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December 27, 2011 @ 6:19 pm
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Bennett, Bowers Both Say Bucs Learning Valuable Lessons

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Victoria Horchak 

Victoria
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The Bucs left defensive end duo of Michael Bennett and Da'Quan Bowers talked to the media Tuesday about how despite being in a nine-game spiral lessons can still be learned.

Despite a disastrous season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Da’Quan Bowers and Michael Bennett said today a lesson can still be learned. What can a team learn from being on a nine-game losing streak and being 4-11? According to rookie Da’Quan Bowers – several things. One lesson is to just play where you are supposed to play and not try to be a hero.

“There are a lot of lessons to be learned this year,” Bowers said. “It is just all about playing technique football [and] playing your assignments. Not trying to make every play. Play within the scheme of the defense. Don’t try to be superman. Don’t try to force yourself to make plays that aren’t there for you because then it causes a slip in the defense for somebody else to miss an opportunity. We just got to learn how to grow as a defensive team. Not only as a defense, but a whole team and you know we will be alright.”

Third-year defensive end Michael Bennett agrees with Bowers in that lessons can be learned from a season that has not gone quite as planned. When asked what can be learned from this season, Bennett couldn’t decide on just one at first, but does believe this team needs to mature.

“I don’t know,” Bennett said. “So many I can’t even tell you all. You got a big piece of paper? I don’t know. One of the lessons [is] just need maturity. Maturity.  We just need to mature as a team and [we] really can’t hold being young as an excuse anymore because there are a lot of young people doing great things right now. So we just got to keep going and keep grinding.”

The six-foot-four defensive end out of Clemson looks forward to him and fellow rookies such as Adrian Clayborn and Mason Foster growing as a unit. Even though it has been tough, it does allow the team to grow.


“I think we all made great strides [with] myself starting the last couple of games and Adrian (Clayborn) being in the starting lineup the whole season along with Mason (Foster),” Bowers said. “You know it just goes to show you what this team is going to be capable of in the future. Got a young team and hopefully we can get everybody back in next year and make a decent run at what we need to be on like the Super Bowl and all those type of things. Been a tough year, but [with] us being so young it is not necessarily a bad thing. It gives you a time to grow as a team and as a unit.”

Veteran players are reminding the young rookies to never forget how losing feels so they can do whatever it takes to improve.

“Oh definitely it is a bad taste in our mouth,” Bowers said. “A lot of those veterans [are] saying [to] just remember this feeling, the other day in Carolina. It stuck with me remember the feeling of being on an eight or nine-game losing streak. Remember the feeling of being blown out. Remember your own fans turning against you. It’s a bad feeling so you never want to experience that again. So we need to do everything in our power to change it.”

Not only are there consequences for head coaches or coaches in this league for not playing well, but also for players as an individual. Players need to realize that not playing well can hurt themselves as a player in the future. According to Bennett, players need to make plays to help not only your team, but themselves as well.

“Everything is just like your résumé,” Bennett said. “Every time you [are] put on film people look at the plays that you make or the plays that you don’t make. So the best thing to do is always when trying to make plays and playing for the team is going to help yourself anyway. It is not being selfish to want to do well or want to do what you can. At this point in the season it is about time for us to not even worry about the plays anymore just beat who is ever in front of us and make some plays.”

Bennett understands that in order to be an NFL player, one must have character. And not just physically, but mentally as well. He really doesn’t have an answer as to the way the team has played on the field either.

“It is always about character in this sport,” Bennett said. “You got to be a tough person to play football and you got to have great character to overcome some of the things that happen [here]. It shows in the game sometimes. Everybody is talking about [how] they want to play for Raheem (Morris) and do all these things and then when we get on the field it doesn’t seem that way. It doesn’t seem like we want to do those things. It seems like a bunch of chatter really. So I don’t know.”






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    In any business, success begins at the top! The BUCS have lacked discipline NOT talent this year.....that's a coaching issue. The firing of Morris will have an impact on the players. In responce, Rhonde Barber will retire, ( in protest) and that will create opportunities for others. Two new linebackers, two new corners and a safety must be the focus on defense. On offense, tight end, running back (change of pace type) must be the focus. Our special teams played well in 2011, especially our punter and kicker and their future is very bright. The Falcons, Saints and Panthers are way ahead of us and relying on the draft to find new players will be a losing policy. As I stated, success begins at the top and if the Glazers refuse to invest in new talent, the BUCS will be the doormat in the NFC South for many years to come!!!
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    NOW FANS DID ANY BODY CHECK OUT THE 2012 THRU 2017 PROPOSAL SCHEDULE. for a team that won only 4 games in 2011 so far check out the home and away teams guys and gals- at home-phila,wash,sd,kc,atl,car no & Nfc-West team Now here is the away games; DAL,NYG,OAK,DEN,ATL,CAR,NO & NFC NORTH TEAM. WE GOT TO BE READY FOLKS>GO BUCS
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    I agree with the trio. But boy do we have a a heavy influx of talent teams in the 2012 season mixed. If they do what they need to do From Getting a New Offensive CoOrdinator and a Defensive Coordinatore Plusa Coach Like Jeff Fisher, or Bill Cowder or some high profile coach like that and pick three IMPACT PLAYERS IN THE FIRST # PICKS LIKE A FAST RB WHO DOESNOT FUMBLE, AN IMPACT ILB AND SEVERAL CB's THAT CAN SHUT DOWN THE HOME ROUND BALL< ALSO ON MY WISH LIST IS A COUPLE MORE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN LIKE A GUARD
    GO BUCSW
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    As much as I cringed during games this year due to blow outs etc etc. I think it's only fair that we give morris a full off season with this young team.
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    These three Players are some of our new soon to be Leaders. I am excited about that for 2012. I really do believe that we did have a good draft this year and last year even despite having to pick McCoy so high ( it will probably it up okay if he can stay healthy). All but Myron Lewis have added quality from these last two drafts. So what's the problem then? Why did we do so poorly? The answer is simple; injuries, and thus it exposed the lack of coaching experience/ability at the HC/DC/OC level. Coaching leadership led to poor game preparation and adjusting/adapting after the game started. I believe that some of the problems then escalated because of zero management skills from the HC. It all starts with the HC and last year he took a lot of credit for it when it really was the GM who found the players. The GM is not the responsible person who runs the practices and determines the game schemes. GM Dominick has done his job despite being so young; I give him credit for that. I blame this failure on Raheem Morris and I do not see him getting any better with this team because he doesn't believe that he needs to change that much and there lies the big problem. I am for bringing in a new HC and let that new HC fire or maintain the other coaches. I don't believe we are that far away from turning this around if Coach Morris is fired. Now wouldn't you know it that the Falcons have already clinched their playoff spot and they will probably rest some players with minor injuries and play a lot of back ups. Thus if we win, and I believe we will, then some will say that we were too rough on Coach Morris; to that I would disagree and that is just my opinion.
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    well said horse
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    I absolutely agree. We have alot of young, talented players. Alot to look forward to, if we change this coaching staff. People argue that would set back the franchise but I disagree. Look what a new coach did to the 49ers. There is no reason to believe it couldn't happen in Tampa. I worry if we pull this win out this week, the Glazers won't make a change even if we beat Atlanta's back ups.
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    These three Players are some of our new soon to be Leaders. I am excited about that for 2012. I really do believe that we did have a good draft this year and last year even despite having to pick McCoy so high ( it will probably it up okay if he can stay healthy). All but Myron Lewis have added quality from these last two drafts. So what's the problem then? Why did we do so poorly? The answer is simple; injuries, and thus it exposed the lack of coaching experience/ability at the HC/DC/OC level. Coaching leadership led to poor game preparation and adjusting/adapting after the game started. I believe that some of the problems then escalated because of zero management skills from the HC. It all starts with the HC and last year he took a lot of credit for it when it really was the GM who found the players. The GM is not the responsible person who runs the practices and determines the game schemes. GM Dominick has done his job despite being so young; I give him credit for that. I blame this failure on Raheem Morris and I do not see him getting any better with this team because he doesn't believe that he needs to change that much and there lies the big problem. I am for bringing in a new HC and let thatnew HC fire or maintain the other coaches. I don't believe we are that far away from turning this around if Coach Morris is fired. Now wouldn't you know it that the Falcons have already clinched their playoff spot and they will probably rest some players with minor injuries and play a lot of back ups. Thus if we win, and I believe we will, then some will say that we were too rough on Coach Morris; to that I would disagree and that is just my opinion.
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    I forgot to add one other observation that has put Coach Morris job in jeopardy; failure to change fast enough or not at all. We can go as far back as Ray Perkins and the latest was Jon Gruden; being stubborn doesn't work with being successful. That's just my opinion.
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