Koetter says he played percentages with Folk
Roy Cummings, Florida Football Insiders, published 2 October 2017

Given the way Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk was kicking the ball on Sunday, the percentages weren’t necessarily in his favor. With the game on the line, though, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter decided to play them anyway. “Never a doubt,’’ Koetter said with a slight chuckle after Folk bailed the Bucs out of the hole he helped dig by kicking the game-winning field goal in their 25-23 victory over the Giants on Sunday night.

Folk, who was brought into and ultimately did replace the ultra-erratic Roberto Aguayo, left seven points on the board on Sunday by missing field goals of 46 and 49 yards and an extra point. His misses also led to 10 points for the Giants, who rallied behind those misses to build the 23-22 lead they held when the Bucs got the ball back with 3:16 left om the clock in the fourth quarter.

Six plays later, after a 26-yard Jameis Winston pass to tight end Cameron Brate moved the Bucs to the Giants 13, Koetter decided immediately to put the game on Folk’s foot. While fans no doubt wondered if he’d lost his mind, Koetter called two straight runs for Winston, the first to the middle of the field and the second a kneel down in the same spot, to set the stage for Folk.

“You play the percentages,’’ Koetter said. “You use up the clock, make them use their time out, center the ball, four seconds left – (take) a time out, kick it, win the game.’’

 And that’s just how it worked. That’s how a goat became a hero, and there’s little doubt Folk understood just how close he was to being the former on this night. “This is probably about the worst you can feel after (hitting) a game winner,’’ he said. “It was a rough day at the office for me. I just didn’t have my best stuff. But in the end it was fun.

“It was rough in the middle. But all you can do is, you just try to bounce back ad make the next kick. Yeah, (missing) those three hurt. I left seven points on the board. But hey, we won.’’ Never a doubt.