There's a factoid concerning the Bucs that I don't know if it is still the case after Thursday night or not...but I hope someone on cutter's staph is reading some deadspin. Here's the first few paragraphs with the Buc fact....
We have a lot of games to get to this week but before we begin I have a very simple and logical request of all NFL kickoff returners: Please stop taking the ball out of the fucking end zone.
Stop that right now. I know you think the protection looks dandy and that you can use your otherworldly speed to scamper to midfield and beyond, but you are wrong. You are going to get destroyed at the 15 and I will hate you forever for your hubris. And if you take it out from deep in the end zone, you should be strangled.
Once the NFL moved the kickoff touchback to the 25-yard line, it effectively negated any strategic advantage from attempting a return. The only reason they kept the kickoff at all is for ceremonial purposes, and so that we can still have cool onside kicks at the end of games. This year, the leaguewide average for kickoff returns is 22.5 yards. Only nine teams average better than 25 yards per kickoff return, and they don’t clear it by much (and remember, they include end-zone yardage in those stats). The average starting field position for kicks taken out of the end zone? Why, that would be the 22.9 yard line. The Bucs, bless their stupid little hearts, start from the 12.5 on such returns.