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14 November 2014

Buccaneers Quotes: Friday, November 14, 2014

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: Buccaneers kicker Patrick Murray has connected on four field goals of 50+ yards this season. With one more, he will tie Martin Gramatcia (5 in 2000 and 2002) for the second-most in a single season in franchise history.
                            
Below is a brief selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
               
Head Coach Lovie Smith
Linebacker Mason Foster
 
HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH
 
(Opening statement)
“Injury report: Doug Martin is out. Doug is making a lot of progress, but he won’t play this week. Beyond that, everybody else is available. It’s always good to have decisions on gameday as opposed to ‘Who’s healthy?’ and just dressing the guys who can play. To have everybody in some form ready to go is pretty good. Beyond that we finished up Friday practice. We had Leshawn Williams at practice today. Players always assume that they’re going to get up after every play and even if you don’t get up you assume that you’ll still be able to walk afterwards – it’s just a tough situation for he and his family to deal with. We wanted to get him out today to just let him know there are others thinking about him and for him to see other defensive lineman that presented him a jersey and let him break down our football team. We have a lot of great Buccaneer fans out [there], he’s one and we’ll be praying for him and standing there with him as he goes through this journey of changing up his life and how he deals with things. Redskins, I’m sure they’re ready to go. From what I read, they’re disappointed – all teams are disappointed if you don’t have the records you would like right now, you feel like you’re a better football team than that and we feel the same way, we’re a better football team than that. Eventually teams that think they’re a better football team than that should start winning games. One team that thinks they’re a better football team than their record says right now will win this week, which is a good thing.”
 
(On how he decided running back Doug Martin wouldn’t be ready this week)
“Not me – he’s just not healthy. He’s hurt and he’s making progress, but he’s not there. I make decisions on the guys that are ready to go and have been cleared medically to play. Doug isn’t there yet.”
 
(On signing punter Jacob Schum to the practice squad)
“We brought a player in on the practice squad. He’s on the practice squad now and going any further from that – we have players at other positions too on the practice squad and I wouldn’t look too much into it besides that. We wanted to take a look at someone else, there’s a punter that we knew something about and we’re constantly rolling guys in. If you look at our practice squad, it has changed every week, there are some guys we want to take a look at and see exactly what they are, there may be some that we liked before and we want to see where they are right now, that’s pretty much where we are.”
 
LINEBACKER MASON FOSTER
 
(On the defense’s lack of creating big plays)
“That’s what I pride myself on: making big plays. Over the past few year, [I have gotten] interceptions, fumbles – whatever. You’ve just got to wait to make your play. You can’t try to go do somebody else’s job; you’ve got to do your job and the plays will come to you. But I was just thinking yesterday, it’s a long season – we’ve still got a few more games to go. [The plays] are going to come. You’ve just got to continue to do your job. As soon as you start looking to make those plays and doing too much, that’s when you give up big plays – you can’t have that. So just keep working and things are going to come.”
 
(On how well he is adjusting to the defensive scheme)
“It’s going well. The year didn’t start off how you’d want to start off [with me] getting hurt. Just trying to work my way back. Continue to work. It’s tough when you sit out a couple of weeks. I felt like I was on a roll in camp. There’s no excuses. You’ve just got to continue to work and things are going to turn around. This is a different scheme. The last few years, I’ve had a bunch of different schemes – we’ve had a bunch of different coaches. Just got to continue to work and things will start clicking.”
 
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