The Buccaneers are welcoming the Panthers to Raymond James Stadium on Thursday night as they try and get their first win of the season. On Tuesday Gerald McCoy, Bill Sheridan, Greg Schiano and Adrian Clayborn all spoke in regards to last week's loss and Thursday night's game.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Tuesday October 22:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
• The Buccaneers walked out on the practice field at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday under partly cloudy skies are temperatures in the mid-80’s, as they cram their game plan game plan into a short week with Thursday night’s home game against Carolina looming. Former Bucs defensive coordinator and Lions head coach Wayne Fontes was a guest at Tuesday’s practice.BUCS INJURIES
• Head coach Greg Schiano was asked about running back Doug Martin (shoulder) and safety Dashon Goldson (knee) during his afternoon press conference but only said they are receiving treatment. Schiano didn’t comment on their status for Thursday night’s game.
• Nose tackle Akeem Spence was seen in the locker room with what appeared to be soft cast around his left wrist. Spence was listed on Monday’s injury report with a wrist injury but at full participation.
Spence talked about his injury.
“It’s doing good,” Spence said. “I’m just trying to get some of the swelling down. I’m just rehabbing and getting it ready for Thursday. It’s sprained. I just had by body weight fall on it. I think it’s sprained a little bit. Right now we’re just working on getting the swelling down.”ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Tuesday but late Monday afternoon added former Browns running back Bobby Rainey to the roster off of waivers. Rainey was a former star running back at Western Kentucky and spent time in Baltimore with the Ravens before joining the Browns. Rainey is expected to provide depth for the Buccaneers who had just Brian Leonard as Mike James at running back.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC
• Last week defensive coordinator tongue in cheekily extended an invitation to Bucs fans to come meet him at 5:20 a.m. to help game plan for the Panthers.
“Well, what I want to do is to invite them to join us,” Sheridan said. “I get here about 5:20 a.m. every single morning and they’re more than welcome to hang around until about 11:00 a.m. for the first four nights of the week. And they can help us put the whole game plan together. We’ve got all the free Cokes you could want in the building and we’ll be happy to take their suggestions on how they can better use Darrelle.”
On Tuesday Sheridan was asked if he had any takers on his invite.
“Yes,” Sheridan said.
Did you invite them in he was asked?
“No,” was his response smiling.
Later in the press conference Sheridan was asked by PewterReport.com how Falcons’ receiver Harry Douglas, the teams No. 3 pass receiver, could exploit the Buccaneers secondary for 140 yards in the first half alone.
“They do a good job of moving their receivers around,” Sheridan said. “They don’t put them all in one spot, because if you did you could plan off it and rotate your coverage that way, or make a man-matchup that way. What happens when you move guys around in different spots on the offense and you’re playing, even though you might be playing double coverages on certain receivers, you have guys moving around and you may be a half to one side and quarters to the other and he may be on either side.
“So you go in saying we’re going to always try to have two guys to his side or we’re going to roll to his side, but when he switches his alignment it maybe puts you on the thinner side of coverage so they did a good job moving him around and he had some big catches. And then when we kind of felt like that was happening, as the game was developing, we modified our coverages. Very little but at least enough to make sure we were playing two-deep to his side as well.
• Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy spoke to the media on Tuesday and said he isn’t a fan of the Panthers.
“Hopefully our fans are out there,” McCoy said. “We need them. This is a divisional opponent that we don’t like. And I’m not afraid to say that; we don’t like the Carolina Panthers and they don’t like us. I’m not saying anything that they aren’t saying.”
McCoy also talked about the inability to get to the qaurterback and how the Falcons schemed to protect Matt Ryan.
“Atlanta definitely did it (game planned McCoy),” McCoy said. “One thing Atlanta did a great job of is they clamped off the “B” gap, and wherever I was at they had some extra protectors there. They did a lot of scheming to get the ball out and not let Matt Ryan didn’t sit in the pocket. And a lot of that to make sure they didn’t give me a lot of 1-on-1’s. But I have to find a way around that.”
McCoy knows he will continue to see double team sent his way but said he has to overcome it.
“It needs to be better,” McCoy said. “We have to rush better collectively as a group and as a unit, you see sprinkles here and there of guy getting there but it needs to be better. Me personally though, I have to, with me being a leader, one of the leaders of the team and definitely leaders of the defense, I am taking it on my self to get something done. We do have to rush as unit and that is all well and good, but there comes a point and time when you are 0-5 or 0-6 and somebody has to do something. So I am just taking it upon myself to make something happen.QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We only had 40-some plays, but we didn’t get to him enough. That’s definitely an emphasis this week. Last week we hit the quarterback once in 40-some plays. That’s definitely not where we want to be. We didn’t give them enough third-and-longs and we didn’t dictate the situation. He pretty much picked and chose when he wanted to pass.” – Bucs DE Adrian Clayborn on the struggling pass rush against the FalconsWHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAY
The Buccaneers will conduct a walk-through on Wednesday as they put the final touches on their game plan for the Panthers Thursday night
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