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Bucs' special teams play concerns coach Greg Schiano

Connor Barth sees his 35-yard field goal get blocked by the Raiders on Sunday. The Bucs also rough the punter for a penalty.


Connor Barth sees his 35-yard field goal get blocked by the Raiders on Sunday. The Bucs also rough the punter for a penalty.

TAMPA — For all the splendid things that came out of the 42-32 win at Oakland on Sunday, Tampa Bay didn't exactly put on a special teams clinic.

Among the notable blemishes were a roughing the punter penalty, a blocked field goal, and a missed field goal from the usually accurate Connor Barth.

"I'm very perturbed by some of the things that have happened in the kicking game. There's no reason for a blocked field goal," coach Greg Schiano said of the 35-yarder batted down by DE Lamarr Houston. "I don't care how good an effort Oakland made. If we don't remedy it, it's on us."

Also frustrating was LB Adam Hayward's roughing the punter, a 15-yard penalty. The Bucs try to block every punt, but Schiano said it's no excuse. Earlier this season, the Bucs ran into a punter, a 5-yard penalty.

"When you … come after the punt, sometimes that's an inherent risk with it," Schiano said. "But for the reasons that it has 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."

Schiano took a different tone on Barth. His miss came from 54 yards. But since making 25 consecutive field goals, he is 4-of-8.

"I think he's kicking (fine)," Schiano said. "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."

BENN HURTING: Schiano has another special teams concern with KR Arrelious Benn dealing with a shoulder injury. He will be a game-time decision. If he can't go against the Chargers, options include PR Roscoe Parrish and WR Tiquan Underwood. S Cody Grimm (hamstring) is questionable.

For the Chargers, LB Antwan Barnes (hamstring) is doubtful and starting DE Corey Liuget (hamstring) and starting LT Jared Gaither (groin) are questionable after missing practice Thursday and Friday.

MORE MARTIN: Voters at selected RB Doug Martin as the rookie of the week after his 251 yards on 25 carries against the Raiders. The other finalists: Colts WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts QB Andrew Luck, Browns RB Trent Richardson and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

Martin also was named the "ground player of the week" for the second straight week. The honor comes with a $2,000 donation in Martin's name to Junior Achievement in Tampa.

STILL IN IT: The Chargers, with embattled coach Norv Turner, are among the forgotten teams in the AFC. But QB Philip Rivers said they are very much in the playoff race.

"The facts are we're 4-4 and we're a game out of first place in our division," he said. "We had a little rough stretch. We lost some games in tough fashion, three in a row. But we're battling through that and were able to get a division win (last week) against Kansas City.

"We're right in the thick of our division, and we have a shot at the halfway mark with eight (games) left to play. In a lot of ways, it's real positive."

Bucs' special teams play concerns coach Greg Schiano 11/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 10:10pm]
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