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October 11, 2012 @ 2:44 pm
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Schiano Encouraged Bowers Will Return This Season

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Victoria Horchak 

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Bucs head coach Greg Schiano spoke to the media following Thursday's practice. Among the things discussed was the decision at right guard, he feels Mike Sullivan is very calm under pressure, and he is encouraged by what he sees from Da'Quan Bowers' progression. 
Are you any closer to making a decision on the right guard?
“Yes, I think we are closer.”

Can you talk a little bit about Michael Bennett and what he has provided the team this year?
“I think Mike (Michael Bennett) has played well so far. As he and I talk about consistency over time that is the true measure. I think he will be able to do it. God willing he stays healthy that he has the ability and the desire to do that. So looking forward to it.”

What are some of Gerald McCoy’s skills? 
“He is another guy that is really who is really twitched up. It is zero to 60 like that. He has got the ability, in coaching you call it slither, I don’t know what you call—he has got the upper body flexibility that he can twist and turn. When people are trying to block you and you twist and turn they lose their hand on the hitting surface and that’s how you get free. He has the ability to do that while going at a high rate of speed.”

What has been your evaluation of Mike Sullivan and the job he has done so far as his first year calling plays?
“Certainly you look when you hire people you look at their whole skill set, right? I had great confidence and I have great confidence in Mike (Mike Sullivan). He is as bright and intelligent and disciplined a guy as I know. I think in all those things he is able to lead a unit. I do think he is one of the cooler guys under pressure that I have ever been around. I think he is doing a good job. I remember the first time I called defenses. You just get better at doing it the more and more. Just like anything else, the more you do it the more comfortable you get with it. I think the thing that stands out already to me is I am on the head set with him and he is a lot cooler than a lot of guys I have been around who have called a lot of plays. I am excited.”

When you made that transition what was the hardest part for you?
“I don’t know. I loved doing it. That’s one thing I miss. I love each play having to think and make a decision, but the decisions that I have to think about are bigger. I have to think ahead. As a play caller you are thinking a little bit ahead, but not as much. You are thinking about the next call maybe setting –that setting things up I think is a little overrated. I think that is the head coaches job to set things up. As a play caller it is a fun day, but it can be a tough day too.”

It looks like it will be Brady Quinn and what is his skill set?
“He is a highly qualified quarterback. He has played quarterback in this league. He played Sunday. The things maybe a little different in his skill set is he is a more mobile guy. He is a physically kind of more stout guy. Does that mean more moving pocket stuff? Maybe. Again, I think Brian Daboll does a great job. They know exactly what they want to do. He will know exactly what he wants to do if he is going to tweak it at all. Philosophically, I think their ball club Romeo (Crennel) sets the tone [of] this is what we are going to be like. I don’t see him varying way off. I think we have been preparing for him anyway. When you have a guy who had a concussion the odds are not great that he is going to play. It is kind of what we expected.”

Their rushing offense is among the league leaders and how are the Chiefs successful in that?
“They do it the old fashioned way. They line up and run the ball down your throat. Now there is a lot of perimeter runs, but they are perimeter runs that can cut outside [or] inside or somewhere in between. They do a very good job of it—executing. Again, I said earlier in the week, they are patient enough that they do it. They keep calling it and they are built to do that.”

With this being week six in the NFL is there any update on Da’Quan Bowers and is he allowed to come back after this week?
“Well he is improving. There is no doubt about that. We are going to be very conservative and we are not going to rush that situation. We are going to make sure he is well. I can tell you from things I have seen I am really encouraged. When he comes back, I do anticipate him coming back here in the foreseeable future if that’s three weeks, five weeks, eight weeks, I am not sure right now.”

Do you feel better about it now then when maybe you first got here?
“Oh yes, absolutely. What he has been able to do I do feel—you know you hear a guy has to get his Achilles operated on whew. Watching the stuff he has done out on the field is in rehab, that’s good stuff.”

Does that window where you can allow him to practice start Monday?
“I get it is six weeks right? So he gets a couple weeks and then he can go. I don’t know if he will or not. That is a medical decision more than a coaching decision, but like I said we will be conservative and make sure that when he does come back there is no risk of further injury. That is what is important to me.”
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