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02 June 2016

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 OTA Media Availability (6/2/16)

Below is a selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
Defensive End Noah Spence
(On if he would have preferred today’s practice to be earlier in the morning)
“We just have to get our work in. I mean, no matter what we’re going to do our best to take care of them, but we have to be ready to go no matter what time it is, so today was a little bit later and a little bit warmer.”
(On what phase of OTAs the team is in)
“We’re in Phase Three, week two – just finished it. Week three next week. Two weeks to go. Two weeks from today we finish up.”
(On linebacker Daryl Smith’s interception in practice)
“Yeah, first play of the day and last play of the day – interceptions. First play of the day Daryl Smith, last play Jude [Adjei-Barimah] had a nice pick there. The defense got a fast start and a great ending and there were a lot of good plays on both sides in-between.  We’re getting better as a football team which is what this time of year is all about. We try to say, ‘No winners, no losers right now,’ but that’s sometime easier said than done.”
(On regaining the ‘buzz’ surrounding the Buccaneers in Tampa)
“Well, any town you’re in, if you’re team is winning, you’re going to be doing fine. There’s an electricity in any city when your team is winning. Just look at what was going on in this city with the Lightning and it’s plain to see. We know we have great fans in this town. It’s our job to do our part and get some Ws.”
(On cornerback Brent Grimes and wide receiver Vincent Jackson resting today)
“We’re going to be real cautious with guys this time of year, so if some guys get little nicks here and there, we’re going to be real cautious about holding them out, but we’re blessed right now that we are a very healthy football team and we would be very grateful if we could stay healthy this way the whole way through, but nothing major right now.”
(On what he has seen from his team that he’s liked and what he hopes to see from the team leading up to the season)
“Well, what I like is how hard our guys are working. Our guys are coming to work every day with a lot of enthusiasm and the attitude that they want to get better. That’s all you can ask for. What we want to see is to keep getting better every day – getting a little bit better every day.”
(On where the team needs to emphasize focus)
“We put stuff on the PowerPoint presentation every single day on things – offense, defense, special teams-wise – on details that get you beat and also things that help you win and we’re going over that stuff every day and the other coaches are picking up on it in their drills. Turnovers; turnovers is one thing and as we talked about earlier, we had first play of the game and last play of the game. Now, we had some really nice plays the other way in-between, but turnovers are one thing that get you beat. On the other side of the ball, turnovers help you win if your defense is getting them.”
(On defensive tackle A.J. Francis and the defensive tackle competition)
“A.J. is definitely one of the guys in the mix there and as you said we have three proven guys at defensive tackle. What you guys have to remember is, no team in the NFL has great depth at every position and we’re no different. I mean, we have really good depth at some positions and not so much at others and no team, the way the salary cap is right now in the modern NFL – it’s always going to be like that, so we can’t cry about what we don’t have. You’ve got to bring your young guys along and you’ve got to develop them. A.J. is a guy that we brought in here. We’ve got a couple of other rookies that are working there. Let’s also not forget that when we’re in sub defense we can move some our ends inside and rush them inside and Robert Ayers is sort of a guy that’s going to be in that role.”
(On the chemistry between wide receiver Mike Evans and quarterback Jameis Winston)
“It’s definitely on the right track as far as an upswing, but you’re never going to know for sure until you get out there play somebody else in a real game. But as far as practice goes and as far as them working together, we’re real happy with how that’s going so far.”
(On the improvements he’s seen over the last few weeks)
“I see improvements with just our defense in general and our defensive scheme – how well our defensive players are running to the bell, how well they’re embracing the volume that [defensive coordinator Mike] Smith and the defensive coaches are putting in, the different looks that they’re giving us on defense, the energy that our defensive players are bringing to practice. I mean, our offense should be a little bit ahead of our defense right now because they are in the same system, but we’re just real happy with how our defensive guys are taking to the new scheme.”
(On if the transition to working with Mike Smith again has been seamless)
“Oh yeah. Coach Smith and I go back to our Jacksonville days. We talk almost every night about how the day went and what we expect from the next day and I think if we can get Jameis and Mike Evans on the same page like me and Mike Smith are, we’re going to be in good shape”
(On if they are adding elements to the offense)
“Well, we’re not going to be short of plays if that’s what you’re worried about. We’ll have enough plays. I promise you we’ll have enough.”
(On the competition at center)
“I’m really fired up about our depth at center. Not only Joe [Hawley] and Evan [Smith], but Ben Gottschalk – a guy we brought back that we had here for a while last year and then I’m sure you noticed today, Ali [Marpet] was taking reps at center and [Kevin] Pamphile was taking reps. We only have seven O-lineman up on game day. I can’t even imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have enough guys to snap the football, so we’re really fired-up with the versatility of our cross-training on guys. Depending on how the injury thing shakes out down the road, I mean, center – we talked about defensive tackle not being as deep a position – center might be our deepest position right now.”
(On defensive end Noah Spence)
“He’s looked really good. I love his attitude, definitely has pass rush ability, love how our defensive coaches are bringing him along, but especially I just like his attitude and the way he’s approaching it every day.”
(On what he’s seen from Spence’s game)
“Well, you’re seeing his pass-rush stuff, but – you’re seeing his pass rush, but again, when we’re going no pads like this it’s a little bit tough to tell if he would’ve actually won every time. He tells me he wins every time [laughs], but I think if you ask the O-linemen they’d say he didn’t win every time, so we’ll see. That’ll all play itself out.”
(On the coaching staff having a different energy than last year)
“Shoot, I take that as an insult to me. I had great energy last year [laughs].  No, look, let’s not compare it to last year. Last year was last year and [I’m] very fired up about this coaching staff and the way these guys are working, but that has nothing to do with last year. Our guys, coaches, players, equipment guys, trainers – everybody is coming to work and working hard right now. It’s the offseason. We should be getting better every day and we are.”
(On how camp has gone so far)
“I think it’s going pretty good. I’m just trying to learn the defense and everything and getting together with all the guys and everything like that. Just learning this defense. That’s the best thing.”
(On if the defensive scheme fits his skill set)
“Oh yeah, for sure. I really like all of the schemes we’re doing and all of the packages they’ve got me in so far, so it’s been good.”
(On what pass rushers in the NFL he is a fan of)
“I love [Kansas City Chiefs linebacker] Justin Houston, [Miami Dolphins defensive end] Cameron Wake, of course [Denver Broncos linebacker] Von [Miller], but I really like Cam Wake’s game, his get-off, his relentlessness playing defense, stuff like that.”
(On if there is a veteran in the defensive line room he looks up to)
“Honestly, all of the vets in the D-line room – we’re all like a family. It feels like home to be in there with those guys, so there’s not one particular, just everybody gives me little points and I take something away from everybody.”
(On some of his fellow defensive lineman saying that he ‘knows everything’)
“I think it’s been pretty good. I mean, I feel like I came in with a couple of moves I really liked that I’m just trying to perfect now. I mean, if that’s what they’re talking about. I don’t know the playbook all like that yet, but when it comes to pass rushing I think I’m pretty good.”

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