Did You Know? The Bucs were born in the AFC.
Hey! Hey! Bucs Fans! We hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July. This article is a special one. It’s an article that goes into the historical history of the Buccaneers. Did you know the Bucs upon their arrival in the NFL started out in the AFC? Yes they did start their journey in the AFC in the AFC West division in 1976. In the next season, they were aligned into the famously known “Black & Blue” division of the NFC Central.
When the Buccaneers started in 1976, they were put into the AFC West and played the season with a record of zero wins and fourteen losses. This was their inaugural season under head coach John McKay. McKay is a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor along with his franchise changing player and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Lee Roy Selmon. His starting QB was University of Florida’s Steve Spurrier who went for 1,628 yards with 7 TDs and 12 INTs.
Coach McKay turned down the NFL three times before he finally decided to take the Buccaneers job. He used the playbook from his old coaching gig at USC which lead the Bucs into one of worse streaks to start a franchise at 26 regular season game losses. The Buccaneers then quickly became known as one of the worst teams NFL history. That 1976 team was the beginning of hard times for those die-hard fans until they earned their first win in franchise history beating the New Orleans Saints. From rough beginnings to now being a retooled franchise under the watchful eye of current head coach Bruce Arians. lets see what the 2019 Buccaneers team will bring to the table.