Less than 24 hours after the Buccaneers fell to the Eagles 23-21, head coach Greg Schiano stood at the podium at One Buc Place and answered questions about the tough loss.
Coach Schiano spoke to the media in his game after press conference at One Buc following the team’s third loss in a row. He mentions what happened during the game both good and bad as well as what the team needs to do in order to improve. The following is the transcript from his press conference.After looking at the tape what did you see?
“We did a lot of things that you would normally look at and say that you win the game, but we didn’t win the game. So it kind of went against the rules of football. You win the turnover battle, you out-rush them, we were about even on third-down percentage. But at the end of the day they had two more points than we did. We committed too many penalties, some in crucial situations. Some could be argued, but that doesn’t matter. If they’re called, they are. At the end of the game we had some opportunities to make the game be over and we don’t do it.”Fourth time the defense has let the game slip away, anything consistent there?
“No, there’s four times so what would consistently be, more than two at a time? Three times? I don’t really see that. It’s not one guy, one mistakes, one set of calls, whether it’s blitz or three-man rush or four man rush or man (coverage) or zone. So no, but it is something that we work on a lot, so I’m not sure that it’s lack of attention to it, but we just need to get better.”How do you get better?
“I think you have to do your job and you have to get 11 guys doing their job consistently. Now, if you can get that, then you start saying, well, is maybe one of their 11 better than our 11 and maybe we need to provide help to him and then we have to change the call. I think when you focus on making plays is exactly when you don’t make plays. Focus on doing your job and plays come to you, the game comes to you, that’s what we believe around here. So we have to do a better job of doing that. Certainly personnel is always part of the issue and coaching is part of the issue. We have to make the best call possible and then they have to play it the best way they can and see where it matches up against our opponent. If we make our best call and we play our best and they make their best call and they play their best we win or if they win, you live with that. But we’ll keep at it. You just keep going and try to get better. And you know, we have gotten better. One of the bad things about it when you look at the tape is there are a lot of things that we haven’t been able to do that we’re doing better defensively. It’s just that at the end there that wasn’t one of them.”
Why did the offense struggle early on?
“Well, we got off schedule. First play of the game we drop a ball, now it’s second and 14. We drop a fumble on a lead draw play. And it started right there. When you run your offense efficiently, you’re on schedule, you’re in manageable situations; it gives you run-pass choices, checks if you want. You get behind in the series and it changes your play-calling mentality a little bit. And we had too many self-inflicted wounds, things that we know better – holding penalties, things like that. Second half we come out and even there, we’re driving and we self-inflict and make a mistake. But we get the ball on the muffed punt.”Freeman seems to be taking brunt of criticism; is that fair?
“As I’ve always said, the quarterback and the coach get more credit than they deserve when they win and they get more blame than they deserve when they lose. Somewhere in between is where it should be, but that’s the position Josh (Freeman) plays and the position I hold and you have to have broad shoulders to do it and you have to enjoy that. That’s got to be one of the things that you like, that focus, that pressure. So we’ll get better. Josh will get back to playing the way he’s capable of playing and we’ll get back to winning. You do all those things and prepare the way you’re supposed to and you get back to winning.”How did Mark Barron play particularly in coverage yesterday?
“With the exclusion of one play pretty well. Just in one play we had an error. Yes, one play there in those final two drives. I could see why it was a little bit confusing. I put that equally on me. We got to get that coached better and we got to execute it better.”On the run by Nick Foles for the touchdown were Lavonte David was blitzing was Mason Foster supposed to have contain on that and is that what you mean by trying to do too much?
“But not the way you said it. It was vice versa. And you know they know it. They care. Look if they didn’t care and they were trying to be selfish and they just wanted to make a play that is not why they are doing it. They are not doing it to so they can be the guy who makes the play. They are doing it because they want to win so badly that maybe we just got to do your job and let the game come to us. We kind of chased the game as an organization yesterday. Then I thought calmed it all down. You know 21-10 okay kind of calmed it all down and let it come back to us. With all the things—we had some guys out, but they had some guys out too. I think when it just all comes out in the wash if we settle down we would be okay. I thought we were and then two drives [happened].”Would you do anything different after watching the film on third-and-8?
“No, it is none of that. Each situation if it were the same situation another day [or] another game I might have chose to do it differently. But in that game [with] a rookie quarterback on the other side where we were on the field [and] our punter [with] all things that I believe to be true and are true. Again that’s why I say the laws of football didn’t hold up there. I am betting on the things that I am counting on are going to happen and they did not. To say would I change it? Well, if I knew the result beforehand I probably would today, but if you put me back in that spot again I don’t think because that’s what I thought the right thing to do was. It is not any lack of confidence in anybody, but a tipped ball and they are on the 35 or 40 yard line. I just didn’t think, I would rather put the [pressure] on them to have to go with no timeouts, but it didn’t all play out the way I thought. There was a 30-yard punt. Now all of a sudden they are in a lot better field position than I envisioned, but that is my job. Once the vision changes I have to be able to adjust and get my coaches to and get my players to. I didn’t do a good enough job and they scored.”What did you guys do yesterday that you liked?
“We ran the ball well. We stopped the run. Their idea was to come in the game and try to have balance. That didn’t work so they were just throwing it every down. In the second half I think before we went into those final two drives we are talking on the headset saying ‘okay what do you think they are going to do?' Said they have only ran it twice period the whole half so even if they don’t change a thing they are probably going to throw it. We knew they were going to throw it, but that’s what we did. We had six sacks. Everybody wants to talk about not getting to [them] well that’s getting to the quarterback. That’s what I mean when you look at what we were able to do—my hat is off to Nick Foles. He played a heck of a game. I thought going into the game I said this kid is really getting better fast. He has got two really good quarterback guys working with him in their coaching staff. He did what I was a little concerned he might do, but I still though that we would be able to cover their guys and hold up and we did for a lot of the game. We made some bust. We had one bust in the first half on a cluster and that was costly as well. Then the one with the screen. It was an odd looking play. I can imagine.”Couple of guys said after game we regrouped at halftime and decided we need to be more aggressive. When you hear something like that at this stage of season is there any excuse for not being aggressive from snap one?
“I don’t mean this in any way disrespectful, but I would tell you they were just trying to give you an answer without going into too many specifics. Probably ‘aggressive’ is a nice easy word to throw. ‘Got to make plays’ is another one that guys will throw out there. Even I will I don’t throw that one out there, but I will throw stuff out where you really don’t want to go into detail on so and so missed a down block or we were off to the races. Or get into specifics because guys don’t want to dime each other out that there was a mistake made. I think aggression could be said if one guy didn’t hit his block the right way well then if we are more aggressive that would cover that and a whole lot more. I think that’s probably what was meant to tell you the truth.”
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