Koenen's mad scramble
Michael Koenen is strong on punts (43.6-yard average) and kickoffs (19-for-27 on touchbacks, including 7-for-7 Sunday). But Koenen won't get mistaken for a prolific passer.
Koenen admits he shouldn't have tried to throw the ball from near the Bucs goal line after his punt was blocked 45 seconds into the fourth quarter. The ball ended up in the hands of Kansas City DE Edgar Jones, who ran 11 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown to bring the Chiefs within 21-10.
"I was thinking two points (taking a safety) or get it out of there," Koenen said. "I should have just fallen on it."
On fourth and 6 from the Bucs 18, Shaun Draughn came in clean and blocked Koenen's punt into the end zone. Koenen raced back, beat Draughn to the ball, picked it up and started to run.
Koenen said he tried to throw the ball out of bounds, but Draughn hit him just as he passed the goal line. The ball went right to Jones. It was ruled a fumble recovery because players can't throw a pass after a blocked punt.
"I was surprised," Jones said. "Once I saw (Koenen) pick the ball up in the end zone, he looked as if he was running the ball. But he just kind of looked at me and threw it. So I'll take it."
Koenen has had seven punts blocked during his eight-year career but said this was the first time he tried a pass. Joked Bucs K Connor Barth: "I think his passer rating is probably negative-5."
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Stephen F Holder has been writing additional Buccaneer features and daily blog reports on the team for several seasons now for The Tampa Bay Times.