1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
Head coach Sam Wyche
Owner Hugh Culverhouse
Home field Tampa Stadium
Record 5–11
Division place 3rd in NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
AP All-Pros LT Paul Gruber (2nd team)
Team MVP RB Reggie Cobb

The 1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season began with the team trying to improve on a 3–13 season. It was the first season of Sam Wyche's four-year spell as the Buccaneers' head coach. Wyche said before the season that he believed he could turn Vinny Testaverde into a great player.

Tampa Bay had lop-sided wins in the first two weeks, and looked like they would prove good the coach's words. They started the season 3–1 but then lost ten of the next eleven, starting with a ten-point loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Tampa's closest loss of the year was a four-point Week Thirteen loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Tampa Bay had a first half 27–3 lead, but the Rams scored 28 unanswered points to steal the win.

Special teams suffered too, especially from kickers like Ken Willis making only eight of fourteen field goals. Reggie Cobb became only the third player in the team's history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and Santana Dotson made the All-Rookie team. The Bucs finished the season the way they started it, with a win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the 1992 Buccaneers had the worst special teams squad of the year, and fourth-worst all time[1] (later having been recalibrated to 7th-worst all-time):[2] "Tampa Bay actually got a solid year from punter Dan Stryzinski, but the return men were poor, the kickers were horrific, and the kick coverage was putrid. Ken Willis and Eddie Murray combined to go 12-for-22 on field goals, and they couldn't stop kicking the ball out of bounds. Willis kicked the first nine games of the season and hit it out of bounds five times. [...] Murray took over for the final seven games and didn't have a single touchback, while hitting it out of bounds three more times. He averaged only 55.5 yards per kickoff. The Bucs weren't the only other team with a single-digit touchback total, but at least the others – New England, Green Bay, and the New York Giants – had the excuse of playing in cold weather."[3]

NFL Draft

Pick Round Player Position School
44Round 2Courtney HawkinsWide ReceiverMichigan State
59Round 3Mark WheelerDefensive TackleTexas A&M
79Round 3Tyji ArmstrongTight EndMississippi
86Round 4Craig EricksonQuarterbackMiami
118Round 5Rogerick GreenDefensive BackKansas State
132Round 5Santana DotsonDefensive EndBaylor
148Round 6James MaloneLinebackerUCLA
184Round 7Ken SwillingDefensive BackGeorgia Tech
200Round 8Anthony McDowellRunning BackTexas Tech
222Round 8Mike PawlawskiQuarterbackCalifornia
254Round 10Elijah AlexanderLinebackerKansas State
284Round 11Mazio RoysterRunning BackUSC
311Round 12Klaus WilmsmeyerPunterLouisville

The Buccaneers' first-round pick had previously been traded to the Indianapolis Colts in return for quarterback Chris Chandler, and was eventually used to select Quentin Coryatt.



1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach/Director of Football Operations – Sam Wyche

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams/Tight Ends – George Stewart

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Ray Oliver
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Dennis Green


Regular season


Regular season
Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff[a] Game site TV Attendance Record
1 September 6, 1992 Phoenix Cardinals W 23–7 4:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 41,315 1–0
2 September 13, 1992 Green Bay Packers W 31–3 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 50,051 2–0
3 September 20, 1992 at Minnesota Vikings L 26–20 1:00 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS 48,113 2–1
4 September 27, 1992 at Detroit Lions W 27–23 1:00 Pontiac Silverdome CBS 51,374 3–1
5 October 4, 1992 Indianapolis Colts L 24–14 1:00 Tampa Stadium NBC 56,585 3–2
6 Bye
7 October 18, 1992 at Chicago Bears L 31–14 1:00 Soldier Field CBS 61,412 3–3
8 October 25, 1992 Detroit Lions L 38–7 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 53,995 3–4
9 November 1, 1992 at New Orleans Saints L 23–21 1:00 Louisiana Superdome CBS 68,591 3–5
10 November 8, 1992 Minnesota Vikings L 35–7 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 49,095 3–6
11 November 15, 1992 Chicago Bears W 20–17 4:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 69,102 4–6
12 November 22, 1992 at San Diego Chargers L 29–14 4:00 Jack Murphy Stadium CBS 43,197 4–7
13 November 29, 1992 at Green Bay Packers L 19–14 1:00 Milwaukee County Stadium CBS 52,347 4–8
14 December 6, 1992 Los Angeles Rams L 31–27 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 38,387 4–9
15 December 13, 1992 Atlanta Falcons L 35–7 1:00 Tampa Stadium CBS 39,056 4–10
16 December 19, 1992 at San Francisco 49ers L 21–14 4:00 Candlestick Park CBS 60,519 4–11
17 December 27, 1992 at Phoenix Cardinals W 7–3 5:00 Sun Devil Stadium CBS 29,645 5–11


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


NFC Central
(3) Minnesota Vikings 11 5 0 .688 7–1 8–4 374 249 W2
Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 276 296 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 3–5 5–9 267 365 W1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 3–5 4–8 295 361 L2
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 3–5 3–9 273 332 L1


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