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.”
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.”
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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