Head Coach Dirk Koetter
Defensive Tackle Clinton McDonald
HEAD COACH DIRK KOETTER
(On the health status of his players)
“Yeah, we’ve got several guys that are a little dinged up. [It was the] last day of training camp schedule, so we had quite a few guys out today, but I don’t think it’s anything serious.”
(On what he has seen out of running back Charles Sims throughout training camp)
“Pretty much everything. He is hitting the holes hard in the running game, he can play every position in the passing game and he is one of our best protectors. He’s also doing a really nice job on special teams. He’s playing in the core on special teams, so he is doing the dirty work on special teams because he is such a good blocker. Charles – he doesn’t say much, so nobody talks about him, but he’s as solid as the day is long. He’s just a really good football player.”
(On what has satisfied him the most about training camp)
“We probably developed the best depth we’ve had in the three seasons I’ve been here. It’s going to be tough at the end. It’s going to be tough because we’ve got decent depth at several positions.”
(On the performance of defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert)
“Ironic that you ask after Chuck [Charles Sims], but he is a lot like Charles Sims in that he doesn’t say anything. He’s quiet with his mouth, but he’s just solid with his play. And the other thing about him, he’s versatile. He can play both inside and outside. And [he’s] another guy – a defensive lineman – [that] plays on special teams.”
(On how he would characterize this particular training camp)
“Well, what you want to do is you want to get everything installed that you’re planning to use in the season. We’ve talked about this other times, but you’ve got way more plays on offense, way more schemes on defense than you could ever use in one game. You want to teach it to the players, get it on tape, review it and then you’re going to be pulling in and out of that as the season unwinds. I feel good about the amount of scheme that we have in and now these last couple weeks heading into Miami, you’re going to polish up and gear everything towards Miami.”
(On tight end O.J. Howard’s progression over the course of training camp)
“O.J. had a really nice day today. I mean he was a first-round draft pick for a reason. The guy is a really good player and it showed today. The fans have a tendency to notice the ‘wow’ plays when he is running downfield, but O.J. does so many little things. O.J. is going to be a major contributor to our run game, he can also protect – there are just not a lot of tight ends who can do it. He’s an all-around player.”
(On what he hopes to see out of his team against the Cleveland Browns this weekend)
“You want to see crisp execution – that’s what you want to see. We have to temper that with it’s still a preseason game, you’re building your stamina for your guys, but at the same time you’re going to hold some guys out that maybe aren’t 100 percent that maybe would play if it was a real game. For the guys that are in the game, you want to see crisp execution on both sides.”
(On kicker Nick Folk’s performance on the final day of training camp)
“He had a good day. I joked with him that we were going to move the skinny goal posts over to Raymond James [Stadium] because he has been killing it on those skinnies.”
DEFENSIVE TACKLE CLINTON MCDONALD
(On what training camp has done for the team)
"I think it gives us a toughness, a cohesiveness. There's a lot of guys out here right now and everybody's going into it with the same attitude of getting each other better and pushing each other, making each other stronger, smarter and more knowledgeable about the game we're going to play."
(On what the Buccaneers can get out of Saturday's game with the Browns)
"You can get a lot of looks out of the Browns. They have a lot of good quarterbacks, one who's a rookie this year who does a lot of zone reads. Going into the season, we can kind of practice against the zone read knowing we're going to play Cam Newton sometime in the season. We can practice different principles we want to implement there."
(On fellow defensive tackle Chris Baker)
"Chris Baker brings a big body on the defensive line, a guy that takes up double-teams and makes plays. He uses his hands well and rushes well. He can play the three, the nose, as well as the four if we go to a 3-4 look."
(On if he will be in a rotation with Baker)
"Whatever the coaches say is what I'm going to do. I don't have any say-so. I'm not the top-office guy. I don't make any personnel decisions, I just come out here and play the game."
(On potentially playing more on Saturday against Cleveland)
"I'm out here to play football. I'm not out here to dictate my snaps and say, 'This is how many I' m going to play.' I'm not in that position, like I said. I'm not an office guy so I don't make those decisions. I just go out here and do what I'm told and execute the plays that they give me."