Head coach Greg Schiano held his daily press conference shortly after practice ended on Thursday and discussed the health status of CB Eric Wright, the situation at left guard, the pending trade deadline and the challenges the Raiders will pose on Sunday.
The Buccaneers will travel to Oakland on Saturday, as opposed to earlier in the week as some teams do for west coast trips, and will face the Raiders in a 4:05 contest Sunday afternoon. Greg Schiano talked his decision to leave Saturday, among several other topics. Below is the transcript from Thursday's daily press conference.
Were Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright back on the field again today?
“Yes.”Think some progress then in their rehab?
“They did.”Do you think both will be able to play physically on Sunday?
“I think. How that all meshes together with the guys that have been working and all that I am not at the—I don’t even know that I know yet. I would not say it yet anyway, but we got to see. Some guys have had more work than others so we just have to play it by ear and how they feel and how it meshes and all that.”How are things working out at left guard?
“They are shaking. There have been a couple different things we are doing. We will have five guys out there that are going to do a good job for sure.”Is Ted Larsen at center a possibility and moving Jeremy Zuttah to left guard?
“Well everything is in play. Like I said yesterday, that’s definitely one of the alternatives. There is a lot of different, when you start moving people around; there are a lot of pluses and minuses to it. At the end of the day our main goal is to get the best five guys out there on the field and it is going to be a huge challenge with their defensive front. Those two inside guys are enormous good athletes. The outside guys really [are] great motor guys that are stout guys, but play just relentlessly. It is going to be a challenge.”
Can you talk a little bit about the cornerback you picked up yesterday from Seattle?
“Yes, we had two additions actually. Chris Scott we added to the practice squad. [He is] an offensive lineman guard type. Then Danny Gorrer is from Seattle via Baltimore. So he has played some football and we worked him out a little while back and had the opportunity to claim him and we did. Excited about this.”Can you talk about the Raider offense this year and what you have noticed about Darren McFadden?
“Well he is very dangerous. If he has a crease he is gone and we have to do everything in our power to prevent him from having the big run. He is going to have some runs, but the big runs the home runs we have to prevent that. If you don’t, you are going to have a hard time winning. Carson Palmer is an experienced, smooth, educated quarterback who is going to be able to see what we are doing [and] know what we are doing. We have to a good job of disguising and then making plays because they have some receivers that can really get after it. Overall [a] huge challenge for our defense, but one that they are excited about.”Is he a guy that you want to get on the move and out of the pocket?
“Well really unless you are talking about some of those real mobile guys I think you want to get everybody off their spot. Any quarterback try to get them to move off that timing and rhythm spot where everything is what they practice. So yes in that, but he is a mobile guy. He can still move at his stage in his career. He chases a guy down on one [of the] interceptions today I [was] watching on tape. He can still run. Forget move. It is different than the movement in the pocket stuff. So yes, but not too much if you know what I mean.”How much progress have you seen from Leonard Johnson since camp?
“Well he has made progress for sure. It wasn’t too big for him Thursday night, but let’s see if it’s too big for him this Sunday. If he is in there playing is he going to be able to stack a good performance with another one or does he walk away as a rookie okay I did it and now forget how hard it is to do? That’s the challenge to Leonard (Johnson). I have talked to him about it. You need to go out there and work hard all this week and if you get the opportunity to play go out there and compete again. Anytime someone does something for the first time, now you want to see can he do it over and over again. Consistency is that word we keep coming back to.”Did you think about leaving on Friday for this trip and what went into the decision on Saturday?
“Yes, I examined all the different methods. There are good arguments on both sides. At the end of the day we decided that we would keep our normal routine. Get on the plane. It is a little bit longer plane ride, but we would get out there, go play our game and come back.”Should we expect anything by the trade deadline?
“Well, it is creeping up on us right? It is about 2 hours and 15 minutes so as soon as I am done here I am going to get up stairs and get with Mark Dominik and see where we are [and] if we are anywhere at that front. Then you will know here sooner than later. So I don’t really have anything right now to comment on, but you never know. Wait to the end.” –Mark Cook contributed to this report
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