Bucs working through various special-teams issues
For all the wonderful things that came out of the Bucs’ 42-32 win at Oakland on Sunday, Tampa Bay didn’t exactly put on a special-teams clinic.
Among the notable blemishes in the kicking game were a blocked field goal attempt by the Raiders, a roughing-the-kicker penalty and another missed field goal from usually-accurate kicker Connor Barth.
“I’m very perturbed by some of the things that have happened in the kicking game that shouldn’t have happened,” coach Greg Schiano said. “There’s no reason for a blocked field goal. I don’t care how good an effort Oakland made. That should not happen and it did. If we don’t remedy it, it’s on us.”
The block appeared to be the result of a poor blocking effort by the offensive front, allowing Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston to bat down the 35-yard attempt.
Also frustrating was linebacker Adam Hayward’s roughing penalty, a 15-yard personal-foul penalty. The Bucs are aggressive, choosing to pursue blocks on just-about every punt, but Schiano said it’s no excuse. It was the second such penalty this season. The Bucs have also registered a 5-yard running-into-the-kicker penalty.
“When you do what we do, and that’s come after the punt, sometimes that’s an inherent risk with it,” Schiano said. “But for the reasons that it’s happened to us, it shouldn’t have happened. It can happen, but (shouldn’t) the way it did to us. That’s why I’m not very accepting of it. And I don’t gloss over it. I’ll tell you that.”
On Barth, Schiano took a different tone. His miss on Sunday came from 54 yards, which no one will criticize. But Barth had a streak of 25 consecutive made field goals snapped against Kansas City last month and is 4 of 8 since.
“I think he’s kicking (fine),” Schiano said. “The first one that broke the streak was a fifty-something yarder. He hit that one right on the screws. It was windy that day and it was a long field goal. But it was a great kick.
“I just ask him, ‘Did you hit it well?’ That’s all I want to know. If you keep hitting it well, you’re going to make more than your fair share.”