Bucs Schiano On Darrelle Revis practicing again today
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon about the QB struggles, the health of Revis and the signing of Trevor Scott.
(On signing defensive end Trevor Scott)
Hes just a guy that we thought we could take a look at and see if he can help us be better. So, weve got a couple practices and a game to look at him, and well determine from there.
(On Scotts strengths)
We wouldnt bring him here if we didnt think he was a good football player. Hes a good all-around player. Were going to take a look at him and see how he fits, if he fits.
(On whether or not hes pleased with where the team is at this point)
I dont think coaches are ever pleased. Im not, no, but I dont expect to be. A lot of time, frustration comes from unfulfilled expectations. If you make your expectations high, then you shouldnt be frustrated.
(On kicker Lawrence Tynes injury)
Hes not over it yet, no.
(On the affect of Tynes injury on the kicking situation)
Sure. Its having an impact on a lot of things. Well, we have one kicker in camp, basically for the entire camp, so hes been doing all the kicking now his legs getting tired as well.
(On whether or not the team is considering other tryouts for the kicking position)
Yeah, were bringing guys in. Im not sure what day it is.
(On kicker Derek Dimkes performance)
Hes done a good job.
(On wide receiver Chris Owusus status)
He did not practice, no.
(On the location of guard Carl Nicks blister)
I already told you guys that yesterday. I told you it was on a different part of the foot. Ive never not told you, and thats more than I probably should tell you. Is that accurate? I shouldnt be telling you that. Really I could say its a body part, its a foot, but I told you its not on the big toe, so asking me again thats a little bit, we havent had that yet since Ive been here. I told you yesterday its not on the toe, the surgically-repaired toe.
(On the progress of Carl Nicks injury)
I dont know yet. I dont know yet. The medications got to run its course.
(On running back Jeff Demps status)
Supposedly hes coming. I dont know. I dont worry about guys that arent here. Guys that arent here they cant help us, he cant help us win right now. Hes not helping us get better right now; hes running track somewhere. So, if hes going to do that, when he gets here, if he can help us win, hell be part of it. If he gets here and he cant help us win, he can go back and run track. Were here to win games, and thats what were going to do.
(On guard Davin Joseph practicing for a second day in a row)
Great. Yeah, he practiced again full day today. He did a good job very good job.
(On Darrelle Revis practicing again today)
Yeah, he did. He worked a whole practice. It was good. Excited about those two guys.
(On what he liked about defensive end DaQuan Bowers performance in Fridays game)
Just the things weve been asking him to do. He did some of them more consistently. Still a long way to go, but it was a positive move in the right direction.
(On the status of the tight end and back-up running back battles)
Tight end, its hard to tell, because [tight end Luke] Stocker has not practiced very much or played very much. It seems like every time he gets going, something happens. Its not his fault its bad luck or whatever you want to call it. So, that has hurt the position. [Tight end Tom] Crabtrees worked his tail off. [Tight end] Nate Byham has worked his tail off. So, its just going to have to sort itself out. One of the key guys we were counting on hasnt done much. The running back position I think has cleaned itself up pretty well. I think weve got some good choices there. Weve just got to decide what and how many.
(On the strong side linebacker competition)
I think its great competition. If youve noticed, theyve even taken turns going with the ones [starters] and stuff. Theyre driving each other, and if we play two of them, thats fine with me, too, because theyre both key special teams contributors. [Linebacker] Jonathan [Casillas] does a little more in our sub-package, too. I think theres going to be plenty of plays to go around for those guys, but theyre two key guys in our entire picture there.
(On if he has been pleasantly surprised by linebacker Jonathan Casillas performance)
Remember, I have a long history with him, so I kind of thought hed be a good player for us. Thats why we signed him, so I wasnt really surprised. Im glad hes playing at a high level though. Hes a very physical player. There are some plays in games and practice where you just say, This guy loves contact.
(On the battle between cornerbacks Johnthan Banks and Leonard Johnson)
Theyre both playing hard, theyre both competing hard. So, clarity Im not sure if I could tell you, today, this guy or that guy no.
(On whether Banks or Johnson might be better suited for the nickel cornerback position)
[Cornerback] Leonards [Johnson] been playing the nickel, [cornerback] Johnthan [Banks] hasnt, so Johnthan couldnt jump in there now and do it; he hasnt practiced it at all. Leonard, I think, can be a good nickel some day, I just dont know if that someday is the 8th. Well have to figure that out. Thats a different feel in there its kind of a hybrid. Its a third safety, a third linebacker, and a third corner, depending on what were doing whether its a nickel situation or sub situation. So, those guys really have to be thats why [former defensive back] Ronde [Barber], for all those years, was such a valuable guy, because everybody says, Make him a nickel! Make him a nickel! Thats a hard job. Theres a lot of things youve got to be good at.
(On the status of the fullback position)
Well have a lot of different combinations when we want to be two-back, because youre right. Right now, [fullback Eric] Lorig is not hes still in a boot. [Fullback] Spencer [Larsen] hasnt been full-go; hes had some issues. I think today he might have done more than hes done in the last week. So, we do it with tight ends; we do it with [running back Brian] Leonard; and [running back] Mike James has done some. But its certainly not ideal. Its not what the plan was. We did want to work different tight ends in there, but that was going to be more of a strategic thing than a must/have-to-do. So, yeah, thats not a great situation right now.
(On if Leonard is healthy)
He is healthy, and he couldve played in the game Friday night. I said that thats the reason that we said we didnt even dress him; we said, Just get treatment. Lets get ready for next week. He couldve played in the game and done fine, but we wanted to see those other guys run the ball. We already saw him do his special teams work, so we felt like why even mess around with it if something could get re-tweaked; it wouldnt be worth it for the limited amount of play he was going to see. Hes done fine; hes been out in practice doing a good job.
(On if Leonard was dealing with a hamstring injury)
No, something like his hip or something.
(On preseason games being valuable for things that cant be simulated in practice, such as the headsets going out)
Yeah, all that stuffs good. Thats why we like to do situational stuff out there. Now, even though its a walkie-talkie, its still the same communication device for the linebackers and for the quarterback. Well do all kind well put the noise right behind [linebackers coach] Robb [Smith]; as Robbs calling in the defense, all they hear is music. Sometimes that happens when the wires get crossed. But thats all stuff youve got to we have hand signals youve got to be able to do all that stuff on the fly, and sub people, and when you have 90 guys, its a little more difficult. And I get frustrated because I see guys arent sure theres no excuse for that, in my opinion. I dont care if you have 150 guys youve got to have that down. Nothing irks me more than that. So, all those game day things and thats why all the work with New England was so good, not just the game, but we did a lot of situational work. Both teams on the sideline, both staffs, other than me and [New England Head Coach] Bill [Belichick], on the sideline. Thats what coaches, players, organizations need to get ready for the season. You see so much sloppy stuff at the beginning of the year just because guys arent accustomed to it. Were trying to get out in front of it, but some stuff is hard to predict.
(On where he places emphasis on the results of preseason games)
Well, theres a lot that goes into preseason games; obviously you guys see the combinations of people that are out there. But the other things are, Yeah, we would do this, butwe would do that, butyou would adjust this, butwe would help the tackle, but There are a lot of those buts that, I think, some people maybe do more, some people do less, and its a personal decision, a personal preference. So, thats what makes it weird to judge not only the personnel but also how much preparation time goes into that. We take the school of thought a little bit more I shouldnt say that, because I dont know what other people do. Our philosophy is we focus on the Bucs. We do show them some stuff about the opponent, but its like day before or day of. Now, this weeks a little different; this week, we prepare a little bit more just, kind of, for ourselves to get a groove on a game week. Its not officially, and its different timing and all that stuff, but they go through the parts of the preparation just so the new guys get a feel for it and the old guys, the vets, get themselves back in the groove.
(On his approach to preseason evaluation and how it may affect his perception of individual player performance)
Again, what did he [quarterback Josh Freeman] have? I dont know how many reps he had; if he had 20, he had a lot, right? But I look at that drive everything feels different when [wide receiver Kevin] Ogletree makes that [catch], because thats a hall of fame throw, right? Thats a 30-yard bullet. And just get your hands together and make the catch, all of a sudden were on the plus-side of the field and, Ooh, that feels good. But, as a fan or as someone whos watching the game, its like, Aww! I sit there and say, Okay, we didnt help; we didnt chip; we shouldve completed that. Weve got to do that, and until you do it, youre not worth a dime, but I have confidence were going to do that I have confidence in our guys. This week will be interesting, because were going to play some football this weekend, with the guys being together. Youve got to develop a chemistry no doubt on the practice field, and in the different areas of the building, but theres certain chemistry just to see how other guys perform under stress. But again, at the end of the day, this isnt really you know, I dont think any of the guys that are out there dont think theyre going to make the team at the beginning of the game. Does that make sense? So, its not truly the stress of winning an NFL football game, but theyre competitors, and they make it that once its time to play. They make it that.
(On if hes surprised by recent criticism of quarterback Josh Freeman)
I am not even aware of it. Thats how much I live in this bunker: One Buc Bunker. Nothing surprises me, trust me. That goes with being the quarterback and the head coach, and probably the quarterback, even more than the head coach, is open to a lot of that. Nothing would surprise me, but the only thing that he needs to know is the only people that really matter are his teammates, his coach, and his owners and management; those are the people that make the decisions around here. He just needs to keep going. I think hes had a really good camp so far. Thats the thing that were getting the players to understand: Were still in training camp. Even though were getting ready for this Miami deal, this is training camp. When we get to Jet preparation, then its not training camp.
Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media