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1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
Head Coach Tony Dungy
Home Field Houlihan's Stadium
Results
Record 10-6
Place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Pro Bowlers
Team MVP QB Trent Dilfer
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1996 1998

The 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season began with the team trying to improve on a 6-10 season from 1996. The 1997 season was notable for several reasons. For the first time, the Buccaneers wore their new pewter and red uniforms, along with their new "flag and skull" helmets, which replaced the orange and white color combination, and winking buccaneer helmet, that they had used since they were first added to the NFL. During the regular season, the Buccaneers surprised many by starting off with a 5-0 record. By the end of the season, they had amassed a record of 10-6 and went to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. After beating the Detroit Lions 20-10 in the Wild Card round, they lost to the eventual NFC Champion Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Playoffs 21-7.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Joe Marciano

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Mark Asanovich
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Aaron Komarek

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Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Stadium
1 August 31, 1997 San Francisco 49ers* W 13-6 Houlihan Stadium
2 September 7, 1997 at Detroit Lions W 24-17 Pontiac Silverdome
3 September 14, 1997 at Minnesota Vikings W 28-14 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
4 September 21, 1997 Miami Dolphins W 31-21 Houlihan Stadium
5 September 28, 1997 Arizona Cardinals* W 19-18 Houlihan Stadium
6 October 5, 1997 at Green Bay Packers L 21-16 Lambeau Field
7 October 12, 1997 Detroit Lions* L 27-9 Houlihan Stadium
8 Bye
9 October 26, 1997 Minnesota Vikings* L 10-6 Houlihan Stadium
10 November 2, 1997 at Indianapolis Colts W 31-28 RCA Dome
11 November 9, 1997 at Atlanta Falcons W 31-10 Georgia Dome
12 November 16, 1997 New England Patriots W 27-7 Houlihan Stadium
13 November 23, 1997 at Chicago Bears L 13-7 Soldier Field
14 November 30, 1997 at New York Giants W 20-8 Giants Stadium
15 December 7, 1997 Green Bay Packers L 17-6 Houlihan Stadium
16 December 14, 1997 at New York Jets L 31-0 Giants Stadium
17 December 21, 1997 Chicago Bears W 31-15 Houlihan Stadium
  • = blacked out locally

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Green Bay Packers 1330.813422282
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1060.625299263
Detroit Lions 970.563379306
Minnesota Vikings 970.563354359
Chicago Bears 4120.250263421

RosterEdit

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1997 rosterEdit

Player POS G GS Birthdate College
Donnie Abraham DB 16 16 10/08/1973 East Tennessee State
Chidi Ahanotu DE 16 15 10/11/1970 California
Mike Alstott RB 15 15 12/21/1973 Purdue
Reidel Anthony WR 16 13 10/20/1976 Florida
Ronde Barber DB 1 0 4/07/1975 Virginia
Tommy Barnhardt P 6 0 6/11/1963 North Carolina
Greg Bellisari LB 14 0 6/21/1975 Ohio State
Tony Bouie DB 16 1 8/07/1972 Arizona
Derrick Brooks LB 16 16 4/18/1973 Florida State
Horace Copeland WR 13 11 1/02/1971 Miami
Brad Culpepper DT 16 16 5/08/1969 Florida
Eric Curry DE 6 1 2/03/1970 Alabama
John Davis TE 8 2 5/14/1973 Emporia State
Jorge Diaz OG 16 16 11/15/1973 Texas A&M-Kingsville
Trent Dilfer QB 16 16 3/13/1972 Fresno State
Kevin Dogins C 0 0 12/07/1972 Texas A&M-Kingsville
Warrick Dunn RB 16 10 1/05/1975 Florida State
Jerry Ellison RB 16 0 12/20/1971 Tennessee-Chattanooga
Kenneth Grant DB 9 0 4/18/1967 Albany State
Jeff Gooch LB 14 5 10/31/1974 Austin Peay
Paul Gruber OT 16 16 2/24/1965 Wisconsin
Patrick Hape TE 14 3 6/06/1974 Alabama
Jackie Harris TE 12 11 1/04/1968 Northeastern Louisiana
Brice Hunter WR 3 0 4/21/1974 Georgia
Michael Husted K 16 0 6/16/1970 Virginia
Tyoka Jackson DE 12 0 11/22/1971 Penn State
Melvin Johnson DB 16 7 4/15/1972 Kentucky
Marcus Jones DE 7 1 8/15/1973 North Carolina
Andrew Jordan TE 2 0 6/21/1972 Western Carolina
Sean Landeta P 10 0 1/06/1962 Towson
Tyrone Legette DB 16 1 2/15/1970 Nebraska
John Lynch DB 16 16 9/25/1971 Stanford
Jason Maniecki DT 10 0 8/15/1972 Wisconsin
Tony Mayberry C 16 16 12/08/1967 Wake Forest
Frank Middleton OG 15 2 10/25/1974 Arizona
Charles Mincy DB 16 9 12/16/1969 Washington
Dave Moore TE 16 7 11/11/1969 Pitturgh
Hardy Nickerson LB 16 16 9/01/1965 California
Jason Odom OT 16 16 3/31/1974 Florida
Anthony Parker DB 15 14 2/11/1966 Arizona State
Pete Pierson OT 15 0 2/04/1971 Washington
Rufus Porter LB 11 10 5/18/1965 Southern
Jim Pyne Og 15 14 11/23/1961 Virginia Tech
Shelton Quarles LB 16 0 9/11/1971 Vanderbilt
Eric Rhett RB 11 0 12/11/1970 Florida
Reggie Rusk DB 4 0 10/19/1972 Kentucky
Warren Sapp DT 15 15 12/19/1972 Miami
Alshermond Singleton LB 12 0 8/07/1975 Temple
Robb Thomas WR 16 1 3/29/1966 Oregon State
Regan Upshaw DE 15 15 8/12/1975 California
Steve Walsh QB 12 0 12/01/1996 Miami
Steve White DE 15 1 10/25/1973 Tennessee
Karl Williams WR 16 7 4/10/1971 Texas A&M-Kingsville
Jerry Wunsch OT 16 0 1/21/1974 Wisconsin
Floyd Young DB 12 1 11/23/1975 Texas A&M-Kingsville

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
Wildcard December 28, 1997 Detroit Lions W 20-10
Division January 4, 1998 at Green Bay Packers L 21-7

ReferencesEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Baltimore Denver Arizona Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cincinnati Kansas City Dallas Detroit Carolina
Miami Jacksonville Oakland NY Giants Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Philadelphia Minnesota St. Louis
NY Jets Tennessee Seattle Washington Tampa Bay San Francisco
1997 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXXII

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