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23 September 2015

Buccaneers Quotes: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: The Buccaneers played eight games last season prior to DE Jacquies Smith getting his first sack. During that span, the team averaged 1.43 sacks per game, which ranked 27th in the league. Since that game, when Smith recorded his first sack, he has started 9-of-10 contests for Tampa Bay and the team has tied for the eighth-most sacks per game in the NFL, averaging 2.91 sacks per game.
                 
Below is a selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
 
Head Coach Lovie Smith
Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter
Quarterback Jameis Winston
Wide Receiver Mike Evans
Running Back Doug Martin
Defensive End Jacquies Smith
 
HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH
 
(Opening Statement)
“Injury list: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Evan Smith and Major Wright. Those three players weren’t able to practice. They weren’t able to practice today. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow. The rest of the guys practiced on a limited basis, guys that have been out – T.J. Fatinikun, Mike Jenkins. Those were the two that have been out that were able to do some things, so [we’re] getting a little bit better. Excellent practice today, up tempo, all that good stuff.”
 
(On the challenge of going against Houston defensive end J.J. Watt and the entire defense)
“You’re right, but first just talking about him. [He’s the] MVP of the league, rightfully so – great player, motor. Every down you get the same type effort, someone we have to deal with. We talk about our front being the engine of our defense. That’s definitely the case with the Texans. Of course [Jadeveon] Clowney is a great player. [Whitney] Mercilus [is] a good player. Vince Wilfork has been a great player in the league for a long period of time. As I see it each week, it’s their D-line versus our D-line and as we are talking to them, it’s two defensive lines playing and we’ll see which one can have the most production.”
 
(On the mindset of the team today and the good things a win can do for a team)
“It does, but you should have the same mindset whether it’s a win or a loss. It’s always about that next day. Our preparation was good last week. Our preparation was really good this week. That’s all you can really go on, but your mindset before is better when you are coming off of a win and everything else is better, but once you get to the practice field. I just know we had a good practice today for a Wednesday. Wednesday is usually the day you install the game plan, initial part of the game plan. You can have some issues, normally on a Wednesday, but today was pretty good.”
 
(On if he is tired about talking about penalties with the team)
“No, I’m not tired of it. We’ll keep doing it. We got to get it taken care of though. It’s as simple as that. We should be a disciplined ball club. Some of the ones that were called, but it was just too many. It’s as simple as that. It’s just too many and hopefully we will see a lot of improvement in that area this week.”
 
(On wide receiver Mike Evans having more involvement with the loss of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins)
“Last week, any player comes off [an injury], you can’t go from no reps to an entire game, especially with a hamstring injury you have to, I wouldn’t say ease him in there, but you just have to watch the reps a little bit. Mike didn’t have any issues. He should be a lot better this week. Mike is one of the best players on our team, one of the best receivers in the league. Whether Austin is able to go this week or not, Mike’s role has to increase. Normally something good happens for the Buccaneers if we are getting the ball up to Mike Evans. It’s good to see him back out there.”
 
(On if Houston is a more dangerous team because they are 0-2)
“Does 1-2 make you not be desperate? They’re a good ball club period. Again, it’s early in the season. We are all trying to win in the worst possible way. Again, we’ve tasted what it feels like to win. Our guys want to do it again too. I assume that’s the case each week, but I can’t see anyone wanting to win any more than we do.”
 
(On defensive players saying they played more as a unit against New Orleans and why that is)
“I think if you figure that out let me know, on why you can have the type of results that you have from week to week in the NFL. But that’s how it is. I think as a player if you prepared about as well as you possibly can and you yourself know, I’m talking about from Week 1 to Week 2, you knew that you did a lot more, you come into the game with a lot more confidence and normally you take that on the football field. The big thing for us this week is we took a step. It was just a step. There was so much we still need to clean up. That’s what we have been doing out there. It does take time. We know that we don’t have a lot of time. Again, that same effort, but we need more.”
 
(On the team’s tight end depth with the absence of Seferian-Jenkins)
“I think right now we know we have pretty good depth. Luke Stocker has done a good job for us. He’s a good football player. Of course, Brandon Myers same thing. For us, we’ve had Cameron Brate around here for a long time. We know what he can do. Today we were missing a very good football player and if he can’t go this week, we’ll have to make adjustments. If he can’t go this week.”
 
(On how much does he game plan around stopping Houston defensive end J.J. Watt)
“There’s a lot of focus on it, rightfully so, but you can say, ‘Hey, he is just another player, let’s do our thing.’ No, it doesn’t work like that. You have to put a lot of the focus on him and when you’re that type of football play you have to do what you can to limit the opportunities that he gets and that’s tough duty. Easier said than done. I don’t think there is too much focus being placed on it. I just think that there are few good defensive football players, no players in general, but just defensive us talking defense. There’s more good defensive linemen on the field this week. For people that like defensive ball you should like seeing a lot of those guys out there this week.”
 
(On what makes Watt great)
“You have to have talent, start off with that. He has great talent. When you have talent and you are a relentless player every down, you play hard every down, maximum effort every time, I think that’s how you have separation from players based on that – great talent, relentless motor, no one plays harder than me. That’s a good start of seeing a pretty good football player.”
 
(On if they are preparing for seeing Watt on offense)
“Does he play offense? I thought he was a defensive guy. Come on now, I know he plays a little offense [laughter]. We’re worried about him a lot more on the defensive side than the offensive side. But when you are a great player like that, you normally have success with whatever you do. If he’s on the offense then we need to deal with him there.”
 
(On Evans saying Winston makes him feel calm in the huddle)
“Calm, I have to think on that one a little bit. It’s saying a lot for guys early in their career and you said Mike Evans said that Jameis makes him feel calm right? A receiver pumping up a quarterback that he wants to get the ball from? [laughter] No, those guys are going to have a lot of success together. He should make a receiver feel calm. A receiver should feel real good knowing he’s throwing him the ball, so it’s good to hear.”
 
(On moving Watt around to match up against the rookie offensive linemen)
“They have moved him around a lot, so that’s a part of the preparation. He can be anywhere. If I was them yeah, but I just don’t think they are doing it because they are playing us and we have rookie offensive linemen. I think that is what they would like to do. I think, in general, that’s what you would like to do – try to match you best guys versus someone you think is a favorable match up for you. So, yeah, we’re expecting that.”
 
(On handling Watt)
“Well, as we talked about a little bit earlier, you have to concentrate on him an awful lot, but I mean, [Jadeveon] Clowney is a heck of a player. As I said, Vince Wilfork – there’s so many others, so too much of your focus can’t go on one player, simple as that. You only have so many guys that you can deal with. He’s a great player. We’ve given him his due, but we have to have some success and teams have had some success.”
                               
(On Houston quarterback Ryan Mallett)
“He has a strong arm. He can make every throw. Good size, prototype dropback quarterback. Again, he can make all the throws, get the ball wherever you need it, wherever the offense needs it to be. That’s what you notice about him. For us, of course, we talk about the pressure from the other side, but our defensive front has to – no matter who the quarterback is, we have to make them uncomfortable in the pocket, simple as that. When you have success with the run, that can open up some things too. We can’t let them have success with their run. From there, it doesn’t matter who the quarterback is, our front has to get pressure and we’ve got to have our eyes on the ball and try to get a few picks. How many interceptions do we have? One, right? Not enough, so we need that pressure up front. When he throws the ball, we’ve got to get our hands up. He’s a prototype, dropback quarterback. They’re not going to run a whole lot of read-option with him. It’s a different attack.”
 
(On defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s injury against New Orleans)
“You gasp a little bit initially, because he was down there a while and you look at what he was holding, but I try to stay calm and let it play out and see what it is. Luckily it wasn’t what it could have been. You don’t want to, whenever your great – no, I shouldn’t just say the face of the franchise goes down, any of our players go down, you hold your breath a little bit.”
 
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR DIRK KOETTER
 
(On the pass protection against New Orleans)
“As a general answer, Jameis is still taking too many hits. Sometimes, that’s a pass protection thing, sometimes that’s a quarterback-receiver thing. We can’t get Jameis hit as much as we are right now. That’s too many hits. Those will add up over the course of 16 games.”
 
(On preparing for Houston defensive end J.J. Watt)
“You can be asking 31 offensive coordinators [that question]. He’s an elite player. He’s at the top of his game. I’m not going to throw out any more than you already know about him. He’s an excellent player and we’re well aware that we need to game plan for him.”
  
(On if it is harder to game plan for players that move around on the defense)
“Sure, anytime you move a great player that makes it tougher for us to zero-in on where he’s at.”
 
(On what the team can do to get wide receiver Mike Evans a chance to make explosive plays)
“Simple – throw it to him. Throw him the ball. What do you do? You throw it to him more. That’s simple. You want to get him in. Throw it to him. Easy.”
 
(On if there were opportunities for Evans to get the ball that quarterback Jameis Winston missed)
“Yeah, absolutely.”
 
(On the biggest step Winston took from Week 1 to Week 2 in terms of his overall play)
“Win. We won. He kept us in the ball game. Somebody said – somebody that was in the NFL a lot longer than me – ‘more games in the NFL are lost than won.’ There’s going to come a time when every quarterback, it’s time to win the game for us. Before that time comes, there is the time when you don’t lose the game for us. Jameis did a really good job of hanging in there. He made some beautiful throw, he missed some throws. That’s just where we are at [with him]. I’m probably going to be saying that for the next [14] games as we go through.”
 
(On the challenges of going up against a good defense)
“It’s challenging for all of us, but that’s the NFL. Every team has good players. Every week that’s the juggling act. Where are their best players? How do we try to minimize what their best players do? You mention they’ve got [J.J. Watt], [Vince Wilfork] has been a good player in this league for a long time, [Brian Cushings] has been a Pro Bowl player, [Johnathan Joseph] has been a Pro Bowl Player, [Kareem Jackson] is an up-and-coming player, but that’s every week. It’s just, where are they? It’s where are they every week and Houston definitely has good players on defense.”
 
(On if Winston’s stats against New Orleans are what Koetter would like to see in terms of keeping the offense balanced)
“Make no mistake, our head coach wants us to run the football and play good defense, play good special teams.  That’s Coach [Lovie] Smith’s formula for winning and that’s a proven formula in the NFL. You answered your own question.  Every game takes on its own personality. We were way out of balance in our run/pass ratio on first and second down, way out of balance. I don’t know if I ever been in a game – I think it was something like 18/3 if I’m not mistaken, somewhere right around there. We were out of balance, but that was just what that game called for. That’s just the way that game went. I do not think most games will go that way, but if they do and we have four more than them or whatever it was at the end then that’s great – seven more, six more, I don’t remember – one more at least.”
 
(On tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ injury and who Koetter is expecting to fill his role)
“That’s just something that as you go through the season, different guys are going to be banged up, less than 100 percent at different times. You count on the depth of your team. We have talked before about, we’ve got different playmakers. Hey, that’s the NFL. Your next tight end has to be ready to play. That doesn’t mean we have to design our whole game plan around that guy. Your game plan is designed, always, should be trying to get it to our playmakers, but is also somewhat dictated to what the defense does and what style of defense they play.”
 
(On if tight end Luke Stocker has the skill set to replace Seferian-Jenkins)
“Different skill set between Luke and Austin. [They are] different kind of guys. Luke [is] very valuable to our team. Luke does a lot of the dirty work and sure you would always love to reward that guy by letting him touch the ball, but those are different animals right there. We’re all looking for those tight ends that can do everything – can run like a wide receiver, block like a tackle. Those guys are hard to find. I’m a huge tight end guy myself. I’m a fan of all the tight ends we have. I’m excited we got Cameron Brate. We got him back after all the secrets he told New Orleans [laughs]. We got him back after a week. I like all of our tight ends. We’ll figure it out.”
 
(On if he saw improvement in the pass protection)
“Going back to the different kind of game, we were picking when we threw in this game, where in the last game – in the Titans game – we got totally out of whack with our game plan. When you are down four touchdowns, your hard play actions just aren’t going to work for you the same way. They are playing different coverages, they are rushing differently. I think we’re improving all the time and we should be. It’s still early in the season. Bringing [Gosder Cherilus] at right tackle, two rookie on the [offensive line], we should be improving. Part way through the game Evan [Smith] had to go out. Joe Hawley came in. All of a sudden we got a new center in there. If you look, every year successful offenses, a lot of times those O-lines start 15 or 16 games, they start the same five guys. The only part of that Colts game I watched the other night on Monday night was when they put that graphic up about how many different O-linemen they had been through. That was unbelievable to me. I mean, wow. We should be improving. Coach [Lovie Smith] told our guys last week, the biggest improvement many times is between Week 1 and Week 2. We talked to our guys today. The number one way we keep ourselves in games is keep improving in practice and that is something we’ll try to work on here in a few hours.”
 
(On the effectiveness of screen plays in certain situations such as third and long)
“Our screen game worked pretty well in the Saints game. Unfortunately on two of them, they came back because of foolish penalties. That’s probably the worst thing we are doing overall on offense right now is penalties. We had the four holdings plus a tripping. We improved on our procedural penalties a lot in this game, especially with the crowd noise. We’ll have that again this week. Both of those penalties on those screens that we are talking about were senseless. It’s one thing to get a hustle penalty like the penalty they called on Joe Hawley for tripping. Whether it was or wasn’t, they said it was so it was. The two holdings we had on other screens were senseless. We had no reason to be holding. That’s just part of the maturation process of our offense that we have to know when that’s not a hustle play, that’s just a senseless play.”
 
(On if the plan for Mike Evans against New Orleans was to ease him in or if he was just not getting opportunities)
“Both, he was on a pitch count. Mike was on a pitch count. Many times when a great player like that is on a pitch count – we were going to play him 10 plays in the first half and a total pitch count of 25. I knew that was going to go over like a lead balloon, because Mike every time he was out in the first half he looked at me like he wanted to smack me. Great players want to play and you appreciate that about him. The second part of that is we missed him a couple of times. We missed Mike a few times. Obviously, we need to get Mike involved in what we are doing. He is a tremendous weapon and we need to get him involved, we have to get the ball to him.”
 
(On what makes Houston defensive end J.J. Watt elite)
“[He has] great size, great strength, great quickness, great athleticism. Plenty of guys have some combination, but he is elite in all those areas, ball skills and then tremendous motor. They also design all their stunts so they are running a stunt to take all the attention away – they are always trying to get him singled. They know we are going to try and double him and they’re going to try and figure out ways to get him singled. They do a good job of getting him singled. He can be a power rusher, he can be a speed rusher. He’s got really good hands. He has a lot of pass rush moves. One thing that no one is talk about [is] our right tackle has played against him like seven times. ‘Gos’ [Gosder Cherilus] has played against him a lot. I think Gos knows he has his work cut out for him. It’s not like it’s a new experience. He’s played against him before.”
 
(On Jameis mentioning he couldn’t wait to play against Watt)
“Be careful what you wish for, it might come true. It’s going to come true on Sunday.”
 
(On Winston and checkdowns)
“Jameis is a sharp character. He can handle the checks. That’s not an issue. Many times what we do is, goes into the ear piece ‘this or this, this or this, this or this,’ or we have certain rules. We have a certain play on that if you get a certain look it goes to something else [snaps fingers] automatically. For the most part, Jameis was money on his checks. He missed a couple, but he made a couple real good ones too in the game.”
 
(On Winston getting in a rhythm with the no-huddle)
“He’s reminded me many times. He’s reminded me many times. Jameis likes playing in the no-huddle.”
 
(On what it means for an offensive coordinator to have top talent at the wide receiver position)
“It means you can count on them to win and because of their size sometimes even when they are not clean you can still throw it at them and they are going to make some plays. That’s one thing is I came up from a high school coach – I was even a junior high coach – small college coach, major college coach, you get to the NFL teaching quarterback, in the NFL, covered is open, depending on who the guy is. Covered is still open depending on who the receiver is. Balls that we throw, now I laugh that when I coached high school or coached college that I’d be saying, ‘No, don’t throw it over there, throw it over here.’ If you got the Mike Evans of the world out there, the Vincent Jacksons and it’s the right look then you got to let it go.” 
 
QUARTERBACK JAMEIS WINSTON
 
(On facing high-profile players like Houston defensive end J.J. Watt)
“I mean, just like last week, getting to play against Drew Brees, and even Mark Ingram – growing up a kid from Alabama, seeing him win a Heisman Trophy there – it’s amazing as a true football fan to play against the best players in the game, or the best players that I’ve seen since I’ve been growing up.
 
(On his confidence)
“I have tremendous confidence. It’s a privilege for me. Me, thinking like a kid, not even thinking about going against him, I’m just like, ‘Wow, we get to play JJ Watt.’ It’s amazing.”
 
(On where he ranks Watt on the list of players he looks up to)
“I look up to a lot of players. I’d rather talk about the game. He’s just a great player. He’s an amazing player.”
 
(On preparing for Houston’s defensive front)
“I just trust my offensive line. Obviously those guys are great. [They’ve] got Jadeveon Clowney, the first pick from last year. [They’ve] got Vince Wilfork – he’s a true veteran. Just great guys. It’s going to be amazing to play against those guys, but at the end of the day it’s going to be a battle between two good football teams.”
 
(On whether he has to approach this game differently given the pressure generated by Houston’s defense)
“We are going into [the game] having the same mindset: we cannot beat ourselves. Obviously they have a great defense, but I believe if I do my job, don’t turn the ball over, we’ll be pretty good.”
 
(On wide receiver Mike Evans)
“The more opportunities we are able to get him is huge. That guy, give him an opportunity, one chance, and he’ll make a big play for you. We worked over the summer, so we have that chemistry, but we’re going to hook up out there on the field.”
 
(On whether having his first NFL win has given him more confidence or changed his mindset heading into this week’s game)
“No, it doesn’t change my mindset at all. The goal is still to eliminate the negatives and add on the positives. We have to get better every single week. We won, but there are a lot of things out there on that field that we left on the table, like the drive where I threw the ball to Murph (Louis Murphy) on a scramble. We have to put the ball in the end zone when we get the ball on the 6[-yard line]. I take full responsibility on that. I missed two wide-open throws. So there’s a lot of stuff we can improve on week-to-week.”
 
(On what he has learned from experiencing both a win and a loss in the first two weeks of the season)
“It’s football. The thing is, even though we won, I have to put that behind me. We have another great team ahead of us that we have to prepare for and we have to be ready to play.”
 
(On being able to come back from a poor performance and not press too hard and make additional mistakes)
“It’s football. As long as you are trying to keep getting your goals to get better every week, you can’t worry about a bad experience or a bad go-around, because there are going to be good ones that come.”
 
(On comparing Week 1 and Week 2)
“The game was similar, I just made better decisions. I didn’t turn the ball over. This game was situational football. I fumbled, but I didn’t have any picks, early picks that turned into a pick-six, so the game was the same.”
 
(On tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins being out for several weeks due to injury)
“Not only will I miss Austin on the field, but he’s a great friend of mine. But at the end of the day, I’m thinking positive. I don’t really know his situation for real, so if we can get him [on the field], that’s great, but if we can’t, we have some great tight ends:  Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker, and Cam Brate back. [Brate] traded us and went to the Saints and then he came back, but we’re happy to have him back.”
 
(On developing a connection with Seferian-Jenkins early)
“Any time we could, we put time off the field in the offseason. So obviously we had that connection heading into the season, so we prepared for that. He’s just a great tight end. He’s big, long and very athletic.”
 
(On what he felt he did well in Week 2 as compared to Week 1)
“Took care of the football. When you don’t throw an interception on the first drive to hurt your defense, you have to be happy about that. I just took care of the football. I had that late fumble, which, I have to protect the ball with two hands, but, other than that, it was a very clean game.”
 
(On what he can do to avoid taking hits)
“I can get down, I can throw the ball away, but the thing is, when we’re actually playing football, when we’re out there on that field, I’m not thinking about that. All I’m thinking about is trying to compete. Like I said, it’s going to come with time. The older I get, I’m going to know I’m going to have to get down, but that’s just me getting used to the game. It’s my second game. Eventually I will learn to get down.”
 
(On a spin move he made during last Sunday’s game)
“I was just trying to get the first down, that’s all.”
 
(On working with wide receiver Vincent Jackson)
“When you have a guy like Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, on your team, you want to put the ball in their hands as many times as possible. Vince, being the veteran, he tells me, ‘Hey, Jameis, I’m going to be open here, I’m going to be open there,’ so you have to trust him. You have to know that he’s going to be where you want him to be.”
 
(On what went through his mind when he found Jackson for the touchdown in Week 2)
“I just thought I had a touchdown to Vince. The middle of the field opened – we work on that play all the time at practice, so both of the lightbulbs were clicking in the tops of our heads, and we executed. It was amazing.”
 
(On being comfortable in no-huddle situations)
“I just play faster in that situation, and I did it in college. But any situation that Coach Koetter puts me in, I’m going to try my best to perform my best. I just like up-tempo things, but, at the end of the day, a win is a win. Any way that we call the game – I’m the player, my job is to execute. I’m not a coach. I’m going to do whatever my coach tells me to do.”
 
(On whether opposing team players try to intimidate him)
“I never let another man intimidate me, ever. But it’s football, so obviously being competitive is going to be a big thing out there. We’re competing. We’re playing the sport that we love. Intimidation is not a factor.”
 
(On whether there is a lot of trash talking from opposing teams)
“That’s the game; that’s the game of football.”
 
(On what going against Watt will be like)
“His objective is just to get in your head, but I have to focus on doing what I have to do. If I let him hurt me, I’m hurting the team. I have to try my best to do what I need to do for this team.”
 
WIDE RECEIVER MIKE EVANS
 
(On potentially being full-go on Sunday after being on a "pitch count" in the previous game)
"It will be good. We're going back close to my hometown. It's kind of like going home, so it will be fun."
                                              
(On how much he looks forward to playing a game back in Texas)
"I'm looking forward to it a lot. I get to see my daughter while I'm out there. I get to see the rest of my family and play in front of them, so that's like a dream come true."
 
(On how much he's eager to play after being limited in the first two weeks)
"I'm looking forward to it. I'm full-go, I won't be on a pitch count. It's exciting and hopefully we'll get the win."
 
(On how frustrating it was to be on a pitch count in New Orleans)
"I mean, we won, so I don't really care what kind of count I was on. I did want to play more, it didn't happen, but I'll play more in this game."
 
(On the Houston cornerbacks)
"I watched them today. They're very crafty and they're very slick. They're not as physical as the corners we played last week but they're very smart. We've got our hands full with those guys."
 
(On how to get him back involved in the offense)
"I'll get my opportunities. We have a good game plan. I'll get my opportunities throughout the year and it's my job to make the play. [Have] a good week of practice, working on getting open, and hopefully it will be a good one."
 
RUNNING BACK DOUG MARTIN
 
(On the balance of the offense)
“It’s a good balance. I believe we had about 35 carries total and it was a well-balanced day. If you could take pressure off of Winston, that’s something that we’ve got to do. We’ve got to stay in the game, of course. They can’t get ahead for us to [be able] to keep running the ball, but it was definitely a good, balanced game.”
 
(On why he feels like he is more effective this year)
“I’m healthy, and I’ve just got to stay healthy. It’s also just a different mindset around here. We all believe that this is going to be a good year for us, everybody believes that we’re going to win and we’re just out there to play the game for each other.”
 
(On what he thinks about playing on the turf in Houston’s NRG Stadium)
“We played [on] turf at the Saints. Usually, when you play on turf, it’s a faster surface so a lot of guys like it. I like it myself because it’s also a faster turf, but yeah.”
 
(On his overall start to the season)
“We emphasize around here starting fast and finishing strong, and when you start fast that builds momentum into the game. If the defense sees you running your butt off and making plays, the offense out there trying hard, it makes them want to do better as well. That’s just a momentum builder, but that’s what we’ve got to do.”
 
DEFENSIVE END JACQUIES SMITH
 
(On how much he studies other defensive ends in the league)
“I do. I study them a lot. I pay attention to other guys on tape that I get a chance to see and I try to take bits and pieces and put it in my game, but as far as comparing myself to any, I wouldn’t do that. I just try to be Jacquies, honestly.”
 
(On if Houston defensive end J.J. Watt is a player he studies)
“Oh, yeah. You’ve got to watch him. He’s one of the best defensive – arguably the best –  defensive lineman in the game. He’s very talented and just being able to see what he does on film, I watch him a lot.”
 
(On what sets Watt apart from others)
“He’s big, he’s probably bigger than half the guys in the league. He’s fast, obviously he works hard because you see it and hear about it in the media all the time. He’s great with his hands. He’s just a great defensive lineman, honestly. You can’t take [anything] away from him. He does everything very well.”
 
(On the difference between the Buccaneers’ defense between Week 1 and Week 2)
“I felt like we just went out there and executed the game plan. Had a great week of practice, a great week of preparation and I feel like it showed out there on the field. Everybody was working together and [it was a] poetry-in-motion type thing.”
 
(On what it meant to bounce back on the road after Week 1)
“It’s big. It’s big for our confidence as far as in the locker room and just seeing the guys happy in the locker room. We want this feeling to stay around for a long time and in order to do that, you’ve got to win. It’s just great to see all the guys happy.”
 
(On if he feels like he was in ‘the zone’ last Sunday)
“Individually, yeah you feel like you’re in the zone but I feel like it’s a lot of stuff that works hand in hand to get that type of thing going. I think our coverage guys did a great job of making [New Orleans quarterback Drew] Brees want to go to his second and third [options] and that’s when the rush has to be there. I feel like as a defensive unit we did a great job altogether. I mean, I know it might seem like one guy had all the stats but I feel like as a unit we all did a great job.”
 
(On what it’s like knowing he might get the chance to rush the passer a lot versus Houston)
“I mean, you see on tape they’ve been down a little bit in the games but I know they’re going to want to get their running game going, obviously. They want to run the football, it’s just they’ve been down in a couple of games here lately. I mean, once you get a chance to rush the passer, you’ve just got to go out there and do your job.”
 
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