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13 October 2014

Buccaneers Quotes: Monday, October 13, 2014

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: WR Louis Murphy is the first player in team history to have at least 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns over their first three games with the Buccaneers.
            
Below is the transcript of Head Coach Lovie Smith’s earlier media availability:
                                                                                                             
HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH
 
(Opening statement)
“Not much has changed since yesterday. Of course, it wasn’t a whole lot of fun. I thought we would play a lot better than we played yesterday, kind of simple as that. Didn’t start fast and we didn’t finish strong either. Reasons why, of course, we have a few weeks to figure that out. We have options. When you play the way we played the first six games, you do – as I said yesterday – you have to look at changing things. And it’s not like we’re going to get another team or change our coaching staff, anything like that. We just have to all do a better job. We’re going to kind of start with that. Injury-wise yesterday, didn’t have a whole lot of injuries from the game.”
 
(On his comment after Sunday’s game that the team did not have talent in some areas)
“We had some [pre-existing] injuries yesterday. Yes, we had a few guys out.”
 
(On if he could expound on the comment and if it was made in the heat of the moment)
“No, it’s not heat of the moment. I’ll just say [it]: our cornerback didn’t play yesterday, and we were finally getting our MIKE linebacker back yesterday. But I’m not going to – we had somebody on the football field that was representing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so that had very little to do with it. Who we have out there, the way we prepared them isn’t good enough.”
 
(On why the team struggled to establish a pass rush in Sunday’s game)
“We have to get a better pass rush, and what’s going on with it, just talking about Gerald McCoy. Gerald McCoy is playing hard. He has to defend against a couple of people most of the time. We need to get into more passing situations also. Sometimes you see a pass this many times, but it’s off of a play-action or something like that. We need to get into more of those traditional passing situations and try to free him up a little bit. But just not him – there are four guys. And I’ve talked about our four-man front and what we have to do. We need to get more from them – it’s as simple as that. You can’t double-team everyone. We’ve been in some favorable passing situations – I may throw that out there – on third-and-long and we just haven’t been able to convert. It’s an area that we need to improve. I’ll just answer it like that.”
 
(On if he thinks the cornerbacks are doing a good job of jamming their receivers at the line of scrimmage)
“That’s a part of it – I wish it was just that simple. It’s hard jamming them sometimes. We haven’t been pleased with how we’ve played man coverage – just not two. Just our overall play at the cornerback position hasn’t been good enough like others.”
 
(On if picking up on play-action plays is attributed more to film study or execution)
“That’s a pretty broad term, ‘Play-action.’ Do we need to do a better job with some of the play-action passes? Yes. Some of the drop-back passes? Yes. To the part of film study: yes it is. But it’s more than that. It’s kind of reacting and reading your keys and playing at the time and making plays once you do get into position. We’ve been in position sometimes and just haven’t made plays also. A lot goes into that.”
 
(On what the plan was to stop Baltimore’s defensive ends and if he was surprised at how well they played)
“We’ve played good defensive ends before in the past. We knew that we had two good defensive ends that we were playing. Defensive end, linebackers, guys that rush on the outside coming in. But their guys played really well against us. We had played pretty good ball at the tackle positions also. But, yeah, there’s a plan if you can’t – you have to add more people to get them help, whether it’s chip help, help from the running back, keeping a tight end in. We tried a lot of different combinations of things. Sometimes you can’t get help and you just have to block them also. But Mike [Glennon] was under a lot of pressure yesterday – more than normal. We haven’t had to deal with that type of pressure before. We’ve played it better.”
 
(On if quarterback Mike Glennon should have thrown the ball quicker to avoid some of the sacks)
“That’s easier said than done. When you get behind and start three-step dropping, you need to push the ball down the field a little bit more. We had a few opportunities right away when they score right away and then we turn the ball over right away, and you’re getting in the hole 21-0 or 28-0 right away. The short game and things like that, you get out of your gameplan a little bit based on that. But that’s one of the ways, of course, you can help the quarterback is to get rid of the ball a little bit quicker. Didn’t work that way yesterday.”
 
(On why the team has gotten off to a slow start in most of their games)
“Overall, you’re right. We have [gotten off to a slow start in the games] and we’ve tried to – it’s another area that we need to look to do something differently too. I’ve deferred quite a bit to put our defense out there, and especially at home. That’s kind of the gameplan we like. Again, everything we’ve done so far, we’re looking to possibly change things. But as far as starting the game out, you practice the situations and try to prepare the team as best you can. We try to have them fresh and ready to go. The excitement, of course, of playing at home will normally give you something also. And then, it’s just like everything else. Whether it’s the start of the game or during the game or at the end, you have to just make some plays and have some type of success right away. And some of the plays that have really hurt us have been some basic plays. They broke a long run to really get momentum going, and of course, our plan is to – if we get the ball – to score a touchdown right away and then try to get a takeaway. But when an opponent does that, it’s just kind of tough duty. Again, we realize the problem as far as starting fast.”
 
(On offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s status and if he could return this season)
“We talked about and I told you the plan with Jeff – we’re moving on like he won’t be with us anymore and that will be the case. Our offensive team has done [well]. The offensive production wasn’t good yesterday, but before that, in the previous two games, it’s been pretty good. We’re looking at all areas, but that probably won’t be one of them.”
 
(On how much he relies on his past experiences to know he’s on the right track)
“I think experience teaches you a lot and for us, I’ve been in this situation before, a few different times and I just believe in what we’re going to do. When you do start off, there’s a reason why there is something new starting off with that and you do have to crawl before you walk. We didn’t want to do it as much and part of the master plan wasn’t for us to be in this situation right now, but that’s normally what you do when you start something new. It’s not ready right away, you have to build that foundation and that’s what we’re doing right now. Keep in mind also if we had started off 5-1 or 6-0 right now, there’s still a lot of football left to go. We haven’t taken this team through this second quarter and on, we have a lot to go and we are – and I said last week that we are a better football team. That game did not say that, but we’re doing some good things, some better things behind the scenes and then hopefully we’ll put it together and we’ll eventually see that for one of the games.”
 
(On if there are similarities between this season and his first season as a head coach with Chicago)
“As I said before, a lot of it and to name off which [similarities] – we started off 0-6 here [in 1996], I pull from some things there. After we had went to the Super Bowl in St. Louis, we started off 0-5, 0-9 if we’re counting the preseason games. You draw on all of those experiences, but what you come to and what I came to then is you stay the course on what you believe. What we’re doing has a proven success rate – we’re going to do it better and eventually there will be a good product that we’re going to put on the football field.”
 
(On linebacker Lavonte David’s comments that the team didn’t play with enough fire and how much he attributes that to leadership)
“I wouldn’t say lack thereof [leadership] and as far as the fire – those are opinions you get sometimes from one person and when a person says that, he’s maybe drawing on his personal – you can’t really get a sense. I’ve seen the most fired up football team around before the game that didn’t play well and I’ve seen teams that we’re more subdued before, that have really played well, you really can’t get that. Lavonte David has pretty much played the same way [all season]. I know what he brings to the table always and we need more doing that, but the best form of leadership is better play on the football field and for everyone leading that way. We need to get more of that and I’m talking about good solid play.”
 
(On the fans being disappointed)
“Well a couple of things here. I would say, first off, I’m disappointed too. That’s what I would say to them. I agree with the numbers that you threw out, that is disheartening, but it’s like I would say also, when you’re in a game you don’t crown anyone – the winner of that game during the game. We’re disappointed right now is what I would say. We’re disappointed right now also, but just let it all play out and yeah I’ve said that before, but the game isn’t over yet and that would be my statement. Give us time, we’ll continue to get guys back and there’s a lot of football left to go. If we were 6-0 right now, would you start buying your Super Bowl tickets? You have to just hold on a little bit is what I would say and I don’t listen to talk radio, but I don’t have to. I know what’s out there and we’re all disappointed right now, but I’m going to keep going, I’m going to finish. We’re all disappointed right now, but that will change though.”
 
(On quarterback Mike Glennon’s performance)
“He did some good things. Mike will tell you that he would like to – we didn’t start exactly the way we would have like. That turnover early on hurt us, but Mike came back and did some good things, he was under a lot of pressure. We saw some things that we really liked and I’ve said that every game that Mike has played. Again, just stay with us and after it’s all said done who knows, maybe Baltimore is a great football team right now also and we played them at wrong time too – that happens from week-to-week in the NFL. Some teams you just don’t think are going to play a certain way, they play a little bit better, so maybe that was the case also. Let’s not put everything based on this game. I know what happened in the Atlanta game, but there are a couple of other games in between there where we played some pretty good ball too. Hold on.”
 
(On if Glennon showed mental toughness)
“No, because he’s the same guy. Mike on the sideline it was about the next series every time. ‘Hey Mike, we have to have one here alright, this is one of those kind of games where we need points.’ It was the same demeanor, ‘I can’t wait to get back on the football field to help my team score some points.’ I saw that early from him and I’ve seen the same thing.”
 
(On if the team is preparing to make a trade to turn the season around)
“It would be hard for me to respond to – are you asking me if we’re going to trade someone right now? You can probably see why I can’t even talk on something like that, but what I’m concentrating on is improving our Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team. We’re concentrating on the one we have right now and that’s a full time job and we’re going to do that. Next game we’re going to do it again, we’re going to back out to Raymond James Stadium in a couple of weeks against the Minnesota Vikings and I’m saying again we’re working to put a better product on the football field. Eventually that will come true.”
 
(On if it’s a good time for the bye week)
“Good time for the bye week. I don’t know if there’s ever a bad time for the bye week. You have a chance to get a few more guys healed up, for us we have a few injuries from young players and it’s a chance for us to go back to some more training camp practices and tighten up on some of the things that we’ve seen our football team continue to do. I just know – I don’t know how it is every year, but for us it’s a great time right now. Also for us, the way we played yesterday, it’s good to hurt for two weeks also, when you have that driving your preparation and your practice and all of that.”
 
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