Though most of the attention has been turned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ upcoming game versus the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday was the first time since the Bucs’ win over the Bears that offensive coordinator Todd Moken and quarterback Jameis Winston took to the podium.

With that and a few other things going on throughout the day, here were the five things we learned from One Buc on Thursday.

Monken Speaks

As previously stated, Thursday was the first time we’d heard Moken talk about his offense’s performance since the Bears game.

He began by stating the obvious: That the team has to continue to get better at finishing in the red zone and also has to be better at completing long passes. However, Moken also gave us a quote that spoke to his true feelings about the game.

“Bad football loses before good football wins.”

What does that mean? That means that limited turnovers and minimal penalties will always put you in a chance to win.

That’s what Tampa Bay did on Sunday, even if there were other things to improve on.


Monken Talks Winston

In terms of Winston’s performance, Moken wasn’t as apologetic for Winston’s deep passes as some others have been, noting where he missed and not exactly making excuses for it. However, he did praise Winston’s day for being as mistake free and in control as it was.

Moken said that as long as Winston is in control, he has the chance to do special things. He mentioned that even though Winston missed on the long balls, he couldn’t recall many, if any, passes that he thought Winston had no business throwing.

Going along with his previous quote, that kind of command as a quarterback will always give you a chance to win.


McCoy is Fine

The Bucs injury report yesterday contained a few surprising names, one of which was defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

The injury report stated that McCoy was held out of practice due to something with his ankle. But, today, as he ran out to the field with his helmet, he looked over at the media and shouted, “I’m A-OK!”

He was then dancing and jumping around to the music during warm ups, so he should be totally fine going into Sunday.

Koetter On Punt Return

Last year the Bucs’ primary punt returner was Adam Humphries, who is still on the team. However, this year the team may start going more and more towards Bernard Reedy as their total special teams returner.

Koetter said they like that they can trust both Humphries and Reedy for punts, but said that due to Humphries playing more snaps on offense, it may play into Reedy’s favor to get more of those opportunities.

Evans Maturity Playing A Part

Koetter may not have been the head coach of the Buccaneers for the entirety of wide receiver Mike Evans’ career. But, even as the team’s offensive coordinator back in 2015, Koetter says the maturity from the 20-year-old drafted Evans to who he is today has been parallel to his improvements as a player.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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4 years ago

“Bad football loses before good football wins.” This is fascinating to me, and it makes a lot of sense. This might make a good Cover 3 topic sometime, Trevor. Go Bucs!

4 years ago

I think the equivalent quote that has floated around NFL coaching circles for years is “more games are lost than won”. I heard an analyst once give a take on that something like: It’s a matter of perspective – did the DB blow his coverage, or did the QB hit the open WR. Did the RB fumble or did the DE rip the ball out. I get the point that mistakes are costly, but the Superbowl Champs each year seem to disproportionately have players that make “explosive” (as Koetter calls them) plays…maybe they also make the fewest mistakes. Probably it’s… Read more »

4 years ago

Nice pic Mark- Scott looks mesmerized by his microphone

4 years ago

I agree with Monken. I liked Winston’s play. Other than the out to Humphries at the end of the first half, too much risk, not enough reward, I liked Winston’s play. That was the only ball he had no business throwing.

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4 years ago

How much better is our head coach when he speaks than the past coaches we have had.