Bucs' surprise bunch onsides kick

Updated: October 24, 2007, 3:05 PM ET
By Marwan Maalouf
Even though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost this past Sunday to the Detroit Lions, credit special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia for his creativity by calling the bunch onsides grounder, which was perfectly executed by kicker Matt Bryant.

Matt Bryant

The play started with the Tampa Bay's kickoff team grouped together on the 25-yard line in an obvious onside kick situation, because the Bucs were down by two scores with just over two minutes left in the game. The Tampa Bay players were nonchalantly waiting for the official's whistle to start the play and the go signal by Bryant, which was simply made by dropping his arm to indicate he will start his approach to the ball. The timing of the play is the most important part because if the Buccaneers are off sides they will have to re-kick and lose any surprise value this kick had.