It was a whirlwind of a morning – no pun intended – at One Buc Place as the news came down from the NFL offices that the Bucs’ 2017 regular season opening game against the Dolphins would be rescheduled to both teams’ Week 11 Bye Week to avoid Hurricane Irma.

Leading up to today, players and coaches had expressed the desire to not have to lose the Bye Week, if they could. However, on Wednesday, some of those people changed their tune after they weighted the magnitude of the storm with the potential aftereffects of altered plans. Other players held firm on their displeasure of the situation.

Here’s what we learned from One Buc on Wednesday.

“We’re On To Chicago”

A few days ago when asked about the potential impact of the hurricane and possibly losing the Bye Week, head coach Dirk Koetter’s facial expressions were less than pleased with such a notion.

However, this morning he had a bit of a different tune after his team, in fact, did lose their Bye Week in the announcement.

Koetter opened up his press conference explaining things and making sure the media knew that this was bigger than football. He then went on to say that he didn’t think it was feasible to move to an alternate location for this week because of logistics and even the emotional toll it could take on everyone involved with putting on a football game.

Though he still probably isn’t the biggest fan of 16 games straight, he seemed very understanding.

Baker Still Not Happy

Before the news officially became public that the team would be moving their game, defensive tackle, Chris Baker, went to twitter in the tweet above which hinted to us that the players had been informed of the decision.

After practice, Baker didn’t seem as upset as his tweet made it seem, but he did still sound frustrated knowing a 16-straight game season is coming.

Rest of the Room

Bucs wide receiver, Adam Humphries, was asked about the change of schedule, and he admitted that the change is big – and sort of weird. But, he also admitted that it’s just what they have to do; that their focus is now on Chicago.

He also admitted that the extra time off will help him feel 100 percent next Sunday, and the same sentiment was heard from defensive end Jacquies Smith, who just got back on the field this week.

Offensive tackle, Demar Dotson, answered questions about the change by saying that everyone loves the Bye Week. He said players look forward to it for a variety of reason including rest and refreshing activities, but also admitted that it is what it is, and that the team just has to take it and move on.

Winston Ain’t Worried

When asked about his thoughts on the change to the schedule, quarterback, Jameis Winton, made sure to say first and foremost that safety is the No. 1 concern. He even said, “this is bigger than football.”

That means a lot coming from someone who loves the game as much as he does.

Lastly, Winston was asked the question that was asked of every player: Whether or not a 16-game schedule is unfair or unsafe.

To that he laughed and said: “No. It’s football. We get paid to do that.”

Atta kid.

The Bucs are treating this week like a Bye Week, which means no team activities until Monday or Tuesday of next week.

Stay safe, everyone.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. 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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thewbacca
thewbacca
4 years ago

I don’t like this (would have preferred a neutral site) but on the positive at least they have 11 weeks to prepare for this. Maybe this becomes another rally point for the team to coalesce around. Maybe the take better care of themselves throughout the season then some may normally do. Here’s to hoping there are unexpected positives from this. Stay safe all!

BucWill13
BucWill13
4 years ago

What about Doug Martin? Does this Extend his suspension a Extra Week now? He was not allowed back until after Week 3, now its Week 4. So it becomes a 4 game, 5 week suspension.

thewbacca
thewbacca
Reply to  BucWill13
4 years ago

Yes, and no Martin vs. the Giants is worse than no Martin vs. the Dolphins. Ugh. Not too many people are running against NY. Hopefully Jackson and Evans make Eli Apple’s head spin.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  BucWill13
4 years ago

Martin’s suspension is 4 consecutive games, not four weeks.

macabee
macabee
4 years ago

The schedule change may be a disadvantage long-term say week 11 or later, but clearly an advantage today. Bucs with lingering injuries, DE Smith, LB Bond, others get additional time to heal. Our new DE Clarke and our new S Ward get more time to learn the playbook. We get game tape of Chicago, they haven’t seen us. The Bucs are treating this week as a bye week with time off as mandated by the CBA. Doug Martin is a veteran, he knows how to train, he’ll be fine for the Patriots. After week 1, we could pick up another… Read more »

WiltheBrewer
WiltheBrewer
4 years ago

Thanks for the positive prognosis macabee- always have some good points!
Having the long break makes me a bit nervous as to the Bucs getting off to a fast start in game 1- but I will be watching w/ ChiTown fans up here and representing! Also find it amusing that our guys will be facing Glennon the 1st game..
Hope the hurricane turns north quickly for you all!! I’ll be down next month for our annual trip

CrustyClam
CrustyClam
4 years ago

Another reason I don’t like Chris Baker….always bitchin about something.

Brobear
Brobear
Reply to  CrustyClam
4 years ago

This is a completely understandable thing to complain about. If the Bucs were playing an away game somewhere else the NFL wouldn’t give two shits about them leaving their family or anything like that. This is purely a money move and Bakers been around long enough to know its bullshit. Stop hating on Bucs players for stupid ass reasons

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Before the bye weeks became part of the lengthened schedule, teams always played 16 straight. Big whoop! It gives us an advantage against the Bears. To me it was always a no-brainer that the game would move to the bye week. Screws up the trip we planned. It is what it is.

fredster
fredster
4 years ago

Gives us edge on Bears for sure but did anyone expect us to not win home opener against them?

Anyways it is what it is. This was too dangerous and too many people’s homes and families involved to not do it this way. Does it put them at a disadvantage late in season if making a playoff push. Yes, of course it does. Even if helalthy in November without that rest week the challenge to play at a high level is harder.

True champions overcome adversity! Go Bucs!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
4 years ago

Yup – at least we’ll get real game film on the Bears in Week 1, while they get none on us that is worth looking at. That’s an advantage, along with playing at home. (at least, it should be an advantage)

fredster
fredster
4 years ago

Extra week to prepare for Patriots RayJay would be more meaningful than for the Bears. Lol nothing is given though all games in NFL are hard.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

I thought we got a gamer in Baker, but I am not so sure now. When Rookies make fun of a Veteran?