Behind The Scenes Of An Explosion

September 16th, 2018

Forgotten man last week.

Joe doesn’t  think Bucs coaches’ wildest dreams included the Bucs ringing up 41 points of offense on the Saints last week.

And while all of the Star Wars offense was dazzling just about anyone not wearing black gear, a key cog on the Bucs faded into the background nearly unnoticed.

That would be Bryan Anger.

Yes, the punter.

Outside of one punt in the first half, Anger was an afterthought. The Bucs offense was rolling so well, Anger was nothing more than a spectator.

Of course, Bucs fans will celebrate. Punting means failure. That didn’t mean Anger had the day off. Joe spoke with him after the win over the Saints to find out how a punter passes the time while his offense is steamrolling an opponent.

In short, Anger said he won’t let the emotions of watching his teammates succeed catch him off guard. Anger noted he was hardly bored. He had to stay locked in because he couldn’t bank of the team getting first downs, or better, touchdowns.

“There were only a couple of times we were in third downs where we were potentially in a punt situation,” Anger said. “It was awesome to see. We have a ton of weapons.”

“We are never bored,” Anger said of punters in an offensive shootout. “I have to stay warm. There are situations where, on a third down, I have to be ready to punt. Same thing with field goals, PATs or field goals.”

Anger, of course, is the holder on kicks.

“We had a lot of action,” Anger said. “I may not have punted much but we made up for it with field goals and PATs.”

With an offense in overdrive or sputtering, Anger told Joe his duties on the sidelines do not change. He still stays warm by kicking in a net and still monitors the game closely. In fact, Anger expected to punt on the final Bucs possession before time ran out.

“I have to do my job, no matter how many times I punt,” Anger said. “I have to get my job done. You have to stay locked in, even up by 24 points.

“Every play matters. If I had to punt towards the end, [the Saints] may have brought 11 guys. So I have to stay mentally sharp at all times.”

8 Responses to “Behind The Scenes Of An Explosion”

  1. Jmarkbuc Says:

    OH Lord

    A Punter story….A Punter story about what a punter does when he’s not punting…

    No one will ever accuse you of not being thorough Joe.

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    Another 1 punt performance by Anger today would be ideal. Downed inside the 10 yard line please….

  3. BoJim Says:

    This was a good thing.

  4. i like gunslingers Says:

    him not angry

  5. orlbucfan Says:

    Anger has always been a total professional as well as a great punter. He, like us, wants to win. Go Mighty Bucs Offense!

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    He did hold for 6 PATs and 3 FG’s.

    Just sayin’…

  7. Jarrett Says:

    Anger is one of the best punters in the league but doesn’t get a lot of recognition for it. Glad to see an article about him.

  8. Brion Says:

    I like it. Now how about a story from the perspective of a concession stand cashier….

 

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