It was a quiet day at One Buc Place on Monday as Christmas Eve took over much of the conversation.

Head coach Dirk Koetter opened the day at the podium as he spoke to the media following the team’s loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Prior to the game it was announced that quarterback Ryan Griffin was active in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick and would serve as Jameis Winston’s backup. Koetter talked about the thought process behind making the positional switch, emphasizing that it had less to do with Fitzpatrick and was more in response to Griffin’s consistent performance in practice.

Koetter went on to talk about the talent Dallas has on defense, specifically at linebacker, before mentioning the improvements he’s seen from Winston and the team’s first round pick, Vita Vea.

In the locker room there were just a few players, with many putting together or opening gifts and cards, including personalized “Trench Mob” championship belts given to the entire defensive line from Coach Buckner.

Before leaving, wide receiver Chris Godwin and offensive tackle Demar Dotson made time to talk about their favorite Christmas memories.

Despite the holiday season upon them, the team still has a game to play on Sunday against the Falcons. Godwin finished his 2017 season with a big game against the Saints and today he spoke about what he expects from Atlanta on Sunday, as well as the momentum players can carry into the next season when you finish a year strong.

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2 years ago

The Bucs should use Sundays game as a way of rewarding the hard work players like Griffin have put in this year, give him the start. Sit Grimes, Dotson D. Smith D.Jax, Benenoch, Evans, all of them should be back ups. We have more to gain getting the young guys experience, saving players like Jameis, and Evans from injury, and if we lose, we win in the draft. Winning won’t make a difference on Koetter being retained, that’s been decided. His last act as H.C. should be what’s best for the Bucs moving forward.

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2 years ago

I agree with getting a few repetitions for some of the youngsters who have been working hard without much reward other than payday. Since I’m going to be sitting in the stands, likely with several Falcon’s fans roosting near me, I want the team to win. I also want to see who continues to play hard and who is just trying to avoid injury.