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23 August 2017

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2017 Training Camp Media Availability (8/23/17)

Below is a transcript of Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s earlier media availability:
(On how practice went)
"Not good, not good."
(On if he's getting tired of saying that)
"Today, yeah. I'm not just saying it to you guys, I said it out there."
(On if the team is at the point where it's a grind)
"We're definitely at that point, yep. We're definitely at that point, but that's just making excuses."
(On what was most disappointing about practice)
"Our effort. Yeah, our effort. It wasn't good enough. That starts with me. That's on me – I've got to coach them better, I've got to get them ready to play better."
(On if this happens at this point in training camp)
"Yeah, you could say that. That would be making an excuse. If you want to look for excuses that would be one, but we try not to do that."
(On if his experience with previous teams tells him this happens at this point in camp)
"I've seen it happen. That's no excuse."
(On Kevin Pamphile playing right tackle)
"That was good. You've got to work your rotations. You can't wait for game day and say, 'Oh, what are we going to do?’ So getting Kevin work at right tackle is a good thing. As you would expect, he started off, it's different, it's a different game at tackle than it is at guard. So, some nice plays, some not-so-nice plays for him. It's important because there's a chance it might come up. We had to move several other guys around as well."
(On the status of linebacker Kwon Alexander)
"Same. He's out for right now, but he'll be fine."
(On if there is anything serious about wide receiver Mike Evans's injury)
"No, nothing serious, no."
(On if some of the mildly-injured players might be held out on Saturday)
"It's possible. Yeah, that's possible. Those are all medical decisions. Those aren't decisions that [are made as] I'm sitting up there or [General Manager] Jason [Licht] is sitting up there. It's just common sense. If it's a medical issue at all, we're holding him out. We would always do that, especially in the preseason. We do it in the regular season as well. It's a little bit different on when guys can go and when they can't."
(On a team meeting regarding social issues such as the handling of the national anthem)
"We did talk about that yesterday in our team meeting. I hope everyone can appreciate that there are some things that need to be said behind closed doors, and the players have to feel free to be able to speak their minds sometimes without any threat of repercussions. The main thing that came out of that meeting from my side, representing the coaches and the organization and the players, is that we have to respect each other's opinion even if we don't agree with it. I hope by the same token, everyone here can respect why I don't need to…it's not in our benefit. This is a nationwide and a worldwide issue. We're not going to solve it in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team meeting. For me to come out here and say everything that was said, that's not the point. But we did talk about."
(On if he has a personal view about conduct during the national anthem)
"Oh, of course. My personal view is on record. My personal view is, I'll be standing on the 50-yard line with my hand over my heart. That's what I believe in. We have plenty of guys that believe in that but, again, we're not all the same. We don't all come from the same place. We don't all have the same background. We have to respect every man's opinion."
(On if these issues can bring a team together)
"Again, we live in unique times. I think that remains to be seen."
(On what else was good about practice)
"What else? [laughs] Kevin Pamphile playing right tackle. You know, even if I come up here, my views are coming right off practice, and those are general views. We're going to go in and we're going to watch the tape and we're going to see some guys that did practice well. Lavonte David is standing out every day. Gerald McCoy: standing out every day. Cameron Brate: playing good every day. But it's a team game. It's a team game. When I make comments like that I'm talking about the team, because you win or lose as a team. I'm sure there's going to be some guys, we go in there and we look at the tape, we're going to say, 'Man, that guy really looked good today."
(On if leaders try to get other players to practice better)
"That's what you need to do. It has to come from within your team. That's why we turn the music up so loud, so they can't hear me yelling. They can't hear their coaches yelling. It's got to come from them. You noticed in our team [drills], all of our 11-on-11 today, the players were on the sideline. So it was just the 22 guys on the field, and that's how it is on game day."
(On wide receiver Chris Godwin)
"He looked good. Mike was out today so Chris got to work with the first group. Chris has had a couple of quieter days, more because he hasn't gotten many opportunities. It was good to see him get some chances with Jameis today."
(On his expectations are going to go up every year for quarterback Jameis Winston and Winston's ill-advised throw in the Jacksonville game)
"We've said many times: No one has higher expectations for our team than we do. Jameis has the bar set very high for himself and I have very high expectations of Jameis, as well. You guys all saw it. It was what it was. I probably said what everybody else was thinking at home. Now, that doesn't diminish the fact that Jameis – as we said the other night – Jameis played a terrific game. That was just not a terrific play. You learn from it and you move on."
(On if linebacker Lavonte David is more comfortable in the defense)
"I'm not sure about that. That would be a question for Lavonte. I think Lavonte would be a good player in any defense. He's playing at a high level every day, I know that."
(On if Robert McClain has surpassed Javien Elliott for the nickel corner job)
"No. No, that job is wide open."
(On if he was serious about using the loud music to drown out the coaches' yelling)
"That's one of the reasons, in the team periods. You notice in some periods we shut it off. We shut it off when it's purely instructional periods and they have to hear. But when you're in team playing 11-on-11, we've gone over all that stuff inside in the meetings and now it's playing. I mean, players play and coaches coach. We go back in and we coach it off the film. That's a big part of it."

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