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.