Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Wednesday December 4:
PRACTICE CONDITIONS• Tampa Bay began practice at 11:45 a.m. under partly cloudy skies and warmer temperatures than last week.
BUCS INJURIES• The Buccaneers only had five players listed on their daily injury report Wednesday.
Guard Davin Joseph (knee), wide receiver Vincent Jackson (hamstring) and Carl Nicks (toe) all did not practice on Wednesday.
Bucs head coach Greg Schiano talked about the Bucs injuries.
“Vincent [Jackson] was limited today, we were going to give he and Davin off anyway today, Vince had a little bit of a leg issue,” Schiano said. “I don’t think it’s real serious, but he was scheduled to be off today anyway. Were getting into the fourth quarter of the season now and some of the guys that have played a lot of football we kind of give them either Thursday or Wednesday to get some extra rehab.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis and Akeem Spence were listed as full participation.
ROSTER MOVES• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that they have signed linebacker Danny Lansanah from the New York Jets’ practice squad.
Lansanah (6-1, 255) entered the league as a college free agent with Green Bay in 2008. He played in five games with the Packers as a rookie, recording two special teams tackles. He has been with the Jets for the first 13 weeks of this season.
A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Lansanah played collegiately at the University of Connecticut, starting 34-of-45 games, totaling 323 tackles, with 35 for loss, and 10 interceptions. He was named first-team All-Big East following his senior season.
The team also announced today that linebacker Jonathan Casillas has been placed on Injured Reserve. This season, Casillas has played in all 12 games, starting four, totaling 25 tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble. He leads the Buccaneers with nine special teams tackles.
Schiano talked about what went into the signing of Lansanah.
“When Jonathan [Casillas] went down we had some guys in that we took a look at, and we have some connections with Danny, and there’s people in our personnel department who have some connections,” Schiano said. “So we thought he was a guy that could come here. He’s little bit older guy, he’s 28 years old, and even though he hasn’t played a lot, we think it’s a good time to bring him in here.
“He’s not going to be forced into action right away unless he’s ready, he didn’t get here until late last night. But I think he could be a really good special teams player, and as we talked about Jonathan, he worked his way into being our starting SAM linebacker, and I thought was playing really good football before he got hurt on the defensive side. But all year long he’s been an excellent special teams player. Physical speed, everything you look for, smart. So we were looking for a guy, if he is active, that can do that for us as well.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC• One of the main criticisms of Schiano and his staff has been the Buccaneers inability to score points in the second half, and those that feel Tampa Bay doesn’t adjust well at halftime. The Buccaneers have score 150 points in the first half of games this season, but just 67 in the second.
Both Schiano and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan addressed those concerns in their daily press conferences.
“You guys know, one of my guys on the booth, every series, tells me real time, how long the series lasted so I can keep track: ‘Okay, the defense needs a rest’ [or] ‘That was a quick series,’ Not the time on the clock, real time and there’s a lot of opportunities where you have more than 12 minutes on the bench during a game,” Schiano said. “That adjustment thing, that’s what I mean when I say that you should be adjusting although in a game. We’ve had our issues over the course of the year offensively, for a lot of different reasons. Whether it was phasing guys in from a health standpoint or losing guys as we were phasing guys or just didn’t play very well or coach well enough and the third and fourth quarter [are] inclusive in that and that’s where we find ourselves right now.
Schiano continued his thoughts.
“We’re not having a lot of success offensively, consistently. I’m not saying that we haven’t had spurts, we have and we’ve looked good at times, but we’re having our struggles being consistently effective. So that’s why I kind of look at as the game wears on, a lot of things wear on, some of the limited depth we have wears on. I don’t mean that in a way – it’s not really depth, I shouldn’t say that – it’s more, with some of the guys you’d like to have playing aren’t playing, and you have some guys in there who haven’t played a lot of football, they do get a little worn down. Those are reasons that maybe contribute to not – even though we’re not gangbusters throughout the game, we seem to be better in the first and second quarter. And the second quarter is really the quarter, I think we scored 90 something points in the second quarter this year, so that seems to be our hot spot, we need to be able to pick that up in the third and fourth quarter.
“But, you’re right; it’s not for the lack of trying. The offensive coaches have gone through some different scenarios, different scripting the openers in the second half, I mean, everything you can imagine to try to break the – and you know we did it, what was it two games ago, we came out and we scored on the opening drive of the second half. I don’t know if there was a bigger cheerleader in the house on that drive because we were able to do that. We’re definitely working at it but we’re working at everything on offense, we just, we have some situation right now that we’re in.”
Buccaneers starting right tackle Donald Penn also talked about the Bucs lack of second half scoring.
“I think we have to put it on us,” Penn said. “We don’t really try to put in on any other teams. At the end of the day we have to execute, we have to run the plays that the coaches call to the best of our ability, damn near perfect. And at times we haven’t done that, and at times we have. It’s just something about being really consistent and just coming out those gates firing.
“We have to get that mentality in our head. When we do it we’re a good team, and it’s been a tough year. We’re all still fighting. We are out their working our butts off. Were trying to get it better, but having these ups and downs is not helping us. We’ve got to stay even killing all the way up.”
Sullivan also shared his thoughts on the second half struggles.
“It’s a very small window of time in the reality, especially coming down from the press box,” Sullivan said. “There’s communication which is ongoing, but we’ll get together in a quick huddle as offensive coaches and then I have to take the major issues if there’s a protection problem or just something that we really need to fix that I feel I need to address to the group and then I like to give the guys just a heads up as far as ‘Hey we’re thinking about this and this, and this is where we’re headed.’ But then the position coaches need some time too, to go ahead and fine tune it and no sooner sometimes than I am in the middle of showing a picture or something and then it’s the security guy, we’ve got to hustle up to get up to the press box.
“I think it’s important that we do it ongoing and we certainly can and will do a better job of that as it goes, and just talk through the headsets and make adjustments as best we can.”
• Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon held his weekly session at the podium on Wednesday and said he can’t put his finger on what the offensive second half issues are.
“I don’t know, it’s something that [was] brought to the attention [of the team] a couple weeks ago, and we made [it] a point of emphasis to come out faster in the second half,” Glennon said. “I think the week was the Atlanta week and we came out well in that second half. It’s something that we’ve kind of focused on. I don’t think there’s an exact answer for it, but it’s something that [Head] Coach [Greg Schiano] has discussed with us as a team and made a point of emphasis. “I think a term that’s kind of overused is those ‘half-time adjustments.’ We talk about some things that are happening, but typically, their defense is their defense and we see the same thing in the second half as we did in the first half. [There] may be a wrinkle here and there, but it’s nothing major that will alter our game plan.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY“He was in that same group of guys that we went out to evaluate when I was recruiting him out of high school. So we recruited EJ out of high school. Coach McNulty and myself. So we go back a ways. He’s a really fine quarterback and a great young man. He’s mobile; he’s got a big arm. I think he’s a smart guy. He’s got all the intangibles, and that’s one thing we really liked about him coming out in the draft we felt that. We knew people who had coached him at FSU that spoke very highly of him as well.” – Schiano on Bills QB E.J. Manuel
WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAYThe Bucs will be back on the practice field at 11:35 a.m. on Thursday as they continue to prepare to host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
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]
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