Bucs coach Greg Schiano spoke to the media on Wednesday and talked about the upcoming reunion game, getting the offense back on track and his friend Andy Reid, among other topics.
The Buccaneers were back on the practice field Wednesday as they begin to gameplan for their next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles who come to town on Sunday. Head coach Greg Schiano talked about the upcoming game and his football team's preparation.
Can you comment on the health of LeQuan Lewis?
“I think [it’s] not as bad as maybe it appeared initially. I don’t know if [he’ll play] this week, but I don’t think it’ll be long term.”What needs to be done to get the offense back on track?
“I think what you mentioned is the case, the red zone. Score touchdowns rather than field goals.”Are defenses doing anything differently against you guys?
“No. Some plays that we have made by a shoestring in the three previous weeks, they’re making by a shoestring now. So maybe we have to finish a little harder. Maybe we’re underestimating when we scheme something maybe we can get that block, and you can get on it but you can’t really keep the guy from having any effect on the play. It’s always a combination of coaching, playing, circumstance, all that stuff.”What are you seeing looking back at Josh Freeman’s play?
“Mike [Sullivan], Ron [Turner] and myself try to look at patterns and the way things are going. So yeah I do [look back at his play]. Not so much ‘oh boy he’s playing well’, I just want to see what the pattern is. Like, is something slowing down? Is something not as effective or more effective? Now, do we want to load up on it? That’s what you’re looking for, and you do that in all three fazes. That’s part of self-scouting. So that’s kind of the way I look at it. You know, he’s done well or he’s not done well.”Will Anthony Gaitor start this week?
“[I] don’t know yet. Starting means a lot of different things. As you know, he plays in the nickel package. He did before he was injured. So he’s going to have a role, everybody’s going to have a role. Right now we’re at a spot where all hands on deck in the secondary. And we’re going to play it together. And I said it, could we have been better last Sunday? Yeah, but that group battled and they’re battle again this week.”
What makes the offense click?
“Well I think it starts with the quarterback play. We need the quarterback to run the show. It’s documented enough to mention it, we’ve been able to replace some top of the line players in this league and some guys have been able to fill in and fight. That’s what we’ve been able to do, it’s a group of guys that find and finishes plays. Because we have some good skill guys, that can make plays in the perimeter and in the backfield and at the quarterback spot, it’s allowed us to do some things. You know, Dallas Clark has emerged as a guy who’s made some plays, so that’s what we need to keep doing. That’s going to be the formula for us right now. Doesn’t mean it has to be… we can do some other things later on. But now we just have to fight inside, fight at the tackles and do our best there, and give Josh enough time so he can do what he has to do and give Doug enough room to run.”What are your thoughts on Eagles coach Andy Reid?
“Andy’s a great coach. Andy’s a great person. I have experiences with Andy that no one knows about. He did some things that are incredible. So he’s a great football coach, he’s a better man. But I don’t really think about the other stuff, I’ve got enough of my issues, to be frank. There’s some personal things that he’s helped other people that I have been involved in my program. They were down in Philly and we were right there an hour away. I know he wouldn’t want me to bring it up, that’s why I’m not going to tell you the situation; that’s the kind of guys he is. He’s going to do a lot of good, but he doesn’t want the [pat on the back], he just does it because that’s the kind of man he is.”What are your thoughts on the Butch Davis coaching rumors?
“This is the way I approach it. If you hire good coaches, other people are going to try and come to take your coaches. That’s a compliment. And in all my time at Rutgers, we lost a lot of coaches to other programs and everyone would get mad. I would say, ‘hey guys that means we’re hiring the right coaches’. When no one wants to hire your guys, then you hired the wrong coaches.”With LeQuan Lewis out, who returns kicks?
“[Chris Owusu and Michael Smith] are all options. There’s some other options as well, and I don’t know right now. I’m going to watch the tape from today and we’re going to… Tiquan Underwood has one it, there’s a bunch of guys are capable that have done it in this league. Let’s figure it out through evaluation, and then I got to make a decision at the end of the week.”What did you think of the offensive line’s play last week?
“Well, [Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil] are premier pass-rushers. When you’re going against the best in class it’s going to be hard, it’s not going to be easy. And that’s the play of the National Football League. With that level of pass rush, I know he was under pressure, but that’s life if the National Football League. That’s the way it is when your going against guys like that. It’s not going to be easy, that’s something we’ve got to deal with.”What kind of atmosphere are you expecting Sunday?
“I’m excited. As a younger coach, we studied the Tampa defense wherever I’ve been. I mean, obsessed with the Tampa defense. Every tape they had to put on our system, and things like that. To see those players, I mean we have one every day in Ronde [Barber], but to see the rest of them and the coaches that will be around that lead that team, I think it’s going to be good. But we have a job to do, and the worst thing we can do is have all those guys back on their commemorative weekend and not go out and do our job. We want to make our alumni proud of how we coach and how we play. That’s just another piece of the goal this weekend, to go out there and get our win.”–Haley Cornish contributed to this report
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