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From his introductory press conference earlier this year to watching and listening to him on the field coaching last weekend during rookie-mini-camp, defensive line coach Brentson Buckner is becoming the media’s favorite coach with a quote.

On Wednesday at One Buc during a get together with all of the defensive coaches, Buckner lived up to his reputation once again, being brutally honest, humorous and to the point on how this team must be better in 2018.

Below are some highlights from Buckner in front of the microphone.

(On accountability among the players) 
“It has to come from inside that room. Most of us in this group are parents, you can yell at your kids all you want, and they say, ‘Oh there goes mom and dad again.’ But, just like a coach, it falls on deaf ears. But if I am accountable to my brother beside me, in front of me, behind me, now when he says something it means a little bit more. That is what football is all about. It is the ultimate team sport. You can have 10 guys on the same page doing everything exactly right, and one guy gets selfish, or doesn’t do his responsibility, then it is a bad play and it hurts the whole team. And now what those guys are starting to see is, look I have to trust the guy beside me or behind me is doing his job, and he has to have that trust in me. And they know the only way you can have that is by working together.”

(On the pass rush affecting the entire defense)
“We just had that talk today. I have never blamed a defensive back for a long pass or giving up a whole bunch of yardage. Because we are the closest to the quarterback. So we affect everybody’s job. So we stop the run – we keep the linebackers free, their job is better. We get to the quarterback – and the defensive back’s job is better. And so with that type of responsibility we have to work hard and expect it from ourselves.

“We are the big brothers. We are the foundation. You build a house on a shaky foundation, I don’t care how many bells and whistles you put on it, it is going to collapse. We are laying the foundation.”

(On what he wants his players to get from him most)
“Don’t make football a science. Don’t make it bigger than what it is. Football is a sport based on pure fundamentals. Tackling, running, blocking using good technique. A Mercedes is still a Mercedes whether you have rims on it or not. It is still a very expensive car and it gets you to where you want to go. We don’t have to have all the bells and whistles. We want to play technique-sound football. We want to be true to the game.

“I don’t do a bunch of drills, I do what helps you in the game. The basics: get off, hands, knowing what is about to happen to you before it happens. Just line up and whip the guy in front of you. And I have told them before, if you do that, I am going to be happy. You are going to win some, and you are going to lose some. Just make sure you win more than you lose.”

(On how a bigger player like Vita Vea helps the Bucs)
“I played next to Kris Jenkins who is 360 pounds in this same style defense. Size don’t mean nothing in this game. Aaron Donald is the best linemen in this game and he is what, 285? So size don’t mean nothing to me. I don’t get caught up in size. Vita is a football player. That is all we look for in the draft. We look for the best football player that can help the Tampa Bay Bucs get better and hopefully win some games.”

(On his impressions of Gerald McCoy)
“Well first off, Gerald is a good kid. He is well respected, is very respectful. He works hard. He wants to be great. I had a talk with Gerald, now you have to work on it. Now you get to a point of being 30 years old, it isn’t about your ability anymore, it is about playing the game up here (taps his head). I sat down and watched film with him and told him the way you are going to improve your game is mentally evolve your game even more. And he wants it. He is hungry for it. Because for nine years, or eight years, he has done the same thing, been successful but has it showed up for the team? So now I am challenging him personally to go to that next level. Not get stronger. Not get faster. Play the game up here. Know what they are going to do to you before it happens. Be smarter about it. Embrace your teammates around you and watch it grow. I don’t need a Superman, I need a bunch of Super Friends.”

(On a double-digit sacker this year)
“I don’t care about double-digit sacks, I care about double-digit wins.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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, the beach and family time.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 mark@pewterreport.com
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3 years ago

How was Buckner not our first choice for DL coach?

3 years ago

YES, Yes, Yes!! Bought damn time! Loved all his quotes, he’s right.

Reply to  MudManVA
3 years ago

I loved his quotes too, but the part about not blaming a defensive back for giving up too many yardage….I guess he hasn’t seen VH3 play.

Reply to  There can't be 2 Winstons!
3 years ago

I think his point is valid. The linemen doing their job makes VHIII, as well as the rest of the secondary, better at his job. How much better, that’s the question.

Reply to  There can't be 2 Winstons!
3 years ago

I think he is about not blaming other positions/coaches but focus on your players and your plays at D-line and I like that. He does not say a DB never makes a mistake but asks the question, what can we (as the DL-group) do to make his life easier instead of pointing at him.

Buc 1976
3 years ago

Buckner may very well be the Best pick up in FA. Yes I know he is a coach not a player but if he can get the best out of our D Line and I really believe he will. Then WHAT a great pick up he was.

3 years ago

Buc1976, I’ve been saying that since we signed him. I think Buckner makes a big difference in the defense this year and I love the quote ‘I don’t care about a double digit sacker, I care about double digit wins!’ – that quote speaks volumes about his team first philosophy.

3 years ago

I like his attitude, but I can’t completely agree that size doesn’t matter. In the end, if you produce, you play, but there’s more to it than that. You can’t field a team of guys that are all undersized or you’ll get pushed around. I think he could’ve answered that question a little better. Vea’s size does have an effect on his game, and it helps in some situations.

3 years ago

Well I have been saying the same thing about our secondary for the last four years. DB’s can only cover for so long. If u don’t make an NFL QB nervous they will rip you to shreds. Even Josh McClown.
Also was interested about Buckner’s take on accountability.
I was never more disappointed with McCoy’s lack of leadership than after what Baker did in the Panthers game.
McCoy probably should have been in his grill right then but when Alexander and even Winston have to do your job for you, then you have no business being a team captain.

3 years ago

drdneast, I agree with you to an extent but when VH3 plays 10 yard off and QBs are completing 85% against you within 10 yards your DL don’t have time to get to the QB.

3 years ago

I love every word that comes out of this mans mouth. He brings that fire and non Bull *hit attitude that this d-line needed. I can’t wait to see what he can get out of these guys. What I want to see more out of MCcoy this year is to stop getting run out of the play area. He runs himself out of so many holes in the run game trying to get to the QB. Now I’m assuming we’ll see less stunts by what I’ve seen from Buckner and I love that. Quickest way to the QB is a… Read more »

3 years ago

Watched on Amazon Prime the All or Nothing Arizona Cardinals series. Very much enjoyed seeing on episode 7 (at about 8:20) Buckner showing his D line clips of his technique against teams. The first play is him crushing Jeff Garcia will Alstott in the backfield. It shows his highly aggressive nature.

3 years ago

Buck is a maestro on the mic and seems to be the same on the field. If he can get that fire lit under the players we will see a BIG difference across the board. The front end effects the back end far more than the other way around.

That said, the secondary does need to make some changes scheme-wise and according to an article I just read on buccaneers.com, Smith has said we will see these changes. Here’s hoping it’s not just smoke and mirrors…again.

3 years ago

I love Buckners attitude. “I dont care about double digit sacks, I care about double digit wins”.

Bradenton BucFan
3 years ago

True dat Buc 1976

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