Bucs head coach Lovie Smith wasn’t in his usual jovial mood during Wednesday’s post-practice press conference. Starting the season off with a loss at home was most likely part of it, and Smith talked about one of the reasons the Bucs are winless after one game.

“We didn’t hit hardly any of the key elements and for our team and how we presented it to them,” Smith said. “We had a chance to win a game at the end and we didn’t hit any of the main goals that we had, but in order to win, guys see what you have to do.

“Defensively, you cannot play a game and not take the ball away and feel like you helped your team win and when you have bad turnovers – and I want to eventually move away from that game – but when you have bad turnovers, you normally don’t win either.

“It’s just not that: third downs, scoring, offensively from our tailback position we average less than two yards per carry – all of those things. It’s not like I had to go up there and the guys didn’t know it, they knew what I was going to say before that, we all knew what we didn’t do. You go back on the field and you start working on it. It’s as simple as that. No one is pointing fingers it’s just self-evaluation and we don’t like what we’ve seen so far.”
Robert Quinn of the Rams – Photo by: Getty Images
The Rams come to town on Sunday and Smith knows things aren’t going to easier when trying to move the football with the Rams pass rush and front seven.

“(Robert) Quinn rushes the passer as well as anybody in the league last year, you start with that and you have to deal with them,” Smith said. “Most of the time you can’t leave your tackles on an island with them all day or it ends up being seven sacks or something like that. Inside they have players too. We’ve liked some in the draft this year, it’s just tough matchups and what you’re trying to do is just get in one-on-one situations and now they’re blitzing a lot more, creating one-on-one matchups which causes you trouble. For us now we have to change up how we block them, get the ball out a little bit quicker and when you do things like that you have to make money on the other end when you’re throwing the ball.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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 mark@pewterreport.com
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Horse
Horse
6 years ago

Good job on the Web Site. I know for some it is hard to accept change. I have no problem with it and it looks good to me. I love the ship! Go Bucs!

Horse
Horse
Reply to  PewterReportMC
6 years ago

I think you were wise to wait until Tuesday because I was concern you might be off line for a few days. If possible, give your loyal supporters some warning if it’s coming. Saturday is a good day because most of us are watching college football anyway. I am checking out the ADs. Taco Bus I am going to check it out in ST. Pete. I’m not a gun fan; sorry. I’ve eaten at Shula’s before; good steaks. Fast Signs is good to know and I will remember it when my Homeowner Associations needs signs which we always do. I’ll… Read more »

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

We have to have more of a DE rush. Has to happen and Coach is not afraid of change if you get my drift. Go Bucs!

Benchwarmer#1
Benchwarmer#1
6 years ago

We aren’t going to stop that line, and mccown will do the same thing he did last week.

He doesn’t trust his line, holds the ball much too long, and can’t throw far.

This is another low scoring game.

NotDeadYet
NotDeadYet
6 years ago

Good job on the new website!
I’ll just say if McCown REALLY doesn’t trust is line, I would expect him to get rid of the football a lot quicker… Maybe he trusts them too much! Add to that he doesn’t seem to trust his arm. He has such a mechanical, forced delivery; not the hair-trigger explosive release Glennon has at all…

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

I like the new look too. I have to figure out how to put my Scubog avatar back> Hey Mark, you still haven’t sent my tee shirt for naming the legends.

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

Watched the game on NFL rewind. Claybourn was completely handled the whole game. Hope they give English, or Bowers, a shot at starting. I give up on Clay, not much hussle either.

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

Scubog, when you figure it out let me know. I’m a 59 year old Surferdude, have no clue how to do some of this stuff!