Sometimes it is best to leave things unsaid.
Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins learned that the hard way last week. Minutes after being kicked out of practice by head coach Dirk Koetter last Thursday, Seferian-Jenkins took to Twitter, and a several-hour meltdown ensued where the third-year tight end even challenged some fans to a fight.
Seferian-Jenkins was apologetic on Tuesday.
Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“There’s a certain standard here at One Buc that needs to be upheld and I didn’t uphold my end of the bargain,” Seferian-Jenkins. “I was asked to leave and I left, and it completely falls on my shoulders for not being prepared to do what I need to be doing. It’s a learning process and I’m ready today. I’m excited to get back to work and put this behind me, because that’s not what is important. I’m ready to get back to work and hold up the standard I’m capable of – what you expect of me, what fans expect of me, what coaches expect of me and what teammates expect of me. What happened was not OK and it won’t happen again.”
Seferian-Jenkins said he can learn from his errors.
“Absolutely. Like I said before, there’s a certain standard that’s been set here and we’re trying to continue to raise the bar. How do I do that? By meeting the standard, come to work ready and prepared and ready to do what I’m asked to do, and everything will be fine.”
Koetter and Seferin-Jenkins spoke according to the former Washington standout and said they have worked things out.
“I spoke with coach a few hours afterward, a few hours after practice,” Seferian-Jenkins. “We got on the same page. We’re on the same page, and I know what’s expected of me. I’m ready work, excited to get out here and work.”
Probably even more egregious that his lack of preparedness on the field was his decision to have a Twitter war with fans. Seferian-Jenkins addressed that as well on Tuesday.
“At the end of the day, it was a lapse of judgment,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “Obviously it was not a good day, getting sent off the field. I was frustrated and took it out on the fans and that’s not fair to them at all. All they want is a winner. All they want is for me to be successful. And all they want me to be is great, so they were just pushing me to be great and I need to respect that. For any of the fans I offended, I’m sorry and I can’t wait to get to work and be the best tight end I can be for you guys to support me.”
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Good first step.
We sometimes forget that this barbaric sport is played by 21 and 22 yr olds. They act like it at times too! He will get it right i have faith in our organization! Go bucs!
wish ASJ the best! he’s my TE!! :'( at the end of the day… the kid is human… it’s only so much disrespect a man can ignore & some of these “fans” are way out of line
Okay, get back to work! Go Bucs!
Listened to the entire presser for ASJ. Sounded like he was sincere and apologized appropriately. Kid had a bad day (don’t we all) and promises it won’t happen again. Good enough for me! Let’s play ball!
Good for mr too.
Go Bucs !!!
I think we need to wait and see. This is one more juvenile action on the part of a high draft pick that so far has been mostly unable to make it to the field. You can’t help the team in the tub.
That’s why we call him “The Admiral,” leading the team from the tub.
As dumb as this will sound in the long run it is a good thing. One, Koetter sent a message for everyone, Two, ASJ is now under the microscope, Three his apology sounded sincere, Four For all the bad stuff we have seen in past preseasons, tweeting certainly not the worst. Finally, it appears his teammates came to his defense which shows unity, continuity, and direction. Thank you ASJ.
I have to respectfully disagree with you, martinii. I don’t think what you posted sounds dumb at all. Go Bucs!!!!
Some thought Koetter overreacted and shouldn’t have disciplined him publicly. I disagree and think it was the right move given his history. He needed a wake up call and it sounds like it worked. He is very immature l, but also very talented if he can stay healthy. Sounded sincere so I’m glad. We really need Jenkins, Evans,Jackson, and Martin all on the field and this offense can be explosive I think. Simms was important as that change up guy too. We have some nice options for 3rd WR and the O line is slowly getting better and adding depth. Hopefully Winston will only be better this year and no softomore slump. Go Bucs.
I hope this does turn out to be a light switching on kind of situation for him. He’s got talent and size speed combo you can’t teach. Just needs to get focused. AS stated above this also worked as a teaching moment for all of the players. While Coach embraces your style and attitude, you’d better do your job , or get out. Very good positive effect on both ends. here.
ASJ said all the right things but as I said in my original post about what happened, his actions on the field will speak louder than his words.
With that said, I believe you stated something very true Ayron54.
These young men are barely over 21 and in a way still boys who have become millionaires overnight who have always been fawned over by fans, agents and yes, even coaches.
Such behavior has a way of turning normal people into a Kim Kardashian after awhile.
I sincerely hope ASJ is speaking the truth and ratchets up his work ethic to match his QB’s.
I can assure you that all of the coaches and the front office want this man to succeed and become the star player they thought he could be.
We all want our guys to succeed! I second, third and fourth what has been said.
Thankfully, the youngster took this incident in the right direction instead of having it digress even further. Time to move on. It was upsetting jonnyg too much to think ASJ was falling behind Stocker on the depth chart.
Ouch, Scubog. LOL.
Waiting for Stockers apology for having a measly 60 yds for the yr and taking paychecks from the Bucs for the past 4 yrs
Stocker was so busy blocking for the other tight ends who can’t block, that he didn’t have time to catch many passes. However,he did not drop the one’s he did have coming his way.
That is a mature response…well done ASJ! We want to be proud of our proffesional athletes and you just madde me proud!
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