Defensive Coaches Award A Game Ball To…

November 15th, 2016
The election results are in

The election results are in

Yes, Buccaneers defensive coaches often give out a game ball after games.

Is one awarded after losses? Joe’s not sure.

But the guy who got the defensive game ball on Sunday was defensive end Robert Ayers. Amidst all those defensive heroes during the beat down of the Bears, it was Ayers who got honored by his coaches after they viewed the game film.

Dirk Koetter shared the news on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Koetter talked about how dangerous the Bucs’ pass rush is when Ayers and McCoy can rush inside in the Bucs’ nickel defense. And, Koetter said, newcomer Ryan Russell and Noah Spence healthy on the outside made a difference Sunday.

Ayers makes guys around him better, Koetter said, affording the veteran DE the highest of praise.

Joe has noted in the Ira Kaufman Podcast and on these pages that the Bucs’ defense is extraordinarily healthy. The entire starting 11 on opening day is available and ready. Very few teams can say that.

Ayers talked to Joe after Sunday’s game about the Bucs finally getting in a game where they had plenty of chances to pin their ears back as a pass-rush unit. And they produced. How refreshing!

23 Responses to “Defensive Coaches Award A Game Ball To…”

  1. ATrain Says:

    What not McCoy

    Oh ya he got 100 million not to get the game ball

    He should be the One making everyone beyter

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    I have been quite surprised that on many playsthe last 2 games that both teams have been lining up help on NS57!!! Whether a chip block by the TE or having the RB help the O-tackle!!!! Once again with someone with speed garnering so much attention!!!!! That really frees up the other lineman!!!!

    Now stay healthy D-line so this team can compete this gauntlet of a schedule!!!

    The Culture is slowly changing!!!!

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    ATrain – Have you actually seen the defense when he isn’t playing? Learn a little about football before boring people with your bumper sticker level knowledge.

  4. Rojas Says:

    I was hard on Ayers, I take back what I said he’s proved me wrong. I think 1 more DT and DE an this line would be feared.

  5. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    No surprise for me!! No doubt I’m his biggest supporter since the day he got signed up to the Bucs!!!

  6. ATrain Says:

    Ayers take the reins
    Be the Leader
    We need One

  7. orlbucfan Says:

    I hope we get many healthy first teamers back cos we’re gonna need them next Sunday!!!!Go Bucs!!

  8. ATrain Says:

    YES. rod. I have noticed more Pressure when he is not in the game.

    He is seond or third in tackles for the DLine every game.

    This guy is paid as an elite player

    Do you watch him chicken fight every play
    Wait do you know what that means or are you like JOE a McCoy lover

  9. SB with Jameis Says:

    What Rod Munch just said. Plus why is it so hard to celebrate positives?

  10. DB55 Says:

    Gottshack (?) the center gets my gameball on the offensive side.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I only had three problems with our performance in the game.

    The gaping hole right up the middle of our run defense.

    Demar Dotson

    What was with the calling of timeouts in the second half on offense?

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    was mccoy even on the field the play that mcdonald got his sack early. just watched the reply and did not see mccoy I am sure it was just a bad angle or maybe it was dline is more aggressive when 93 is given a blow

  13. gilhealy Says:

    Good. He earned it. @Tampabaybucfan, I think most of the reason was Jaboo was obviously hurting, and I’m guessing, helping him out. He looked like Namath in the pocket late in the game. He couldn’t even plant his foot to throw or move around. I’m afraid he’s more hurt than we know.

  14. Kobe Faker Says:

    Tampa played the pass well. rush and coverage was solid BUT….


    We aint goin no where with what we say yesterday.

    that was the worst run defense in the nfl

    Kobe knows andy reid well..

    run game and screen and more screens to rbs and TE s. our weakness

  15. Louis Friend Says:

    I’m happy they won (VERY) – but it was one game against a QB who our own D said held the ball too long. One game doesn’t make a season, and it’d be nice to see them do it more than once. They’re playing against a much better team Sunday, let’s see them do it twice eh?

  16. AtlBucFanDan Says:

    Ok, I’m sorry. Who is Ryan Russel?

  17. NewTampaChris Says:

    Man, the game is different when you can pressure the QB!

  18. DB55 Says:


    No he wasn’t that’s why I said yesterday that McDonald is out playing him.

  19. Pat Says:

    Hey Joe!
    Was that the first game since the very first game of the year that Ayers, McDonald and McCoy all played at the same time?

  20. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Watch the safety. It was the pressure by McCoy that caused Cutler to leave the pocket. But I’m sure that was another meaningless play.

  21. Rojas Says:

    Just read bills are unhappy with Marcel Dareus production, he’s not fitting Rex Ryan scheme he’s a 4-3 DT, not 3-4. Imagine him next to McCoy.. I can dream.

  22. SB with Jameis Says:

    Hawaiian. Tmax is of the mind that DT’s win or lose games. Every play is worthless unless he gets a sack in some peoples ‘opinions’ and I use that word loosely. Just stop feeding him. He will never understand.

  23. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @SB with Jameis,

    I know. For some reason I have a bad habit of feeding the trolls.