There were a number of positives to take from Sunday’s 27-24 upset win in Pittsburgh last week, but Tampa Bay also created a number of self-inflicted mistakes that easily could have cost them the game.
On Wednesday, during his weekly press conference, offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo talked about the issues and what the Bucs will do to correct them.
“Yeah that was a little bit two part,” Arroyo said. “First of all, there was a mechanical thing (problem) with our helmets, and we changed that in the second quarter. When we came out (on offense) it was dead, and it started affecting us in the second quarter. It (stadium) was loud and hostile, not hearing it exactly or me thinking I had to be louder. Cleaning that stuff up is easy.
Having that communication in the huddle, making sure guys can hear you when you’re in (shot) gun, or a silent cadence that the guard hears it. There are a lot of things that go on with communication and getting the ball snapped on time But they can be fixed, starting with me, starting with us (coaching staff), and then moving towards players and understanding different situations.
“One instance when it comes up that the guys (players) need to understand is when you get a penalty, it goes from a 40-second clock to a 25-second clock. You have to be on that and remember that happens because nobody tells you. Penalty backup (clocks at) 25, not 40. Those things can’t happen because they’re self-inflicted wounds that have to be fixed, and that was the first thing we addressed.
We’re excited about the way it (the game) happened and how it unfolded, and did a lot of really good things, but here’s some stuff that would’ve made you better. This stuff (self inflicted wounds) can’t happen because this stuff can be the setback between a win and a loss.
“In a lot of aspects, those things are the most we’re most focused on. Self-inflicted wounds are part of our keys to victory, just don’t beat ourselves. Don’t let the Bucs beat the Bucs. Take care of the ball, win the mental game, do those things and you put yourself in position. Fortunately they happened and didn’t cost us the game, but they could’ve and we need to fix them.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
You sure this guy works for Lovie?
Can’t be! No double talk no stupid comments.
Just figured it out. Lovie has nothing to do with the offense so we get true honest statements!
I like this guy
We all get it.. you dont like Lovie Stan. Sheesh
We’ll Dungy almost gets fired in Indy before he is Told to stay away from the offense and without Peyton and Peyton’s expectations and on the field attitude Dungy grits fired for the same problems that plagued him in Tampa.Gruden corrected Dungys short comings with Rich McKays team ( before his own showed through) and finished what Dungy couldn’t . Lovie has taken a better offensive approach but he’s a lot like Dungy and that turns into the Mike Smith disease in Atlanta before long. No Killer instinct and allot of mediocre effort.Stan has got a point.
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Yes, our desire to be “in the know” is part of being a fan. That’s why there is so much effort made on the part of the media to get the information (true of false) to us. The “unnamed source” who claims to have cracked the secret code and leak it to us is beloved by those thirsty for a sip of the unknown. Yes, we all want a coach to tell all and make our news day more interesting. Yes, we all want the “inside scoop” to be outside. Yes, we all want the coaching staff to “tell it like it is”. Yes, we all want the coach to sneak us a peek of the game plan. Yes, we all want the coach to disregard privacy laws and give us the player’s medical condition. Yes, we all want to be informed of pending roster moves. Yes, we all want to have a copy of the draft board and player evaluations. Some may even feel the need to know who on the team are boxers, tightie whities or comando. But, wouldn’t that be absolutely stupid? Doesn’t holding your cards to the vest give you a better chance to win than showing your hand. Isn’t it somewhat exciting to imagine what’s under that blouse? Are those real? “I’ll never tell.”
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