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September 18, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
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Bucs Will "Shut Up" Rumored Reports With Wins

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Gil Arcia

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Wide receiver Mike Williams is not a fan of the rumors and speculation that is being said about his team. Williams voiced his displeasure with those reports during open locker room his week and also talked about a former teammate who he faces this Sunday.
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is well aware of the reports that are floating around about his team and he doesn’t like them. 

Talking to the media this week, Williams voiced his displeasure with the reports and feels that it’ll all go away once the team start winning.

“It seems like everybody’s talking and [reports are that] everybody’s down and this player [wants to be traded],” Williams said. “We try to get it out the window and in order for us to do that we have to win. If we win you won’t hear all the talking and a lot of this stuff goes out the window. If we want it to shut up we’ve got to win.”

Winning is something the Bucs have had some problems with dating back to last season. In the last eight games, the Bucs are 1-7 in which four of those seven losses have all been within a field goal of winning them. A few plays that the Bucs may have converted on successfully this season so far could have put them on the winning side of things and have their record flipped. Williams acknowledges that part of their struggles is due to just a few plays.

“We’re just missing,” Williams said. “We’re one play away here and one play away there. If you look at all the games in the NFL and it’s like 70 percent of them is within three or four points. That’s a big percentage. We know it’s going to come down to that every week. It’s just that we need to come down on the other side of the celebration.

“I said to the guys the other day, ‘We didn’t come into this season saying we were going to be 15-1. All of our goals are still ahead of us. We said we were going to get into the playoffs and win our division. When we get in there we’re going to see what happens in the playoffs – we call it the tournament. It’s a tournament, so if you lose one game, you’re out. If you win, you keep playing. All of our goals are still ahead of us and we’re going to try to go out and get this Patriots game.”

There will be a familiar face lined up at times across Williams that he knows very well. Cornerback Aqib Talib was a teammate of Williams from 2010 through half of 2012 with the Bucs. Williams is familiar with Talib’s work and had nothing but praises for the for Buc first-rounder.

“He’s looked good,” Williams said. “To be honest, I think he’s one of their top three defenders there. They kind of changed their defense towards him and they play a lot more man and a lot more blitzing. To have a good cornerback like that with cover skills, you will change things.

“I’ve always said he’s a top four [cornerback] in the league – since I got here and to this day. He’s a good player.”

Week 3 is Patriots season around One Buc Place. While the reports on rifts and troubles remain and continue to float around out there, Tampa Bay and its players are focused on this week per all indications, including the former Syracuse receiver.

“We’re just trying to play these one-game seasons and stick together and get all of our goals ahead of us,” Williams said.

There is a possibility that things may calm down a bit when the Bucs return from facing the Patriots. But they have to win first of course.

Last modified on Friday, 20 September 2013 11:26
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    For the Bucs to keep losing games with 3 points all less points to a problem. That problem is that they don't know how to win. The will to win must be greater than the talent. The Bucs must will their way to win, plain and simple. It's totally a mind set of being a winner.
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    I would like to address two issues: First: Coach Schiano. This situation reminds me a lot of Tom Coughlin's situation when he was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He took them to the playoffs, as a no-nonsense head coach and was ultimately fired because he was "too hard on his players." Several years later, ownership admitted that decision was the biggest mistake ever made by that organization and the Jaguars have been terrible ever since. Tom Coughlin was hired by the Giants and turned that franchise around and won two Super Bowls. Along the way, the media had him fired several times.....how has that worked out? Media credibility? The Tampa media, including PR, reports rumors as if they were facts. They don't have a clue and are providing a disservice to all BUCS fans. Coach Schiano is the right man for the job at the right time. To all the "bloggers" who think otherwise, get a real life. Second: Josh Freeman. Dominik and Schiano are handling this situation perfectly. Freeman is being given an opportunity to take this franchise to the playoffs or not and will be compensated accordingly. It's called "Personal Responsibility" for all the critics and doubters out there that just don't get it. It's Personal Responsibility vs Entitlement.....two differing philosophies!!! The BUCS beat the Patriots on Sunday.....then what will be the crying all about?
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    All the rumors can surface, But if the Bucs give over 100% and do everything it can to win,That's all the fans can do.GO BUCS
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    I am a huge Buc fan here in New york. was at jets game and was in tampa last weekend for home opener. We have the players to win. but we gotta pkay to win . not play not to lose. if we convert on 3rd and 2, game over. went way to conservative. I think we got handcuffs on josh. he used to scramble alot more.
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    I, too, am happy to know all the negative talk/rumors is having a galvanizing effect on our team. We have the on-field personel it takes to win games. Go Bucs!!
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    Demote/Fire McNulty. Now that I got that out of the way, Williams' stance on the rumors along with other quotes I've read from the players is starting to change my view of how it's going to affect the team. I have a feeling all this outside chatter may actually bring them closer together and more focused during practice, which should lead to fewer mistakes on Sundays. Go Bucs!
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