Todd Bowles Says Leak Was A Call To All Bucs Opponents

September 21st, 2023

Justice was served yesterday when Tampa Bay punter Jake Camarda was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

But that legendary performance is not what’s top of mind for Todd Bowles when it comes to fourth down.

The Bears blocked an early Bucs field goal attempt Sunday and it wasn’t on kicker Chase McClaughlin. Backup tackle Justin Skule sprung a leak, failing to block his guy to the inside.

Bowles told the Buccaneers Radio Network that’s like waving a red flag to the rest of the NFL.

“We gotta make sure we shore that up beacuse that can be a problem going forward. You [have one kick blocked], you’re going to open the door to everybody coming after you in the weeks to come,” Bowles said.

That makes sense. Show weakness in an area and the NFL will test you until you prove it’s a strength.

As for Camarda, Joe is blown away by the guy. His 72 yard punt for a touchback traveled about 82 yards in the air — no wind. It may have been the longest in-air punt in NFL history.

28 Responses to “Todd Bowles Says Leak Was A Call To All Bucs Opponents”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    I can’t wait for Jake to run a fake punt with his 4.6 speed

  2. DungyDance Says:

    Can this guy just do punts instead of place kicking for our kickoffs? Lol

  3. SlyPirate Says:

    POSITION BY POSITION – Camarda is our most dominant player.
    Meaning, he is significantly better than the opposing punter. If it becomes a field position game, Bucs win.

    Licht and Bowles had a clear vision on a comprehensive and complimentary football team, all the way down to the punter. Kudos.

  4. NJbucs23 Says:

    Jake is a star. That punt in person was epic. I gave the bears fans a heads up about Jake. They were like “holy hell!”

    Second best athlete behind Tristian.

  5. orlbucfan Says:

    Yeah! ST gets recognized thanks to nuclear bomb Camarda. I’ve been howling about them for some time. Wait until McClaughlin nails a 60-plus yarder. There will be no blocks Monday nite. And wouldn’t it be classic Cardiac Bucs if THAT beat the Iggles?! Hey, a Buc fan can dream.

  6. KiddG941 Says:

    I hate to say it but this game will come down to our kicker and punter. They will be the difference make Monday night.

  7. D-Rome Says:

    Jake Camarda is must see TV and I never thought I’d say that about a punter.

  8. Old Sombrero Says:

    Put him in at running back! Ronald Jones is available. His average is 4.4 per carry throughout his career. Would maybe light a fire under white’s arse and/or be a good complimentary change of pace.

  9. Steven007 Says:

    SB, I’m literally waiting for this potential play every game. One day…

  10. Bojim Says:

    The true Punt God.

  11. JimBobBuc Says:

    I wish I was there in person to see that 82-yarder!

    Camarda is an athlete! I think about his running punt last year, his all-out run to cover the blocked kick and prevent a TD, and his willingness to tackle on kickoffs and punts. I want him to work on his fake punts as he is dangerous!

    I hope he is a little more careful in tackling as I hate to see him get hurt.

  12. HC Grover Says:

    Plug that hole. No excuse. We goa a good kicker get that bum out of the line.

  13. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    I’m in the second row, southwest corner of the upper deck, that ball was higher than us by long way and had a PERFECT spiral. It was in the air so long my whole row had looked at each other and said “Holy Spit that’s a long punt,” looked back to the field and it still hadn’t landed yet. I was crazy.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    4 punts….3 inside the 20 and the 4th placed at the 20 after 72 yards… Byron would say….”Jake be doin’ good”

  15. Joe in Michigan Says:

    HC Grover Says:
    September 21st, 2023 at 1:04 pm
    Plug that hole. No excuse. We goa a good kicker get that bum out of the line.
    Yes Habitual Complainer, you’ve NEVER made a mistake, OTHER THAN ALL OF YOUR PREDICTIONS OF HOW THE BUCS WOULDN’T WIN ANY GAMES THIS YEAR…Other than that, you’ve been perfect. 🙄

  16. Lt. Dan Says:

    “It may have been the longest in-air punt in NFL history.” Somewhere Ray Guy is rolling his eyes.

  17. Dave Pear Says:

    Maybe put Feiler out there and let this Drule dude contemplate his own personal suck.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    Can’t wait for Monday night’s game. Eagles are probably a little better offensively thus far, but the Bucs seem to have the better defense overall, as well as better S/Ts. Still convinced that the Bucs will come out on top 24-20.

    Both teams have run exactly the same number of offensive plays: 136 and both are averaging 5.0 YPP. Eagles have scored 59 points total: 6 FGs & 5 TDs (3 rushing, 2 passing) plus 1 Pick-6. Bucs have scored 47 points total: 4 FGs & 4 FGs (1 rushing, 3 passing) plus 1 Pick-6. Eagles’ offense has made 2 turnovers, while the Bucs’ offense hasn’t turned the ball over thus far.

    Defensively, Bucs defense has only faced 114 plays, while the Eagles’ defense has faced 136 plays. Eagles (#16 overall defense) are very good (#1) against the run, but poor (#32) against the pass. Bucs (#8 overall) are also very good (#2) against the run, but better (#24) against the pass. Eagles are allowing an average of 5.7 YPP and has generated 6 takeaways, while the Bucs’ defense is allowing a slightly better 5.3 YPP average and has generated 5 takeaways.

    Bucs’ Special Teams is probably just a tad better, although both teams S/Ts are solid. Camarda is averaging a whopping 53.8 yds/punt, while Siposs is averaging 43.4 yds/punt. McLaughlin is 4-for-5 kicking (80.0% with 1 blocked) with his longest of 57 yds. Elliott is 6-for-7 kicking (85.3% with 1 missed from beyond 50 yds) with his longest of 61 yds.

    Mayfield (47-of-68 … 69.1% … for 490 passing yds, 1 sack and 14 runs for 28 yards) and Hurts (40-of-56 … 71.4% … for 363 yds passing, 7 sacks and 21 runs for 72 yards) both are doing quite well this year. Eagles biggest advantage IMO is their RB stable … RB D’Andre Swift has 178 yds rushing (6.1 YPC), plus they also have Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott & Rashaad Penny. Tons of depth IOW, all supported by a beastly OLine. Still, Patriots DLine held them to 97 yards rushing on 25 attempts in the 1st game; we can do the same.

  19. DJB Says:

    Carmada not only ran down the blocked FG, but it appeared that he tipped it ahead, so that he had a better shot at recovering it.

  20. Infomeplease Says:

    Jake is having a pro bowl year!! I hope this continues for years to come.

    Not only is Jake taking no prisoners, the whole special teams has improved 100% or more!! The past several years they were so bad (bad in a bad way not bad in a good way)! The kicking game with CM (57 yarder), Great coverage (ZM27). A lot more speed and better lane discipline in general! It’s been a while since special teams has contributed towards some wins. They sure are now!!

  21. Eckwood Says:

    Said he was the best Bucs pick in the draft then and now
    we all know why .
    I remember people just bashing the pick but perhaps
    some folks can see what a weapon a special kicker can be .

  22. BucaneroJim Says:

    Camarda is special… very special. Thanks Jake!… we fans really appreciate you.

  23. Bucnjim Says:

    If directional kicking was still a thing he’d be the next Ray Guy. Forget about touchbacks place that ball on the 5 yard line with a 5 second hang time. Our kicker has been playing incredible glad we have him.

  24. Matlok727 Says:

    Last year on Christmas day, the Bucs versus cardinals he punted one like to my eye level, and I was in the very top row. It was awesome to hear cardinals fans gasp . But this one man I wish I had been there for . Although I did see that same punt come down here in Arizona

  25. Buddha Says:

    Reminds me of Ray Guy.

  26. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    [Canada’s] 72 yard punt for a touchback traveled about 82 yards in the air.”

    It reminded me of a Doug Williams hail Mary pass.

  27. garro Says:

    Thanks for the info DR.

    May just be an epic battle on MNF!

    Go Bucs!

  28. Wild Bill Says:

    At defense rules: Nice post. This game will be a big test for the Bucs. Philly has a rep for tough/nasty play. Lived in the western burbs of Philly for a few years and often went to Eagles, Sixers and Flyers games. Got to say the Philly fans are a tough crowd as are many of Philly neighbor hoods. Came out of a MBA evening class at Temple and could not get to my car because of a murder. Cops everywhere! A black teenager had shot and killed a grad student right on Broad St as part of a gang initiation. Tough town. Tough fans. Don’t miss Philly.