Bucs Training Camp: News And Notes
Here is a recap of Friday's training camp at One Buc Place.
Buccaneers Training Camp Quotes: Friday, July 26, 2013
HEAD COACH GREG SCHIANO
(On the defense getting their hands on the ball as much as possible)
That was encouraging to see from a defensive standpoint; the guys made some plays. As the head coach, then you sit back and say, Well, thats not good, because that was our offense that just gave it to them, right? I look at practice like this: as long as its a back and forth I dont want one side to dominate the other, because thats not going to be a good thing for any of us but as long as its back and forth, and thats what it was today. I thought it was a good back and forth.
(On defensive tackle Gerald McCoys maturity)
Well the time Ive been with him, hes been physically mature, but he did change his composition a little bit and his weight, and I think it all lends to just the focus and how hard hes worked to get ready for this season. He and I have talked throughout the offseason, when he wasnt here and when he was here, and this guy, hes really focused.
(On if cornerback Darrelle Revis did more in practice today than yesterday)
Maybe a little bit more, but no, were not trying to. We kind of switched format a little bit, we were doing some different things with teach periods where you were just going half speed, and we wanted him to get all that, so its against the offense and youre moving, but its not full speed. Especially second day, right? Second day, when guys were coming back off things, theyre amped up first day, they do a little more than they probably should. We really pulled the reigns in on all those guys, but theyre all sore. You dont play stop, start, lean all that stuff so no, but itll come back quickly.
(On the importance of the left tackle position and Donald Penn)
Well its certainly a priority position, youre protecting the blindside of your quarterback, if you have a righty quarterback, which we do. Donald, Im impressed with the effort that he has put into himself this offseason. Hes gotten himself ready. I thought he made strides last year to get to where he was at the end of the season. I think he just took that and ran with it this offseason. Hes in the best shape since Ive known him, and I like his attitude and his temperament out there right now. Its one of maturity, and thats what we need from him.
(On if Penn loves football)
Oh yeah, theres no doubt.
(On guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks)
Carl and Davin are obviously critical parts of our front offensively, and we just want to make sure that we dont go too fast. Because again, at that position, youre hitting sleds and youre leaning on each other and youre torquing. Its different than just running and making cuts, even if theres a guy next to you running. This is darn near Sumo wrestling in there with those guys, so we just [have] got to make sure that we take it step by step, because when you skip a step there, youre talking about 700 pounds of men just wrestling around. That can get dangerous. But I am encouraged, and I think weve just got to stick to the plan. You do, you want to see them. Youre like, Lets get in there, but you set up the plan when youre not out there, and when you want to see them, youve got to stick to it. Thats what you do.
(On what Joseph and Nicks bring to the team)
They bring a lot, and I thought the guys who stepped in did a great job. We gained valuable experience, but you dont repjlace those two guys. So if we can get them back healthy, which theyre right on path to do that, they bring not only really good play, but theyre both guys that have played in this league and have been successful. That always helps when you have those guys in your huddle.
(On the health of defensive end DaQuan Bowers and the entire team)
Well its important with all our guys. Fifty-three man roster and then 46 play on game day, you dont have a lot of spares, so weve got to keep everybody healthy. I think with DaQuan, because of some of his history, you really think about it a little more, probably, but hes working hard and hes playing his way into every-down condition both mentally and physically, and thats what he needs to do.
(On his message to Bowers heading into this offseason)
Ive said what Ive said. Hes got to go out and do it to be an every-down player. You can talk about it, you can come visit with me and we dcan talk about it, but situational pass rusher is not a bad deal. You know, you go out there, 95-percent of the time they throw the ball, so you dont have to play the run, you dont have to do the dirty work, so when you get where youre a first and second down player as well as a pass rusher, a third down player, then your world really gets harder. To me, the mental toughness it takes to go down after down after down is something that isnt [easy]. Thats why a lot of guys who do it in college cant just come to this league and do it, because the competition is so strong and its such a violent world there in the front-seven play, that you need to work your way into it. And I think he is, I mean, thats the key. We talked about it very openely. Thats what youve got to do, theres no easy way to do it. And hes embraced it so far, which is good.
(On the leadership between the defensive line and defensive backfield)
Im glad that Dashon [Goldson], he brings leadership to our defense, theres no doubt. But I think we have leadership in the front as well, and I think what happens is position pride when these guys have pride in their position group, and now you have three position groups on defense that all have a strong feeling about their unit thats great. In a way, thats a competition of its own, where the defensive front, they think theyre the deal, and the secondary thinks theyre the deal and the linebackers think theyre the deal thats good. You want it to be that way. You dont want it to be the little guy whos holding everything back. And I dont think we have that on this football team, I think we have units that are going to compete to be the leadership unit, so I think its good.
(On excitement to get the players in pads on Saturday)
Thats the way we play the game. Its been a long time since weve been in pads. Again, stick to the plan. Do the things that you have scripted out. Coach [John] Wooden always used to say, You set a plan, stick to the plan. Its when you get in trouble is when you start freelancing out there on the practice field, because of emotion, you get angry, what have you. You know whats got to get done. Go out, set the plan, and then execute it.
(On the expectations for Night Practice)
Well, number one, I want our fans to have a great experience. This is huge for us, huge for the fans to get in the stadium. We can get better and still have some fun doing some different things, so were going to do some fun things for the fans. Were also going to practice; were going to do a two-minute drill, were going to run our offense and defense up the field, do some kicking-game stuff, but therell be some competitions and will be a little bit fun. Some fun things. So Im going to put on my salesmans hat: I think the fans should come on out and see it. Itll be a lot of fun. Tell Bowers that, right? Hes looking for some fun.
(On his evaluation of Mason Foster last year and this offseason)
Well, I thought Mason grew in this defense, and as he learned it and understood it better, he got better and better. I thought he was a playmaker, I thought he did some good things. I think this offseason hes made huge strides. I think he understands it umpteen times better, I think he reacts more quickly because of that, and I dont think I know hes a guy who loves it and wants to be the best. I think we have a nice group there of passionate guys about playing football, of the linebacking crew. They feed off each other.
(On the mental side of Mason Fosters game)
Well hes got great instincts. I mean, thats one thing Mason has. But if you just went out there and just played on instincts, youd make a lot of mistakes. Because our defense, and I dont know any defense that isnt, is team-based. One guy relies a ton on the guy next to him. Its gap control. So if you have a guy whos just playing on instincts, yeah, he may get to the ball, but hell also give up a home run. So learning the scheme, and, you dont want to take those instincts out of a guy, so within the scheme, you want to use those instincts. And I think Mason is getting better and better, and we need him to, but he is.
(On tackle Gabe Carimi)
Yeah, I think hes looked pretty good. I mean, its two days, and then I think we had him what, two days in the spring? So Ive coached him four days. Im probably not an expert, yet, but he works hard, hes serious about it, hes smart, so those are good things to have a head start on, but I think were going to be alright.
(On observing practice as a spectator)
Coach (Schiano) is getting work out of them, orderly, as youd expect from him. Im enjoying being on this side of the fence. I look forward to covering this team for a couple of weeks with you guys at WFLA, and getting on with the rest of my life.
(On if he misses the game)
I dont. Im good being at home. Im good following it from afar. I spent 23 years or so playing high-level football. Im good to be a spectator.
(On preparing for a career in broadcasting)
I imagine itll be like I prepared during my career. Thats really all I know. Im fortunate to have a lot of guys that have been in this business (broadcasting) that Ive played with and against. Theyve encouraged me to prepare like I would during a game.
(On if he will have a problem being objective)
I dont think Ill have any problem being objective. We live in a very subjective world where everybody has an opinion, so I dont know why mine would be any different.
(On Warren Sapp calling the offense a juggernaut)
They have the guys, they certainly do. They have the look of (an offensive juggernaut). Youre not one until you put it on the field. But if you were putting together a group of guys and you were saying they were going to have a powerful offense, it would be guys like (wide receivers) Mike (Williams) and Vincent (Jackson) and (running back) Doug Martin. We know all those guys they have up front. They have all the ingredients. They have to get out and make it happen.
(On who has more pressure: Schiano or quarterback Josh Freeman)
I dont think either of those guys are (feeling the pressure) right now. Theyll find a way. Ive been around those guys long enough, the whole year last year with Coach and a couple of years with Josh. I think the pressure is a built up thing with you guys. They dont feel it. They go out there and do their jobs. If its good enough, its good enough. If its not, its not.
(On if he has talked to cornerback Darrelle Revis)
No, none at all. I know him because everybody knows him. Im sure at some point here, Ill get to have a conversation with him.
Hes very good. I used to spend a lot of time with (cornerback) Aqib (Talib), when he was here, studying guys. (Revis) was a guy we always went back to because his technique on the line of scrimmage. He does a lot of things right. He has the short space quicks to play on the line of scrimmage, he has the speed to run with anybody, hes certainly a rare talent. But hes certainly a rare technician and that makes him the player that he is.
(On if the front seven feels pressure from the secondary)
Sixteen years in the league, Ive never seen a great defense that didnt start up front. Thats got to be those guys. Speaking of pressure earlier, I dont think they feel it. They know what their jobs are. They know what the expectation level should be. Theyve got a great leader up there in Gerald (McCoy). Hes proven, hes been to the Pro Bowl. Its on his shoulders to accept it.
(On what it means to be a leader in the NFL)
Ive said this in the past, especially since all these young guys started coming in here. Leadership is not designated, you assume it. You cant say a guy is a captain and expect him to be a leader. Its something that is proven on the field, proven in the locker room, the way you go about your job. Theres some guys on this team that can do that. Its a heck of a responsibility, especially in todays NFL, with the way players are. You need good examples and I expect some guys to really step up and be that for this team.
DEFENSIVE END DAQUAN BOWERS
(on if he's ready to put the pads on)
"I'm definitely ready to. It's been a long time since we've had a chance to hit. I'm definitely looking forward to it, it should be fun."
(on how he feels)
"I feel awesome. It's been hot these last couple days, so getting prepared is definitely to our advantage down in Tampa. I'm not rehabbing anything. I'm just kind of taking care of my body, using the ice tub, and feeling good."
(on what kind of adjustment it would be to a have larger role this year)
"It's not an adjustment at all. This is what I do. This is what I take pride in. Playing football is my job, whether it's for one play or four. I've just got to toughen up and do the job. They're counting on me and I just want to fulfill my duties."
(on if there is pressure on the defensive line)
"There's no pressure; that's our job. Our job is to put pressure on the quarterback and make them make bad decisions. It's easy to say it, but we've just got to toughen up. We've got to do our jobs, do our assignments, and it will take care of itself."
(on the line working together)
"Teamwork is going to be the thing that gets us through. Last year, like [defensive tackle] Gerald [McCoy] said, I think we had a lot of individuals. But this year we're working as a team, and everybody eats. Gerald gets the pressure, I get the sack; I get the double-team, Gerald gets the sack. It doesn't matter who's getting it just working together as a team will pay off."
(on the secondary making a bunch of big plays on Friday)
"Oh man, it feels good. It feels really good to have that extra half second to a second to get to the quarterback. That sounds small but it makes a big difference."
(on Warren Sapp challenging him and the front four)
"Sapp's a good friend and a good mentor. If I can play with the kind of intensity that that guy played with all those years, hopefully you guys will be asking me about the next generation sooner or later."
(on if he has a sack goal in mind this year)
"No number, just as many as I can get. If it's 10, it's 10; if it's six, it's six; if it's 20, it's 20. Whatever helps the team."
SAFETY DASHON GOLDSON
(on the heat)
"It's definitely challenging, but it's good And it's only going to help throughout the season whenever we play in different kind of weather. If you can be in good condition in this kind of weather, you can face anything."
(on plays being made by the defensive backs)
"In the secondary, we want to get our hands on as many balls as possible, and I think today was a good job, a good showing of what we can do. We still have a long way coming, but a lot of guys stepped up big-time today and made plays."
(on if the secondary has something to prove)
"I think every year you do. We're in a conference where we're going to be facing some good quarterbacks and especially some good wide receivers, so we definitely have our work cut out week-in and week-out. This training camp is going to get us prepared for that."
(on the secondary providing leadership)
"Exactly. I stressed that a little earlier today with the team. As a secondary, you want to be the best athletes on the team and definitely set the tone. You've got to get that ball back so the quarterback can go out there and put points on the board. With that being said, we've got to just keep coming and get on the same page."
(on Johnthan Banks making some big plays in practice)
"Johnthan Banks is doing a good job on and off the field. In the team room and in the (position) meeting room he's paying attention, he's understanding the game of football and he's putting himself in position to make plays. That's a good thing."
WIDE RECEIVER KEVIN OLGETREE
(On the Night Practice)
We love it when people come out and support us we have great fans. To be in that stadium, not for the first time, but for the first time as a Buc, will be really exciting. Were going to make the most out of it. Were going to have some fun. Were going to make some plays and be running around and you guys will like it too.
(On his expectations throughout training camp)
Right now my expectations are the same as everyone else: coming in every day and get better. Find something that you can get better at. I know that sounds clich and boring, but it is 100% true. You can come in and compete on the field every day. Competing in those meeting rooms gives yourself the best chance to be the best player you can be. Thats what makes you valuable.
(On his comfort with the offense)
Its good. Its a lot better than the first time hearing it. I was making a lot of mistakes during OTAs and, not making them twice, but once was bad enough. Here in this offense, getting it installed again for the second time is an advantage for me. Its an advantage for all the guys to hear it again. Now its not about worrying about an assignment or an alignment. Its those tips and those things that can help you when you dont have to think about what you are doing, but how you are going to do it. Assessing the defense more and those type of things.
(On Coach Schiano calling him unique)
Schiano said that? I dont want to use a bunch of Is and Mes, but its all about the time right now and getting better. I work all year to come out here and compete and be the best player that I can be. As far as adding something to the team, I am just a guy that competes his butt off and likes to make plays. Im a receiver, thats what we like to do. We got to get out there and catch the ball and we have to block as well. As far as being unique, I can play outside, I can play inside. I think that helps a little bit when you are thinking about game planning on teams and looking at matchups. Find a little advantage for our offense.
(On playing in different formations)
It would definitely help to know all the places- to be able to be put inside, to be able to be put outside. It helps the team, it helps your chances. Overall its a really good thing.
(On having to adjust to a different team)
It wasnt the first time because I had to come from college into the league. Its football. Its being a student of the game, getting in your playbook. Some of the stuff its the same play we just call it different things. Terminology is a big part of it. Just studying it and knowing you know it.
(On having to adjust to a different quarterback)
Its fun. Gaining the trust of someone is always a process. Just doing that (gaining trust) and coming out here and trying to make plays (and) be where he (Schiano) wants you to be is my goal every day. And that being said, every day (I) have to get better and trust.
OFFENSIVE TACKLE DONALD PENN
(On being a leader)
Im trying to be more of a leader, and Im trying to be a leader my way. You know, just do it my way here and there.
(On if hes happy about Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph being back on the line)
Im so happy, man. Ive had different guards almost every year Ive played with the Bucs. Its going to be good to get Carl back and get some (things) settled because we just got rolling last year when he was out for the year. We were just starting to hit our prime and then he went out, so its good to get him back and I cant wait to get him back doing a little bit more. Like I tell them every day, dont push it, its still early, we need you (for the) first game. And as an offensive lineman, you can come in and do this stuff and you dont need as much preseason work as maybe a receiver, a cornerback or other position. You know you can come in and get it. So, Im just telling them to take their time and come back when they are ready, you know were going to be here. Every time we do individual work, me and Carl working hand-in-hand, were getting better, just trying to get our timing down.
(On the franchise locking up key players long-term)
The cultures changing man, cultures changing. Now its our job to turn it into wins. This season, we put a lot of pieces in place and now weve just got to go out there and do it. Im very excited and Im really happy and Im really excited about this season, I think were going to surprise a lot of people. But Im tired of talking about it, I cant wait until we can go so we can show you guys and stop doing all of this talking.
(On Carl Nicks and Davin Josephs health)
Yeah theyre good, but were being smart with them. Were being smart with Revis, you know, you dont want any set-backs. We have one of the best, not one of, we have the best training staff in the league. Todd (Toriscelli) is great so I trust everything theyre doing.
(On his excitement to put on pads for Saturdays night practice)
Yeah I am, I am. Im excited (and) glad its going to be at night too, its hot. But yeah I am excited man, because thats when you really get to start the competition and all this little patty cake stuff, ready to get the real stuff tomorrow so there wont be any more excuses.
(On the pieces put together on the offensive side of the ball)
On paper it looks good, but if you look at our stats last year they look great too, but we just have to get more wins. We ran the ball well, I think Josh (Freeman) had a great offseason. I think hes doing better and better every day. He should have a lot of motivation seeing all of these quarterbacks signing. Shoot, I know I would if I were him. Hes ready to go and were just getting better, were just getting better. We brought some guys in, its going to be a tough spot for that backup running back spot, its going to be a tough spot for that third receiver spot, and its going to be a tough spot for some of our backup o-line guys. One thing about our o-line, weve got a lot of guys that are going to be backups that would start on other teams. Its great to have that; a lot of teams dont have that.
(On his expectations for Doug Martin)
Hes so humble. You ask him hes probably going to stay mute, hes such a humble guy. Were just going to try to lead the way and make it easy for him. Were going to get the two big hogs back in the middle and were just going to try to make it easier for him. Weve got to build from last year with the running game; weve got to build in that perspective weve got to build from last year, we cant take a step back.
(On if he thinks he has something to prove this year)
I mean man, the way you all talk about me man sometimes I feel like I havent done anything in this league. But you know I let it go, Im a funny, easygoing guy. But I do have a little chip on my shoulder and its going to be tough on the people Im playing against. I dont like critics so I like to prove critics wrong, Ive been doing it my whole career and Im going to try to do it again.
Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media
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BUCCANEERS ROSTER MOVES
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have made the following transactions:
G Jeremy Lewis
RESERVE/DID NOT REPORT LIST
RB Jeff Demps
ACTIVE/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST
P Michael Koenen
RESERVE/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST
K Connor Barth
ACTIVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM LIST
TE Luke Stocker
DE Markus White
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