Two penalties that were called on the Buccaneers in the first two weeks of the season stand in their way of a 2-0 record. However, reality is that they are 0-2 and those penalties exist.
Speaking to the media Monday, head coach Greg Schiano addressed those penalties and the talks that have been swirling about the team being undisciplined under his watch.
"Well, quite frankly I don't pay a lot of attention to what others say,・Schiano said. "I judge myself, this team, this staff and then I meet with people that have a role in this organization that is above mine and I'm frustrated and it's not a cliche' I'm frustrated by 26 penalties called against the Bucs in two games. I believe we should go three or four games with 26 penalties. That hasn't been the case with us, though. Because it is now, what's changed? That's what I have to get fixed. I don't think it's going to be an ongoing problem. I don't. It will get fixed. We have a good football team. And we'll win."
Penalties have negated scores offensively and have extended drives for the opposition. On Sunday, a procedural penalty on the Bucs offense erased a deep Vincent Jackson touchdown in the third quarter. That caused a lot of frustration for Coach Schiano and reiterates that if the penalty is called, it is what it is.
“It doesn't matter if I agree, they called them,” Schiano said. “We have to make sure that we are in compliance with the rule. If it's called, it's a penalty.
“It is frustrating for both the players and the coaches. I'm certain we'll get it fixed but unfortunately it hurt us yesterday again.”
Last week, Schiano stated they would work on getting better at hitting players in the strikezone that is deemed appropriate by the NFL. But Week 2 presented virtually the same exact penalties called twice on the Buccaneers as they were called in Week 1 — personal fouls for hitting defenseless players and helmet-to-helmet contact.
“Really doesn't matter. As I tell the guys whether you think it's a penalty or not it's called so it's a penalty,” Schiano said. “And that's really the issue. If something is going to be called we have to avoid it because it's hurting the football team. On the same token, I want our guys to play hard and I don't think anybody is trying to intentionally do that so we have to be more and more aware of that situation and make sure we avoid that and know as much as we can.
“We need to lower it (the strikezone). Whether it's drastically or we just need to make sure to do it in the legal strikezone so we avoid the penalties but just make it legal.”
Due to penalties and fines in Dashon Goldson's career, the NFL may be suspending the All-Pro safety. But even with the possibility of a suspension, Schiano does not have any regrets for bringing him over in free agency and states he is not concerned with Goldson's level of play. (UPDATE: Goldson has in fact been suspended, as confirmed by PewterReport.com)
“When we made the decision to bring Dashon here that was not a concern,” Schiano said. “Was I aware that he was a big hitter? Yes. It's not a concern now; I mean there is a concern he may get suspended but Dashon is trying to do the right thing (when looking at the Jets hit). He just has to lower his target point. Sometimes the point moves while you're going to hit so that means you have to go even lower still. He certainly is trying. It's not one of those 'Oh I don't care I'm just going to do it' I mean he's very aware and trying.”
The Buccaneers will once again try to work on getting rid of those penalties caused by their own errors in hopes of turning things around for Week 3 when they face the Patriots in New England.