Head coach Greg Schiano spoke to the media following Tampa Bay's 20-7 win at Miami Friday night and discussed the feelings of his first game as a head coach in the NFL, the play of several players and things the Buccaneers still need to correct.
“Well good to get one under our belt. Fun to play a game again. It is always fun. Best days of the year so got a lot of work to do. We will watch this tape. A lot of corrections, but good evaluation. I think we got to play just about everybody and [we] kind of stuck to the plan as far as playing time and that’s important to be able to evaluate. I will try to answer anything I can.”You had two touchdowns your first two possessions can you explain how that felt?
“It was good. It was good that one on the 4th down LeGarrette (Blount) found a way to get it in there. That was important. Then I think the second drive was really good. You are backed up on your negative seven and you go down the field. Good solid drive and then Mike not Mike [but] Doug Martin found a way to get it in the end zone which was excellent that he made a way to get it in. So that’s good stuff. The thing that I thought was real good was that we had two sudden change situations the first half and we were able to blow their neck and keep them from scoring. You have to be able to do that.” On running the ball:
“Yes and that part of what we are going to do. You got guys like Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams and you got a quarterback like we do we are going to throw the ball too. I was excited that we were able to in the first half run the ball effectively.”On the penalties:
“Well the penalties you are never happy with. We had six [for] penalties 36 yards. The one that sticks out to me is the early one—the personal foul. We don’t do that. That’s not Buccaneer football. We had a quick talk Preston (Parker) and I and he understands you got to put your own personal preferences behind the good of the team. Did a guy shove his hand up into his face? Sure he did, but you know that’s part of the game. You got to walk away and Preston (Parker) knows that. That’s not a problem. We will get that right and we will get it corrected. I think there was a lot of other opportunities for guys to do that and after that point nobody did. They walked away which is important. The off sides penalty sometimes happens in early games. Defensive lining in the neutral zone it’s an age old thing. You line up on the man and not the ball. They were sitting back pretty far so that I don’t think will be hard to clean up. The end of the day six penalties your first game is not the worst thing in the world.”
Lavonte David had a significant game not only on defensive side, but also on special teams and what does that mean to you?
“Well he has done a real good job since we started and I think he continued to do it tonight. You know and Lavonte’s (David) interception was an answer to a sudden change. So when you can do that that’s critical. He did. He flew around out there. He looked comfortable which is great. I was happy for him to do it in his hometown is fun too.”What did you think about Ryan Tannehill?
“You know what I really didn’t pay a lot of attention to them. I was watching us. I knew he was in there, but I didn’t really watch how he was playing. I was trying to get 11 on the field most of the night. Once we got into that part of the game.”Can you talk about the line of scrimmage play on the diving touchdown runs?
“Yes we have seen that in practice you know and we don’t tackle live in practice so you sit there and say ‘Is that going happen in the game? Is it going work?’ It did on that run for sure.”First impressions on what it was like to be down there on the sidelines with your team?
“It was fun. It is a new step and a new start on your career and doing something different. I was impressed with some of our veteran guys. Ronde Barber in the fourth quarter was helping with substitution and yelling things out to—that to me is what it’s about. You know unselfish play [and] helping each other. That’s what we need to build on. When you suffer together in camp and you help each other that’s how you grow as a team.”What were your impressions of Tiquan Underwood tonight?
“He had a productive night. He made some—I thought the one was intercepted. I couldn’t see it as well as you, but it looked like he just took it away from him. So that’s good stuff. Then the one on the sideline I thought was equally impressive. So probably watch the tape [and] there will be a bunch of things you like to correct, but that was pretty impressive on the production.”You didn’t get sacks tonight, but was the pressure there to your liking?
“I think we did get a couple of tipped passes. Batted down balls which means you are affecting the quarterback. Our goal is to affect the quarterback. Sometimes that equals sacks. Sometimes it doesn’t. We lost contain a few times which is something that you got to stay disciplined. Keep the edge of your defense. We didn’t do that at times, but we will. Those are correctable. That’s why it is going to be great to get this tape [and] get back to Tampa and get back to work.”
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