If Tampa Bay working again Leonard Fournette ever tires of spending his Sundays being tackled, he could have a future on the motivational talking circuit. Along with his legs and arms, the Bucs wanted Fournette’s phrases to rally them after they fell behind by 10 factors within the first half.
“He spoke at halftime, received us going, then got here on the market and backed it up with all of the stuff he was speaking about,” linebacker Shaq Barrett mentioned of Fournette’s halftime speech.
He backed it up, all proper. His halftime pep discuss — and his 4 touchdowns — propelled Tampa to its second straight win, 38-31.
Regardless of two first-half touchdowns from Fournette (one on the bottom, one via the air), the Bucs struggled to persistently transfer the ball or cease Indy from doing the identical. Their poor effort impressed Fournette to go all Knute Rockne within the locker room earlier than the beginning of the second half.
“I used to be like, ‘You must have a will and a need,'” mentioned Fournette. “‘You must be prepared to threat the whole lot. Play by play, you need to wish to win, you need to wish to struggle, each play.’ I feel they understood that message and performed their lights out.”
Fournette continued: “You can inform the temper — individuals’s vitality was down. And it wasn’t like we [were] on the market getting our asses whooped. It’s simply the little issues separating us to win the sport from them. So simply attempting to spice up everyone popping out. And thank God it labored.”
Now in his second season with Tampa, Fournette wasn’t simply speaking the discuss, he was strolling the stroll. He completed with 100 speeding yards, seven receptions and 4 whole touchdowns.
The mix of Fournette’s sport and gab in the end led the Buccaneers to outscore Indy 24-7 over the sport’s last two quarters.
“We have been all watching him run and simply do nice issues with the ball. It energizes us on the sideline,” added defensive again Antoine Winfield Jr. “We see him working, going exhausting, and it makes us wanna play higher.”
Subsequent up on the Fournette talking tour: Atlanta, which is able to host the touchdown-scoring Ted Speak from Tampa subsequent Sunday afternoon.