Y. Giants (9/27) and • Week 6 against Carolina (10/18), again led the team with three receptions in each game. In Week 9 against Green Bay (11/8) caught a • team-high four passes for another team-high 57 receiving yards including a seven-yard touchdown reception. In Week 10 at Miami (11/15) recorded second • 100-yard receiving game of the season and the sixth of his career after fi nishing with team-high seven receptions for another team-high 102 yards receiving. In Week 12 at Atlanta (11/29), had team-leading • seven receptions for 81 yards. Finished tied for second on the team in Week 13 • at Carolina (12/6) with four receptions for 69 yards, with all four of his receptions coming in the fourth quarter. In Week 15 at Seattle (12/20), paced team with • six receptions for 93 yards and during course of game set single-season record for most receptions by a tight end in team history.
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Since 2006 Winslow has the third-most receptions (282) and fourth-most receiving yards (3,161) among NFL tight ends.
MOST RECEPTIONS AMONG TIGHT ENDS (2006-09)
Rank Player Receptions 1. Tony Gonzalez (ATL) 346 2. Jason Witten (DAL) 323 3. Kellen Winslow (TB) 282 4. Antonio Gates (SD) 281 5. Dallas Clark (IND) 254
MOST RECEIVING YARDS AMONG TIGHT ENDS (2006-09)
Rank Player Receiving Yards 1. Tony Gonzalez (ATL) 3,950 2. Jason Witten (DAL) 3,688 3. Antonio Gates (SD) 3,683 4. Kellen Winslow (TB) 3,161 5. Dallas Clark (IND) 2,828
Winslow is also one of only eight players in the NFL history to reach 100 career receptions in 20 or fewer games, reaching it in exactly 20 games, tied for the third-fastest all-time.
FEWEST GAMES TO REACH 100 RECEPTIONS IN NFL HISTORY
Rank Player (Team) Games 1. WR Anquan Boldin (ARI) 16 2. RB Reggie Bush (NO) 19 3. TE Kellen Winslow (CLE) 20 3. WR Terry Glenn (NE) 20 3. TE Keith Jackson (PHI) 20 3. WR Eddie Royal (DEN) 20 3. TE Jeremy Shockey (NYG) 20
In his fi rst season with the Buccaneers, Winslow is having one of the most successful single-season campaigns for a tight end in team history.
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS AMONG TIGHT ENDS - SINGLE SEASON
(Team History)
Player Year TDs 1. Jimmie Giles 1985 8 2. Jimmie Giles 1979 7 3. Jimmie Giles 1981 6 4. Kellen Winslow 2009 5 4. Dave Moore 1999 5 4. Calvin Magee 1986 5
Among NFL tight ends, Winslow currently ranks tied for ninth in touchdowns (5), tied for sixth in receptions (68) and seventh in receiving yards (752).
2009 NFL MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS AMONG TIGHT ENDS
Rank Player TDs 1. Vernon Davis (SF) 11 2. Dallas Clark (IND) 10 3. Visanthe Shiancoe (MIN) 9 4. Brent Celek (PHI) 7 5. Fred Davis (WAS) 6 5. Antonio Gates (SD) 6 5. Tony Gonzalez (ATL) 6 5. Greg Olsen (CHI) 6 9. Kellen Winslow (TB) 5 9. Kevin Boss (NYG) 5 9. John Carlson (SEA) 5 9. Owen Daniels (HOU) 5 9. Heath Miller (PIT) 5 9. Benjamin Watson (NE) 5
2009 NFL MOST RECEPTIONS AMONG TIGHT ENDS
Rank Player Rec. 1. Dallas Clark (IND) 89 2. Jason Witten (DAL) 82 3. Tony Gonzalez (ATL) 78 4. Antonio Gates (SD) 75 5. Vernon Davis (SF) 69 6. Kellen Winslow (TB) 68 6. Heath Miller (PIT) 68 8. Brent Celek (PHI) 65 9. Greg Olsen (CHI) 52 10. Zach Miller (OAK) 50
2009 NFL MOST RECEIVING YARDS AMONG TIGHT ENDS
Rank Player Yards 1. Antonio Gates (SD) 1,071 2. Dallas Clark (IND) 997 3. Vernon Davis (SF) 858 4. Jason Witten (DAL) 837 5. Tony Gonzalez (ATL) 820 6. Brent Celek (PHI) 754 7. Kellen Winslow (TB) 752 8. Heath Miller (PIT) 698 9. Zach Miller (OAK) 657 10. Jeremy Shockey (NO) 569
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MOST RECEPTIONS AMONG TIGHT ENDS - SINGLE SEASON
(Team History)
Player Year Receptions 1. Kellen Winslow 2009 68 2. Jackie Harris 1995 62 3. Jimmie Giles 1981 45 3. Calvin Magee 1986 45 5. Jerry Bell 1985 43 5. Jimmie Giles 1985 43
MOST RECEIVING YARDS AMONG TIGHT ENDS - SINGLE SEASON
(Team History)
Player Year Yards 1. Jimmie Giles 1981 786 2. Kellen Winslow 2009 752 3. Jackie Harris 1995 751 4. Jimmie Giles 1985 673 5. Jimmie Giles 1980 602 6. Jimmie Giles 1979 579 7. Calvin Magee 1986 564 8. Ron Hall 1988 555 9. Jimmie Giles 1982 499 10. Jerry Bell 1985 496
THE ROOK
In Week 9 against Green Bay (11/8), Buccaneers 2009 fi rst-round pick QB Josh Freeman (21 years, 299 days old at the time) started in his fi rst career game and became the second-youngest quarterback to win his fi rst career start since 1970, the youngest being Michael Vick (21 years, 138 days). He was also the youngest quarterback to start a game and the youngest quarterback to win a game for the Buccaneers in team history.
His three passing touchdowns set a new Buccaneers rookie record and he became just the third rookie quarterback in team history to win their starting debut.
MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS BY A ROOKIE IN A SINGLE GAME (Team History)
Player Opponent-Date TDs 1. Josh Freeman vs. GB-11/8/09 3 2. Josh Freeman at SEA- 12/20/09 2 2. Josh Freeman at ATL-11/30/09 2 2. Bruce Gradkowski vs. WAS-11/19/06 2 2. Bruce Gradkowski vs. NO-11/5/06 2 2. Bruce Gradkowski vs. CIN-10/15/06 2 2. Bruce Gradkowski at NO-10/8/06 2
2. Shaun King vs. DET-12/12/99 2 2. Shaun King vs. MIN-12/6/99 2 2. Vinny Testaverde vs. STL-12/20/87 2 2. Vinny Testaverde at NO-12/6/87 2 2. Doug Williams vs. CHI-10/22/78 2
Freeman fi nished his fi rst start passing for 205 • yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 14-of-31 pass attempts, leading the team to a victory from a 11-point fourth quarter defi cit.
NOTABLE ROOKIE BUCCANEER QB PERFORMANCES - FIRST STARTS
Name Cmp.-Att. Yds TDs Ints Result Freeman 14-31 205 3 1 W, GB-11/8/09 Gradkowski 20-31 225 2 0 L, NO-10/8/06 King 11-19 93 2 1 W, MIN-12/6/99 Dilfer 7-23 45 0 1 L, SF-10/23/94 Testaverde 22-47 369 2 2 L, NO-12/6/87 Young 16-27 167 0 0 W, DET-11/24/85 Williams 1-5 9 0 1 L, NYG -9/2/78
NOTABLE VETERAN BUCCANEER QB PERFORMANCES - FIRST STARTS
Name Cmp.-Att. Yds TDs Ints Result Spurrier 8-21 90 0 2 L, HOU-9/12/76 DeBerg 18-31 229 0 1 L, NYG -9/23/84 B. Johnson 25-34 195 0 1 W, DAL-9/9/01 R. Johnson 22-33 179 0 1 W, CAR-10/27/02 Simms 5-8 68 0 0 W, NO-10/10/04 Griese 27-40 286 2 1 L, STL-10/18/04 Garcia 19-27 201 0 0 L, SEA-9/9/07
In Week 10 at Miami (11/15), • Freeman made his second start completing 16-of-28 passing for 196 yards one touchdown and one interception to go with 36 yards rushing on seven carries. Freeman again helped the team come back, this time from a 13-point defi cit by taking a 23-22 lead late in the fourth quarter as he was 11-19 passing for 152 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the second half.
NOTABLE ROOKIE BUCCANEER QB PERFORMANCES - SECOND STARTS
Name Cmp.-Att. Yds TD Int Result Freeman 16-28 196 1 1 L, at MIA-11/15/09 Gradkowski 25-44 184 2 1 W, CIN-10/15/06 King 23-37 297 2 1 W, DET-12/12/99 Dilfer 13-25 159 0 1 L, CHI-11/6/94 Testaverde 20-39 262 1 1 L, DET-12/13/87 Young 8-17 53 0 1 L, at GB-12/1/85 Williams 5-19 63 1 0 W, at MIN-9/17/78
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Below are highlights from his 2009 rookie season: In just seven starts, he has nine touchdown • passes, tying former Buccaneers QB Bruce Grad- kowski for the most touchdown passes by a rookie in a season in team history. Gradkowski started 11 games as a rookie for the Buccaneers in 2006 throwing nine touchdown passes.
MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES BY A ROOKIE QB - SINGLE SEASON (Team History)
Rank Team No. 1. Josh Freeman, 2009 9 1. Bruce Gradkowski, 2006 9 3. Shaun King, 1999 7 3. Doug Williams, 1978 7
In his fourth career start at Atlanta (11/29), • Freeman connected with WR Antonio Bryant on a two-play, 80-yard scoring drive. The pair con- nected on a 38-yard completion and then a 42- yard completion for a touchdown. The 42-yard pass was the longest of Freeman’s career and it was the longest reception by Bryant this season. The score also tied for the longest touchdown pass this season by the Buccaneers, joining a 42-yard scoring pass from Byron Leftwich to Winslow at Buffalo (9/20/09). Freeman completed 20-of-29 pass attempts for 250 yards and two touchdowns on the day. In Week 13 at Carolina, Freeman passed for 321 • yards for the fi rst 300-yard passing game of his career. In Week 15 at Seattle, Freeman fi nished with a • 95.8 QB rating after completing 16-of-26 pass attempts for 205 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. In the second half, Freeman went 11-of-14 for 144 yards and two touchdowns while also recording a two-point conversion to put the team up 21-7. It was his third game with two or more touchdown passes. Only Bruce Gradkowski had more during his rookie season (4). In Week 7 against New England (10/25), Freeman • made his NFL debut, completing 2-of-4 passes for 16 yards.
BISACCIA’S SPECIAL FORCES
For the past eight seasons (2002-09), associate head coach-special teams coordinator Richard Bisaccia has directed one of the NFL’s best special teams units, leading the most successful stretch of special teams play in Buccaneers history.
Before Bisaccia’s arrival, the Buccaneers sent just one special teams player to the Pro Bowl, K Martin Gramatica in 2000. Over just the previous four seasons, the Buccaneers have sent three special teams players to the Pro Bowl, tied for the fourth most in the NFL, and had one specialist named as a Pro Bowl alternate.
PRO BOWL SPECIALISTS UNDER BISACCIA
Player Year P Josh Bidwell 2005 CB Torrie Cox 2006 (alternate) LS Dave Moore 2006 KR Clifton Smith 2008
MOST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS TO MAKE PRO BOWL SINCE 2005
Rank Team No. 1. San Diego 5 1. Chicago 5 3. N.Y. Giants 4 4. Tampa Bay 3 4. Buffalo 3 4. Cleveland 3
Bisaccia has also helped to lead the team to 12 • NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors (two in 2002, one in 2003, three in 2005, one in 2006, one in 2007, two in 2008, two in 2009) and four NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors (one in 2002, one in 2005, one in 2007, one in 2008).
Since 2002, the Buccaneers special teams unit ranks in the Top 10 in the NFL in several categories.
NFL OPPONENT KICKOFF RETURN AVG. (2002-09)
Rank Team Returns Yards Average 1. Buffalo 502 10,182 20.3 2. Washington 489 10,122 20.7 3. Atlanta 462 9,654 20.9 4. Jacksonville 444 9,304 21.0 5. Tampa Bay 480 10,108 21.1 6. Dallas 523 11,031 21.1
In addition to ranking fi fth in the NFL since 2002 in kickoff coverage, the Buccaneers have only surrendered four touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns since 2002 to rank tied for third in the NFL.
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FEWEST KICKOFF AND PUNT RETURNS SURRENDERED FOR TDS (2002-09)
Rank Team Ret.TDs 1. Chicago 3 1. Green Bay 3 3. Tampa Bay 4 3. Atlanta 4 3. Buffalo 4
The Buccaneers kickoff return unit has been equally impressive, ranking fi fth in the NFL in kickoff return average over the last eight seasons.
NFL KICKOFF RETURN AVG. (2002-09)
Rank Team Returns Yards Average 1. New England 483 11,611 24.0 2. N.Y. Jets 486 11,435 23.5 3. San Diego 507 11,929 23.5 4. Buffalo 538 12,498 23.2 5. Tampa Bay 442 10,097 22.8
Led by 2005 Pro Bowl selection Josh Bidwell, the Buccaneers punters have been some of the best in the NFL under Bisaccia, ranking in the Top 10 in gross punting average (seventh) and punts inside the 20 (tied for sixth) since 2002.
NFL TEAM GROSS PUNTING AVERAGE LEADERS (2002-09)
Rank Team Average 1. Oakland 47.4 2. St. Louis 44.3 3. Buffalo 43.8 4. Carolina 43.8 5. San Francisco 43.4 6. New Orleans 43.4 7. Tampa Bay 43.3
NFL PUNTS PLACED INSIDE THE 20-YARD LINE (2002-09)
Rank Team Punts Inside the 20 1. Chicago 225 1. San Diego 225 3. Cleveland 210 4. Baltimore 206 4. Carolina 206 6. Tampa Bay 202 6. Detroit 202 6. Seattle 202
Since 2002, the Buccaneers are tied for fi fth in the NFL with nine blocked fi eld goals.
MOST BLOCKED FIELD GOALS (2002-09)
Rank Team Blocked FGs 1. Detroit 14 2. Carolina 13 3. Chicago 11 3. Cleveland 11 5. Tampa Bay 9 5. Atlanta 9 5. N.Y. Giants 9
This season the Buccaneers have blocked an NFL- best fi ve kicks (2 punts, 2 PATs and 1 fi eld goal) which also ranks as the second-most blocked kicks in a single season in franchise history.
2009 NFL MOST BLOCKED KICKS
Rank Team Blocked Kicks 1. Tampa Bay 5 2. N.Y. Giants 4 3. Arizona 3 3. Cleveland 3 3. Atlanta 3
MOST BLOCKED KICKS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)
Rank Year Blocked Kicks 1. 2000 7 2. 2009 5 3. 1997 4
The Buccaneers special teams unit has continued to excel under Bisaccia during the 2009 season, highlighted by the fast and physical play of the coverage units. In Week 10 at Miami (11/15), the Bucs held then NFL kickoff return leader Ted Ginn, Jr. (18 for 586 yards, 32.6 avg and two touchdowns entering) to fi ve returns for 90 yards (18.0 avg.)
2009 NFL OPPONENT KICKOFF RETURN AVG.
Rank Team Returns Yards Average 1. Tampa Bay 40 749 18.7 2. Washington 50 978 19.6 3. Baltimore 70 1,390 19.9 4. Cleveland 43 854 19.9 5. Arizona 52 1,063 20.4
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2009 NFC OPPONENT PUNT RETURN AVG.
Rank Team Returns Yards Average 1. Philadelphia 32 170 5.3 2. St. Louis 32 202 6.3 3. Washington 29 223 7.7 4. San Francisco 50 412 8.2 5. Tampa Bay 36 297 8.3
The Buccaneers return units have also been a dominant presence during the 2009 season, ranking fi rst in the league in kickoff return average and eighth in the NFL in punt return average.
2009 NFL KICKOFF RETURN AVG.
Rank Team Returns Yards Avg. TDs 1. Tampa Bay 54 1,460 27.0 1 2. New Orleans 49 1,249 25.5 1 3. Baltimore 50 1,264 25.3 1 4. Chicago 67 1,655 24.7 1 5. Cleveland 63 1,555 24.7 3
2009 NFL PUNT RETURN AVG.
Rank Team Returns Yards Avg. TDs 1. Philadelphia 30 445 14.8 2 2. Cleveland 32 417 13.0 1 3. Dallas 33 404 12.2 2 4. New England 37 423 11.4 0 5. Cincinnati 36 402 11.2 0 6. N.Y. Giants 36 393 10.9 1 7. Minnesota 42 429 10.2 0 8. Tampa Bay 37 372 10.1 0 9. Houston 42 420 10.0 0 10. Atlanta 21 206 9.8 0
NOTABLE BUCCANEER RECORDS BROKEN UNDER DIRECTION OF COACH BISACCIA
Most Points Scored – Single Season (131, Matt • Bryant, 2008) Most Points Placekicking – Single Season (131, • Matt Bryant, 2008) Most Field Goals – Single Season (32, Matt Bryant, • 2008; Martin Gramatica, 2002) Most Field Goals – Single Game (5, Martin • Gramatica, at Chicago, 12/29/02) Most 50-Plus Yard Field Goals – Single Game (3-• 50, 51, 54, Connor Barth, at Miami, 11/15/09) Longest Field Goal Made (62, Matt Bryant, vs. • Philadelphia, 10/22/06) Most Punting Yards – Single Season (4,101, Josh • Bidwell, 2005) Best Gross Punting Average – Single Season • (45.57, Josh Bidwell, 2005) Best Gross Punting Average – Single Game (52.0, • Tom Tupa, at New Orleans, 12/7/03)
Most Punts Inside the 20 – Single Season (30, Josh • Bidwell, 2007) Best Kickoff Return Average – Single Season (29.5, • Sammie Stroughter, 2009) Most Total Return Yards - Single Game (259, Clifton • Smith, at Kansas City, 11/2/08) Most Return Touchdowns – Single Season (7, • 2008) Most Field Goals – Single Season (32, 2008)• Most Field Goals – Single Game (5, at Chicago, • 12/29/02) Best Gross Punting Average – Single Season (45.6, • 2005) Best Gross Punting Average – Single Game (52.0, at • New Orleans, 12/7/03; at New Orleans, 12/1/02) Best Kickoff Return Average – Single Season (24.8, • 2008) Longest Kickoff Return (97t, Sammie Stroughter, • vs. Carolina, 10/18/09; Clifton Smith, at Kansas City, 11/2/08)
OTHER NOTABLE STATISTICS UNDER DIRECTION OF COACH BISACCIA
In the Buccaneers fi rst 497 games they had zero • kickoff returns for touchdowns, in the last 33 games they have recorded three. This year, recorded the two best individual single-• season kickoff return averages in team history (Sammie Stroughter, 29.5 and Clifton Smith, 29.1) Three Kickoff Return Touchdowns (97t, Sammie • Stroughter, vs. Carolina, 10/28/09; 97t, Clifton Smith, at Kansas City, 11/2/08; 90t, Micheal Spurlock, vs. Atlanta, 12/16/07) Three Punt Return Touchdowns (70t, Clifton • Smith, at Detroit, 11/23/08; 59t, Joey Galloway, vs. New Orleans, 12/19/04; 56t, Karl Williams, at Baltimore, 9/15/02) Nine Blocked Field Goals (one in 2002, two in • 2003, one in 2004, one in 2005, three in 2006, one in 2009) Five Blocked Punts (one in 2003, two in 2008, two • in 2009) Five Punt Defl ections (two in 2002, one in 2003, • one in 2007, one in 2009) Three Blocked PATs (one in 2007, two in 2009)• Three Onside Kickoff Recoveries (one in 2007, two • in 2009) Tied NFL Record Most 50-Plus Yard Field Goals • In Single Game (3- 50, 51, 54, Connor Barth, at Miami, 11/15/09)
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OTHER NOTABLE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYS IN 2009
Blocked PAT by CB Ronde Barber at Washington • (10/4) Onside kickoff recovery by CB Elbert Mack at • Philadelphia (10/11) Blocked FG by G Davin Joseph vs. Carolina • (10/18) 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by WR • Sammie Stroughter vs. Carolina (10/18) Defl ected punt by WR Maurice Stovall vs. New • England (10/25) Blocked punt by LB Geno Hayes vs. Green Bay • (11/8), which CB Ronde Barber returned 31 yards for a touchdown 83-yard kickoff return by RB/KR Clifton Smith vs. • Green Bay (11/8) Blocked PAT by T Donald Penn at Miami (11/15)• Blocked punt by S Corey Lynch at Atlanta (11/29)• Onside kickoff recovery by CB Elbert Mack vs. N.Y. • Jets (12/13)
HERE’S THE KICKER
In just his second game with the Buccaneers, K Connor Barth tied an NFL record after recording his third fi eld goal of 50 or more yards in a single game at Miami (11/15) in Week 10. He became the fi rst kicker in team history and just the fourth in NFL history to make three 50-plus fi eld goals in one game when he connected on a career-long 54-yard fi eld goal in the third quarter. The fi eld goal also tied for the fi fth-longest fi eld goal in team history.
In the fi rst quarter, Barth kicked a then career-long 51-yard fi eld goal on the team’s opening drive. Barth later added a 50-yard fi eld goal, becoming just the second kicker in club history to make two 50-plus yard fi eld goals in a single game. It marked just the fi fth time in team history and fi rst since Martin Gramatica on October 27, 2002 at Carolina (53-yard and 52-yard fi eld goals).
THREE OR MORE FIELD GOALS OF 50 OR MORE YARDS IN SAME GAME IN NFL HISTORY
Player Opponent-Date Yards Connor Barth (TB) 11/15/09-at MIA 50, 51, 54 Kris Brown (HOU) 10/7/07-MIA 54, 54, 57 Neil Rackers (ARI) 10/24/04-SEA 55, 55, 50 Morten Andersen (NO) 12/10/95-ATL 51, 55, 55
TWO OR MORE FIELD GOALS OF 50 OR MORE YARDS IN SAME GAME IN TEAM HISTORY
Player Opponent-Date Yards Connor Barth 11/15/09-at MIA 50, 51, 54 Martin Gramatica 10/27/02-at CAR 52, 53 Martin Gramatica 11/12/00-GB 51, 54 Martin Gramatica 10/19/00-DET 50, 55 Martin Gramatica 11/21/99-ATL 50, 53
LONGEST FIELD GOALS IN TEAM HISTORY
Player Opponent-Date Yards 1. Matt Bryant 10/22/06-PHI 62 2. Michael Husted 12/19/93-at LA Raiders 57 3. Martin Gramatica 10/19/00-DET 55 3. Donald Igwebuike 11/30/86-at MIN 55 5. Connor Barth 11/15/09-at MIA 54 5. Martin Gramatica 11/12/00-GB 54 5. Michael Husted 11/9/97-at ATL 54 5. Michael Husted 11/21/93-MIN 54 5. Steve Christie 9/23/90-DET 54
UNDRAFTED ≠ UNWANTED
When it comes to fi nding value the Buccaneers have had a knack at knowing where to look. Tampa Bay is currently home to 20 players who originally entered the league as undrafted rookie free agents and have totaled 410 games played, including 78 starts among them. The group includes standout performers such as RB Earnest Graham, CB Elbert Mack, T Donald Penn and RB/KR Clifton Smith. The team also has another six undrafted players on their practice squad.
RB Earnest Graham - Played in 78 games with 25 • starts amassing 1,734 yards rushing on 419 carries (4.1 avg.) including 14 rushing touchdowns. Also has 83 receptions for 568 yards and 14 kickoff returns for 267 yards. RB/KR Clifton Smith - After spending the fi rst • seven weeks of the 2008 season on the team’s practice squad, earned Pro Bowl honors as a return specialist in his rookie year. In his short career, already third all-time for kickoff return yards in team history (1,894), is the only Buccaneer to return a punt and kickoff for a touchdown in the same season and was just the second Buccaneer ever selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie (also RB Warrick Dunn in 1997). CB Elbert Mack - In his second year has played • in 28 games with three starts recording three interceptions as the team’s nickelback. Has also been a signifi cant contributor on special teams. T Donald Penn - In 2007, saw his fi rst NFL action • and has since played in 46 consecutive games, starting 42 consecutive games.
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PASS PROTECTOR
One of the ‘biggest’ components to the success of the Buccaneers offensive line has been starting left tackle Donald Penn. Penn, who was signed off of the Minnesota Vikings practice squad in 2006, has grown into one of the most dependable left tackles in the league. Since his fi rst action during the 2007 season, Penn has played in 46 consecutive games with 42 consecutive starts, the third-longest current consecutive starts streak on the team.
CURRENT BUCCANEERS CONSECUTIVE STARTS STREAK
Player Start Streak CB Ronde Barber 165 T Jeremy Trueblood 59 T Donald Penn 42 LB Barrett Ruud 30 G Davin Joseph 26
Through 14 games this year, Penn has faced off against top rushers such as Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware, Bills DE Aaron Schobel, Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, Redskins DE Andre Carter and LB/DE Brian Orakpo, Eagles Trent Cole, Panthers Julius Peppers, Patriots LB Derrick Burgess, Packers LB Aaron Kampman, Dolphins LB Jason Taylor, Saints DE Will Smith, Falcons DE John Abraham, Jets DE Shaun Ellis and Seahawks Patrick Kerney, giving up just two sacks to the bunch.
When asked about Penn’s performance after the Washington game in Week 4, Head Coach Raheem Morris said, “He’s really been a big time force over there on the left side. That’s the fi rst Donald Penn question that I have gotten all year and that’s what offensive linemen are supposed to be, invisible and that’s what he’s been, invisible.”
In Week 5 at Philadelphia (10/11), Penn recorded a rare feat for an offensive lineman, marking the fi rst reception of his career off of a defl ected pass, running 15 yards for a fi rst down. Penn followed that up in Week 10 at Miami (11/15) with a blocked PAT, the fi rst of his career.
UNDRAFTED BUCCANEERS CURRENTLY ON ROSTER (20)
Player Year Entering NFL GP GS P Dirk Johnson (IR) 1998 80 0 RB Earnest Graham 2003 78 25 LS Andrew Economos 2005 49 0 WR Brian Clark 2006 32 0 T Donald Penn 2006 46 42 P Sam Paulescu 2007 15 0 FB Byron Storer (IR) 2007 15 6 CB Derrick Roberson 2007 4 0 K Connor Barth 2008 17 0 T James Lee 2008 1 0 CB Elbert Mack 2008 28 3 RB Clifton Smith (IR) 2008 20 0 CB Brandon Anderson 2009 3 0 DL Michael Bennett 2009 6 0 QB Rudy Carpenter 2009 0 0 C Jonathan Compas 2009 2 0 T Demar Dotson 2009 7 0 RB Kareem Huggins 2009 2 0 WR Terrence Nunn 2009 0 0 FB Chris Pressley 2009 5 2
PIECES TO THE PUZZLE
As the Buccaneers continue to build for the future, the team has found young talent that has made an impact this season such as K Connor Barth, DE Michael Bennett, DE Tim Crowder, S Corey Lynch and FB Chris Pressley.
K Connor Barth - Made 11-of-16 fi eld goal attempts • and 9-of-9 PATs this season. Tied NFL record with three 50-plus yard fi eld goals at Miami (11/15), including a 54-yarder that tied for fi fth-longest in team history. DE Michael Bennett - After being claimed off of • waivers from Seattle, has played in six games recording fi ve tackles, two quarterback pressures and one sack. DE Tim Crowder - Played in 13 games with three • starts this season, recording 40 tackles, one TFL, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery, nine quarterback pressures and 3.5 sacks. S Corey Lynch - Signed off of Cincinnati Bengals • practice squad, playing in 11 games with one pass defensed, one tackle, one quarterback pressure, seven special teams tackles and a blocked punt. FB Chris Pressley - Signed off of Cincinnati • Bengals practice squad, playing in fi ve games and starting his fi rst two in the NFL.
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WORTH THE PICK
Joining the Buccaneers with the lofty expectations that accompany the highest cornerback ever selected in the NFL Draft by the team (20th overall in 2008), CB Aqib Talib lived up to the hype in his rookie season and has now taken on the vigors of a starting role this season, ranking tied for eighth in the NFL with fi ve interceptions.
In Week 4 at Washington (10/4), Talib arguably had his best game as a pro, tying the Buccaneers single- game record with three interceptions while also recording fi ve tackles and three passes defensed. It marked Talib’s fi rst multi-interception game of his career. With his interceptions, Talib became just the second player in Buccaneers history to record three interceptions in a game, joining CB Ronde Barber, who has accomplished the feat twice. It is also the most interception by a player in a single game in the NFL this season.
MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A SINGLE GAME (Team History)
Player Opponent-Date INTs 1. Ronde Barber at NO-12/4/05 3 1. Ronde Barber at NO-12/23/01 3 1. Aqib Talib at WAS-10/4/09 3
Below is a look at Talib’s other 2009 highlights: On the season, has a single-season career high • 55 tackles, eighth-best on the team, along with a team-leading fi ve interceptions and team- high 12 passes defensed and two TFL. His fi ve interceptions are also tied for eighth-most in the NFL and are a single-season career-high. Against Dallas (9/13) in the season opener, • recorded four tackles to go with one pass defensed. In Week 2 at Buffalo (9/20), Talib fi nished with a • career-high six tackles. In Week 7 against New England (10/25), • intercepted his team-leading fourth pass of the season and the eighth of his career in the second quarter. Patriots QB Tom Brady had been intercepted a total of two times this season before being intercepted twice in the second quarter by Talib and S Tanard Jackson. Talib’s interception marked the fi rst time that Brady had been intercepted twice in a game since December 23, 2007 against the Miami Dolphins. Against Green Bay (11/8) in Week 9 intercepted • his fi fth pass of the season, a new single-season career-high.
2009 NFL LEADERS IN INTERCEPTIONS
Rank Player Team INTs 1. Jairus Byrd Buffalo 9 2. Asante Samuel Philadelphia 8 2. Darren Sharper New Orleans 8 2. Charles Woodson Green Bay 8 5. Nick Collins Green Bay 6 5. Jonathan Joseph Cincinnati 6 5. Darrelle Revis N.Y. Jets 6 8. Aqib Talib Tampa Bay 5 8. Leigh Bodden New England 5 8. Zackary Bowman Chicago 5 8. Sheldon Brown Philadelphia 5 8. D. Rodgers-Cromartie Arizona 5 8. Cortland Finnegan Tennessee 5 8. Leon Hall Cincinnati 5 8. Mike Jenkins Dallas 5
In two seasons, Talib has nine career interceptions, tied for the eighth-most in the NFL in that span and tied for the most of any player entering the league in 2008.
NFL MOST INTERCEPTIONS SINCE 2008
Rank Player Team INTs 1. Charles Woodson Green Bay 15 2. Nick Collins Green Bay 13 3. Ed Reed Baltimore 12 3. Asante Samuel Philadelphia 12 5. Darrelle Revis N.Y. Jets 11 6. Cortland Finnegan Tennessee 10 6. Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh 10 8. Aqib Talib Tampa Bay 9 8. Jairus Byrd Buffalo 9 8. Andre Goodman Denver 9 8. DeAngelo Hall Washington 9 8. D. Rodgers-Cromartie Arizona 9 8. Darren Sharper New Orleans 9
Last season, Talib tied for the team lead with four interceptions despite starting just two games. Serving as the primary nickelback for the Buccaneers defense, Talib posted 27 tackles, four interceptions, 10 passes defensed and fi ve special teams tackles. Talib’s four interceptions ranked tied for 13th in the NFL and tied for the most in the NFL among rookies. Additionally, his four picks placed him second all- time in Buccaneers history among rookies.
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2008 NFL LEADERS IN INTERCEPTIONS AMONG ROOKIES
Rank Player Team INTs 1. Aqib Talib Tampa Bay 4 1. D. Rodgers-Cromartie Arizona 4 3. Chris Horton Washington 3 4. Brandon Carr Kansas City 2 4. Antoine Cason San Diego 2 4. Brandon Flowers Kansas City 2 4. Leodis McKelvin Buffalo 2
BUCCANEERS SINGLE SEASON INTERCEPTION LEADERS AMONG ROOKIES
Rank Player Year INTs 1. Donnie Abraham 1996 5 2. Aqib Talib 2008 4 3. Tony Covington 1991 3
TAKING IT BACK JACK
Since entering the league in 2007 with the Buccaneers, S Tanard Jackson’s presence has been felt in the Tampa Bay secondary. Jackson became the fi rst Buccaneers rookie to start on defense on opening day since DE Regan Upshaw in 1996 when he started at Seattle (9/9/07) and continued on to become the only defensive player in Buccaneers history to start 32 consecutive games to begin his career.
Despite missing the fi rst four games this season, Jackson has tallied four interceptions, two touchdowns, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and eight passes defensed to go with 74 tackles and three TFL. His fi rst three interceptions came in consecutive contests, against Carolina (10/18), New England (10/25) and Green Bay (11/8) making him the fi rst Buccaneer to intercept a pass in three straight games since Derrick Brooks in the fi rst three games of 2002. Jackson is currently second on the team with four interceptions.
2009 BUCCANEERS INTERCEPTION LEADERS
Rank Player INTs 1. CB Aqib Talib 5 2. S Tanard Jackson 4 3. CB Elbert Mack 3 4. LB Geno Hayes 2 5. LB Quincy Black 1 5. S Sabby Piscitelli 1 5. LB Barrett Ruud 1
Below is a breakdown of Jackson’s 2009 season: In the Week 6 matchup against Carolina (10/18), • picked off a QB Jake Delhomme pass and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown to tie the game in the fourth quarter. It marked his fi rst interception of the season and fi rst career touchdown. In the Week 7 contest against New England • (10/25), Jackson became the fi rst player to intercept Patriots QB Tom Brady since Week 2 at the N.Y. Jets (CB Darrelle Revis). The interception broke a streak and Patriots franchise record of 183 consecutive pass attempts by Brady without an interception. With 35 seconds left in the fourth quarter against • Green Bay (11/8) in Week 9, Jackson sealed the Buccaneers victory, recording his third interception this season and the sixth of his career, returning it 35 yards for a touchdown. It was the third interception for the Buccaneers on the day and the second time this season Jackson has returned an interception for a touchdown. In Week 10 at Miami (11/15), Jackson recovered • his fi rst fumble of the season and the fourth of his career, helping to set up a Buccaneers touchdown. It was the fourth game in a row that Jackson has recorded a turnover (three interceptions and one fumble recovery). In Week 13 at Carolina (12/6), tied for team lead • with 10 tackles to go with two passes defensed. In Week 14 against N.Y. Jets (12/13), recorded • 10 tackles to go with one pass defensed and one TFL. In Week 15 at Seattle (12/20), totaled seven • tackles, one TFL, one quarterback pressure, two passes defensed and one interception, his fourth of the season.
WHEN OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
When DE/DT Jimmy Wilkerson became a free agent following the 2007 season to little fanfare, the Buccaneers quietly felt like they found another talent that just needed an opportunity. A little over a year later, Wilkerson has proven to be quite a value as he has moved into a full-time starter role. This season, Wilkerson is second on the team with 6.0 sacks and leads all defensive lineman and is seventh on the team in tackles with 66 to go with three TFL, 28 quarterback pressures, two passes defensed and three forced fumbles. His 6.0 sacks through 14 games already sets a single-season career-high for Wilkerson.
Since joining the Buccaneers in 2008, Wilkerson has played in every game, accumulating one sack in every 2.7 games played (11.0 in 30 games) as
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opposed to one sack in 72 total games while with the Kansas City Chiefs. He has also recorded 6.0 sacks in 14 starts with the Buccaneers compared to no sacks in fi ve starts for Kansas City.
In just 30 games with the Buccaneers, Wilkerson has amassed 94 tackles, 11.0 sacks, four passes defensed and four forced fumbles while also setting single-game career-highs in tackles (9 against New England, 10/25/09) and sacks (3.0 at Philadelphia, 10/11/09). In his fi rst fi ve years in the NFL with the Chiefs, Wilkerson totaled 97 tackles, one sack, six passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
Below is a breakdown of Wilkerson’s single-game highlights in 2009:
In Week 3 against the N.Y. Giants, posted a then • career-high six tackles along with one quarterback pressure. In Week 4 at Washington (10/4) recorded his • second sack of the season on the third play of the game, forcing a fumble to set up a Buccaneers touchdown and tied a then career-high six tackles. In Week 5 had a career day at Philadelphia (10/11) • recording career-high three sacks (previously two sacks at Detroit on November 23, 2008) and tying then career-high six tackles (also against N.Y. Giants, 9/27). On second sack of the day, also forced a fumble, • the third of his career and the second time in as many weeks forced a fumble on a sack. Became fi rst Buccaneer to record three sacks in • a game since Simeon Rice against New Orleans (12/19/04). In Week 6 against Carolina (10/18) set a then • career-high with seven tackles also adding two QBP. In Week 7 against New England (10/25), set • a career-high with nine tackles to go with 0.5 sacks, two TFL and a QBP. In Week 11 at Atlanta, recorded 0.5 sacks to go • with six tackles and four quarterback pressures.
WILKERSON CAREER BREAKDOWN
Team (Years) GP Tackles Sacks FF FR PD Kansas City (03-07) 72 97 1.0 0 1 6 Tampa Bay (08-09) 30 94 11.0 4 0 4 CAREER TOTALS 102 191 12.0 4 1 10
APPLYING PRESSURE
In his fi rst three seasons in the NFL, DE Stylez G. White has shown that he has a knack for getting to the quarterback.
Below is a look at his 2009 season: Team-leading 6.5 sacks along with team-high • 30 quarterback pressures. Also tied for third on team with fi ve TFL. All 6.5 sacks have come in past nine games since • becoming a regular starter. Against the Packers (11/8) in Week 9, White • recorded a half sack in the second quarter and a full sack in the fourth quarter. In Week 12 at Atlanta (11/29), White tied career- • highs in tackles (seven) and sacks (2.5), while also recording fi ve quarterback pressures. It was his third career multi-sack game, with his fi rst also coming at Atlanta on November 18, 2007 when he recorded two sacks. In Week 14 against N.Y. Jets (12/13), recorded • one sack to go with fi ve tackles, two quarterback pressures and one TFL.
2009 BUCCANEERS SACK LEADERS
Rank Player Sacks 1. DE Stylez G. White 6.5 2. DE/DT Jimmy Wilkerson 6.0 3. DE Tim Crowder 3.5 4. CB Ronde Barber 2.0 4. DT Roy Miller 2.0
2009 BUCCANEERS QB PRESSURE LEADERS
Rank Player QBPs 1. DE Stylez G. White 30 2. DE/DT Jimmy Wilkerson 28 3. DT Chris Hovan 16 4. LB Geno Hayes 11
STYLEZ G. WHITE MULTI-SACK GAMES
Sacks Opponent Date 2.5 at Atlanta 11/29/09 2.5 at Houston 12/9/07 2.0 at Atlanta 11/18/07
White’s successful pass rush has been evident since entering the league in 2007. In his rookie campaign, White, the former 2007 AFL Defensive Lineman of the Year, led the team with 8.0 sacks. Following his stellar rookie performance, White fi nished his sophomore season in 2008 tied for second on the team with 5.0 sacks despite not starting any games.
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He currently has 19.5 sacks over his three-year career, most on the Buccaneers and second most in the NFL by players entering the league in 2007.
BUCCANEERS SACKS LEADER SINCE 2007
Rank Player Sacks 1. DE Stylez G. White 19.5 2. DE Gaines Adams 13.5 3. DE/DT Jimmy Wilkerson 11.0
MOST CAREER SACKS AMONG CURRENT THIRD-YEAR PLAYERS
Rank Player Team Sacks 1. LaMarr Woodley Pittsburgh 24.5 2. Stylez G. White Tampa Bay 19.5 3. Gaines Adams Chicago 13.5 4. Jacob Ford Tennessee 11.5 4. David Harris N.Y. Jets 11.5
RUUD AWAKENING
After consecutive Pro Bowl worthy seasons, LB Barrett Ruud has quickly proven he is one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL. In his 50 career starts, Ruud has led or tied for the team lead in tackles 31 times and since becoming a full-time starter in 2007 has led or tied for the team lead in tackles 30 of 45 times.
In the 2009 season opener against Dallas (9/13), Ruud started where he left off, tying for a team high with eight tackles. In Week 2 at Buffalo (9/20) Ruud did one better, recording a team and career-high 20 tackles. The 20-tackle performance also tied for the sixth-most tackles in a single game in team history.
MOST TACKLES IN A SINGLE GAME (Team History)
Player Opponent-Date Yards 1. Derrick Brooks at MIN-9/30/01 23 2. Derrick Brooks vs. BUF-11/26/00 22 2. Hardy Nickerson at CHI-11/23/97 22 4. Shelton Quarles vs. NO-1/1/06 21 4. Broderick Thomas vs. PHI-10/6/91 21 6. Barrett Ruud at BUF-9/13/09 20 6. Derrick Brooks vs. CAR-10/18/98 20 6. Hardy Nickerson vs. MIN-10/26/97 20
Below is a look at Ruud’s other 2009 highlights: Led or tied for the team lead in tackles in 13 of 14 • games this season. In Week 3 against the N.Y. Giants fi nished with • a team-high 19 tackles, the second-most of his career.
At Washington (10/4) in Week 4, again led the • team in tackles with 11 while also adding a quarterback pressure. In Week 5 at Philadelphia (10/11) had a team-• high 14 tackles. In Week 6 against Carolina (10/18) fi nished with • 14 tackles, three passes defensed and the fi rst interception of the season and the fi fth of his career. In Week 7 against New England (10/25) led the • team with 11 tackles. In Week 9 against Green Bay (11/8) recorded a • team-high eight tackles to pass the 100 tackles mark for the third time in his fi ve-year career. In Week 12 at Atlanta (11/29) recorded 11 tackles • including one TFL to go with his fi rst forced fumble of the season. In Week 15 at Seattle (12/20), had team-leading • 13 tackles to go with two passes defensed and one quarterback pressure.
Through 14 games, Ruud leads the team with a career-high 179 tackles including one TFL and also has two quarterback pressures, one interception, one forced fumble and seven passes defensed.
RUUD 2009 TACKLES BREAKDOWN
Opponent (Date) Solo Assist Total vs. Dallas (9/13) 4 4 8 at Buffalo (9/20) 10 10 20 vs. N.Y. Giants (9/27) 10 9 19 at Washington (10/4) 5 6 11 at Philadelphia (10/11) 10 4 14 vs. Carolina (10/18) 7 7 14 vs. New England (10/25) 6 5 11 vs. Green Bay (11/8) 5 3 8 at Miami (11/15) 7 6 13 vs. New Orleans (11/22) 8 5 13 at Atlanta (11/29) 6 5 11 at Carolina (12/6) 5 5 10 vs. N.Y. Jets (12/13) 10 4 14 at Seattle (12/20) 9 4 13 TOTALS 102 77 179
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THE NEW LB CREW
This season, the Buccaneers have two new starters at the outside linebacker positions. Anchored by standout middle linebacker Barrett Ruud, linebackers Geno Hayes and Quincy Black have stepped into starting roles and have performed admirably for the team.
With Ruud leading the team in tackles (179), • Hayes is second on the team with 113 tackles while Black is fi fth on the team with 78 tackles. Collectively the group has 370 of the team’s • 1,078 total tackles this season (34.3%). Hayes and Black have also made their presence • felt behind the line of scrimmage where Hayes has a team-leading 10 tackles for loss and Black is tied for third on the team with fi ve TFLs. Black also has 1.5 sacks with fi ve quarterback • pressures to Hayes’ 11 quarterback pressures and one sack. In Week 10 at Miami (11/15), Black added the fi rst • interception of his career in the fourth quarter, setting up a Buccaneers touchdown to give the team a 23-22 lead late in the fourth quarter. In Week 12 at Atlanta (11/29), Hayes moved • past the 100-tackle mark for the fi rst time in his career after recording a team leading 16 tackles tying his career-high to go with one TFL. In Week 13 at Carolina (12/6), Hayes recorded • the fi rst interception of his career to go with six tackles, one pass defensed and one TFL. In Week 15 at Seattle (12/20), Hayes had a • career day recording the fi rst fumble recovery and the fi rst sack of his career. Hayes followed the sack with an interception on the very next play, marking the second interception of his career and the season while also adding six tackles, three quarterback pressures, a pass defensed and two TFLs.
2009 DEFENSIVE BREAKDOWN
Tackles TFL Sacks QBP FF FR PD Starting LB’s 370 16 2.5 18 2 1 19 Rest of Team 708 31 23.5 122 8 6 48 TOTALS 1,078 47 26.0 140 10 7 67
MAKING A SPLASH
In his fi rst season as an full time starter, third-year S Sabby Piscitelli is showing early signs of success and has continued to show he knows how to make a “splash” play on defense.
Below is a breakdown of Piscitelli’s 2009 season: Ranks third on the team in tackles with 79, • including one tackle for loss, to go along with one interception, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In Week 2 at Buffalo (9/20), Piscitelli had a career • game, recording a then career-high nine tackles along with a 72-yard fumble return late in the second quarter, the third-longest in team history and the longest non-scoring fumble return in team history. The play led to a Buccaneers touchdown, cutting the Bills lead to 20-14. Piscitelli now has the third-longest fumble return and third-longest interception return (84 yards vs. Oakland, 12/28/08) in team history, with both marking the longest non-scoring fumble and interception returns in team history. In Week 10 at Miami (11/15), Piscitelli recorded • a new career-high with 10 tackles to go with one forced fumble, setting up a Buccaneers touchdown.
LONGEST FUMBLE RETURNS (Team History)
Player Opponent-Date Yards 1. Cedric Brown at HOU-10/19/80 80(TD) 2. Martin Mayhew vs. MIN-10/15/95 78(TD) 3. Sabby Piscitelli vs. BUF-9/20/09 72 4. Hugh Green at DAL-1/9/83* 60(TD) 4. David Logan vs. DET-12/14/80 60(TD)
* Postseason
LONGEST INTERCEPTION RETURNS (Team History)
Player Opponent-Date Yards 1. Shelton Quarles vs. GB-10/7/01 98(TD) 2. Derrick Brooks at BAL-9/15/02 97(TD) 3. Sabby Piscitelli vs. OAK-12/28/08 84 4. Neal Colzie vs. MIN-9/5/81 82(TD) 5. Cedric Brown vs. GB-11/22/81 81 (TD)
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Tampa Bay’s defense ranked in the Top 10 in total defense for nine consecutive seasons from 1997- 2005, then the longest streak in the league and tied for the second-longest streak in the NFL since 1970.
After a down year in 2006, the Buccaneers returned to form in 2007, ranking second in the NFL in total defense and fi rst in pass defense, marking the fourth time in team history they led the league in that category. Last season, the Buccaneers again fi nished in the top 10 in total defense, marking the 11th time in the past 12 seasons. Since 1996, Tampa Bay ranks second in the league in fewest yards allowed.
NFL DEFENSIVE RANKINGS SINCE 1996
Rank Team Rush Pass Total 1. Pittsburgh 91.5 193.1 284.6 2. Tampa Bay 110.0 181.6 291.6 3. Baltimore 93.1 202.6 295.7 4. Dallas 107.9 196.9 304.8 5. Miami 108.7 198.5 307.2
NFL DEFENSIVE RANKINGS SINCE 2002
Rank Team Rush Pass Total 1. Pittsburgh 88.0 193.1 281.1 2. Baltimore 93.2 196.2 289.4 3. Tampa Bay 115.6 179.7 295.3 4. Washington 109.4 198.5 307.9 5. Dallas 103.0 205.2 308.2
Tampa Bay ranks third in shutouts since 2002, tied for fourth since 2000 and tied for third since 1998. Below is how the Buccaneers rank in shutouts during those spans.
NFL SHUTOUT RANKINGS
(2002-2009) 7 New England, Seattle 5 Tampa Bay 4 Baltimore, Pittsburgh
(2000-2009) 9 Baltimore 7 New England, Seattle 6 Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh
(1998-2009) 10 Baltimore 8 Seattle 7 Tampa Bay, New England, Pittsburgh 6 San Francisco
Tampa Bay’s 3,689 points allowed since 1997 are the third-fewest in the NFL. The Buccaneers have also allowed only 97 rushing touchdowns since 2000, the fourth-fewest in the NFL over that span.
NFL FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED SINCE 1997*
Rank Team Total Points Allowed 1. Baltimore 3,643 2. Pittsburgh 3,665 3. Tampa Bay 3,689 4. New England 3,758 5. Philadelphia 3,905
* List does not include Cleveland and Houston since they have not been in the league every year since 1997.
FEWEST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED SINCE 2000*
Team Rushing TDs Allowed Baltimore 80 Pittsburgh 90 New England 95 Tampa Bay 97 Philadelphia 101
* List does not include Houston since the Texans have not been in the league every year since 2000.
Since 2000, Tampa Bay ranks second in the NFL with 203 interceptions and since 1996 ranks fi rst in lowest opponent passer rating (72.4).
MOST INTERCEPTIONS SINCE 2000
Rank Team INTs 1. Baltimore 211 2. Tampa Bay 203 3. Green Bay 191 4. Carolina 182 5. New England 179
NFL OPPONENT PASSER RATING SINCE 1996
Rank Team Rating 1. Tampa Bay 72.4 2. Green Bay 73.1
3. Baltimore 73.1 4. Pittsburgh 74.3
5. Philadelphia 74.8
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
Last season, the Buccaneers recorded 30 takeaways (22 interceptions, eight fumble recoveries), while turning the ball over 26 times (13 and 13). That plus- 4 turnover ratio helped Tampa Bay become one of the NFL’s best takeaway/giveaway teams of the past decade. Since 1999, the Buccaneers have posted a turnover differential of plus-49. The Buccaneers are also one of only two NFC teams to rank in the top 5 of turnover margin during this span.
NFL TURNOVER MARGIN SINCE 1999
Rank Team Turnover Margin 1. New England +59 2. Kansas City +53 3. Indianapolis +52 3. Philadelphia +52 5. Tampa Bay +49
Since 1999, Tampa Bay also ranks tied for second in the NFL with 349 takeaways.
NFL MOST TAKEAWAYS SINCE 1999
Rank Team Takeaways 1. Baltimore 365 2. Tampa Bay 349 2. Carolina 349 4. Green Bay 343 5. Philadelphia 342
Over the last 12 seasons since 1997, the Buccaneers are plus-47 in turnover margin, a mark that ranks fi rst in the NFC and fourth overall in the NFL.
NFL TURNOVER MARGIN SINCE 1997
Rank Team Turnover Margin 1. New England +76 2. Kansas City +68 3. Jacksonville +60 4. Tampa Bay +47 5. Tennessee +45
Since 2002, protecting the football has been one of the important ingredients for success. Tampa Bay is nearly perfect in that span with an 18-2 record when it does not commit a turnover, with the only losses coming in Week 1 against Dallas in 2009 and Week 14 against Carolina in 2008.
WHEN BUCS COMMIT NO TURNOVERS (2002-2009)
2002 (5-0) 2006 (1-0) at Baltimore W Philadelphia W Minnesota W Atlanta W 2007 (3-0) at Detroit W New Orleans W at Chicago W Arizona W Washington W 2003 (3-0) Washington W 2008 (1-1) Dallas W Carolina W Houston W at Carolina L 2004 (1-0) 2009 (0-1) Kansas City W Dallas L 2005 (4-0) Buffalo W at New Orleans W at Carolina W New Orleans W
SCORING ON D
With the return of the talented S Tanard Jackson to the starting lineup, the Buccaneers defense returned to one of its calling cards, scoring on defense. Jackson has a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown this season. Coupled with WR Sammie Stroughter’s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Carolina and CB Ronde Barber’s return of LB Geno Hayes’ blocked punt for a touchdown against Green Bay, the Buccaneers have picked up where they left off in 2008 when they had one of the most successful seasons in team history in return touchdowns. This season the Buccaneers currently rank tied for fourth in the NFL with four return touchdowns.
2009 NFL MOST RETURN TOUCHDOWNS
Rank Team TDs 1. New Orleans 9 (5 INT, 1 KR, 3 FR) 2. Philadelphia 6 (2 INT, 2 PR, 2 FR) 2. San Diego 5 (1 INT, 1 PR, 2 FR, 1 BP) 4. Tampa Bay 4 (2 INT, 1 KR, 1 BP) 4. Baltimore 4 (2 INT, 1 KR, 1 FR) 4. Cincinnati 4 (2 INT, 1 KR, 1 FR) 4. Cleveland 4 (1 PR, 3 KR) 4. Denver 4 (1 PR, 1 KR, 2 FR) 4. Miami 4 (1 INT, 2 KR, 1 FR) 4. San Francisco 4 (1 INT, 2 FR, 1 BFG) 4. Tennessee 4 (4 INT)
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2009 BUCCANEERS RETURN TOUCHDOWNS
Game Score vs. CAR (10/18) Stroughter KR for 97-yd. TD vs. CAR (10/18) Jackson INT for 26-yd. TD vs. GB (11/8) Barber blocked punt return for 31-yd. TD vs. GB (11/8) Jackson INT for 35-yd. TD
The Buccaneers fi nished tied for second in 2008 with seven return touchdowns (also includes scores on special teams), tyin