The Buccaneers were officially knocked out of postseason contention on Sunday, so naturally Lovie Smith was asked at his Monday press conference if backups and inexperienced players would see increased time over the final two weeks.
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith – Photo by: Getty Images
While Smith said the goal, first and foremost, is to win the game, Tampa Bay will continue to evaluate its roster and tweak different combinations if need be.
“As I say that the 2016 football season has started for us, we do need to know if there is a position where we haven’t seen a guy and it’s not going to hurt our football team (if we play him), Smith said. “If we feel like we can still win, yeah, we’ll give him an opportunity. I want to finish up this season knowing about our roster and knowing about certain players in certain situations. If that comes up, we will use it that way, too.”
One area of concern is in the secondary, where the Bucs have tried seven different cornerback tandems throughout the season. While Smith admitted that performance in the back end hasn’t exactly met the standard, he wouldn’t single out any position group in particular.
Instead, the head coach spoke of team needs in general and the importance of assessing your roster throughout the season, not just during the final stretch.
“We don’t have what I think we need at every position right now,” Smith said. “And to me it’s each week – you look at what happened that week, that play, that series. If you don’t like what you’re getting you look at another option. That will continue throughout. It would be that way at quarterback or our running back, two positions that have been just as strong as you can possibly have them. It’s just general philosophy that we have. But we haven’t been totally pleased, not with just at cornerback; there are some positions on our football team right now that we have to improve in order to become a championship team.”
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Why no put VJ, G. Johnson, and anyone else that is injured with less than two weeks to go in our season and rob some other teams PS players. We already know we need DE, CB, Safety; probably a RB, WR, OL too.
I’m all for that Horse.
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