Safety Gaffe Started With JosephSeptember 11th, 2013
The other play that cost the Bucs in the one-point loss to the Jets on Sunday, the needless safety, was a ball snapped by Jeremy Zuttah when Josh Freeman was looking toward Mike Williams.
Speaking on The Josh Freeman Show last night on WDAE-AM 620, Freeman explained that the Bucs were, in fact, in a silent snap count situation, one in which left guard Gabe Carimi was charged with tapping Zuttah to snap the ball when Williams was at a certain point in his pre-snap motion.
Well, Freeman needed to change things to avoid a delay of game penalty and then lineman communication got screwed up when Davin Joseph tried to help.
“We break the huddle and everybody’s getting lined up and as we get set, you know, the clock is winding down, so I’m trying to get Mike [Williams] to instead of doing his extended motion to just pop across. Right as I get his attention, I think Davin [Joseph] thinks I’m trying to say something to Zuttah. So he taps Zuttah trying to get Zuttah to turn around and try and see what I have to say,” Freeman said.
“So Zuttah viewed it as Davin looked back [and got the snap signal].”
Then of course, Zuttah snapped the ball that said past Freeman into the end zone.
“It was really the perfect storm,” Freeman said.
Joe enjoyed the insight into how things can go so very wrong in a matter of two seconds.
Interestingly, Freeman’s potential touchdown-saving kick of the ball out of the back of the end zone was something he was schooled on. (So no Freeman-to-Manchester-United jokes.)
During 2012 training camp, Freeman said, former QB coach Ron Turner would work the quarterbacks on bad-snap, back-of-the-end-zone situations.