The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a rare Saturday practice earlier today as they prepare to take on the Dolphins on Monday night in search of their first win.
Below are the Saturday post-practice press conferences from both head coach Greg Schiano and Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.
Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano(Opening statement)“[It’s a] Friday that is a Saturday. The whole week is screwed up. You live by football days or chronological days. It was a good chance to shine up first and second down, third down, red zone. We get about 55 hours until we play and we’ve got to get it all straight in our heads so we can go out and execute.” (On safety Dashon Goldson’s health)“Dashon is full-go.” (On putting running back Doug Martin on injured reserve)“We wanted to give it a couple of weeks to see how much he strengthened. Every guy is different. He did get better, but not well enough that we felt comfortable putting him in a football game. You never know until you try it and he was going to need to strengthen and get the thing ready for surgery, even if he was going to have it now. He’s in the best physical state to have this surgery now and will have it shortly.” (On if the team has a timeframe for Martin’s return)“Not yet. First he’s going to decide which surgeon and then we’ll get an exact time frame from him” (On the specifics of Martin’s injury)“I’ll let Doug discuss that. He has an issue there in the shoulder that needs to be repaired.” (On if there is any new information on guard Carl Nicks’ injury)“Nothing more than we knew already. Sometime next week or the week after maybe we’ll have an update.” (On preparing during a short week)“I think one thing is the players [did] their last work today, which we just ended, have a bigger window of recovery time, so does Miami. I think whoever uses that recovery time best will have an advantage, especially when you’re in Week , From a coaching standpoint, there’s some different challenges because Tuesday you need to be ready to game plan for the next game at 7 a.m. Everything has to get done in advance. I remember being an assistant coach having to do my drawings and look at the other opponent and then mind erase it and go play the game Monday night and coach the game. There are issues that come up, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Monday Night Football, in our stadium, at home, it’s great.” (On if the team has less recovery time following Monday)“You do and that’s part of the deal too. I think we have some veteran guys that have done it and [they] will help lead our younger guys in how to handle it. And we have coaches that have done it. As long as you give the road map how to do it our guys follow the road map and have done a good job, just like going out west. All those things, I think our guys believe in the methodology and how we do things. We spend a lot of time researching that stuff to get the most efficiency out of it.” (On if Miami defensive end Cameron Wake is moved around frequently)“No, they don’t move him around very much at all. You’re going to know where he is for the most part, unless they decide that’s the game plan this week. You’re going to have a good idea where he is. That makes him even more impressive because he still makes his plays and you know where he is.”
Miami Head Coach Joe Philbin(Opening statement) “I understand you guys have a lot of questions about this. There is a lot of information out there. I can tell you that we want to get the facts as well. I’ve been in constant communication with Steve Ross, Tom Garfinkel, Jeff Ireland, Dawn Aponte in regard to this situation. We are all committed to getting to the bottom of this. Out of respect to the process, I will not be answering any questions relative to the review until it is complete. As you may be aware, Chris Mosley is no longer a member of our coaching staff. He has not been with us for over a month. Chris is a good man. He is a fine coach. We mutually agreed to part ways, and I want to thank him for his contributions to the program and wish him well in the future. You guys also may be aware that in a little bit over 48 hours we have a football game to play against Tampa Bay. We’ve had a very good week of preparation. I know I can speak on behalf of our players and our staff that we are excited to start the second half of the season. We know and understand we are going to have to go over there and play a very good football game. That’s what I plan on our team doing.” (On if the team has used and called psychologists in during the season and within the past week)“I haven’t called anybody this week, no. Again, we are getting ready to play a football game against Tampa Bay. We are preparing, I believe in the way we prepare our team for a football game. That’s what we are doing. We have a game in a little more than 48 hours. We are focused on getting our team ready to play as well as possible against Tampa Bay.” (On if he was aware of the incident at the golf tournament regarding Richie Incognito)“That incident occurred a year-and-a-half ago. We were made aware of the incident, and we took immediate action.” (On what immediate action was taken after the incident involving Richie Incognito and the golf tournament) “That’s all I’m going to say. We were made aware of the incident, and we took immediate action.” (On how the distractions have been for the team and the coaching staff)“Again, in life, in football, in your professional life and in your personal life, within your families, a lot of times things happen. Sometimes you have control. Sometimes you don’t have control. The big thing is how do you respond to those things? As I’ve said many times and I’m going to say it again today, I believe in the guys we have in the locker room. I believe in the staff. I think we’ve had a very good week of preparation. The focus and concentration on the field has been good. I think our guys want to play football. They want to get back. They are professionals. That’s why the Miami Dolphins exist. We are a football team. These guys have worked hard. They’ve put a lot into this season. They’ve invested a lot of time. They’ve made sacrifices. They’re ready to play the game. We don’t get paid for distractions. We get paid to go out and perform. We have a big game on Monday night, and we are going to need to play extremely well.” (On how differently he will approach the players and the game this week than he normally would)“We want to keep the routine the same. As I’ve said earlier, we believe in the way we prepare our team to get ready to play a game. We don’t want all of the sudden now start doing six different things. The players are going to be looking around, ‘Why are we doing this? Why is that happening?’ We meet, we go on the practice field, we made corrections, we meet, we install (and) we go through that cycle during the course of the week. We study our opponent. We study ourselves. We get our guys physically, mentally and emotionally ready to play. That’s what we’ve done during the course of the week, and I think we’ve had a good week of preparation. Obviously the fun part about football and coaching, and the challenging part is we are going to find out Monday night at 8:40 p.m. All the stuff is going to be put away, and we are going to play a game on a 120 yards by 53-and-a-third (field). We are going to have 46 guys, and they are going to have 46 guys. We are going to have a coaching staff, and they are going to have a coaching staff. That’s what it’s all about. That’s the fun. That’s the challenge. It’s a challenge in the NFL every single week regardless. Every team deals with a different set of circumstances, so that’s what we get paid to do.” (On why Richie Incognito was kept in a leadership role after the golf even incident)“We were made aware of the situation. We took immediate action.” (On what the immediate action against Richie Incognito after the golf event incident)“Any club action that we would take against any player will be kept private. We wouldn’t describe any of that.” (On if he had spoken to the team before this week that any hazing would be unacceptable)Look I understand you guys have a job to do, and I respect that job. I believe that would fall under the classification of the review, and I would ask you to respect the job that I have. I have a job to do to get this team ready to play. We have a game on Monday night against Tampa Bay. That’s what we are focused on. We are focused on football. We are focused on playing that game as well as we can.” (On if he feels that Jonathan Martin would feel comfortable coming to him if Martin had a problem)“I believe I’m approachable to the players. Again, I’m going to keep my comments to football and Tampa Bay.” (On who chose the music at the start of practice today)“Joe Cimino and the players get together and discuss the music.”
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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