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January 4, 2013 @ 1:33 pm
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Bucs Players Say Lessons Were Learned In 2012

Written by Victoria
Horchak 
Victoria Horchak 

Victoria
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As the Buccaneers cleaned out their lockers last week at One Buc Place, a handful spoke to Pewter Report regarding the 2012 season, and the culture change within the organization.
With the Buccaneers’ 2012 season officially over, it was that time of the year where the players reflected on the past season and looked forward to the next one. 

Even though the Buccaneers didn’t have the end result they would have liked (7-9), for the players there were some things that can be encouraging when looking back on the season.

After clearing out their lockers this week, a few players spoke to PewterReport.com about the 2012 season and what they look forward to in the new year.

For rookie linebacker Lavonte David, it was about how the team remained a unit even when things got tough.

“How everybody stuck together, David said. “Everybody stayed together throughout [this year]. We had a little fall off towards the end, but everybody stayed together. We knew what we were capable of and that’s what we tried to accomplish this last game.”

Third-year wide receiver Mike Williams also reflected on the past season. For him, lessons were learned in 2012.

“I am going to take a lot of lessons learned,” Williams said. “We can go and learn a lot of lessons [like] how to win more games and how to stay in the games. We were in a lot of close games. Knowing that we can win them especially with the last game we beat the number one team in the NFC and they played their starters. So [just] learning from that too. Going into this off season learning from what we did this season.”

Kicker Connor Barth mentioned how important it is to focus on the positives of a season at this time of the year.

“Obviously it is always a disappointment when you don’t get in the playoffs and you are packing up this time in December,” Barth said. “You just got to look at the positives. Just what we have done this year and the culture change like you said. It just has been a lot better. Everybody has bought in the accountability factor. Everyone has been watching more film and just taking it more seriously. I think you will see a big change when we have our second year—second go around.”

Head coach Greg Schiano said from the start that he wanted to have a culture change within the organization, his players agreed that it actually happened.

“Yes, just the whole sense of being professional and just doing your job,” Barth said. “Just holding us to this sense of accountability. It has been great. I think guys have really bought in and we are looking forward to continuing like I said the second year is always better. We are still learning. It is a learning year this year for us, and our coach learning about us. I thought it was great. We had a good year and we just got to continue to build and hopefully do some damage next year.” 

Williams also believes that the team has bought into the new culture brought in by Greg Schiano.

“Definitely, making it a family atmosphere and letting us know we can stick to his philosophy and still win,” Williams said. “I think he did a lot with changing the atmosphere.”

For now, all the team can do is look forward. Linebacker Mason Foster summed up his team’s 2012 football season.

“(We) didn’t win enough games, but I felt we got better as the year went on,” Foster said. “(We are) just going to continue to work and go into the off season trying to get better.”







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    well done everyone - I think that makes a nice list for offseason homework for our coaching staff....and we expect nothing less than an A on your homework coaches!
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    GO TEAM GO IN @)!# I THINK TAMP WILL ADD MORE POSITIVE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE- LOOK AT ROOKIE QB FROM SEATTLE-HE PLAYING AGAIST ATLANTA THIS NEXT WEEK- AND I THINK they have a good chance if they close with atlanta. STILL GO BUCS, IF WE CAN BEAT THEM ANYONE CAN BEAT THEM. THEY STILL HAVEN'T WON THE BIG WON-TAMPA BAY IN 2002 AGAIN GO BUCS-GO BUCS-GO BUCS
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    You hit the nail on the head pinkstop , you're exactly right . I also feel a whole lot better this jan. than i did a year ago .
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    EastEndBoy I got a few. If you're calling an offensive play on 3rd down make sure you call a play where everyone runs past the 1st down marker. I'm so sick of seeing 3rd and 9 only to see a WR or TE run a route 6 yards out only to get tackled a yard after the catch. Another lesson learned: Free Freeman! Everyone who doesn't live under a rock sees that the league has shifted to QB's who can pick up yard with their feet and even run some option. Look at all the mobile QB's in the playoffs this year. In 2010 Freeman was second in the league in rushing yards behind M. Vick and he also showed the ability to break a lot of would be sacks. Stop worrying about this guy getting hurt and give him the freedom to run whenever he doesn't like what he sees. Also, call more bootleg and option plays. Finally EastEndBoy, I actually like gimmick plays because it shows imagiination in the play calling and gives the opposing team more things to prepare for. We just need to do a better job of know when to call them, which ones to call and execute them better!
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    I know this much. I feel a lot better about the team this January than I did last January.
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    That was a good post , EastEndBoy . I still have not gotten over that Philly game . By Independence day , maybe .
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    I've got one eastendboy........How about making defensive adjustments either in game, or at the half rather than waiting until the very last game of the year when you are 250 yards away from becoming the very worst pass defense in the entire history of the NFL.
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    nice one stlbucsfan!
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    Or better yet lets not run out the clock when we are LOSING (you're welcome Dallas) LOL Had to support my guy EastEndBoy
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    I hope more players stay in the area and buy in to Tampa Bay is a family where we support our Bucs on and off season. Thank you 10-6 in 2014 or more.
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    “Yes, just the whole sense of being professional and just doing your job,” Not exactly a difficult goal to attain.
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    I honestly hope the coaches take the same attitude - review their decisions throughout the year (there were a number of questionable calls that made a big difference in close games) and learn from them - here are a few thoughts: 1) don't try to run-out more than a quarter of football, keep playing and using the game plan that got you the lead. (you're welcome GIANTS) 2) if some part of our team ends up looking like a problem (in 2012 that was the secondary) don't put the ball in their hands and say "go win it for us"...try something else. (you're welcome PHILY) 3) Tampa-2 sounds good (sorry ATL) 4) prevent defense prevents us from winning - espcially when our opponents only need a field goal (you're welcome WASH) 5) no more gimmicks...please (you're welcome SAINTS) 6) no more unnecessary personnel changes (you're welcome DENVER) Anybody else got any?
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