The Upgrade In Special TeamsDecember 4th, 2013
Despite place kicker Rian Lindell continuing to gag his field goal attempts, the Bucs’ special teams unit has seen a rebirth, Joe believes largely to do the tutelage of special teams coach Dave Wannstedt.
And while Bucs fans are just now starting to become familiar with Eric Page, a return specialist who is still learning his craft, his strong play also explains just how long Bucs fans have had to suffer with mediocre play from the team’s punt return squad.
Page has two punt returns of at least 40 yards this season. Yet Page is one more 40-yard punt return short of tying a season record for the Bucs set by Jacquez Green in 1998 as a rookie.
Think about that for a moment. In the 37 years the Bucs have been in existence, the record for number of returned punts in a season of over 40 yards is three! That is simply incredible to Joe.
Page currently is 11th in the NFL in punt return average at 11.1 yards per return. This is just another example of the strong work Wannstedt has put in with his crew.