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October 9, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
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Bucs News To Know 10-9: Stopping The Eagles Offense

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The Buccaneers practiced on Wednesday installing their offensive and defensive game plans for Sunday's home game against the Eagles. Head coach Greg Schiano spoke about the troubles Philly poses and cornerback Darrelle Revis talked about comments made by Eagles WR DeSean Jackson recently.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place Wednesday October 9:

PRACTICE CONDITIONS
While no one will be confusing Wednesday’s weather with a traditional fall pattern, the Buccaneers players were met with overcast skies and lower humidity when they took the practice fields at 11:55 a.m. in preparation for Sunday’s home contest with the Eagles.

BUCS INJURIES
• The Buccaneers are desperate for tight end production and according to head coach Greg Schiano, the Bucs could be getting some key players back soon, including Tom Crabtree.

“(Tom) Crabtree practiced today,” Schiano said. “(Derek) Landri practiced today, Carl Nicks was limited, Dashon Goldson was limited, and Mike Williams was limited.”

ROSTER MOVES
Tampa Bay did not announce any roster moves on Wednesday.

THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC
• Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson made some headlines recently with some comments concerning Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis. Jackson told PhillyMag.com Tuesday that he has speed advantage on the veteran cornerback who is coming off an ACL injury.

"I'm definitely sure his coaches are confident in him, but I don't think he can run with me, I don't think he's as fast as me," Jackson said. "So it will be a challenge, man. He's a great player, nothing to take away from him. I'm just focused on what we have to do here, which is, win a football game.

"We're not going to make it into a one-on-one battle, we're not going to (make it) me versus Revis. It's the Eagles versus Tampa Bay, and at the end of the game, as long as we're winning, that's all that matters to me."

During Wednesday’s open locker room, Revis was asked about Jackson’s comments.

Surprisingly Revis didn’t disagree.

“Fast people are allowed to say those types of things,” Revis said. “I’ve covered him before in the past it was a good battle in the end, and we’ll see what happens this time around. I’m not in here to discuss who’s the fastest, I’m here to compete and play.”

Revis was later asked how he has assessed his season through four games.

“I’m no there yet,” Revis said. “I feel like I’m not there yet, I still have to improve. It’s a long process with an ACL injury; the good thing about it is that I’m improving every week trying to get better.”

• A big part of Schiano’s Wednesday press conference was about how to slow down the Eagles uptempo no huddle offense, a hybrid of the zone-read offense that head coach Chip Kelly brought from Oregon to Philadelphia.

“They’re the most up tempo team that there is in our league,” Schiano said. “You can see that they are getting more and more of what coach wants. So much as ‘How fast do you go, is what do you do with the football?’ All of those things that give the defense a second, or a click more to get adjusted.

“When you see the plays, some of those runs for big gashes aren’t extravagant schemes, they block people, they read one guy, and guys aren’t quite in their stance. They’re in the vicinity but not quite ready to go. When Shady ( running back LeSean McCoy) has the ball in his hands it’s like a video game, with the cuts he makes. Some of the cuts he makes humans aren’t supposed to be able to do that, so it’s pretty special.”

With Michael Vick still nursing a hamstring injury, backup quarterback Nick Foles most likely will start Sunday against Tampa Bay. Schiano spoke about their offense and how he feels either quarterback can thrive in this Chip Kelly offense.

“They’re going to run the base core of what they do,” Schiano said. “They can control if it's true, the read zone or not, or read stretch or not, or if you have to run the quarterback run. Those are all determined by the coach, he calls the plays, so you don’t have to do it that way. I think that’s where you can tinker with the system, but the plays themselves are the same. Don’t ever guess ‘well he may not carry it’ because the one time you think about then the quarterback has it running up the field and nobody to tackle him. It’s hard enough when you’re trying to take care of them. What the offense does is force you to play assignment football they spread you out, and make you tackle in space.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Like I said before, Mike (Glennon) has that demeanor. Exactly like a quarterback is supposed to have, he comes in here, he works hard and he has a leadership role to him, and he’s doing what he needs to do he has the starting job, there's really nothing much more to say.” – Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis on QB Mike Glennon

WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAY
The Buccaneers will continue to prepare for Sunday’s home contest against the Eagles with their next practice set for Thursday morning.



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    Owlykat - You are so smart to figure out that an up tempo offense fatigues defensive players. I am sure a professional football coach like Sheridan never thought of your idea... The question is how do you stop them from wearing out the defenders on the field when you CAN'T substitute because of the up tempo offense? Maybe Schiano's mandatory sprints to open training camp will prove to be useful?
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    I like what I'm hearing about the positive vibe. The bye, IMO, could not have come at a better time. With a break, Freeman's departure and a fresh start I believe Coach and the Bucs can start showing us who they really are. One game at a time!
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    Thanks Mark - Schiano's quote: "I feel there’s a good vibe going right now with our offensive football team and we’ve just got to go out and do it"....I wish that gave me confidence and comfort, but somehow coming from him....it does not. Let's go win one Bucs - in spite of our coach - GO BUCS!
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    With Philly running an uptempo offense they likely will wear down our Defense by the fourth quarter. We will need to use our backup players a lot more than we have in our past games to stay fresh but look for Sheridan to miss that crucial strategy so when he goes into his infamous prevent Defense at the end of the game they will fail once again. The only hope is their week defense.
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    Morgan you are correct. The guys can't play man 100% of the time. And he was in man on the Fitzgerald TD pass. Would have been nice to have has some help on that triple move.
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    Pinstob; I agree with what you said. There's no reason why our speed on defense will not be disruptive. I'll be surprised if our Defense does not give the passing game be problems.
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    PR - is there any insight into what adjustments, if any, the offense is making scheme wise during the bye week? I really think this could be the game Douggie goes off like we know he can.
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    Skan I asked coach and obviously he didnt want to be specific about scheme: "We’re going to tweak this and tweak that, which obviously I wouldn’t go into in this setting. I do think we’re going to be improved, I think we’re going to come out and play well offensively, I do. I think our guys are practicing that way, I feel there’s a good vibe going right now with our offensive football team and we’ve just got to go out and do it. Now, again, practice is one thing and games are another.”
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    Yeah, Randy Moss was faster than Revis too a few years ago when they faced each other the year after Moss had gotten the NFL record for TD's with 25. Then Revis did what no one thought was possible, manhandle Moss at the line so that he could never get a clean release to get to top speed. If Schiano and Sheridan allow Revis to press Jackson at the line and every now and then put a safety over the top just to keep Jackson from running go routes all day, Jackson won't get more than 25 yards in the game.
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    “I’m not there yet,” Revis said. “I feel like I’m not there yet, I still have to improve. It’s a long process with an ACL injury; the good thing about it is that I’m improving every week trying to get better.” .............that's why Coachs Schiano and Sheridan are using zone occasionally, right? But all the Buc-haters won't believe it.
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