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09 August 2016

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 Training Camp Media Availability (8/9/16)

Below is a selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
Tackle Demar Dotson
Running Back Doug Martin
Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins
(On his impressions of the red zone work today)
“My impression was the defense kicked butt. The offense was 0-for-9 inside the 10; that’s a great job by our defense.”
(On what he’s going to try and get done Thursday night against the Eagles)
“The most important thing about your preseason games, especially the first one, is you’re evaluating guys. Everybody that’s healthy is going to play. Some of these guys get buried down in the bottom of the depth chart and we quick-whistle everything, we’re trying to get guys healthy. But when Thursday night comes, it’s live football, so we’re going to have some guys show up and make plays that we may not necessarily know about. So the main thing on Thursday night is just evaluate our guys, especially guys we haven’t seen.”
(On if there is one part of the team he is anxious to see)
“I’m anxious to see all of it. But again, the guys that we know about, the guys that were here in the past, those are the guys that you know about. The guys that are all those new people, all the free agents that we haven’t seen and especially the young rookies and the rookie free agents, those are the guys we’re most excited about.”
(On how excited he is to be coaching in a game)
“It’s good practice for the coaches as well; it’s good practice. They got a new headset set up, a new coach-to-quarterback setup this year. And for our staff this is our first time working with the headsets, ‘Smitty’ [Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith] calling the defense from upstairs. It’s good practice.”
(On coaching in his first game as an NFL head coach)
“Well, September 11 will mean a lot more than this, but I’m excited to be out there.”
(On if new headsets are due to on-field communication problems around the NFL in past years)
“Well, I’m not sure why, but they’re saying how much better it is, they’re saying you can be anywhere in the field and have great communication. I’m not sure the reasoning, but they’re saying it’s a really good system. We took a look at it at the owner’s meetings, we’ve had our headphone guy [come] in and did a little demo. But unless we practice in the stadium we wouldn’t have a chance to demo it, so it’ll be Thursday night.”
(On if running back Charles Sims will be ready to play Thursday)
“We’ll have to see. We’ll have to see about Charles, we’ll have to see about [wide receiver] Vincent [Jackson]. But anybody who’s healthy will play, but if it’s close on a proven guy, we’ll hold him out.”
(On guard J.R. Sweezy not being out there for a second day in a row)
“J.R. has been out of town and he’s been seeing a doctor in California the last couple of days.”
(On if this is a setback for Sweezy)
“I’m not the doctor and I haven’t talked to the doctor, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know something that we can tell you, we’ll let you know.”
(On running back Mike James)
“I’ve always liked Mike James. Mike James is a solid player, but he’s in a battle right now with [running backs] Storm Johnson and Peyton Barber. That’s going to be good, the one thing is your three, four, five and six running backs will get some good looks in the preseason.”
(On cornerback Josh Robinson)
“Again, I’m going to say this about every position, Josh was a guy who has been out for a couple of days with a little minor injury, came back today looked like he had fresh legs. He’s competing for a roster spot right now. So I think, as we say every day, the theme of everything is compete and these guys are doing it, but they’re going to take it to another level Thursday night.”
(On if Vincent Jackson’s day off was a veteran’s day off)
“No, he was a little banged up so he was sitting out.”
(On defensive end Robert Ayers bringing grit to the defense)
“Yeah, and it’s great, we need it. We need that, and I think if you’ve really been paying attention out here I think you see that he’s got other guys falling in line behind him on that and it’s a great thing to see because we need it.”
(On bringing the same type of grit in September that’s been in training camp)
“Yeah exactly, if we don’t bring it on Sunday then we’ve got an issue.”
(On the red zone offense today)
“Our defense did a great job today. We went 0-for-9 and they just had the better day today. We have to come out here and the next time we get the opportunity, we’ve got to do better. We’re not going to harp on it, we are just going to watch the film and get better at it.”
(On if he has been playing with a chip on his shoulder)
“Oh yeah, because I’m not getting any younger, man. I’m just trying to make the most of the last opportunities that I have and realize that time is short, based on what happened last year [getting injured]. I didn’t expect to get hurt. I thought I was going to be out there and things happened. It brings life into a perspective for you to realize you’ve got to appreciate every snap and every play, because you never know which one is going to be your last. So I just come out here and fight and battle every day and just compete.”
(On how the offensive line looks in practice)
“We’re not as good as we want to be, we’ve got to keep working. We’re not there yet, but we’re going to continue to battle and keep working and we’ve got to keep jelling together and put together some better practices. I don’t think we’ve had two good practices in a row. We’ll have one and then we come back out here a little dead. We’ve got to bring our own energy and that’s something we aren’t doing right now.”
(On hoping to get a lot of playing time on Thursday’s game against the Eagles)
“[Laughs] You want me to be honest with you? However long I’m out there, I’m out there. I don’t know how long I’ll play. If it’s 10 snaps or if it’s 20 snaps, I’ve just got to be prepared because you’ve got to be prepared for the worst. Last preseason I was out there longer than what I thought. I thought I was going to be out there just a few snaps and I was out there almost to halftime so I don’t know.”
(On if he likes the preseason)
“Do I like preseason? I like it when it’s over with.”
(On if he is ready for the first preseason game)
“I am. I’m very excited for this team and what we’re going to do. I like what we’ve done on the practice field. I like the energy that we’ve showcased, and I’m pretty excited with what we’re going to do.”
(On what his thoughts are about the preseason)
“Preseason is a time to get better. It’s time to go against other teams. We’re tired of hitting each other, so it’s good to get out there and start hitting some other people and try our offense and defense against another team. It’s good competition to get better.”
(On if he needs many touches in Thursday’s preseason game against the Eagles)
“It’ll be good to get a few touches, definitely, because it has been a while since I’ve played live football. So it’ll definitely be good for me to get a few touches.”
(On how much the team has improved in training camp up to this point)
“Just assignment – wise, efficiency and execution has definitely gotten better. The energy level has been consistent throughout the whole training camp and that’s something that I like. The competitive nature against the two sides – offense and defense have been consistent as well, so that’s something that’s pretty highlighted at training camp.”
(On the grit defensive end Robert Ayers brings to the defense)
“He brings a lot of grit and that’s why he’s here. He’s going to be really good for us.”
(On Ayers having the tendency to get under teammate’s skin)
“It’s good that he’s on our team, so that’s a good thing.”
(On the tight end depth chart)
“It is what it should be right now. Whatever it is, the coaches know it. I’m a player, the coaches coach, and those guys know what they’re doing. So whatever the depth chart is, the depth chart is. I’m just thankful to be out here playing football and doing what I love. I don’t care what the depth chart is, I don’t care what I’m on, I’m going to enjoy it and I’m going to seize every opportunity that I get because that’s the most important thing. Hundreds of thousands of people would love to be out here playing the game that we play. You got great media coverage, you got great fans that come out here. So if I’m not number one on the depth chart right now, I’m not number one on the depth chart right now. But I’m going to be the best two, be the best three, be the best four, whatever I’ve got to be I’m going to be the best I can be. So I’m enjoying it, I’m seizing the opportunities and, like I said, I’m really enjoying it, I’m loving the game and it’s just been great energy all the way around and I’m really loving it.”
(On today’s practice energizing him)
“Every practice really energizes me. Like I said, I enjoy coming out here, working out, getting better, getting in better shape, and enjoying my teammates, enjoying the fans that are here. Just living in the moment and just trying to get better. And that’s really just been the big focus for me, just living in the moment, enjoying the moment and just being a technically sound guy. Am I going to be perfect? No, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sulk and cry about it if I’m not perfect, if I’m not what I want to be right now because realistically a lot of people aren’t what they want to be, in football and in life. It takes time, it’s a process and it’s a day-by-day thing, it’s an hour-by-hour thing and I’ve really enjoyed every bit of it and I’m seizing the opportunity.”
(On what he learned from Head Coach Dirk Koetter kicking him out of practice in OTAs)
“Kind of what I alluded to a little earlier, [he’s] a detail-oriented guy. If you want to be a great player, if I want to be the great player that I’m capable of being, I can be a really special player, I’ve got to be detail-oriented. And Coach Koetter is not going to let me be below that. He wants me to be a great player and he’s won’t settle for being average, he won’t settle me for being good, and he won’t really settle me for being great. I want to be special and he wants me to be special and I’m working towards that and I respect him to the fullest. I really thank God every single day that he kicked me out of practice, it was really a wake-up call and like I said, I’ve been enjoying every single moment I’ve had. Like I said, I’ve loved it, I love Coach Koetter, I love all our coaches, I love my teammates, I love the competition that we’ve got in the tight end room, I love the competition that the D-ends are bringing. It’s just been great all the way around and I’m really, like I said, seizing the opportunities and I’m loving just being out here and playing football.”
(On how much of a challenge facing this defense every day is)
“Honestly, I’m not worried about the defense, I’m worried about what I’ve got to do [laughs]. The defense, you’ve got [defensive tackle] Gerald McCoy, you’ve got [linebacker] Lavonte David, you’ve got [linebacker] Kwon [Alexander], you’ve got [defensive end] Noah Spence, you’ve got great players all over the place. But at the end of the day, they’re reactionary, we know what we’ve got to do, they’ve got to wonder what we’re doing. So I’m not worried about the defense, I’m worried about what I’ve got to do.”
(On if the defense is a better test than last year’s)
“I don’t know if it’s a better test, I just, like I said, I just worry about what I’ve got to do. The defense is getting better. This training camp they’ve definitely gotten better, this is another year that they’ve got to be together, so they’re getting better and, like I said, the offense has got to worry about the offense and the defense has got to worry about the defense. I think that’s a better question to ask the defense, how they’re doing and all that stuff, but I can tell you the offense is doing great and we’re working hard.”
(On the defense having the upper hand in the red zone today)
“Yeah, we failed. We failed today, we were 0-for-9, but it’s our first attempt in learning and I’m sure we’ll get a second attempt. I’m not worried about it, no means ‘next opportunity’, and means effort never dies.”

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