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December 20, 2013 @ 3:25 pm
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Bucs News To Know 12-20: Jackson On Leadership Role

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The Bucs wrapped up their practice week on Friday as they now will get ready to head to St. Louis for Sunday's next to the last game of the season against the Rams. What took place at One Buc on Friday? Get all the details here in the Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Friday December 20:

• Tampa Bay began practice at 10:45 a.m. under bright blue sunny skies and cool temperatures in the 60’s.

• Head coach Greg Schiano started off his daily press conference updating the media on the team’s injuries.

“Good Friday practice. Guys reviewed everything, got goal line [and] short yardage done, so [we’ll] get some review work done in the morning and get on the plane and go up to St. Louis. Health-wise, [defensive end] [DaQuan] Bowers will be out, [guard] Carl [Nicks] is obviously out, [safety] Mark Barron is limited and I’m not sure if he will be able to [play], we’ll see he’s questionable.”

The Buccaneers did not make any roster moves on Thursday.

• PewterReport.com learned on Thursday afternoon that offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will be interviewing for the Army job sometime on Friday and that the interview will take place in Tampa, as to not disrupt the practice routine of the Bucs.

Sullivan was seen at One Buc Place when the team walked onto the practice field on Friday.

On Friday after the team’s two-hour practice, Schiano didn’t want to get into Sullivan’s situation.

“Well, I’m never going to comment when we have – that’s part of the business, I’m never going to comment when that stuff does come up or doesn’t come up,” Schiano said. “I will comment on the fact that when you have good coaches, as happened last year and has happened some that guys are never made aware of because fellows tell them ‘I’m not interested,’ but that’s part of the business. Mike is a heck of a football coach and if that’s something that comes up and there’s something to report, I will report it but our focus is really on the St. Louis Rams and what we’ve got to do to win that game so I’m just going to keep it at that, that’ll be kind of the way we handle these things.”

• The Buccaneers have made a dramatic improvement in overall defense, and especially against the pass, where the Bucs ranked last in the NFL in 2012.

Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan spoke to the media this week and was asked about his overall feelings on how the defense has progressed this season.

“I think the biggest thing you’re seeing as far as an improvement is two things: One is familiarity with the scheme, at least the guys who were here a year ago and then the second thing is [general manager] Mark [Dominik] and the personnel department went out and acquired excellent free agents for our defense and those are the guys in our lineup right now and have made us a distinctly better defense than we were a year ago,” Sheridan said. “Those two things and you’re counting on the same thing as you go forward either through the draft or the free agency coming up here in the offseason, as well as, again, another season under our belt of playing hard defenses scheme with our coverages, pressures and guys being more familiar with what they have to do in there and how they want those executed.

“So those are two biggest things I think why you’re seeing that and I imagine it’ll continue to get better and better, again, with the acquisition of new and better personnel at certain positions like everybody’s trying to do in the whole league as well as just familiarity with our defense.”

• Wide receiver Vincent Jackson, one of the Buccaneers’ captains, took a handful of questions from the media during open locker room. PewterReport.com asked Jackson if he, as a leader, has a message t, the other players about not allowing themselves to be distracted by the team’s record and non-playoff situation.

“There’s only so much coaches can say,” Jackson said. “Despite the record, the guys have to believe that we’re playing for each other and you’re playing for the name on the back obviously and that emblem the helmet, representing your city, representing your team, organization that’s given you a job and given you an opportunity. I think we have that here, we have the right kind of leaders in this locker room and out on the field they’re going to not only lead by example, but they’re going to make sure these guys are mentality focused to say ‘You know what, put the record aside, whatever, every time we step on that football field, we’ve got something to prove.’”
Jackson was then asked how mentally tough it is to look past the distractions.

“It can be. You can let those distractions leak in if you want to or you can just say ‘You know what? No matter’ – you can take away the calendar, you can take away the record and you just say ‘You know what? We’ve got two football games left and right now we’ve been taking like we have since week one, one game at a time.’ We can only play one game this week, St. Louis Rams, and with the opportunity you have, why not go out there and play an excellent game and feel good about it? There’s nothing like that feeling winning of an NFL game, let’s go get that feeling.”
“We’re a couple pieces away, I think, from being a dominant defense. We have some good players, some really good players. We’ll just keep working at it. I think some of those pieces are going to develop into being dominant players. We have some young kids here who I think have the upside to be special. Our whole philosophy is draft and develop anyway, and that’s really what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to continue to do that.” – Schiano on his defense’s future
The Buccaneers will travel to St. Louis on Saturday afternoon, as they get ready to face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and will broadcast locally on FOX-13. Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin will handle the broadcast duties.



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    I'm not sure yet what we have in Glennon. What I am sure of is run, run, take a shot down field doesn't work in the NFL as Schiano believes it does. This type of offense can never win consistently as shown by our 3rd down conversion rate. I don't blame Glennon as much as scheme. When you run up the middle on 1st down for no gain your chances of getting to 3rd and manageable are next to zero. I think any Q.B. would have a hard time being successful in this offense. But Freeman set franchise records last year. Let me bust that myth. That was Sully's 1st year, and once D.C.'s saw we do the same lame crap all the time, it became easy to defend. Even Freeman's big year we were woefully inconsistent, and ended up with a loosing record. I'm saving judgement on the Glennon's, until we get a proven O.C..
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    Absolutely correct surferdude!
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    Absolutely right Surferdudes. But hasn't the Offense taken the absolute bottom (32nd) now? We all understand the mistakes and difficulties that come with a rookie QB. A few good passes doesn't make up for the dismal 3rd down conversions. So far, Glennon hasn't shown "It" to me. Two more games to see a semblance of star quality.
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    The only way any defense can dominate is to have an offense that isn't 31st in the league!!! Two games converting only 1 out of 10 3rd downs!! Getting 5 turnovers in one game and only scoring 6 points off them!! Again Schiano doesn't get it, defense doesn't win games for you in this league. Teams are putting more points up then ever. The most dominate defense in the league is the one that sits on the bench most of the game while the offense is out there scoring points, and maintaining drives!!
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    Want to improve the D in a hurry, fire Sheridan..Chirp, Chirp. The D is better than last year and it should be with all the money spent on the back end but still has a few holes. Need a real NFL COACH and a overhaul on the staff, then start work on the offense.
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    There is no reason why we can not win this game. Go Bucs!
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    The Bucs need to be watching film of how the Rams whipped them last year and use that for their motivation but Schiano will never think of that. All he wants to talk about now is how great his defense is and how close they are to being great. That is because his trying to promote Glennon as his QB has been a dismal failure that he should be held accountable for and it is bringing the entire Offense down to last place in the NFL. The Glazers need to clean house at the end of this season of Schiano and his coordinators. There will be some veteran coaches fired who were formally great such as the Falcon's Coach. Bring them in with the understanding you keep DOM and Butch Davis and our Offensive Line, Running Back Coach, and Special Team's Coach, and he can fire the rest if he likes. He also can pick a first round QB or a Veteran Free Agent QB and let he and DOM do their best. It can all be fixed in one year just like KC did this year. But it needs to be an HC that can fit the systems to the personnel and not like Schiano and Sheridan have been doing making the personnel fit their system or walk the plank.
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