Head coach Dirk Koetter gave play-of-the-day honors to Keith Tandy after Friday’s practice, the second of Bucs training camp.
During an 11-on-11 period Mike Glennon hung a ball in the air for Adam Humphries, who beat Johnthan Banks off the line in one-on-one coverage only to have the pass broken up last second by the fifth-year safety.
“That was a great play by Tandy,” Koetter said. “I went up to Smitty (defensive coordinator Mike Smith) right afterward and said, Adam made a real nice double move and was way behind the corner and then for (Tandy) to overlap, well.
“But that was good for Mike Glennon to see. But for Tandy to show his range like that – that’s unusual that an NFL safety will overlap and make that play. That was a really nice play. Maybe the play of the day.”
Brent Grimes gave it a run for its money, though, as he intercepted Jameis Winston on another deep ball, hung in the air too long during a 7-on-7 portion of practice. Koetter was impressed by Grimes’ adjustment, too.
“That was a nice play by Brent,” Koetter said. “That wasn’t a great decision by Jameis, unfortunately. That was actually probably Jameis’ first bad decision in two days. We’ve been getting after Grimes with some double moves, but he got us on that one.”
As you can tell by his answers – “good for Glennon to see”, “unfortunate” decision by Winston – Koetter is still, first and foremost, an offensive-minded coach. But day by day he’s learning to get excited over great defensive plays, and Friday gave some reason to be optimistic about the secondary.
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Our new DC needs to wake up and realize Lovie failed to use Tandy’s great talent and he needs to be starting this year to really show what he can do.
It seems like every time Tandy gets an opportunity he makes plays.
Couldn’t agree with you guys more. This guy has stuck with the team for awhile, but for some reason he always seems to be the 3rd, or 4th option. Now that we have some competent coaches back there instead of Lovie Jr., maybe Tandy gets a legit shot at starting. It hasn’t been talked about a lot, but safety is another interesting camp battle.
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