TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – For the second consecutive game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety, Keith Tandy, intercepted a pass to seal a Bucs victory. It is only the 6th interception of Tandy’s career. But for the defensive back that began the season 3rd on the depth chart, no plays have been larger.
The Bucs pass defense has helped spark a resurgence. So much, that 10 interceptions in the team’s last 5 games have helped the Bucs turnover margin grow from minus 9, to plus 6.
In this week’s exclusive ‘Koetter’s Korner’ interview, Bucs head coach, Dirk Koetter, explained that a 3-interception performance, Sunday against the Saints, was more the doing of the defensive backs themselves. “Sometimes, it’s the result of the pass rush,” Koetter said. “We had suffocating coverage all day.”
If the defense deserves much of the credit for Sunday’s 16-11 win, give a big assist to the punt coverage unit. The “gunners”, Josh Robinson and Ryan Smith have made several key plays during the season. On Sunday, they set up a pair of defensive series, downing a pair of punts inside the Saints 5 yard line. The first, a bounce into the end zone that Smith was able to deflect back into play, while leaning at a 45 degree angle, his feet clear of the goalline. Tight end, Alan Cross, scooped the loose the ball inside the 1 yard line. The play helped place punter, Bryan Anger, in the spotlight. His 27 punts inside the opponent’s 20 yard line, this season, are 6th most in the NFL.