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December 15, 2013 @ 10:56 pm
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Locker Room Buzz: What The Bucs Said About The Loss To 49ers

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What did head coach Greg Schiano, Mike Glennon, Darrelle Revis and Gerald McCoy have to say following Tampa Bay's 33-14 loss to the 49ers on Sunday? Get their thoughts in this postgame feature.
HEAD COACH GREG SCHIANO
(Opening statement)
“It was a tough loss. It was a hard-fought game. Unfortunate the way it ended.”
 
(On containing San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick)
“We had opportunities, without a doubt, to stop him and we didn’t do it. That’s what it boils down to.”
 
(On the reverse kickoff return)
“It was a called play. We were going to run a reverse if the opportunity presented itself the right way. It didn’t, yet we still ran it, but it’s okay. We made a mistake. Guys make mistakes sometimes.”
 
(On offensive struggles)
“Today, we weren’t effective running the football. That has not been the reason. There’s been a lot of different reasons. [We’re] playing some really good defenses, but that’s what you’re going to see if the National Football League. We have to get better. We’re just not performing at a consistent enough level now. It’s not from a lack of effort, a lack of work, a lack of any of that stuff. These guys are laying it on the line, coaches and players alike. We’re just not getting the results that we want all the time.”
 
(On if Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon has taken a step back)
“I didn’t think he took steps back today. The only way we moved the ball is when we went to two-minute and no-huddle [offenses]. Mike’s the one who controlled the whole operation, moving it down the field against, arguably, one of the top three defenses in the league. We didn’t perform in some areas, but I thought Mike actually, without watching the tape, gave us the spark.”
 
(On if Glennon should be allowed to do more rather than the offense ‘playing around him’)
“I don’t think we’re playing around him. I think he’s got the full playbook. Can we do more of that [no-huddle offense]? We have done some. What we went to today wasn’t just no-huddle, but slow paced and ‘get on the line.’ It was true no-huddle because that’s one thing that, at the end of the half there, we had some success with and we said, ‘Let’s be ready to jump into it.’ We did it all but, I think, one series in the third and fourth quarter. The problem is, as was mentioned, they had a 10-minute drive in the fourth quarter. They played keep away, which is what you worry about with that offensive football team, because they’re capable. Again, we had them 20-14 – it’s third-and-12 on their own 29-yard line, whatever it was – it’s a six-point game with 12 minutes left. The opportunity’s there. All week, we talked about making it a fourth-quarter game – heavyweight fight, get it to the fourth quarter and find a way to win. That’s why it’s very disappointing for players and coaches alike; we felt like we had the opportunity and we let it go. I don’t ever like to listen to people – when I’m on the other side of it, when we win – and hear them say, ‘We let it slip away.’ The other team beat us, and we have to find a way to be on the other end of that. We have been a few times, [but] not enough.”
 

(On San Francisco extending plays on third down)
“We’ve got to execute on those critical downs.”
 
(On if Glennon threw a lot of underneath routes to play it safe)
“I wouldn’t call it ‘playing it safe.’ What happens is you have plays designed to get the first down, unless you have a run-and-catch play that’s designed, but that wasn’t the case in the first half. They were taking away the routes that were beyond the stick, so then you have some outlets that are below the stick so you don’t have to take a sack. They did a very good job, as they have. They’re one of the top teams in third-down defense and defense in general. You can sense it: The windows close more quickly, without a doubt – just from the sideline you can see it. The better the defense, the faster the windows close.”
 
(On San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree’s third down reception in the fourth quarter)
“Without seeing the tape, I can’t tell you that. I think that we’ve actually done a pretty good job of that this year – denying your man the ball, just focusing on him once they break and scramble. Sometimes, if you’re going against a guy who’s as fast [as] or faster than you and he runs away – and you’re at a disadvantaged position if the ball’s thrown right on the money – you never get to make that area up. Other times, you take your times off him, so I don’t know without watching the tape. I can’t tell you what happened on that play. I think [what’s] more critical is we’ve got to make sure we keep him in the pocket. Again, we lost contain there and that becomes an issue. You know the guy that you’re going against. He can do that. If you give him the opportunity to, he will.”
 
(On San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis’ touchdown)
“It’s the end of the half, we called two-deep zone [coverage] and a great player made a great play. There [was] a bunch of great players out there on that field today. Vernon Davis made a great play. It was an on-the-money throw. It’s unfortunate, but that’s what you want to be in in that situation.”

QUARTERBACK MIKE GLENNON
(On throwing the ball short of the first down marker)
“I just go through my progression; if my progression takes me there, that’s where I’m going to go. With the style of defense they play we just had to get completions and kind of play that kind of game. We knew it was going to be tough to throw the ball down the field. They have great players and when we were in those third down situations I just went through my progression.”
 
(On if his play has regressed over the last three weeks)
“No, [we’re] going against one of the top defenses in the league. As an offense we knew we were going to have to get the game into the fourth quarter and we did that. Going against that kind of team you just have to be on top of your game and all throughout the course of the game. Give them some credit, that was a great drive by them in the fourth quarter, 10 minutes, and they played really well. When you play against a team like that, we have to execute throughout the course of the game.”
 
(On if he’s disappointed by today’s performance)
“Obviously, I’m disappointed – we lost. It’s about winning and losing, so yeah, I’m disappointed.”
 
(On if the team’s rushing struggles made it more challenging for him today)
“Again, with that front four and those linebackers, it’s just first-rounders, Pro Bowlers across the board, and it’s tough. Once we kind of figured out that we needed to go in a hurry-up offense, we saw some success with it. Both of our touchdowns drives, really the first two times we did that we went right down the field and scored. It was a tough, tough loss, but that is a very good football team.”
 
(On why the Buccaneers had two long scoring drives but not much else)
“I’m not sure, we’ll have to look to see what we did. I just know that those two drives, we went to the hurry-up offense, the one at the end of the half was big for us, down 17 to kind of give us some momentum, [make it] a two-score game. And then the second one, another big drive for us, 90-plus yards or whatever it was, put us down one possession. Like I keep saying, that’s a really good defense but we’ll have to look at the film to see what we could have done better.”
 
DEFENSIVE TACKLE GERALD MCCOY
(On recording his eighth sack, ranking eighth-most by a defensive tackle in team history)
“It feels good. This is a great milestone. It’s not easy to reach, but I was able to do it. My teammates played a huge part in it. I didn’t do it on my own. But more importantly, I would’ve preferred to have gotten the win today.”
 
(On San Francisco’s offense)
“They have a very high-powered offense. They did what they do. They didn’t come out and do anything that they don’t normally do. They just played the game and they made plays when we didn’t. I don’t think we tackled well. We gave us a big, long pass to [San Francisco tight end] Vernon Davis. We had them backed up in third-and-15 twice and we let them convert. They just took advantage of all the opportunities.”
 
(On takeaways from today’s game)
“We have to learn how to win games like that against tough teams. If we want to be the team that we say we want to be, we have to learn how to win the tough games. The game came down to the fourth quarter and we didn’t finish. We had them where we wanted them, it was 20-14, all we needed to do was get the ball back and they went on a 10-minute drive. The defense can’t allow that. That’s happened too many times this year and we have to do better.”
 
CORNERBACK DARELLE REVIS
(On San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick)
“He’s a great athlete. They’re a great football team.”
 
(On San Francisco’s offense)
“They made great plays and Kaepernick made great throws. There’s just really nothing you can really say. They made more plays than us.”
 
(On if Tampa Bay missed tackles)
“We made some missed tackles today. We knew this was going to be a physical game. We missed a couple tackles here and there and it cost us.”
 
(On having to be on the field for extended periods of time)
“It’s tough, it’s very tough. You want to get three-and-outs all the time, consistently, but that didn’t happen. We ended up being on the field longer on some long drives and that can tire a defense out, especially with the great offense they have. But, we’ve got to get off the field. We failed to do that in those long drives.”
 

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  • avatar


    I watch the SF game,and my observations is that we need some new blood on certain offensive positions for 2014. The injury to NICKS was big. and the 15 players on IRL was major. But the coach is a good coach. He just needs healthy players around him. I say let hime stay another year. I see the team is trying to do good. But mistakes is NO EXCUSE. WHAT THE OWNERS ARE PAYING THESE PLAYERS TO PLAY BUC BALL. IF THEY CAN'T STAND THE HEAT, THEN TRADE THEM AWAY AND GET PLAYERS IN WHO WANT TO PLAY IN TAMPA IN WARM WEATHER. OVERAL PLAYERS THAT HAVE STEP FORWARD IS ALL THE RB'S WE JUST GOT TO OPEN UP THE HOLES FOR THEM. MCCOY,GLENNON,JACKSON,REAVIS(THE STEAL OF THE NFL) AND A FEW MORE PLAYERS. BUT THE REST NEEDS TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER, BUT BUCS FANS TAMPA DID BETTER THEN-ATLANTA,COWBOYS,WASH,HOUSTON,PITTSBURGH,&MINN.JUST THINK IF OUR QB NOW HAD STARTED THE SEASON AS THE STARTER AND ALL THOSE PLAYERS THAT WENT ON IRL EARLY. HOW MANY WINS WOULD WE HAVE NOW. I THINK WE WOULD HAVE EIGHT WINS NOW-GO BUCS FOR LIFE.GLH AGE 68.
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    @martinii: you say you have no answers, but you said "I can guarantee you that wholesale changes now will add years to our losing seasons." On what basis do you make such a statement? There are plenty of "worst to first" scenarios in the past 5-7 years, the most recent the K C Chiefs. You asked with whom do we replace Schiano? Obviously, if we replace him with another college coach who would be over his head also, then yes, we're in big trouble. There are several coaches like Lovie Smith without teams, and there are several NFL coordinators (ex., Jay Gruden with the Bengals) who might be "willing" to come in and turn this thing around. We've now has 22 ten-loss or more seasons and 2 horrific losing seasons in a row with Schiano. That calls for a change in my opinion.
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    @warren: I agree with you completely. It just seems since our Super Bowl win we have witnessed a revolving door of coaches and players with little progress toward building a winning team. Change by no means insures success. We seem to have great talent yet here we are at 4-10, and many of us are begging for more change. Schiano is going to be back next year whether I like it or not. Glennon may be a back-up and Sullivan May be with Army. New faces don't always bring positive results....
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    Believe me I am not a Schiano lover nor advocate. I agree with Parcell's. Your only as good as your last game. I never have been a fan of college coaches transitioning to the NFL. For every Pete Carroll there is a Steve Spurrier. It is a crap shoot. My concern like others, however, is who do you replace Schiano with? After you answer that question do you go for another rookie QB. Is Glennon going to be a good back-up? Is there a veteran available in FA? (Rivers?) I can guarantee you that wholesale changes now will add years to our losing seasons. The team seems to be behind Schiano, but what if we really blow the last two games. Like many of you I am sick of watching bad football! Finally what about Dominick? Where does he fit in this mess? (Mess being the definitive word.) I have no answers, nor do I claim to have any. The only thing I know for sure is I love (not Lovie) football and I am a die hard Buc's fan.
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    What a disappointing game. We loaf around on offense and the defense keeps us in it..then we "suddenly" come to life...(can you say hurry up offense) and do get back in it. Then it's back to here you go we really don't have a clue how to win so just have the ball and make it look good for your stats. You know I think the players have done as well as possible under this out classed coaching staff. Nothing personal guys but please return to the college of your choice and get a degree in coaching. The BS you have now is just that BS. Let's play spin the coaching bottle again and hope we get a pretty one this time.
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    Need a clean sweep of the front office, scout dept. and HC next year or it will be another poor year. Need a new QB next year ( Rivers ) and start with a new outlook. Tired of watching poor a team year after year.
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    What kind of coach are we really going to get? Lovie Smith :( We never would have gotten Gruden if we didn't trade for him. Unfortunately, Tampa is not a destination that Coaches are lining up for. We are like Cleveland South right now. Sure we have a handful of good players, but a real history of dumping good coaches, squandering draft picks and a complete inability to develop a QB.
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    9 yards deep in the endzone should have meant taking a knee and not attempting a play that had zero chance of succeeding. This is just another in a string of horrendous play calling by this entire staff. Black Monday can't come fast enough.
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    Agreed with all comments made, especially BleedOrange78. One more thing I want to pile on about is how bad Glennon is at the things that don't show up on the stat sheet. One of the two biggest problems with the passer rating is it doesn't take into account how many yards a QB lost on a sack and it doesn't take into account ability to scramble. In today's NFL both of those things play a big role in winning and losing games. We saw Kaepernick (sp?) and his ability to make plays with this athletism and we saw the other end of that spectrum with Glennon taking sacks for 12 yard losses, like we do every week. My question is does he not care about getting better at that because he knows it doesn't affect his passer rating? Taking sacks is the only move in certain situations, but but taking deep 12 yard sacks is unexusable!
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    Schiano: "Once we kind of figured out that we needed to go in a hurry-up offense, we saw some success with it. Both of our touchdowns drives, really the first two times we did that we went right down the field and scored." So the Bucs spent the first 28+ minutes of running into the line for little or no gain 8 times, passing short or incomplete 11 times for no first down & FINALLY decided they had to do something different with 1:47 left in the first half?! It's as if their offense has 3 plays: 1. RB into the line, 2. Pass short of the 1st down marker, & Get sacked trying to find an open receiver while waiting for VJax to get open long. I've continually asked where are the screen passes? How bout a run around end? How bout starting the game with no huddle? How bout letting the passing game open up the running game instead of the opposite? Why is the "game plan" exactly the same for each game...with the one exception being the 1st half of the Seattle game where the offense clicked big time...and yet we reverted back to the same offensive "game plan" in subsequent games. Schiano said at the beginning of the season his overall plan is to run the ball & occasionally throw long. That doesn't fit the caliber of players he has & he has failed to adapt his plan/style to take full advantage of the type of players he has. This is a wide open QB-driven league & the old "3 yards & a cloud of dust" where we work not to lose just doesn't work anymore.
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    Who is the best choice for the bucs new head coach ..Lovie Smith ?
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    It's surprising how often I've heard/read this excuse about how tough our schedule is as some way to explain our defeats. How can Schiano be allowed to get away with that statement each time? And even worse, Glennon now parrots the statement ("I stunk throwing the ball for virtually the whole game but those guys are just too good. Please only schedule bottom-feeders like us each and every week Mr. NFL!"). It's complete nonsense. The injury excuse is the other one I like. Aside from Williams and Martin, our best players are out there (Nicks hasn't played anything in his two years here so he doesn't count). The others on the list either weren't on the first-team (James, Demps, Melvin, etc.) or just weren't that good (Crabtree, Stocker, etc.). Does playing good teams and having injuries hurt you. Absolutely. But to use that as a excuse is borderline pathetic. What's keeping this team down is the HC and his schemes. They (and he) just aren't winning NFL quality. Schiano is too wedded to "his way" even when it proves ineffective against decent (mush less quality) competition. THAT's the problem.
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    (On if he’s disappointed by today’s performance) “Obviously, I’m disappointed – we lost. It’s about winning and losing, so yeah, I’m disappointed.” Which "journalist" asked this dumbass question? That's some quality reporting....
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    Its clear that Greg Schiano is in over his head and rather than point out all of his flaws and believe you there are many, ill just state the obvious. If Raheem Morris wasn't allowed to learn on the job then neither should Schiano. He's a nice guy and I'm sure some unestablished college program would love to have him but this is the big stage and he isn't cut out for the job. If we had anything to play for Orlovsky should be the QB but the draft is more important so lets let Glennon stink up the joint for a few more weeks. I said we will know what we need to know about the real state of the Bucs after this week and hopefully its crystal clear, Good players...AWFUL system!
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    @stlbucsfan...over his head for sure....I read this article and all I could think is "did this guy watch the same game as me?"...he sounds like he has a form of schizophrenia..."a tough loss" - how was it tough, the 49ers dominated..."we're not getting the results we want all the time"...how about getting the results we want even half the time for starters..."playing some really good defenses"...so the only time we should expect a Schiano victory is when we play a bad defense in the NFL because good defenses have us beat...."don't think Glennon took steps backwards"...well he certainly didn't take steps forwards...the guy had 2 completions over 20 yards this time and absent those he threw for less than 6 yards per completion...AGAIN. How long can this guy keep playing the "we're a well coached team and we just need time" card...WAKE UP GLAZERS!!!!!!!!...this is just a ruse!
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    If I'm Scubog Glazer, the question I need answered by Schiano is this: If we bring you back for another year are you willing to change offensive coordinators (not with McNulty) and are you willing to put Glennon on the bench and draft a QB who can win games for you instead of focus on not losing them?
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    Horse That's it in a nutshell, Schiano's style of football will not win consistantly at the NFL level. Glennon, and coach both acknowledged the offense had it's most success when running the 2 minute. So why in the hell did they only run it twice all game? It was like we need to do something, o.k. let's go 2 minute, yea it worked, now let's not run this again until they get a bigger lead. We need a coach who knows how to play offense at the NFL level.
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    We need better coaching and a better QB. With that we would win at least 50% of the games. We have some great players and some good players. We have OK players and players who are not NFL quality due to injury. This team needs a good QB and a great set of coaches. The QB and the coaching is below average. Another year of the same will result in the same.
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    I have nothing against schiano as a person as I believe he is a kind and loving person; as a Head Coach in the NFL I take a different opinion about him. Coach answered all the questions and it sums up to the fact that Schiano has not done his job and his scheme doesn't work in the NFL. It doesn't matter anyway what I say because the Glazer's are going to give him another year; that's what is depressing about all of this. Next year at this time we will probably have 5-6 wins and I can't wait to hear his spin then.
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