Bucs Schiano Defeated Before Season Starts?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano spoke to the media Friday afternoon with injury updates, a Revis update and an outlook towards the week one match up against the New York Jets.

(On the players injured in last night’s game)
“[Running back Peyton] Hillis, although sore, I think he’ll be okay. [Tight end Tom] Crabtree I think, he’s got a significant ankle sprain, what that means, I don’t know timeline yet. We’ll see. [Cornerback Rashaan] Melvin has a hamstring [injury], we don’t know how significant yet. “

(On running back Mike James’ eye injury)
“That we’re not sure on yet, where that lies. You don’t hear on that very often so I think we need to delve deeper into that to figure it out. I’m not sure exactly what the cause was. I’m not sure he’s sure.”

(On if the players hurt last night will be available for Week 1)
“Too soon to tell that.”

(On if Crabtree sustained a high ankle sprain)
“I believe it is. I don’t know how high though. The issue is, the higher up, the harder it is to get back, or rather, the longer it takes to get back, generally.”

(On how he felt the team did during the preseason)
“I think we learned a lot. I think the people that we felt needed to play significantly, played significantly. The veteran guys that we feel didn’t needed to play; I think we did just about how we wanted it. Some of the results weren’t exactly what you’d wished for, but then again we were about as disjointed as you can be. At the end of it, we had some injuries, nothing that right now is year-long stuff, which is a positive. Looking forward now, turning to an opponent, locking in with set guys, putting all of our focus into [that] – this is our first one-game season and that’s what we’re going to do. “

(On if tackle Gabe Carimi will start in place of injured guard Carl Nicks)
“It’s too soon to call that”

(On if the team has finalized any of their position battles)
“[We are] in the process. Today and tomorrow will be some long days, a lot of thinking, a lot of comparison and discussion and then we’ll set the team.”

(On if Nate Byham is the next option at tight end)
“Nate is definitely in the equation. There are some other guys in there as well.”

(On finalizing the 53-man roster)
“Like I said, we’re in the process of evaluating everything and sorting through. Our whole goal is to have the best 53 players, yet slotting them into positional needs. Hopefully you don’t find yourself in that spot where you are disproportionate in any position and we’re not, so now it’s within the positional needs, who are the best however many defensive lineman – when you get to the end of it, this guy [is] incrementally better than this guy at his position so [for] player 51, 52, 53 [we] may make some decisions that way. Special teams also comes into play in a lot of that.”

(On getting through the preseason with no significant injuries)
“That was one of our missions, one of our goals. So in that area I think we did pretty decently. Carl’s thing was kind of a freak thing that you can’t predict. And then like you said, this last game kind of got us at a couple of positions, but that’s life in the NFL. You figure it out and move on and figure out the next best solution if guys are not going to be able to play. So overall, pretty good in that department.”

(On his concerns for the team moving forward)
“We just need to continue to improve as a football team, in every area. I wouldn’t even call it a concern; that’s my goal. We’re far from being the team that we’re going to be. As long as we keep making improvement, we’re going to be just fine. But we need to continue that. You can’t get into a lull because practice changes now. You’re in shoulder pads once a week, you’re in scout teams, so you’re not getting ones-on-ones [starters-on-starters] anymore. So, how do we continue to improve as we did in training camp? How do you continue to improve with that being the practice setting? That’s a big job, and you have to change your mindset to do that.”

(On Glennon’s performance throughout the preseason)
“I thought he was solid. I thought he learned, got better. Last night wasn’t his best performance, and I told him, ‘Hey, once in a while, you’re going to have one of these. Don’t have too many.’ But this guy’s not your typical rookie. He just didn’t have a great night.”

(On the improvement of defensive end Da’Quan Bowers)
“He’s getting there. Where you’d like him to be, you’d like him to be starting, playing every down. But I’d like every guy to be that. Everybody’s progressing at a different rate, and I think Da’Quan is progressing; that’s good. As a coach, you always want it to be faster, and quite frankly, I’m sure the player does as well. But we’re working through it, and we’re getting better, and that’s all that matters. What I said for the whole football team applies to Da’Quan as well: If he can continue that climb, he’s very talented and would be a really good player.”

(On if cornerback Darrelle Revis is still on track to play Week 1)
“Yeah, like I’ve said all along, as you prefaced it, as long as there are no setbacks, that’s the plan.”

(On impressions of cornerback Johnthan Banks’ performance so far)
“Johnthan Banks impressed me. [He’s a] fierce competitor; [he has] skills. [He’s a] rookie, but the tools are there, and he got better.”

(On what Banks needs to work on)
“Overall corner play. There’s not an area that he’s particularly weak in. He’s got good length, good anticipation. He’s a football player, loves it; [he’s] tough. He just needs to continue to get better.”

(On what kind of team this group has shaped up to be)
“Probably a better question for me Monday, because I’ve got to figure out exactly who those guys are. But I like our team; I like the names that we’re choosing from, so I like our team. Are you ever satisfied? No. But these guys love football, and they’ll be ready to play come opening week.”

(On what will be the toughest roster decision before roster cuts)
“There’s a lot of them. I wouldn’t get into that now. Right now, there’s still guys in that room who don’t know what’s happening, so they’ll be the first to know it – not on a tweet or something; that’s fairness to them. It’s a hard day. This is a good group of people, and they’ve busted their rear-ends for this organization; we work hard around here. Guys have pushed through pain and done things. Sometimes it’s just – as I tell them – it’s relative. It’s the most competitive sports league in the world; 1696 guys get to do it when it’s all said and done, in the whole world. But that doesn’t lessen the disappointment at all for these guys. Today’s a special day for some and a really bad day for others, but at the end of the day, it’s probably not as good as people think, and it’s not as bad. This league goes like ‘this’ (in a circle). These guys that are here are good football players and tough guys, so they’ll probably resurface, a lot of them, somewhere else.”

Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media