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December 18, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
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Bucs News To Know 12-18: Stopping Quinn; Sullivan And Army

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The Buccaneers will play their second to last game of the season on Sunday at St. Louis and will have the tough task of trying to neutralize the NFL's sack leader in Rams' defensive end Robert Quinn. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan also talked about the reports that he may interview for the head coaching job with Army.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Wednesday December 18:

PRACTICE CONDITIONS
• Tampa Bay began practice at 11:20 a.m. under partly sunny skies and cool temperatures around 60 degrees.

BUCS INJURIES
• Head coach Greg Schiano started off his daily press conference updating the media on the team’s injuries.

"From a health standpoint, we had some guys that were limited as we have in the past weeks with [guard] Davin Joseph doing parts, [wide receiver] Vincent Jackson doing parts, [safety] Mark Barron has a hamstring [injury]," Schiano said. "You guys, I think, have been made aware about [wide receiver] [Russell] Shepard being put on the IR, which is unfortunate, he’s really been a critical special teams player for us, again, that’ll be a big loss really on all four teams. He’s been a heck of a player so we’ll have to have to have someone step up there or some ones step up there.”

ROSTER MOVES
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that they have placed wide receiver Russell Shepard on Injured Reserve.
 
The team also announced today that wide receiver Tommy Streeter has been signed to the practice squad. Additionally offensive lineman Richard Clebert has been released from the practice squad.

THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC
• On Monday, a report by FOX Sports 1’s Mike Garafolo said that current Bucs’ offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was a candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Army, where Sullivan graduated and also was an assistant coach.

PewterReport.com started of Sullivan’s weekly press conference by asking him about the report.

“There is an appropriate time and place for all those type of answers to those questions and I think right now, especially given where we’re at offensively, and some of the challenges that we have and what faces us this Sunday in St. Louis, if we could, I would like to just center our questions and focus on the Rams,” Sullivan said. “Certainly, I’m sure there are plenty of questions you guys have for the offense and on some of the issues that we’ve had which are well documented, so hit me with your best shot.”

Tampa Bay is currently ranked 32nd in the NFL in total offense after setting franchise records in last season. The offense has been beset with injuries in addition to starting a rookie quarterback in Mike Glennon. There has been some speculation among the media that if Schiano keeps his job then there could be some staff shakeups. While the entire staff is on the hot seat, Sullivan’s seat may be the warmest.

• Tampa Bay’s next opponent, the St. Louis Rams, have one of the most feared front fours in the league led by Hall of Famer Howie Long’s son Chris Long, and also right defensive end Robert Quinn, who leads the NFL in sacks.

But Quinn doesn’t just get to the quarterback according to Schiano, he also forces turnovers.

“Well he’s got 15 sacks and seven forced fumbles, so that tells you something,” Schiano said. “He’s as good at tomahawk chopping the backside of the quarterback – you haven’t seen a guy do it with that effectiveness since L.T. [Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor]. L.T., I mean, used to “WHAP” and knock that ball out with a vicious tomahawk chop and [Quinn] is bringing it that way.  I mean seven forced fumbles, think about that, that’s a lot of forced fumbles and what did he play 14 games? That’s pretty substantial for a defensive end.”

Bucs left tackle Donald Penn will be matched up against Quinn for the most part on Sunday, and talked about the Rams star pass rusher.

“He’s playing great football this year,” Penn said. “Compared to last year, he’s really come into his own, putting himself in that elite category. He’s playing good football. It’s good to go against this matchup after playing probably one of my worst games of the season last week against the 49ers. It’s good to kind of bounce back and try to redeem myself against a great pass rusher.
 
“I think he’s becoming a much smarter player. Last year, I think he was just going in and playing. This year, you can tell, I think he’s putting in some film work, a lot of film work and studying the guys he’s going against and using what they do wrong to his advantage. He’s playing consistently. He’s playing great football. He’s really playing his butt off this year.”

Sullivan also has taken notice of Quinn and the Rams defense this week while watching film and developing Tampa Bay’s game plan.

“It is and I don’t say that in an, ‘Oh gosh, what am I going to do?’ That’s my job and so we have to find a way,” Sullivan said. “There are very specific things and it’s probably not unlike what a lot of teams will try to do, we just have to put our wrinkle on it and how we have things set up schematically, from a protection standpoint there are plays that you don’t want to call if he’s on the field. There are plays that you are going to make sure that you have set to him. There’sruns that you are going to want to do to go ahead and try to wear him down. But he’s a phenomenal talent, a great player. Mike Waufle, the D-line coach is tremendous. He’s done an excellent job with that whole unit and so it is a great challenge, but there’s no question something could look great schematically – ‘Wow, look at this big play,’ and we’re game planning earlier this week – ‘This play looks great.’ Well, as you look at it, it’s ‘A thousand one, a thousand two, a thousand three, a thousand four’ – forget about it. That’s just how it is. Things can look great down the field but if we can’t, and it’s, I don’t care who this is, it’s just tackle after tackle after tackle. So just to echo your sentiments, it is a challenge for sure.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Early on, we were all trying to learn. It was rough. But I think as the year progressed, we started to mesh a little better; guys started understanding weaknesses and strengths and we started playing well. We got some hands on balls, we started communicating a lot better. We had some breakdowns, but I think that comes with [the] first year guys [are] together. I think next year will be a whole lot better, but right now we’ve still got two more games left. We’re focusing on this week with the Rams, [trying to] get communication down, try to get turnovers still and just keep building.” – Bucs safety Dashon Goldson on the secondary’s inconsistencies at times this year

WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAY
The Buccaneers return to the practice field on Thursday at 11:05 a.m. as they continue their preparation for their road trip to face the Rams on Sunday.








   



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    Every year the talent pool seems to drop. I hope we win some more games because I would prefer to draft in the 10-15 spots where the value is greater and the risk less. We're playing a team where the offense has been decimated. If we put pressure on the QB, there is zero reasons why we would not dominate. If we lose this game, I don't see any reason how this coach survives.
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    Well guys I watch the entired TB vs SF game-And I believe that SF seems was not worried about the bucs. But St.Louis I think Tampa Bay will go up sunday and win. The team is trying to do the best they can. Regardless of the rest of the season. Tampa bay should start focusing on Veterans young FA who have a good track record and pickup some good talent in the college ranks. Again I say if a team would like to trade up with the bucs. They must give Tampa a 3rd rounder at least, Because there are a lot of talent in the top 45 players. I say their 1st, 3rd & 6th at least.Then Tampa can go out and get good players to fill in the weak positions. Oh by the way fans Merry Christmas and happy new year-GO BUCS FOR LIFE.
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    BT...we aren't that bad a team...under normal circumstances hovering around .500. Not a playoff team, but not that bad. Martin the big one missed? No way. Williams has certainly reduced a weak receiving corp. Martin and James together would be about the same impact as Williams. Nicks was big. Freeman was a disaster. And we haven't been as unlucky at compared to other teams? Definitely disagree. Maybe the Packers without Rodgers had a greater impact, but if he comes back in another week, that is behind them. I don't want to be mean, but wow, have you been watching what happened to this team this season?
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    The Colts lost Dwight Freeny, Reggie Wayne, and Ahmad Bradshaw. We lost to the Cardinals when most of their starting Defense was off the field. We are about to play the Rams without Sam Bradford. Julio Jones, Arian Foster, Dennis Pitta....Carl Nicks was never healthy coming from the Saints. I don't want to be mean, but please recognize that we need a complete overhaul next year. Stop the excuses.
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    I think the biggest loss has been Carl Nicks.
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    OK. It is sad that someone named Shepard went on IR. But let's please stop moaning as if all of the,15 others meant the difference between wins or losses. We stink. And that is not due to innuries. The only key loss we had was Williams. Muscle Hamster maybe. As far as injuries we are relatively lucky compared to other teams.
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    You may be right. Out of 11 starters on offense, 5 are not now playing (Freeman, Nicks, Williams, Martin and Stocker). That's a lot to cover for. And don't forget Barth.
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    This is another game that we really can win. Go Bucs!
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