While discussing some of the worst NFL teams of all time, the first one that usually comes to mind is the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not only because they failed to post a win the entire season, but because of the way they did it.
The Bucs were shut out five times in 14 games and were outscored 412-125 on the season. The offense averaged an anemic 77 yards on the ground and 137 passing yards per game. At one point a reporter asked head coach John McKay what he thought of his offense's execution, and McKay responded by saying, "I'm in favor of it."
All the blame could not be placed on the offense though. The defense was run over by virtually every team they played, giving up an average of over 170 yards on the ground and 340 total net yards per game.
The Buccaneers were not only good at losing, but they were good at losing big. The average margin of victory for the opposition was 20.5 points per game, and four times during the course of the season the competition scored 40 points or better.
The Bucs' dubious statistics, listed below, are strong support of the argument taht the '76 Buccaneers are possibly the most pitiful NFL team to ever take the field.
|Total First Downs||191||283|
|3rd Down: Made/Att||51/206||88/206|
|3rd Down Pct.||24.8||42.7|
|Total Net Yards||3006||4801|
|Avg. Per Game||214.7||342.9|
|Avg. Per Play||3.7||5.3|
|Net Yards Rushing||1080||2389|
|Avg. Per Game||77.1||170.6|
|Avg. Per Attempt||2.5||4.1|
|Net Yards Passing||1926||2412|
|Avg. Per Game||137.6||172.3|
|Avg. Per Play||5.1||7.5|
|Gross Yards Passing||1926||2412|
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