In a year of firsts for Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter, situations like the one that popped up Friday will not go down as the most memorable.
News began to leak out Friday morning about Austin Seferian-Jenkins and his arrest on charges of driving under the influence. So instead of spending one more media session discussing the team’s preparation for the Los Angeles Rams, the first-year head coach spent a few minutes fielding questions about a tight end waiting to get out of jail on bail.
“Obviously there was a situation that we became aware of this morning and we just don’t know all the details yet,” Koetter said. “By the time we found out we were in the meetings this morning and we’ve been on the practice field. Right now, we don’t have all the information, but we’re aware of it. Jason and I will be getting together this afternoon and whatever is going to happen we’ll be forthcoming.”
Koetter spoke with the media from the practice fields for about three minutes and repeated that he didn’t have enough information to speak on the matter. The incident occurred around 4 a.m. according to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol.
“After we find out what the situation is, then we’ll address it and we’ll react accordingly based on what the league policies are, what the team policies are, what ownership’s policies are,” Koetter said. “There’s a lot to go through. I’ve been at practice. I’ve been busy getting ready for the Rams since 6:30 this morning.”
As for how Seferian-Jenkins’ situation affected Friday’s practice and the team’s preparation for Sunday afternoon’s game, Koetter said it was handled just like any other unexpected absence.
“Any time a player’s not here obviously you have to have a contingency plan,” Koetter said. “We talk all the time about how you have your 53 guys and you have your 46 who you think are going to be active on game day, but what happens if a guy wakes up Sunday morning with the flu and can’t go? Yeah, you have to have contingency plans for everything. So a player’s not at practice today; we had to adjust and be ready to go.
“Guess what? The game’s going to go on at 4 o’clock, 4:05, whatever kickoff is. The guys that are dressed down for the Bucs, we’re going to be trying to figure out a way to beat the Rams and we hope the crowd will get behind us and help us.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com 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, the beach and family time.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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