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September 6, 2013 @ 5:31 pm
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Bucs News To Know 9-6: Schiano Sounds Off On Captain Choices

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What did head coach Greg Schiano have to say about the 2013 team captains? Who has been ruled out for the season opener? Who appeared on the practice report on Friday? Find out here in the Bucs News To Know for Friday.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Friday, September 6:


• Practice began at 11:15 a.m. under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 80’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players wore just shorts and shoulder pads for their walk-through practice, which was closed to the media all but 30 minutes.


• Head coach Greg Schiano ruled out tight end Tom Crabtree for Sunday’s game with the New York Jets. Crabtree suffered a high ankle sprain in Tampa Bay’s final preseason game against the Redskins on August 29. Guard Carl Nicks, still suffering from an infected toe will also not play.

• Guard Carl Nicks has also been ruled out for Sunday's game. He is still dealing with a toe injury as well as MRSA.

• Cornerback Rashaan Melvin (Hamstring) is listed as doubtful while running back Mike James (Eye) and fullback Erik Lorig (calf) are questionable. 

• Cornerback Darrelle Revis will play against his former team Sunday and right tackle Demar Dotson — who appeared on the injury report Friday — is also going to play.

• The Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Friday.

• Schiano was in an excellent mood on Friday mostly based on the fact the season is just around the corner. The Bucs head man talked to the media about opening weekend and what he expects.

“[There’s] a lot more certainty, so does that make you more comfortable?” Schiano said. “I guess it does. Going into our first game last year – now, you had the four preseason [games], but everybody will tell you, coach and player alike, that it’s a different game [in the regular season]. And I haven’t been to the playoffs yet, but they say the playoffs is a different game. So, let’s get this one and then see where we go from there.

“We’re taking it one week at a time. Do I know what our goals are? I certainly do. But there’s 16 one-game seasons. This is all we are concerned about, as we’ve poured every ounce, up to this point, into this Jet week. We have 47 hours and 53 minutes until we kick off, and we’re not going to wish away time. We’re going to use every second and keep preparing right through the game, because when it’s double-zero [on the clock] and our number’s bigger than theirs, then you’ve done your job. Up until that point, all you’ve done is activity. ‘Job well done’ is when the scoreboard says so.”

• The Buccaneers elected their captains for the 2013 season this week and the somewhat surprising revelation that QB Josh Freeman wasn’t named a captain has left some puzzled.

Schiano is ok with the fact his quarterback was bypassed in favor of wide receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Davin Joseph as captains for the offense.

“I think it’s a very strong group. You look on offense with [guard] Davin [Joseph], a Pro Bowl player, and just a strong, strong personality and a strong man; very respected on this football team. Then you look at [wide receiver] Vincent [Jackson], another Pro Bowl player, who, again, [has] a work ethic that’s pretty much the elite of the elite. So I think it’s easy to see those two.

“Then you look on the defense side: again, two Pro Bowl players. [Safety] Dashon Goldson, who the day he got here started leading, and Gerald McCoy, who I think has done an incredible job not only in his own personal preparation, but also taking on the role. He started to do it as the year went on last year; becoming more and more of a strong leader. And now it’s – he doesn’t care, he’s doing what he knows is right and you either follow or get out of the way. That’s what you need. You need guys like that.

“And then on special teams, [linebacker] Adam Hayward. We have [Assistant Special Teams] Coach Galliano, who assists [Special Teams Coordinator Dave] Wannstedt and [coaching assistant Billy] Miller, and we also have Coach Hayward. He [Hayward] understands things at that level and it’s great. Physically he can make plays, and mentally he really understands special teams, every phase. And he’s an awful big help.  I think that’s the reason those were the five [captains]. I think they’re an excellent representation for the team and I lean a lot on those guys.
“I know one thing: Josh is going to lead. Josh is a leader, so I’m not concerned about that. If you look the last two years, Davin didn’t play last year, so, when we voted, Davin was out for the year. The year before, Vincent wasn’t on the team. Those two guys are strong leaders and it just so happens that Josh is on a team with other strong leaders. But I wouldn’t read to that that Josh isn’t a leader. I’ll tell you, to a man, I think every offensive player will say ‘we follow No. 5.’  So I think it’s a good thing. I guess it all depends how you look at it, but I’m fine with it.”
“It doesn’t matter to me, really. The 61 guys in that locker room and the twenty-some-odd coaches upstairs and everybody in the organization – our GM, our ownership – that’s the important thing. It’s not where you start, it’s where you end, and that’s what we’ve got to take care of. We’ve got one game at a time, 16 one-game seasons; [we’ve got to] take care of that, and, as you can probably tell, I’m kind of excited to get going.”– Schiano on the opinion of national pundits who are predicting great things for the Bucs.

Tampa Bay travels to New York Saturday for their game Sunday against the Jets. Game time is 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on FOX.

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    The Jets are one of the weakest teams we will play this season. They are starting a rookie QB. The Bucs better win this one, because if they don't it will show the cumaltive mistakes by Schiano in the choices he has made this season. We have the players to win this game.
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    So who are the "national pundits who are predicting great things for the Bucs"? Honest question, just trying to figure out what I missed.
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    I wonder when we are going to see Nicks back in the lineup. Is his condition career ending ?
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    Got front row seats. Go Bucs!!
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    Excited! GO BUCS!!!
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    go bucks i cant wate
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    I'm fired up for the game too Coach. Go Bucs! Be the Team!
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