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09 December 2016

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 Media Availability (12/9/16)

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is leading the team in sacks this season, with 7.0, which is the most among defensive tackles in the NFL.
 
Below is the transcript of Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s media availability earlier.
 
HEAD COACH DIRK KOETTER
 
(On if there are any updates on wide receiver Adam Humphries and right tackle Demar Dotson, who are both in the league’s concussion protocol)
“They’re both still in, they’re both still in the protocol.”
 
(On if there is a possibility that Humphries and Dotson will be active this Sunday against New Orleans)
“Again, anytime it’s a concussion protocol, I’m totally out of it. It has nothing to do with us. It’s mandated by whatever that protocol is, that’s what it is.”
 
(On if Humphries and Dotson will have any more tests done before this Sunday’s game)
“That’s possible, yeah, that’s possible.”
 
(On if Dotson has to participate in a practice before being cleared and if tomorrow’s walk-through counts as a practice)
“Yeah, I’m not sure all of the exact rules behind it, but yes, he does. He does have to practice, I think that’s part of it.”
 
(On what kind of progress he has seen from offensive lineman Evan Smith, who returned to practice this week)
“Yeah, he got some work in, so it’ll just be – again, that’s stuff that the medical staff has to look at.”
 
(On keeping veterans out of practice late in the season, like defensive tackle Gerald McCoy)
“When you have guys that [are] proven players and have played multiple years, you’ve just got to be smart about it. They know if they can play, those guys know if they can play and what they need. We’ve got to save their body. We don’t need to keep beating these guys up in Week 14 or whatever it is, it’s just not smart. They know if they can go.”
 
(On if conditioning is an issue for veterans like McCoy who miss practice during the week some days)
“You guys have got to remember now, just because you don’t see them out here doing stuff, they’re doing stuff in there. They can be doing conditioning in the pool, we’ve got all these fancy machines in there that take the body weight off. These guys are the best athletes in the world, they don’t – they’re still getting their work in.”
 
(On if the team tries to limit possessions for opponents that have explosive offenses, like New Orleans)
“That is a strategy and I’ve seen it work, I’ve seen it backfire, big time. So, that’s a hard line to draw because you’ve got to play how you play and if you try to be too conservative and say you’re just going to grind the clock out. If you’re punting every three-and-out, you’re not doing any good, you’ve got to score points. You’ve got to score points to have a chance against New Orleans, they’re going to score points and you never know how the game’s going to go. But that is a strategy that I’ve seen it work, seen it not work.”
 
(On the biggest improvements he’s seen from New Orleans, defensively)
“Well, I think probably like our defense – even though they had the same coordinator form the end of the year – they’ve got a lot of new guys and I think just getting those guys, getting used to working together. And then of course [defensive tackle Sheldon] Rankins, their first-round pick, was out for quite a while. They’ve had their own injury issues that they’ve had to deal with and I think just playing together and finding what their groove is and that’s really not much different with what happened with us.”
 
(On what the team’s attitude was this week at practice)
“Yeah we’re practicing fine, we’re practicing fine. We’re trying to just keep practicing the same way we practice. That’s what we do and you don’t know how it’s going to carry over to Sunday, how the games going to go, what breaks we’re going to have. So, we’re just trying to do the same thing. These guys attitude-wise are fine, they’re doing a nice job.”
 
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