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15 September 2017

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2017 Media Availability (9/15/17)

Below is a transcript of Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s earlier media availability:
(On if he is hopeful that players dealing with illnesses will be able to play on Sunday)
“That’s always something that can come up. If a guy wakes up on game day and he is sick, the next guy has got to be ready to go. We talk about that all the time. I’ve seen it happen. That’s why you have 53 [players on the roster] and 46 [players dressed for the game]. Hopefully those guys that were sick this week are feeling better and we will be ready to go Sunday at one.”
(On if the team looks better in practice than they did earlier in the week)
“I think it’s progressively better every day. It just makes sense. We were off for a few days there. We would’ve planned training camp totally different had we known we were having a bye Week One. We wouldn’t have done it that way. Maybe we would’ve played our guys in Preseason Four. You’ve got to remember, we didn’t know that. We didn’t know any of that. We found that out on Wednesday – the last day we kissed them goodbye. Every time I’ve been there, you’ve known your bye week about eight months in advance. We knew ours about one day in advance.”
(On his excitement level to see all the fans return to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday)
“It will be awesome to see all the fans. It will be awesome for all the fans and it will be awesome for the players. It’s time to play football. Last week we all felt like we wanted to play. Obviously, we were dealing with something that made that impossible and the league made a good decision and now it’s time to play.”
(On if players with recent injuries will be playing on Sunday)
“The injury report says what it is. I think you’ll see we have one guy ruled out and everybody else on our roster has a chance to play.”
(On if he hopes to see less opponent jerseys in the lower bowl)
“I’ve never wavered on that. I want to see all Bucs fans in the lower bowl. I’m perfectly aware that there are circumstances this week that are beyond everybody’s control, but my perfect day for me is going to be all Bucs jerseys in the lower bowl and the Bucs winning by one or more.”
(On who will start in the nickel cornerback role)
“Well, check that lineup on Sunday and you will see what it is.”

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