1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
Head Coach Ray Perkins
Home Field Tampa Stadium
Record 5-11
Place 5th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers WR Mark Carrier
Team MVP WR Mark Carrier
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The 1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season began with the team trying to improve on an 5-11 season which finished winning 2 of the last 3 games including an upset of AFC East Champions. The season started with a road win against an 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 bootleged into the end zone reminding everyone in Tampa you never give Joe a second chance. 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 a heartbreaker to the Detroit Lions in the last minute and never seemed to recover, losing 5 in a row. Tampa would win another wild one in Chicago sweeping the Bears, but would finish a disappointing 5-11. It was James Wilder's final season and had 100 yard receiving game in week 9. Many fans felt the team were far better than the final record suggested, and offseason acquisitions would help the Bucs win the next year.


NFL DraftEdit

Pick Round Player Position School
41Broderick ThomasOutside LinebackerNebraska
332Danny PeeblesWide ReceiverN.C. State
904Anthony FlorenceDefensive BackBethune-Cookman
1175Jamie LawsonRunning BackNicholls State
1466Chris MohrPunterAlabama
1546Derrick LittleLinebackerSouth Carolina
2008Carl BaxGuardMissouri
2309Patrick EguRunning BackNevada
25710Ty GrangerTackleClemson
28411Rod MountsGuardTexas A&M
29011Willie GriffinDefensive EndNebraska
30211Herb DuncanWide ReceiverNorthern Arizona
32912Terry YoungDefensive BackGeorgia Southern

Regular seasonEdit


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


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


NFC Central
Minnesota Vikings 1060.625351275
Green Bay Packers 1060.625362356
Detroit Lions 790.438312364
Chicago Bears 6100.375358377
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5110.313320419


Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen DE


Defensive Backs CB

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Awards and recordsEdit


AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Phoenix Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1989 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXIV

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