Turnover Numbers Put Bucs In Elite CompanyNovember 13th, 2012
Maybe it’s raw fear of the head coach. Maybe it’s the constant drilling of fundamentals. But more likely both are why the Bucs aren’t coughing up the football very often.
Veteran scribe eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune notes that the Bucs have a +11 turnover ratio this season, good for fourth best in the NFL behind the Patriots, Bears and Giants.
At this point, Joe is stunned when a Buccaneer not named Josh Freeman fumbles; that’s a good thing.
Newcomer cornerback LeQuan Lewis was the surprise Bucs kick returner Sunday, and he promptly fumbled his first return, then recovered it and finished with a lousy eight-yard return.
Lewis was called to the sidelines immediately by Greg Schiano and the two chatted for a long 45 seconds. Joe talked to Lewis about that chat, and Lewis assured Joe that Schiano was all about love and confidence, not U-Haul reservations and intimidation.
“Coach just wanted me to get rid of it. ‘Get rid of it,’ is what he kept saying and that I’d have a lot of other opportunities to do my job again so go out and do it,” Lewis said.
After the game, Dallas Clark said the Bucs’ turnover ratio has been extraordinary. “It makes all the difference,” Clark said.