Why Punts May Have Won The Day

December 13th, 2016
Explains how punts may have beaten Saints.

Explains how punts may have beaten Saints.

As Joe stated yesterday, Joe could only remember one game in which it could be argued a punter won it.

That was before the Bucs beat the Saints to extend their winning streak to five games. Twice Sunday, the Bucs, thanks to strong punt coverage, pinned the Saints and Drew Brees inside their five-yard line.

How did that help, other than to force Brees to march the Saints 95-some yards to score a touchdown?

In his weekly sitdown with dangerous Dan Lucas of WFLA-TV Channel 8, Koetter explained.

“There is a chart out there that shows where you start your drive what your scoring percentage is,” Koetter said. “[Starting] inside the 10, it is less than 10 percent.”

And the Bucs’ punt team pinned the Saints way deep in their own real estate on their final two possessions.

Right there is why Joe believes it’s difficult to disagree with the premise that the punter, Bryan Anger, won the game with his coverage unit. If a team has less than a 10 percent chance of scoring combined with the way the Bucs were playing defense, then that’s almost a guaranteed lights-out result.

Granted, the Saints’ odds improved just because Brees was at quarterback, but you get the drill.

To see the full Koetter interview, click on the arrow below. Video courtesy of WFLA-TV Channel 8.

12 Responses to “Why Punts May Have Won The Day”

  1. lightningbuc Says:

    Anger obviously likes the pressure. With a rush, he pins them deep. When he had a free punt after the safety, he punted it out of bounds.

  2. Francisco Menendez Says:

    Coach ‘Koett the krap’ with the stylish look, I like it.

  3. JonBuc Says:

    I liked the acquisition of Anger ( great name too )…he was certainly worth a look given that Jacob Schrub ? was mediocre. He has a strong leg and just as important…and like the article states…he pins the opponent deep without the dreaded jacking the punt into the end zone for a touchback. That’s the equivalent to a 15 yard”penalty” in my book.

  4. SCBucsFan Says:

    Special teams and defense are both outstanding, but the offense is lackluster. I hope they figure out something before Sunday night.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The kicking game….punts & field goals won the game along with a very strong defense. As usual, it takes a team effort to win.

    We lost some momentum with our return game on the “Huff Muff”

  6. Miko Says:

    Defense has to bring the muscle and stuff the run Sunday night. The Cowboys are a scary run team….

  7. Bculaw Says:

    Can we lock this guy up for the next 10 years?? He is truly a weapon on ST.

  8. Bculaw Says:

    Oh, and let’s make sure to take good care of Shep and J. Robinson, too. Those guys are incredible in coverage.

  9. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Kicking and ST are a grossly underrated part of the game.

    Anger has been a true stud for us this year.

    We do not know yet about Roberto Ohnono. Rough start…not the first..can you say Janakowski…playing ok now.

    The verdict is still out on whether Roberto is the man yet…but there should really be no argument that if he is the pick was golden. Kickers have a tremedous effect on games and the bottom line for me is this….I want the BEST at every position from GM…HC…QB…down to yes…the FG kicker and punter!

    Hell I even want our long snapper to be the very best in the league.

  10. orlbucfan Says:

    Bryan Anger may end up being the best punter Tampa Bay has ever had. That’s saying something cos Bucs have had very good/excellent STs over the last couple of decades. Why did Jax let him go? Bet their front office is kicking itself now. A commenter on here (?) wrote that Anger had Aguayo’s kicking problems as a rookie. If that’s true, Tampa Bay better give Aguayo another look in the off-season.

    Picked Bucs over the Cowdungs 24-21. One game at a time. I don’t trust refs or Jerry Jackazz Jones.

  11. UTAHDAVE Says:

    Punts and the Defense Joe

  12. "that guy" Says:

    I have watched that punting unit play very well in every game making strong contributions in each one(the 5 game streak)for the win. id almost go as far as to say in each low scoring affair like the one Sunday, that my Bucs may not have came down with the w. thank you Brian angers and company.