TAMPA, FLA (WFLA) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, Dirk Koetter, has chosen his words carefully when describing the woes of rookie place kicker, Roberto Aguayo. But just when Aguayo’s worst nightmare played out on national television Monday night, he kicked a 38 yard field goal at the buzzer to lift the Bucs to a 17-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Aguayo finished the night 3 for 5 on field goal attempts. He is 4 for 8 through 5 games, ranked last in the NFL with a 50% rate of accuracy. On News Channel 8’s ‘Koetter’s Korner’ weekly interview, Koetter told sports anchor Dan Lucas that Aguayo’s two misses could have cost the team. “But there were other plays in the game that could have done the same,” he added.
The Bucs entered Monday’s game minus several key players including running back Doug Martin, defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald and defensive end Robert Ayers. Despite the missing pieces, the Bucs defense managed 3 turnovers. A 4th turnover happened on a Panthers punt return. Koetter was quick to remind everyone that he’s stood by the defense, a unit put in bad positions by Bucs offensive miscues.
Turnovers, injuries, rollercoaster kicking. They’ve defined a bizarre beginning to the 2016 season but a 2-3 record, heading into the team’s bye week, puts it in 2nd place in the NFC South. The Atlanta Falcons sit on top with a 4-1 record. After a week off, the Bucs hit the road for another west coast trip on October 23rd vs. the San Francisco 49ers.