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Due to the odd schedule of this week, things were a little shaken up around One Buc Place. Most of that had to do with the scheduling, but it also had to do with some of the mindset and attitude of the coaches and players as well – something that was evident right off the bat with the first press conference of the morning.

These were the two tings we learned from One Buc on Friday.

“I Got Something To Say”

Boy, was Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken ready for the media this morning.

Normally when press conference begin, there’s a little bit of silence before the first media member asks their question. But this morning before anyone could start it off, Monken opened up, completely unprompted, by addressing the recent reports of the alleged strain in the relationship between quarterback Jameis Winston and head coach Dirk Koetter.

You can and should listen to each of the videos for yourself, but Monken’s opening remarks were so candid and real and refreshing. He basically said that no relationship is perfect, whether it’s a coach and player, boss and employee or even a husband and wife. He said that there are trials in every relationship and when things aren’t going well, yes, communication can be tested in different ways, but Monken said that’s normal and it’s not news.

He said the on going relationship between Winston and Koetter is natural and the reports out there are just a product of the team’s poor season.

He said it’s nothing out of the ordinary or even newsworthy.

Injury Report

Bucs linebacker Lavonte David missed practice on Thursday, and on Friday we were told he missed his second day as well for a hamstring injury. The extra day off on Sunday will help him, but you hope he gets some practice time in tomorrow.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter also said that T.J. Ward had passes concussion protocol and will be available for Monday Night.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

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: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Joyce Baughman
3 years ago

We have been Buc’s fans since their beginning. We are not “fair weather fans”..good or bad they are our guys. I would have staked my life on their being successful this year, and what a disappointment they have been! Take note, though, every week we come back for more. We are gluttons for punishment, I guess, because something went terribly wrong. From about the third game until now no one has seemed to be on the same page. The “chemistry” that once seemed to be there was gone. So, maybe someone was right when they thought a hex had been… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  Joyce Baughman
3 years ago

Many share your long suffering history with the Bucs. I believe this season’s “turning point” came with the loss to the Patriots because of the inept place kicker. The psyche of the team never recovered. Perhaps better play by the offense that night might have produced the desired result in spite of Nick Folk’s woes. You are absolutely correct with your observations. They just don’t look in sync. More and more the fans are reflecting that “ho-hum” demeanor. When the season pass members choose to sell their tickets to the opponent rather than cheer on their team it’s symptomatic of… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Joyce Baughman
3 years ago

Yup on all counts, Joyce. It’s mystifying, but something important is clearly missing or not working with this team.

In football organizations, the keystone to attitude and performance and being on the same page, or horse, is always the head coach and his top assistants. It takes players to contribute, do the work and prep, and perform on the field, but if real leadership and standards of performance aren’t there at the top, it doesn’t much matter. Something is clearly missing now. It must be corrected.

Jake from state farm
Reply to  Joyce Baughman
3 years ago

The issue here is piss-poor coaching, accountability, and leadership. We need a real coaching staff, someone who can change the culture of this franchise. Dirk showed me he wasn’t the guy when he let Mike Evans clean out the Saints Lattimore without doing a damn thing on the sideline. He just looked mentally defeated and just ready to board the plane. That shows you he doesn’t know what he’s doing and doesn’t care. Why is it Winston hasn’t shown improvement since coming into the league? Why does he still struggle with footwork? Why does he still airmail balls and lock… Read more »

Horse
Reply to  Jake from state farm
3 years ago

There is too much emphasis on Winston; many average QB’s have made it to the Playoffs and SB. Yes it would be nice if Winston was elite, but he’s not. We still need DL and OL; who’s responsible for that blunder? Right now I put it on HC and DC because you can make changes and get around this blunder . For me, it goes back to preseason when the starters hardly play; who’s fault is that? Same answer as above.

Jake from state farm
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Sir, at this point in time he’s not even average. He throws too many int’s, he makes stupid plays trying too hard to make something out of nothing, and the majority of the time it turns out bad. He’s our Blake Bortles. With this team, he shouldn’t be below-average/average. Average QB’s have weapons like Josh McCown does in NY. Do you know what Tom Brady would do with the same players we have? He’s doing it with guys I’ve never even heard of. Yeah, our OL sucks, but in terms of pass protection, they aren’t bad. I’d say average. Where… Read more »

Horse
Reply to  Jake from state farm
3 years ago

I hear you; the QB stats say something else though.

matador
Reply to  Jake from state farm
3 years ago

I agree with Jake. The one most damning moment was Dirk’s failure to assert control over the team when things disintegrated during the Saints game. He’s supposed to be in charge. That sequence tells you all you need to know. We only have two years before we have to decide, we need another coach to see if it’s Winston or the coaching that’s holding him back. Fire those cannons (to me it goes without saying that Licht should go too).

Buc 1976
Reply to  Joyce Baughman
3 years ago

Joyce I too understand your pain!
In 76 and 77 the players gave their all every game not this team except for a few players do not.

Jake from state farm
3 years ago

Considering we are always losing, the stats he puts up doesn’t really matter though. At the end of the day, I think we’ve won a total of 17 games with him at QB in 3 years. That’s the only stat I care about. It’s a moot point that he’s thrown for over 4k his first two years. Blake Bottles has thrown for over 4k too. It doesn’t mean they’re good QBs.

wnb0395
3 years ago

Is Doug Martin starting at RB tonight?

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