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03 November 2017

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media Availability (11/3/17)

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston needs 15 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career, becoming only the eighth player in NFL history to throw for at least 10,000 yards in their first 40 games (also: Marc Bulger, Kirk Cousins, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Matthew Stafford & Kurt Warner).
Below is a transcript of Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s earlier media availability:
(On the indoor practice facility)
“It’s multi-purpose. It serves a lot of different purposes. This week we wanted to go in then one day with the dome effect and you get kind of that echo with the crowd noise. It could be weather some days, including heat, or wind or rain. It’s a great facility. We are going to take advantage of it when we can.”
(On defensive back Josh Robinson being cleared from concussion protocol)
“Our coverage team has played okay in his absence, but he is one of the best cover guys in the league. Just like we say [with] any other guy that’s coming back from injury, of course you want your best guys out there. Josh takes his special teams very serious.”
(On quarterback Jameis Winston’s week in practice)
“I thought he had a good week of preparation. As we’ve said the last two weeks, of course you would always want your starting quarterback out there all three days, but at every position you have to do what you have to do to get your guys to Sunday. It hasn’t been how we would love it the last two weeks, but that is just the hand we’ve been dealt. Jameis came out and has thrown the ball good this week and has had a good week of preparation.”
(On if players are being accountable to themselves this week as Winston suggested in his press conference yesterday)
“I think a huge majority of our team are excellent pros. Pros should handle their own business. That is part of being a pro, so it doesn’t surprise me.”
(On if he is happy with the return game)
“You know what’s crazy about that is I think we’ve brought out less than five kicks and we were ninth in the league. That just shows what that rule is. Teams that are bringing it out – unless you’re going to take some long ones to the house – it’s hard to get past the 25 [yard line]. I think the average starting field position was at 25.3 last year. It’s not hurting you to start on the 25-yard line. We have a plan that we’ve been sticking to and we will continue to stick to it.”
(On there being very few kickoffs returned for touchdowns in the NFL this season)
“It’s not easy. The kickers can hang the ball up there if they really want to. Some teams just try to kick it out. Every team has a little bit different philosophy.”
(On his reaction to Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson’s injury)
“Well Smitty (Mike Smith) and I – DeShaun was a ball boy for us in Atlanta, his high school was right up the road there. DeShaun worked training camp for us every year before he went to Clemson, so we know what a great kid he is and what a great person he is. To see the success that he was having – you don’t wish those things on anybody. Of course, we all want to win and we all want to beat our opponents, but that’s just unfortunate for any player at any position.”
(On his advice for Watson)
“He knows. He’s come back from it before. I thought Coach [Dabo] Swinney – the comment I saw from Coach Swinney – DeShaun had that his freshman year at Clemson and then they came back and won a national championship. There’s examples of that all around the league. Zach Miller from Chicago is still in the hospital in New Orleans [and] having another surgery today. Zach’s another guy we know. He played for us in Jacksonville. This is a great game. It’s a very popular game and we are all very fortunate to be in this business. But you can never lose sight of the worst part of this game, [which] is the injuries to the players.”

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