The high from the big opening day win has started to subside and all eyes have turned to the Eagles, who are the defending Super Bowl champs. Thursday was the first opportunity to the media had to speak to offensive coordinator Todd Monken however, and a majority of the focus of the questions were on the offense’s success against New Orleans and the 48 points scored.

Monken was quick to give Dirk Koetter much of the credit for the success, saying it was a collective effort from the entire staff.  Monken also said he was pretty numb following the game, while also praising quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick calm leadership and demeanor.

Next up to the podium was Fitzpatrick, who’s 14 years of experience oozed from the Harvard product. Cool and relaxed, Fitzpatrick answered each question fired by the media calmly and to the point. He did receive a nice laugh from the media when saying the big celebration when he got home on Sunday evening was some chcolate milk with his kids.

Fitzpatrick was asked about the Eagles and what stood out to him when watching film this week of Philadelphia.

It was a fairly quiet open locker room period, but tight end Cam Brate was awarded the Good Guy award from the local media who each year vote on a player who is accessible to the media, offering up good insight.

Following open locker room the team took the field to practice and Vita Vea once again was a no go. Joining Vea not practicing was cornerback Brent Grimes. Good news for the Bucs, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul returned on Thursday which means there is a chance they can play against the Eagles.

As usual, Koetter had no comment on injuries following practice when he went to the podium to address the media.

The Eagles will be a tough test on Sunday for the Bucs and one of the team’s best players is tight end Zach Ertz. Koetter spoke about the issues he gives opposing defenses.

And finally it was announced on late Thursday afternoon another accolade for Fitzpatrick after his performance against the Saints as he earned the FedEx Air Player of the Week after his 417 yard, five TD game on Sunday.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]


  1. I have no problems with the offense; the defense is the issue for me. This is going to be our toughest game of the season; just my opinion. Go Bucs! Be aggressive!

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  2. I really enjoyed listening to the players and coaches talk to the media. They’re all on the same page and taking responsibility for the win as an entire unit. No “me first” comments or attitude. That is the best part of this team with Koetter, Monk, and Smith leading it. Exactly zero busses lined up to run over a guy.

    I know the Bucs will have their work cut out for them this week with the defending SuperBowl champs coming to town. I definitely expect the Bucs to give the Eagles all they can handle. Hopefully Bucs fans show up to help the cause.

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  4. I hope unlike the media, this team stopped patting itself on the back about the Saints game and started concentrating on the Eagles.
    For the last two years I have seen this team play great in the first game of the season and then go out and lay a big fat egg in the second.
    I hope the coaches are reminding them of this.

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