BUCS FINISH SEASON 4-12 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Seattle Seahawks at Raymond James Stadium Sunday, 23-7.
With that loss, the Bucs finish the 2006 season with a 4-12 record, their worst since the 1991 season when the team finished 3-13. The losing season is Tampa Bay’s third in four years.
Tampa Bay will have the third or fourth pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, depending on how several teams fare against their respective teams this evening. The outcome of those games will determine which teams picks third in the draft – Cleveland or Tampa Bay.
BUCS SENIOR BOWL BOUND? With Detroit head coach Rod Marinelli scheduled to have hip surgery in January, Tampa Bay may also have the opportunity to coach the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. for the second time in three years. The Senior Bowl coaching staffs likely will be announced sometime next week, and Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said after Sunday’s game that he’d like to coach one of the teams.
GALLOWAY ESCLIPSES 1,000-YARD MARK Tampa Bay wide receiver Joey Galloway caught three passes for 63 yards in the first quarter vs. Seattle, putting him over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the second straight season. Galloway is only the second Bucs receiver in team history to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, the last being Keyshawn Johnson (2001 and 2002). Galloway finished the game with eight catches for 118 yards and one touchdown.
BUCS’ 2007 OPPONENTS SET Although its schedule won’t be released until April, Tampa Bay’s 2006 regular season opponents have been determined.
Home: Atlanta Carolina New Orleans Arizona St. Louis Jacksonville Tennessee Washington
Away: Atlanta Carolina New Orleans San Francisco Seattle Houston Indianapolis Detroit
GRUDEN BELIEVES HE’LL BE BACK Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden has a 39-41 regular season record since arriving via a trade with the Oakland Raiders in 2002. The Bucs have posted three losing seasons in four years. However, Tampa Bay also has won Super Bowl XXXVII and two NFC South division championships during Gruden’s five-year tenure with the Buccaneers. Gruden said after Sunday’s loss to Seattle that he believed he would be back with the Buccaneers in 2007.
NOT HOME SWEET HOME Tampa Bay produced a 3-5 record at Raymond James Stadium during the 2006 regular season. That’s the worst home record the Bucs have produced since the 2003 season, which is when they had the same exact record.
INACTIVES The following Bucs players were inactive for Tampa Bay’s regular season finale vs. the Seattle Seahawks: QB Luke McCown, RB Carnell Williams, RB Lionel Gates, S Donte Nicholson, DT Darrell Campbell, C Nick Milhauser, T Donald Penn and TE Alex Smith.
THAT’S A WRAP Bucs head coach Jon Gruden will hold his end-of-the-season press conference at One Buccaneer Place on Monday morning. PewterReport.com will have news and notes from that press conference on Monday afternoon.
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