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October 31, 2013 @ 5:36 pm
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Bucs News To Know 10-31: Revis, Sheridan Speak; MNF Sellout

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The 0-7 Bucs travel to Seattle on Sunday and Tampa Bay CB Darrelle Revis will be on the same field as rival Richard Sherman. Find out what Revis had to say along with Bill Sheridan's defending head coach Greg Schiano and all the latest in the the daily Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Thursday October 31:

PRACTICE CONDITIONS
• The Buccaneers took to the practice field at 11:45 on Thursday under sunny skies and temperatures in the upper-70’s. Tampa Bay practiced for almost two hours in preparation for Sunday’s road trip to Seattle to take on the 7-1 Seahawks.

BUCS INJURIES
• Head coach Greg Schiano, who left the door cracked for running back Doug Martin’s return this week, all but slammed it shut on Thursday.

“I think it’s getting slimmer as time goes on,” Schiano said on Thursday.

Martin injured his shoulder two weeks ago against the Falcons, and many expected Tampa Bay’s leading rusher to be placed in injured reserve. But the Buccaneers are hoping that it may improve to the point where Martin can get back on the field at some point this season.

“Doug’s getting better; I don’t know if [he is] going to be [ready] for this week or not, but he’s certainly has made a lot of progress,” Schiano told the media on Wednesday.

ROSTER MOVES
The Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Thursday.

THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC
• As first reported by PewterReport.com on Wednesday night, Buccaneers offensive guard Davin Joseph again disputed a false report that said he has MRSA during the open locker room period Thursday afternoon.

“I never had MRSA. I do not have MRSA and never had MRSA, plain and simple. I had a staph infection over the summertime, but it wasn’t MRSA.”

The Buccaneers have had three reported cases of MRSA this year with kicker Lawrence Tynes, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Johnthan Banks all contracting the anitbiotic-resistant super infection.

• Cornerback Darrelle Revis spoke to the media on Thursday and was asked about Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who Revis has had some well-publicized Twitter feuds with in the past. On Thursday Revis took the high road and only complemented the Seahawks star.

“I really haven’t studied film on him to really make an assumption on him being the top guy,” Revis said. “But he can play, I love his game. He makes plays, I like how he presses and he is a great corner.”

Revis also addressed the defensive game plan that some have questioned about not using Tampa Bay’s best corner to the best of his ability.

“The game plan is what it is,” Revis said. “It doesn’t matter what coach puts us in, or what position or where we are placed at, we have to make plays. We are 0-7, and that is just what it is. We just have to go out there and make plays. We made them earlier in the year, and we have to get back to that. I think in the last two games we haven’t had any turnovers on defense. So coach has been talking about that to us, we have to get back to making turnovers.”

• During his weekly press conference defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan was asked if the criticism leveled at Schiano this season has been warranted. Sheridan was happy to offer his opinion and thoughts.

“I appreciate you asking me that because it gives me a chance to speak on that. It definitely is not warranted and it may be very hard for people on the outside who don’t know Greg, because for some of the criticism that he apparently is receiving – and I don’t know or have firsthand knowledge, I don’t follow, but indirectly of course we all get it, right?

"It definitely isn’t warranted. I’ve worked for a lot of quality people in this profession –long before I even came to the NFL – and I’ve certainly worked for quality people in the National Football League and I would put Greg up against anybody I’ve worked for in regards to a guy of single-mindedness of purpose towards doing the job that he’s been asked to do and doing it with complete and total integrity. If, in our profession, we get criticized for that, then he should be criticized.

"But all he’s ever done since I’ve been here and worked for him is be the first guy in the building and the last guy to leave, focus his entire energy and concentration on what he can do on a daily basis to help the Bucs win and he’s done it with complete and unadulterated integrity. If in our profession we get criticized for that, then that’s the way it is, but without expounding on it anymore, that’s my response and I appreciate you giving me the chance to say that.”

• Tampa Bay’s next home game, a Monday nigh affair with the Dolphins on November 11 was officially announced as a sellout on Thursday in a press release.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that the team's Monday Night Football home game versus the Miami Dolphins on November 11 has completely sold out (a full 100% of the general seats sold, as opposed to the 85% threshold to guarantee the game will be televised locally). The game, which kicks off at 8:40 p.m. ET, will be broadcast live on ESPN in front of a nationally-televised audience.

"We are excited that Buccaneer fans will enjoy a packed Raymond James Stadium for Monday Night Football on a night when we will also celebrate Warren Sapp's exceptional Hall of Fame career," said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford.

Sapp will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor joining former head coach John McKay, Hall-of-Famer Lee Roy Selmon, tight end Jimmie Giles and last season’s inductee left tackle Paul Gruber.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“No I don’t like it. But that is what comes with the territory of being 0-7. Everybody is saying we are the worst team and that is fine. The only thing we can do is keep on working each week and hopefully get on a winning streak. The season is not over, we still have a bunch of games to play and it can flip just like that. We just have to get one win in here and I think everything will change.” – CB Darrelle Revis on the Bucs being a huge underdog to Seattle this Sunday

WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAY
The Buccaneers will be back on the practice field at 11:05 a.m. Friday as they put the final touches on the game plan for Sunday’s matchup with the Seahawks. The game will be televised on FOX at 4:05 p.m. with Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston calling the action.


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    I hope that everyone will show up for the Miami vs tampa bay game GO FLORIDA
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    Sapp has told it like it is--the problem is Schiano and he has to go, but so far the Glazers have ignored the wishes of both the fans, Sapp who they neglected to put on their ring of honor until he was already inducted into the Hall of Fame in front of all the other members of the Superbowl winning Buc team, as well as the Glazer's best interests in money as the value of the Bucs plummets faster than a sinking Pirate Ship full of Cannon Ball holes for the twelve games lost in the last thirteen and soon to be 13 losses in the last fourteen games. But then, the Glazers don't know football and still are drinking Schiano and Sheridan's Coolaid to their detriment. For watching so many Buc's games Morgan should by now know losing Buc Coaches when he sees them unless he has ties to Schiano we don't know about, but I respect his right to free speech in PR just like he respects mine. I really like Revis. What is important is what he is not saying. He is not saying Shiano is a great Coach, which would be a lie, or that Sheridan has a brain in his head or that his scheme is worth playing. He is not going to bite the hand that is paying millions either but he keeps his integrity when he speaks. A certain All Pro Defensive Line Captain of ours could learn a lot from Revis instead of just parroting the party line.
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    Schiano is a lame duck coach no one cares about anyone who defends him bc after all that's Sheridans boss what is he supposed to say? Not only that Sheridan is just as awful of a coach so of course he thinks nothing is wrong. In a results driven league Schiano is 0-7 that says enough.
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    Yep, it's true Coach Schiano doesn't listen to the fans? None of the fans have said that we are the worse team; we fans have said that you are the worse coach!
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    I just heard Warren Sapp on NFL Network say that he is "uncomfortable walking into One Buc Place". This is because of Schiano. This is outrageous! Fire him!
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    Uncomfortable why? Like fairweather fans, Sapp doesn't want to associate himself with a struggling team? The Bucs have struggled for nearly 75% of its existence. We long term fans stick with the team through thick and thin. Not just when the team is successful. Sapp shoud learn from Derrick Brooks who has been a little more balanced in his criticism of the teams - laying blame on the players as much as the coaching staff. Players play, coaches coach.
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    Once again Morgan you have no idea what your talking about. Sapp is not a fairweather fan. If anything he is one of the most loyal fans. He was the only person last week to pick the Bucs to win. He has never talked down about our team or the players this year, only the coach. He feels unconfortable becasue he speaks the truth about Schiano and now Schiano doesnt want him around. He is making sapp feel unconfortable to keep him away. He doesnt want Sapp pointing out all his flaws and many mistakes he is making on national TV. Its not our players fault. They dont call the plays, have weak game plans and make no adjustments. Players play how they are coached. If they are coached poorly then they play poorly. Evident by the product we put on the field weekly.
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    Please fire the nice man Mr. Schiano now! ....!!!
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