Schiano Calls Watson Mistake “A 10-Point Swing”September 25th, 2012
How would you have liked to be Dekoda Watson on Monday? What a sick feeling must have been swimming through his stomach.
Watson missed a gift-wrapped blocked punt opportunity, unblocked at the line of scrimmage he over shot the mark and barrelled into the Cowboys punter on the Dallas 21 yard line.
The play was an absolute killer in the Bucs’ 16-10 loss, and that wasn’t lost on Greg Schaino, who didn’t discount the play’s impact Sunday.
“It really is a 10-point swing there,” Schiano said of Watson’s miss on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday. “As free as we come, that should be a touchdown. You block it, you score.”
Ouch. Joe likes that Schaino doesn’t hold back from identifying the impact of mistakes, versus saying “it’s just one play.” As fans remember, Jordan Shipley fumbled the punt away and Watson’s 15-yard roughing penalty (see photo above) was tacked on for Dallas, which drove for a field goal.
Former Bucs tight end and current radio analyst Dave Moore also came down on Watson for the mistake on WDAE-AM yesterday. Moore said players are coached to rush to where the punter’s foot will release the kick and Watson acted unaware of the target spot.
If the Bucs were only on that detail, fans likely would be fired up for a 2-1 team.