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August 22, 2013 @ 10:26 am
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Bucs vs. Dolphins: Preseason Keys And Objectives

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Gil Arcia


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The Buccaneers will head down south to face the Miami Dolphins Saturday night at 7:30 PM. We will see a lot of the first team unit on the field but that does not mean that the coaching staff is done with their evaluations. Starters will be under the microscope as well.
The league is halfway through the preseason which means roster cuts are looming. However, for the Bucs, Week 3 will finally present an opportunity to see the starters play a substantial amount while still evaluating those fighting for a potential starting job.

PewterReport.com will in earnest begin the Five Keys To Victory feature once the regular season begins, but for now the feature will list objectives head coach Greg Schiano and his staff will most likely be attempting to achieve in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins.

1. Get A Move On
The No. 1 offense has had virtually no time to get something going to this point in the preseason. Saturday, they will have that opportunity. Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, and Mike Williams are all expected to see extended playing time. Together with Josh Freeman, the offense needs to move the football. We saw a blip of it in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens but it was just that, a blip. The coaching staff knows what the offense can do and has had them involved in a substantial amount of reps during practice resulting in limited playing time during games. To an extent that’s understandable. But moving the football in practice does not compare to trying to move downfield in a live game.

2. Strong Side Battle
Of the many position battles this training camp and preseason, the linebackers battling to be the Bucs starting strong side linebacker has been one to watch. Both Jonathan Casillas and Dakota Watson have had a good competition so far with veteran Adam Hayward still in the mix. Hayward and Watson both enter their second year in Tampa Bay’s defensive system but Casillas has picked it up well. Keep an eye out for who gets the most reps and who starts Saturday night. It may hint toward who is the leader in the fight to win the spot. But then again, it may not.

3. The Foot Clan
It appears that there is competition for a kicker all of a sudden. Or is there? Derek Dimke has done an exceptional job — both in practice and in games — of handling the kicking duties for the Bucs. However, the team went out and signed 14-year veteran Rian Lindell this week to give the team another choice other than Dimke. Although head coach Greg Schiano said he was not sure how the kicking duties would be split up, it would be logical to name Lindell the featured kicker for Saturday night, right?

4. Third Time’s A Charm?
Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been asked to do a lot since the start of training camp and things didn’t start out too good. Three weeks into the preseason and Bowers has a chance to fully adapt to his new role as he has progressively gotten better. Coming off a game that did not have Bowers on the stat sheet, the Clemson product had arguably his best performance of the summer in New England. Week 3 will present a familiar face as he may go up against Miami Dolphins right tackle Tyson Clabo at times. Clabo played for NFC South rivals Atlanta Falcons.

5. It’s Not All About The Players
Saturday’s game against Miami is somewhat of a dress rehearsal for the starters. But the coaches have to knock some rust off as well. The past few weeks they have been evaluating players, analyzing possible depth charts, and making sure players fighting for roster spots get a good amount of reps in. This time around, the coaches will be communicating plays and signals from the sideline to the starters in an attempt to rebuild that bridge of communication. Preparing players for the Dolphins and putting them in the best position to play better than their opponent begins this weekend. 
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    yawn. this game was a waste of my time.
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    This is the first game where our coaches game plan just like they do in the regular season. I look for our Offensive Coordiinator and Bostad, the best position coach we have, to both show great improvement tonight. At the same time I don't expect Sherman or his inept Defensive Line Coach to finally get their first sack of this year with their highly talented first string DL. It is not the players; it is the poor coaching that has dropped us out of the top ten in defense over the last two years. Schiano is a competent Defensive Coach but he should have made much better choices in who he chose to hand his defense to, and we have paid for it the last two years. If there is not definite improvement tonight on this front, he needs to bring Davis out of the booth and install him as his Defensive Coordinator and offer the DL Coaching position to Sapp as soon as Sapp is available. Sapp has been helping our rookie Spence behind the scenes free of charge, which is why he is doing so well so soon. That should tell Schiano something.
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    Im ready kick the tires and light the fires!! Go Bucs!!
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