Heading into the final regular season game of the 2015 season, the Buccaneers were ranked seventh in the league in total offensive yards per game, which would have been the highest finish in team history. The team had finished No. 9 in 2012, which was their only top 10 finish.
The dust has now settled and all of the numbers from the 2015 season are final. The Buccaneers moved up two spots after their final game to finish the year finished No. 5 in the league in offensive yards per game. The Bucs averaged 375.9 yards, trailing the Seahawks (378.6), Steelers (395.4), Saints (403.8) and Cardinals (408.3).
Photos of quarterback Jameis Winston from his rookie season.
The Buccaneers picked up 6,014 yards from scrimmage in their 16 games, which were the most in team history. Their 2,162 rushing yards were the second-most the team has ever recorded in a single season. They put up 342 points, the fifth-most in a single season while Jameis Winston threw for 4,042 yards, the second-most by a Buccaneer quarterback in one year.
"We've made progress, but we still have a ways to go," Head Coach Lovie Smith said. "Offensively, we've made progress, too. Jameis Winston had an outstanding season for a rookie. He threw for over 4,000 yards. I saw him grow in a lot of different areas. Our football team isn't a finished product yet, but I think it's safe to say that we're in pretty good shape going forward with [Winston] leading us, on and off the field.
Photos of running back Doug Martin from the 2015 season.
"Our running game, we wanted to have balance, [and] for the most part we had balance throughout the season with Doug Martin and Charles Sims. Our offensive line was a big area of concern [prior to the season]. Our offensive line came together, played well, blocking for the run and the pass. So there were some good things we were able [to do]."
Tampa Bay was ranked highly on the defensive side of the ball, as well. The Bucs finished No. 10 in the league in total yards allowed per game.