Dirk Koetter talked to the Tampa Bay media on Monday about the loss to Arizona – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter called Sunday’s 40-7 loss a “humbling” day but not doomsday.
On Monday Koetter put the rout in Arizona in perspective, noting that it’s one game and being resilient is what the NFL is all about. Sixteen teams had to recover from an opening day loss this past week, Koetter reminded reporters, and half of them did. Among those teams were the Cardinals, who lost to New England at home in Week 1, and the Falcons, who went into to Oakland and pulled off a victory a week after losing to the Bucs.
Tampa Bay certainly felt the Cardinal’s urgency and will look to replicate it against Los Angeles this Sunday.
“I expect and want to see fantastic resiliency,” Koetter said Monday. “When you just look around the league, that’s sort of how the NFL is. The Cardinals had a disappointing loss [last week], they came back and got after us pretty good. Look at the Rams, who we play this week. The Rams lost 28-0 in their opener to the 49ers, come back [and get a] huge win against Seattle.”
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson picks off Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images
A rebound win would say a lot about a young team still finding itself, and Sunday’s game seems like a good opportunity to take a step forward.
This will be the first home game for the Bucs, one of just four teams to finally play in front of their own fans in Week 3. Only the Packers, Bengals and Dolphins had to also open their first two weeks on the road and none of them started 2-0. Miami is still looking for its first win.
“We haven’t been tested yet this season in that department,” Koetter said. “But the fact that we’re coming into our own home stadium for our home opener, that’s definitely going to be what we’re working for.”
Players, for their part, can already sense a heightened intensity in the building.
“I can feel it. Being in the weight room today, everyone was a lot more intense and ready to go,” said Noah Spence, who recorded his first career sack Sunday and is expected to see more time with Jacquies Smith on IR and Robert Ayers questionable with an ankle injury. “I don’t know if we were like that last week, I guess. We’re coming in and really going to go to work.”
Adding more incentive for a victory and necessary momentum is the Bucs daunting schedule ahead. Not to overlook the Rams (1-1), who are still looking for their first touchdown, but the following weeks are against the reigning conference champions, Denver and Carolina. This Sunday almost feels like a must win for Tampa Bay to keep pace and afford itself some breathing room moving forward.
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“A rebound win would say a lot about a young team still finding itself…his Sunday almost feels like a must win for Tampa Bay…” Couldn’t agree more. Go Bucs!
I agree and especially since this is a very winnable game against an offense who hasn’t scored a TD yet. That’s insane. If they put a lot of points on us, were in trouble this year.
Rebound win sounds good. I hope these guy are like gumby. Bounce back fellas.
This game will tell more about this team after that loss. Not sure what to expect honestly. I think they bounce back but who knows. Too early in season to get feel for this team. Lot issues surfacing. Martin,Ayers,V Jax stinking,etc. go Buc’s! I’ll be there.
If Martin comes back healthy, we are going to be fine.
At least now the young Bucs won’t likely come out with their noses in the air and overlook the Rams after being humbled so badly. I had some concerns that if we beat the Redbirds, the Rams would become a trap game and an even more disappointing home loss. Good early wake up call.
Still not sure about Rams.
Martin is out 3 weeks at least. 3 tough games coming up. Chet, the Rams offense stinks but the defense is outstanding and they will be coming after Winston. That I’m sure of. Hard to run on too. Keenum killed us last year but that was Lovies stupid defense too. We can’t win this at home then we will drop to 1-4 for sure. Aren’t beating Broncos or panthers without Martin. Tough schedule. Injuries are not good either. Will see. I wouldn’t bet too much on Buc’s home field advantage or not. Just being honest here. Looking forward to seeing the new improved stadium I didn’t feel like going to any of the pre season games.
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