Punt Block Attitude And Approach WorkedJanuary 2nd, 2013
Joe remembers chatting with Ronde Barber early this season about new lingo in the New Schiano Order.
Essentially, Barber said don’t dare call it a “punt” or “punt return” team, it’s now known as the “punt block” team around One Buc Palace. Barber went on to explain that Greg Schiano fancies himself as the greatest punt block magician around.
Impressively, the Bucs officially led the NFL this season with three punt blocks — two by Dakoda Watson and one by Aqib Talib. Aside from the Texans’ two blocks, every other NFL team had one or zero punt blocks. Then throw in the fact that Watson choked away a clear blocked punt by clobbering the Cowboys’ kicker, and Ronde Barber had a deflected punt against the Chiefs, and the Bucs were even more impressive.
At his season-closing news conference Monday, Schiano himself even pridefully dropped a stray one-liner about how allegedly blocking punts is for college level and lower. “You’re not supposed to be able to do that in the National Football League,” Schiano said.
For Joe, the punt block attitude and approach represents real evidence of positive culture change.