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13 November 2015

Buccaneers Quotes: Friday, November 13, 2015

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: With three points against Dallas on Sunday, K Connor Barth (430 points with Tampa Bay) will pass former FB Mike Alstott (432) for the third-most points in Buccaneers history.
                                                                                             
HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH
 
(Opening Statement)
“Injury list: Vincent Jackson, Ali Marpet and [Jacquies] Smith we’ve ruled out [for Sunday’s game].They’re fighting through, making progress, but they won’t be able to go. D.J. Swearinger isn’t quite there yet, but we haven’t ruled him out yet. The rest of the guys are at least listed as limited. What limited means [is] there’s a chance [they could play]. Beyond that [it’s a] a big game for both of us. For us, to start the second half of the season the right way to get a win, a home win – so much at stake this week. Things we need to do better than we did last week; get touchdowns in the red zone, take the ball away a few more times, be better on the defensive side on third downs and just play harder and be a little bit more physical.”
 
(On his confidence in possibly starting safety Keith Tandy)
“[I was] very pleased with [him]. We have an idea of what type of play we’re going to get from Keith. He’s consistent, smart guy, can play a couple of different positions. It’s good to have a guy like that when you are down two, three safeties. He had played, we feel very comfortable with him.”
 
(On if the last step for tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins returning is to make sure his shoulder can take hits)
“Yes, that’s what it’s down to. First step of course was to be able to run without pain and be able to take a little bit of contact. He’s been doing that for a while. That is the last step. We’re making progress with that. We just don’t know. He’s done more this week than he has done any previous week. We’ll see how it goes.”
 
(On playing a ‘desperate’ Dallas team)
“I never quite understood that one team [is] more desperate than the other. They have six losses, we have five. You would be hard pressed to find someone in our locker room that didn’t feel like this is a must [win] game. That’s how we’re looking at it. What’s going on at their place doesn’t really [matter]. We have our work cut out for us just figuring out what we’re going to do, how we’re going to do it and doing things better. This is a game that we have to have. It’s as simple as that.”
 
(On his confidence in Evan Smith playing guard)
“He went in last week and played well. [I’m] very confident and have confidence in him to get the job done. The one thing that is happening with the offensive line, I know it’s one thing on who starts, but I like the seven guys that we’re going to dress. We have depth. Everybody that’s suiting up has played good football for us. Dallas has a good front. They have first-rounders, they have high money guys and they play hard. For us, we have to neutralize their front.”
 
(On having confidence in Kevin Pamphile as the back-up inside lineman)
“Very much so. [I] feel comfortable with Kevin playing inside or out. [I] feel comfortable with Evan Smith playing center or guard. Our tackles can flip both ways. That’s the type of depth [we have]. We’re going to dress seven guys and you want them to play multiple positions – they can.”
 
(On if tackle Demar Dotson will dress on Sunday)
“He’s active and ready to go. That’s a good assumption to have. Demar is a good football player. Again, he is part of that seven-man mix that we feel good about.”
 
(On not having a big drop-off in talent from starter to back-up on the offensive line)
“We won’t have that in any position we have him or any of the other guys in. We can’t have that. Not we don’t want. We can’t. We can’t afford to have a drop-down in any position.”
 
(On how offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is doing)
“[He is doing] an awesome job. I love the guy. He is very hands on. He is very detailed oriented and he wants us all to be detailed-oriented. He’s just a great coach, a great coach to have and we’re lucky to have him.”
 
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