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August 15, 2012 @ 11:08 am
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Schiano Sums Up Training Camp: "They Worked Very Very Hard"

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Bucs head coach Greg Schiano addressed the media after practice on the final day of training camp. Schiano discussed what the team will do moving forward, their accomplishments in camp, as well as gave updates on a few players. 
What are the changes now since training camp is over?
“Not that much really. Next week, Monday and Tuesday are going to be kind of similar and then the Patriots get here and we’ll go against them for two days. So next week is kind of modified training camp I guess.”

Is it important to establish a No. 1 receiver?
“I think we have a No. 1 receiver, that’s for sure. But you do like to the ball distributed so that teams can’t lock in. They’re going to do that. There’s no doubt that people are going to do certain things with their coverage to Vincent (Jackson), so when that happens you need to make people pay in other spots and eventually get the double off Vincent (Jackson) if you can.”

Did you accomplish what you wanted to in camp?
“They worked very, very hard. That’s what I was most excited about. My vision of where we’ll be a year or two or three from now at this point, much cleaner, crisper. But what I was really pleased with was the effort, the buy in that these guys exhibited. Again, I know to them, they kind of filled me in that today was the last day. I wasn’t even thinking that way, which is my fault. I know as a player I’d be thinking that way. But I kind of look at it like there’s this next week and then there’s the last preseason game and we’re kind of splitting ourselves and there’s a plan in place for what we’re going to do, but I do understand. These guys have been busting their humps and now it gears back a little bit and then we have the game. We still have some hard work to do.”

Was there friendly competition out there today?
“Mark (Barron) is a little confused because the defense couldn’t win because we split the defense up. What we did was split the team. We didn’t split the units though. So the first “O” worked against the first “D” and so forth and so forth. But what we did was make it competitive and in doing so, we hit probably 80 percent of our situational football. So we did coming out, red zone, tight red, third down .... there was a couple we didn’t touch but it was a good review. And you know, like anything else, these guys are competitors. So as soon as you put teams and you put a scoreboard, it’s on. And it was tag tempo, so no one was supposed to hit anyone. There were a couple of shots in there today I wasn’t pleased about but they’re competitors. That’s good. One team won. Some of them were defense, some were offense. But Mark is a defensive player so he won - so he thinks they won.”

What is your assessment of pass rush?
“I think we’re going to have to mix it up. I think we have some good pass rushers; good in their own ways. Different styles. But I think we’re going to have to mix pressure in there, which is fine. That’s what we do. So I think we can have an effective pass rush. I don’t think right now you lineup with three or four guys and say every down you’re going to whoop them with four. We’re not there yet. I think we can get there though.”

That’s where you need to be?
“You’d love to be. But even when you’re there, you use different pressure packages to keep them on your toes.”

Any disappointment that the game is blacked out?
“I don’t really think too much about that stuff. I think if we take care of business, all of that stuff will take care of itself. I really believe that.”

Do you game plan a bit more for the second preseason game?
“Not really. Again, we are still focused on the Bucs. We will go over painstakingly distribution of reps. So that may change just a little bit, but not a lot. As I said going into game one I really felt like I was going to have to be an accountant Friday night and I was. I was tick marking. Constantly trying to make sure that we were getting the distribution of play so when we came in the next day and evaluated the tape, we would have enough to evaluate on each guy. You know we have a plan on what we want to see him do. Can he do this or can he not? Some of the bubble guys - some of the guys we are trying to make decisions on. It will be important again [this] Friday night. Same thing.”

Can you talk about Wallace Gilberry’s performance so far and what you knew about him before he got here?
“I knew nothing of him before he got here. Mark (Dominik) and Dennis (Hickey) brought him into me. I watched the tape and I thought he flashed and did some things you loved his effort. He is a hard effort. He is a hard effort player. I think he has been a good edition out there. He is a positive guy. He works his tail off. It is going to be interesting to see how this thing shakes out inside, but he is definitely right in the middle of the mix. He is a guy that can go inside and outside too. That helps his clause a little bit.”

In terms of E.J. Biggers is there an update on his status and when you expect him to be back out?
“Kind of the same timeline [as] when we started. He is going to be a little bit. It won’t be in the immediate future, but I think we are going to get him back in the early part of the season.”

Jeff Demps’ agent said he had discussions with the Bucs this week and how interested are you on an Olympian on this team?
“Well, it is nice that he is an Olympian. That is a great achievement, but we play football. So if he wasn’t a good football player it wouldn’t matter to me. He happens to be a good football player as well. He just happens to be a very good track athlete as well. We will see how that goes. I don’t know how that is going to end up. We had discussions even before he went over to the Olympics so we will see. Hopefully if it’s meant to be it will work out.”  

- Victoria Horchak contributed to this report
Last modified on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 12:17

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    You can't put him on the practice squad, as another team would steal him, unless of course you gave him a huge salary to disuade the other teams.
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    owlykat, I agree.
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    Jeff Demps had a successful career at the University of Florida and while he is willing to tough it out inside, he does not have the power that Smith will have between the tackles, so he will have to get his yards on perimeter plays or screens. Coming this late he will not know the system; however, he is not a fumbler, and he would be good on the practice squad and available if Smith is not as durable as we all hope he will be. The Bucs should sign him for insurance. He is a quality person and would fit in with Schiano's coaching approach. I continue to reallly be impressed with Schiano and I believe he is going to field a competitive Bucs team this year and will only get better with time.
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