“Turnovers Come In Bunches”

January 5th, 2023

Talkin’ takeaways.

Joe hears this sentence about once a week over at One Buc Palace. And it seems to be coming true. Again.

“Turnovers come in bunches.”

For the Bucs, that’s a big reason why they have won the past two games. In wins over Arizona and Carolina, the Bucs forced six turnovers. Two were picks, one each against Arizona and Carolina.

Todd Bowles was asked about the takeaways yesterday and shrugged his shoulders and said he really isn’t sure why the takeaway have exploded in the Bucs’ favor the past two weeks.

“I wish I could give you the answer to that – I would have tried to make it happen earlier,” Bowles said. “They come in bunches. We work at it, we swipe at the ball, we try and get picks and everything else.

“We’ve had three the last two games and it resulted in wins so we’re just going to try to keep it up. No rhyme or reason.”

Like Bowles, Bucs corner Carlton Davis wishes he knew why the takeaways have started piling up.

“Man, I wish I knew the solution, but it’s just like – sometimes it comes, and it comes in bunches,” Davis said. “At that point, you’ve just got to take advantage of it and stay hungry.

“It just comes and now you’re just getting them back-to-back-to-back and now the ball’s just finding you. So, it’s just one of those things that you’ve got to be patient for, but also stay ready.”

Can this current bunch last a few more weeks? Sunday is a lame-duck game. No matter what happens, the Bucs will host a playoff game next week.

The Bucs will need all the help and luck they can muster in the playoffs. Forcing turnovers is likely going to play a huge factor whether the Bucs are one-and-done or make a run in the postseason.

8 Responses to ““Turnovers Come In Bunches””

  1. Leopold Stotch Says:

    I watched a lot of peanut punches during the Carolina game, from both sides, the difference was that Carolina had multiple guys surrounding our boys and I recall seeing our D doing the same thing, but almost like waiting to take turns instead of tackling. I love to see turnovers, but I saw several plays of disgusting YAC by the kitties because guys were focused on stripping the ball.

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Leopold Stotch … ‘I saw several plays of disgusting YAC by the kitties because guys were focused on stripping the ball.’

    Great point. I’ve also seen that too much throughout the year & it usually comes back to bite us in the arse via extra YAC.

  3. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    It’s called dropping interceptions that hit their hands. Seen too many times they drop balls that come right at them. Guess that’s why they’re not on offense

  4. Irishmist Says:

    It helps if the CB can actually catch.

  5. Goatfarmer Says:

    It helps when the DB or LB actually clasps his hands around the ball instead of letting it clang off his chest.

  6. Jerseybuc Says:

    Davis has no hands. SMB has been playing well n he’s proven he can get them picks. Let’s hope the O keeps rolling we can make some noise in the next few weeks

  7. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hey Joe, you’re right because somewhere near Houston, Lovie Smith is tickled they won the takeaway battle…

  8. Depressed 2022 Says:

    Chance favors the prepared mind