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August 28, 2013 @ 10:37 am
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Bowers Says Bucs Haven't "Really Shown Anything" In Preseason

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Former Clemson star Da'Quan Bowers has struggled with being an every down player and admits he didn't really know what to expect. Bowers also cautioned fans not to read too much into preseason games when talking to the media on Wednesday.
Bucs defensive end Da’Quan Bowers inherited a starting spot last March when 2012 leading sacker Michael Bennett left for the Great Northwest and the Seattle Seahawks. However, keeping the starting spot has been a tough chore for the third-year former Clemson Tiger.

Bowers has seen his left defensive end depth chart spot taken over by Daniel T’eo-Nesheim, and as a result Bowers has been relegated to second team duties in the last two preseason games. Still Bowers isn’t discouraged, and said he needed the extra reps.

“I’m in pretty good shape,” Bowers said. “I played a lot of snaps this preseason. I’m glad I played a lot of snaps this preseason. I needed it. Not only for conditioning, but to get myself in the swing of things. Coming off injury and not being able to really have a camp last year, I think it hurt me this year going into camp. I didn’t quite know what to expect. The preseason has helped me. I was very grateful for the preseason, and still am.”

Bowers has apparently read recent headlines or listened to the sports talk radio callers who are ready to hit the panic button, but advised Bucs fans to be patient.

“We haven’t really shown anything,” Bowers said. “It has just been all about the Bucs so far. I think we had a productive camp on both sides of the ball. (Preseason) games aren’t really games to us. It is kind of like a practice against someone else – like the Patriots. When it counts you can definitely expect the Bucs to be on their P’s and Q’s and ready to attack.

“In those preseason games you see those guys like Dashon (Goldson), Mark (Barron) those guys playing just five or 10 snaps and Gerald (McCoy)…once the whole team and the whole 11 get together it is going to be something special. I think everyone is waiting to see that, everybody is a little upset they haven’t seen it yet. But I have seen it and it looks really, really good.

“I would just tell them to be confident. Let the coaches coach and the players play. We do this for a living and we have a little insight about it. It is going to be a long season and those four games don’t mean anything. When it is really time to go and really time to count we can promise with everything we have, the Buccaneers we will be going. And going hard with everything we have.”

Some of what has Bowers confident in the potential regular season success is the work and effort by his defensive line teammates. Bowers says the difference in this year's team versus last year's is much different.
 
“Just dedication, guys wanting to learn and guys working together,” Bowers said. “Last year it was a lot of individual efforts. This year I just think everybody has come together collectively and come with a purpose and a dedication to help the group and not their individual selves. Myself and Gerald, Adrian (Clayborn) and Gary(Gibson) and Derek (Landri) – everybody has come together with a plan to help everybody out to help each other out. Not just get Da’Quan sacks, get Gerald sacks, but everybody collectively. And I think that will help everybody out.

“There is a lot of work to be done but we are so many, many miles away from where we were last year at the end of the year. And I can tell a difference and you can see the making of what's going to be there. It’s not quite there yet, but in due time it will be there.”

With the regular season opener coming up a week from Sunday, Bowers eyes lit up when asked about the start of the season.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” Bowers said. “I think once the real lights come on in 11 days, two hours, seven minutes and 21 seconds everybody here will be ready to go.”




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    jpliving; constructive criticism is not negative. It's fun to Post here and on the Insider Board because you do get other opinions. Most Poster's praise and criticize the Bucs which I believe is normal behavior.
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    Too much negative talk on this message board, trust the coaching staff, trust upper management, we spent money on free agents we drafted quality players to fit the scheme we want to run. Let it run its course before we start talking about failures. Look what we did in one year ? we should of easily won ten games last year but our D couldnt hold a darn lead. could not be more excited for a season to start. GO BUCS!
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    Listen Guys Mark Dom thinks hes a lil smarter than he is, plain and simple. He has a bad habit of letting coaches run him like a tramp.Does some good things but some darn foolish things. We could have easily signed three good corners ( less money than Revis) and kept Bennet and left us more flexibility in the draft ( 1st and 2nd round), even two good corners would have been better than where we are. Two or three good corners is much better than one great and nothing else, you watch and see ,unless our d line comes out of this world ( not much depth), our corners are gonna get abused and abused badly.No excuse for no TE, oh we drafted our future in the fourth with a trade up a few years ago but he is not even an option receiving, can't catch a lick and can't stay healthy( Dom your a fool. Josh was successful with a TE especially on third down, with a great blocking back( Caddie, hard to believe but he was a stud on third down) and the ability to break the pocket and extend the play.DOM you have not done crap to correct this and by the way tell this staff what makes your QB successful, you know ,you have been here or you should ? But I don't see much effort to improve on this( Dom your betting a fool).BTW Hillis used to do some of this in Denver but Dom may not be aware that far back, I hope Leonard can do it, he's talented but not sure that's his game. James, well dream on..........Oh Ya we may cut Hillis because of our seventh round pick( draft pick disease) which would be a huge mistake as we can actually be much improved on short yardage with he and B L ( good job maybe? )may out think ourselves again.Last year, corner back, worst in the league,won't be much better even with Revis..... Caddie guided Josh on third down, calmed him down , pointed out the D ,stopped the blitzer or chipped the proper DL allowing Josh to extend the play and get in the flow of the game.Josh has to extend plays and get in the flow of the game,when he's extending plays and not thinking ( deer in the head lights) he is 100% better.Much of this above Dom doesn't obviously recognize because we were in love/ courting revis and now have no depth( DL, CB,TE).Guarantee this isn't what our one good signing, FA safety was told we would do the rest of FA .Good job signing Gabe but obviously at the time you knew about Nicks non recovery.The bucs can be much better but all must fall right and this just shouldn't be the case there was very good players for very cap friendly numbers available. Stubborn and Stupid,run over by your coach, and lil to smart for your own good.Julio Jones or RW may have three TDs in a game this year against your off season Upgrade.I also have noticed that Dom thinks certain positions will be injury free for the season, if we are we have a shot but we won't be, starting with Nicks .Revis won't get injured because he can't ,we put the hole teams success on it( stupid , foolish,dumb) .BTW What in the H e double does Butch Davis Do ? ............ Boy I hope I'm Wrong !!
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    I REALLY BELIEVE THE BUCS STAFF DON'T WANT TO TIP THEIR HAND UNTIL THE REGULAR SEASON. AND LETS SEE, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE TAMPA START OFF 4 AND O BY THE BYE WEEK GO BUCS
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    Listen Guys Mark Dom thinks hes a lil smarter than he is, plain and simple. He has a bad habit of letting coaches run him like a tramp.Does some good things but some darn foolish things. We could have easily signed three good corners ( less money than Revis) and kept Bennet and left us more flexibility in the draft ( 1st and 2nd round), even two good corners would have been better than where we are. Two or three good corners is much better than one great and nothing else, you watch and see ,unless our d line comes out of this world ( not much depth), our corners are gonna get abused and abused badly.No excuse for no TE, oh we drafted our future in the fourth with a trade up a few years ago but he is not even an option receiving, can't catch a lick and can't stay healthy( Dom your a fool. Josh was successful with a TE especially on third down, with a great blocking back( Caddie, hard to believe but he was a stud on third down) and the ability to break the pocket and extend the play.DOM you have not done crap to correct this and by the way tell this staff what makes your QB successful, you know ,you have been here or you should ? But I don't see much effort to improve on this( Dom your betting a fool).BTW Hillis used to do some of this in Denver but you all may not be aware that far back, I hope Leonard can do it, he's talented but not sure that's his game. James, well dream on..........Oh Ya we may cut Hillis because of our seventh round pick( draft pick disease) which would be a huge mistake as we can actually be much improved on short yardage with he and B L ( good job maybe? )may out think ourselves again.Last year, corner back, worst in the league,won't be much better even with Revis..... Caddie guided Josh on third down, calmed him down , pointed out the D ,stopped the blitzer or chipped the proper DL allowing Josh to extend the play and get in the flow of the game.Josh has to extend plays and get in the flow of the game,when he's extending plays and not thinking ( deer in the head lights) he is 100% better.Much of this above Dom doesn't obviously recognize because we were in love/ courting revis and now have no depth( DL, CB,TE).Guarantee this isn't what our one good signing, FA safety was told we would do the rest of FA .Good job signing Gabe but obviously at the time you knew about Nicks non recovery.The bucs can be much better but all must fall right and this just shouldn't be the case there was very good players for very cap friendly numbers available. Stubborn and Stupid,run over by your coach, and lil to smart for your own good.Julio Jones or RW may have three TDs in a game this year against your off season Upgrade.I also have noticed that Dom thinks certain positions will be injury free for the season, if we are we have a shot but we won't be, starting with Nicks .Revis won't get injured because he can't ,we put the hole teams success on it( stupid , foolish,dumb) .BTW What in the H e double does Butch Davis Do ? ............ Boy I hope I'm Wrong !!
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    We need Bowers to produce. Dan T'eo is a reserve, not prime time player. With offense and defense, it all starts up front. We can have the best back 7 in the league, but if the front four can't drop the QB, all that money for Revis, et al, goes for naught.
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    Why are we talking about a second string DE on a team that gets relatively few sacks? The title should have read....Bowers Says I Haven't Really Shown Anything In Preseason and then that would be factual. Well can he show it in the regular season then? Hoping that he can turn the switch on suddenly and be both good and consistent is ridiculous. I hope he does well, but experience tells me that the expectations of him will not be met...the double digit sacks that Schiano wants. I know what we got last year and don't see how it will be different at this point.
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    On a side note, I think there's a good chance that the Seahawks end up cutting M. Bennett on Saturday. I read that C. Clemmons won't be on the PUP and B. Irvin and C. Avril injuries shouldn't keep them out that long. They also have a rookie DE (undrafted I think) that's been making a lot of noise this preseason. With plenty of depth and no sacks from Bennett so far at the price tag of $5 million dollars they may just determine he's not worth it. Now if that happens does Bennett become a FA? If so and we can get him to play for around $2.5 million I say sign him since Bowers came to training camp out of shape. We should have the money laying around since L. Tynes won't be our kicker this year.
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    @pinkstob: Sadly I think all that remains of that bridge is a few smouldering ashes....
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    You know I want to blame Josh for being inconsistent but his offensive teammates have done him no favors.Penn needs to pull his head out of u know were during the preseason because his slacking got Davin knocked out last year.Mr.Penn I hope you read this because your one of my favs,Loved the way you spanked Gerrad Allen in Minn last year ,thats the way you step up against great compatition.
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    My fingers are crossed that pre-season truly meant nothing ,that our o-line isnt as bad as it looked.Josh cannot do his job from his backside.And our best receivers dropping passes left and right.If I were Josh ide have my foot in their asses until they get it going.
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    I can say that Bowers has looked better in every game this preseason. He wasn't credited for the sack he had in the 2nd half of the Dolphins game when he pushed his guy into the QB, knocking him down. He also batted down a pass. I just hope Bowers is right about the team is all I can say. Oh yeah, that and the Bucs better beat the Jets...
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    Okay great! Now "walk the walk".
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