It was another pouring day of rain at the Bucs facilities, so they practiced inside again on Thursday. They’re playing indoors against the Cowboys on Sunday anyway, which made the practice as similar to that situation as it can get. Jason Pierre-Paul returned after missing it on Wednesday, and DeSean Jackson was practicing for the second straight day.

Despite it being a rainy day, it was a special day for two linebackers in particular. Adarius Taylor got a call in the middle of practice notifying him that his wife was about to go into labor and give birth, and Lavonte David was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award.

This award is voted on by teammates, and is given to someone who are role models of inspiration, sportsmanship, and courage. David discussed what it meant to win the award here:

After the team made the walk through the rainy conditions from the indoor facility to the locker room, head coach Dirk Koetter made his way to the podium. He first off spoke about how it went down with David winning the award and how deserving it is:

The Bucs will face against a third straight tough defense in Dallas after previously playing New Orleans and Baltimore the last two weeks. Those have not went well for WR Chris Godwin, who had one catch in the Saints game and a goose egg last Sunday. Koetter alluded to the fact that Godwin is playing hurt, but has full confidence that he’ll get back to the production they’ve had from him all season.

The attention quickly went over to David after speaking on winning his award. Before coming back against Carolina in week 13, David had missed some time with a MCL injury. He talked about what it was like playing through that injury in the middle of game, and how he was motivated to come back. He credited adrenaline and the love of the game.

David has yet to make a Pro Bowl in his career, though he’s had many teammates including Gerald McCoy publicly state that he should be, and it’s a disrespect that he hasn’t made one yet. At the end of the day, David doesn’t care about Pro Bowls, he just wants the respect of others, and for them to know that he played the right way. That’s what he would like his legacy to be in Tampa Bay, which he iterated here:

As the Bucs come under scrutiny for their lack of wins this season, a problem as of late has been a lack of explosive plays on offense. The Bucs are still at the top of the leaderboard in many offensive categories, but their explosive plays have dropped from the first half to the season to now.

Jameis Winston didn’t really have as reason as to why that is.

Since becoming the starter again, Winston has done a much better job of protecting the football. He has severely cut down his turnovers, but his statistics in yards and touchdowns have also gone lower in part of it. He was asked if taking extra caution with the ball has stopped his creative ability, but Winston doesn’t agree.

The Bucs have one more practice on Friday before traveling to Dallas on Saturday.

14 COMMENTS

  1. I really don’t have much to say, I’m like many who ready to move on from this disappointing Team, Coaches, GM, some Players, some Scouts.

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  2. It would seem most of us are now more interested in who the new G.M., H.C. may be then the two meaningless remaining games. That’s to bad.

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  3. Given the apathy the owners had regarding the team this season, keeping a lame duck coach around for so long, I no longer care enough to really comment on any of this.

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    • Tnew, I think calling you ignorant is a bit harsh but your comment is not well thought out. Sure, it is easy for the Glaziers to step up and fire the coach mid-season but who you going to replace him with. If you fire him mid-season, your are pretty much stuck with promoting from within. While I like Monken and Duffner, do you think either of them stepping up as head coach would have made a difference.

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  4. Ignorant comment tnew.

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    • Comment directly if you want to call me out as such. Ignorance??? Absolutely not. Explain your position as to why it makes sense to keep a coach that publicly quit on the team in the mid season. How does throwing your hands ups and saying “If I knew how to fix things I would” in a public setting. Just because you like Koetter for calling out certain players, doesn’t mean that Koetter is leading the team.

      Apathy is what the owners are appearing to have by never having fired a coach at mid-season. With all of the bad choices that they have made at this critical position, it is almost impossible to imagine an in season decision would ever occur. I’ve lived with long losing streaks with Morris, Schiano, Smith and now Koetter.

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  5. All of the players sure seem a bit subdued. Even Jameis who is usually upbeat appears beat down.

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  6. I think Tnew echoes the sentiment of some of these players right now and he’s spot on. The pressers and interviews are meaningless now. The players want this season to be over.

    Winston, while appearing more humbled by the benching, sounds beaten down to me. There’s a finer line between humility and being beatdown. I like the confident Jameis, not the proud Jameis… and what we have now is neither.

    If you don’t like my example with Winston, take a look/listen at other players. Dotson, who is normally well-spoken and team-oriented… he went on to say this week how the team is in every man for himself mode. That’s sad for a sport that is so team-oriented and team-focused to function properly.

    Godwin is in an unusual slump. LVD sounds less than enthused. Marpet is frustrated because he sees the playoff-caliber players on this team and he knows this season is a clear failure.

    This is what I feared would happen if the Glazers held on to Koetter past the Washington game. You’ve got an OC who gets better results in play-calling, a wide array of pass-catchers who are clearly the strength of the offense and what does Koetter do?? He game-plans and schemes for Rodgers and Shaun Wilson with playoffs in the balance.

    Koetter’s me-first attitude; and stubbornness with his philosophy and Mike Smith; and stubbornness with play-calling has filtered to the rest of the team like a disease. What’s the old saying? Something about one bad apple spoils the bunch? Especially if it’s coming from the top (Head Coach).

    As Koetter is slow to making adjustments and change, so are the Glazers. I hope these players can snap out of it. I hope they can weather thru this lame duck experience without it leaving long-lasting damage to how they approach their craft. I do not want a total rebuild! But the more you hear these players talk, the more it sounds like they’ve been damaged for good.

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    • Very good observations Ron. Love that name.

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      • thank you

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    • Well said Ron. Bravo! Glazers are slow to a fault in this case. Some call it patience but patience has sucked the energy out of most of us Buc fans and now the player’s. You’re right they should have pulled the trigger before now. Might have saved the season by doing so but we’ll never know.

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  7. Koetter should have been fired last year! What good did it do for him to stay around one more year? I understand the continuity concerns… maybe one of these times we might just get it right. Head Coach and GM should be gone. There will be tough decisions on some of the talent! In the end, I think the Bucs will be better next year… mind u… it won’t take much to actually do that! Go Bucs!

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    • I agree with you and it pains me to say this but I think it was the right decision to bring him back after last season. They wanted to give him every chance to succeed, which is why they went out and spent in free agency. Time is up, no more excuses!

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  8. LaVonte David has been to the pro bowl.

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