Thursdays are the transition days. It’s the last day to get coordinators and coaches in front of the media, plus a chance to get quarterback Jameis Winston at the podium.

These were the four things we learned from One Buc on Thursday.

Concussions Cleared

Before we get to the podium and interviews from the players and coaches, we have to get to the injury report.

Yesterday Robert McClain and Josh Robinson were full participants in practice despite being in concussion protocol. Today, both once again practiced fully and were tested by the NFL and passed their concussion protocol and are out of the program. They both should be good to go.

Wide receiver Adam Humphries, who missed Wednesday’s practice yesterday with a rib injury, was back at practice today, but cornerback Brent Grimes was not. On a new note, linebacker Kwon Alexander was out there at practice, but without pads and a helmet. So he wasn’t a full participant, if any at all.

Identity Crisis

Earlier this week we talked about the Buccaneers not having an identify on offense – or as a team as a whole, really. Normally the players are pretty good with not answering those kinds of questions since they’re normally “negative” or “distracting” answers. But today even Winston had to agree.

Winston said this team is, in fact, without an identity. He was good about not putting blame anywhere, say with too many weapons or something like that, but he did say it’s about time and that he’s ready for this team to find whatever it is that will make them click.

Gerald McCoy, another leader on the team, was asked the same question. He agreed with his quarterback that this team does not have an identity, but did so in a less enthusiastic manner – we don’t blame him.

McCoy has already subtly made his opinion known that he doesn’t like whatever is being done on the defense and how players are being used, and he once again let some of that frustration out in his answer on Thursday.

To us, this isn’t distracting or McCoy pouting, this is him actually acknowledging that there is a problem, and you can tell he’s tired of it. Give me a player who won’t stand for mediocrity and doing things the wrong way. Voicing displeasure for something that isn’t working only accelerates a solution, or at least bringing it to light.

McCoy: Drew Brees A Super Hero

McCoy was much more chipper throughout the rest of his interview.

We asked him about New Orleans and going up against their quarterback Drew Brees. He made sure to note that Brees will absolutely be in the Hall of Fame one day, and that he’s still playing on a high level because of how competitive he remains at his age. McCoy said that he trains with Brees during some of his offseasons and is inspired by Brees’ fire to be the best at everything he does – games, training, little mini-games at practice, whatever it is.

He referenced Brees as being like a super hero for how he can play so well with a smaller body in a big man’s game. For that reason, he said that Brees was like the comic book hero Ant-Man when asked to compared Brees to a known super hero. McCoy said that Brees is a smaller guy, but plays big. He also said he loves Brees, but on Sunday he’s the enemy.

Koetter On Crisis

The first question we asked head coach Dirk Koetter during his interview session was about his starting quarterback and defensive leader saying this team had no identity.

Koetter said that identities for teams change every year, it just a matter of being consistent, no matter what you’re doing.

The Bucs aren’t that either.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

6 COMMENTS

  1. No Dirk a teams identity shouldn’t change from year to year. Maybe woman’s fashion, but not football teams. McCoy should talk. He’s the one constant through three head coaches, and two G.M.’s. Didn’t he admit before the season that his pears at the pro bowl said he needed to do more to make a difference? When asked what identity he wanted his team to have, koetter said he wanted a bad ass football team. Well he got that right. They are bad, and their play smells like ass.

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  2. The Bucs this year have been very consistent on defense, teams can get all the passing yards they want.

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  3. I don’t think we need to keep banging on this same door anymore. The Coaches and Players know they have to win now. Lets give them a chance and back them. Go Bucs!

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  4. The Bucs are gonna have to fight to the finish. No low hanging fruit. Had penciled in the Jets for a win. Not so sure any more. If we got an “A” game, we gotta bring it for every remaining game! Good or bad we will have an identity. Parcells says “you are what your record says you are!”. Let’s go Bucs!

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  5. Speaking of the Jets, who were picked to be one of the worst teams in the league this year, what if they do beat us? What if McCown, ASJ, come in and hand us a bad loss? I’m already writing off beating the Saints. So if the Jets come in beat us running the losing streak to 6. would heads roll? I know the Glazers have never fired anyone before seasons end, but losing to the Jets at home might be the final straw.

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  6. I liked Jameis’s comments yesterday. He seems to finally have come to the realization that his number one job isn’t to lead his team in rah rah chants and rhymes and cheers, but instead his number one job is to do his job as quarterback and simply play better. He acknowledged finally that other players have to motivate themselves, to find it within themselves to play better, and not rely on coaches or, implicitly, on Jameis to fire them up to play better. He is maturing.

    If he just does his job – the mantra of the GOAT NFL head coach, Bill Belichick – that’s all that matters, for him, and for every other player on the team.

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