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Buccaneer Player Quotes, Nov. 20

Posted Nov 20, 2013

The increasingly impressive play of Tampa Bay's offensive line was a hot topic at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday, but there were plenty of other issues discussed, as well

Before hitting the practice field on Wednesday, second-year running back Bobby Rainey learned that he had been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. It was a well-deserved honor for a player who had racked up 163 rushing yards and three total touchdowns…making up the vast majority of his career totals of 242 yards and four scores.

Rainey was masterful in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 41-28 win over the Falcons, often stringing together a series of sharp cuts after breaking through the first line of defense, such as he did on his 43-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Of course, he had quite a bit of help in getting to that second level, and he was quick to acknowledge that after practice on Wednesday.

-- Tampa Bay's offensive line has been at the top of its game the last three weeks
“It’s really the offensive line – the way they came out and blocked, the way they do every week – it’s huge for the offense, period," said Rainey. "It’s just something to build off of, really. It’s a great feeling and [we’ve] just got to stay consistent doing that.”

Quarterback Mike Glennon, who was rarely hurried in the pocket and wasn't brought down until taking a pair risk-avoiding sacks late in a blowout game, agreed with Rainey's assessment.

“They’ve been tremendous," said Glennon. "You just name them off: Seattle’s front four, Miami has one of the best pass rushers in the league and then, last week, [Atlanta's] front four is extremely good as well. Really, there haven’t been guys that are even getting near me. Having a clean pocket makes everything so much easier. I think that goes back to, one, how good they are at pass-protecting, and, two, the run game kind of keeps them off balance and they can’t just be teeing off on the quarterback.”

The strong play of the Buccaneers' offensive line in recent weeks wasn't the only topic being discussed at team headquarters on Wednesday. Below are some more thoughts from Buccaneer players.

QB Mike Glennon

(On what has helped him make good decisions as a rookie)
“I think, first, I had great training throughout my five years in college and a great coach that kind of taught me a lot about the game. I also think just being here and, really, [quarterback] Dan Orlovsky’s been great for me, just talking about taking what’s there and [not trying] to win the game on one play. Get completions, and completions will lead to first downs and first downs will lead to touchdowns. I just kind of, the whole season – if I feel like if it’s cloudy at all, I just move on to my next progression and try to get a completion and, when it’s there, then take a shot, like last week, when the opportunity presented itself to throw it deep on those plays, to take them and, if it wasn’t there, just check it down and live to see another down.”

(On what he took away most from his college coaching)
“To trust your feet and trust your eyes, and to have good feet and good eyes will lead you to where you need to go with the ball. That’s something that I’ve definitely taken with me is to really go from one to two to three in progressions and, if you’re good with your eyes and good with your feet, then the ball will follow. That’s something that we talked about every week, and I’ve kind of carried it on with me at the next level.”

(On knowing when to throw it away against Atlanta and if he has a general rule for throwing the ball away)
“With my speed, I could feel the guys closing in on me pretty fast [laughs]. When I feel that, I know time’s up and to get rid of the ball. I just try to keep my eyes downfield when I scramble, and if a guy presents himself, then I’ll throw it to him, but if there’s a guy right on me and I can’t find anyone, just throw it away.”

(On Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh)
“He’s a great player. He’s very dominant and he has been since he got into the league. He presents a big challenge for us, and that’s definitely the strength of their defense, the front four. That’s something that we’ll have to account for at all times and something that we’ll have to game-plan around because he is very good, along with those other guys on the front four. [Detroit defensive tackle] Nick Fairley’s playing really well also. He’s a good player. He’s very big. I’ve followed him since I’ve been in college because he’s always been a big story in the NFL. He’s very talented and someone that we’ll have to always be paying attention to where he’s at.”

(On what has improved most on offense)
“The run game. When you look at the previous few weeks, when our offense has been moving, it’s been the run game. Regardless of who we’ve had at running back, they’ve been getting the job done, and I think that speaks to the high levels of the offensive line and how well they’ve been playing. We’ve rushed for over 150 yards or so each game, and when that’s happening, then it opens up the pass game and it allows more time on pass protection. Guys haven’t been getting to me two weeks in a row, really three weeks [in a row]. Seattle has one of the best front fours in the league, all three of [the] teams [we’ve faced have good front fours], and they’ve shut them out. That’s something that we’ll have to continue to do, offensively, is run the ball well to continue to win games.”

(On Orlovsky)
“He’s been a huge help for me. He’s kind of always been the one that – the coaches have been great but, being a player, Dan’s gone through it and he knows what it’s like to see through the quarterback’s eyes, and just about the preparation and everything that goes in. He’s been a tremendous help to me right from the get-go. From the time I got here, he kind of took me under his wing and he’s been a tremendous help. I really can’t say enough about him, because he’s the first one in with me every day and is always just trying to help me out in whatever way possible.”

(On dealing with different emotions across the course of a season)
“I think the main thing is to just try to stay even-keeled through it all, to enjoy a win and be upset about a loss but never get too high or get too low within it all. When we’ve lost, we have to kind of learn from what we did wrong but then put it behind us and move on, and the same thing from a win – take what we did good, take what we did bad and then move on from it. I’ve noticed that since I’ve been here that guys have been good about that, never getting too high, never getting too low, whatever the circumstances.”

(On if he thinks his mental approach to the game was overlooked on draft day)
“I’m not sure. Honestly, I’ve totally moved on from the whole draft thing. I’m just happy to be here. I take pride in being mentally prepared and all that.”

(On winning)
“It’s what it’s all about. We’ve put in a lot of hours, a lot of hard work. A lot goes into this, and it’s all about winning. It comes down to 16 days a year and winning those games, and it’s a lot more rewarding, a lot more gratifying when you come out on the winning side than the losing side. It’s what all those long hours of hard, just everything that goes into this game – you feel the reward when you win.”

G Davin Joseph

(On Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit defense)
“He plays hard. He’s physically gifted. There’s a clear difference between him and most D-tackles as far as he makes plays, he disrupts offenses, he’s athletic and when he’s on, he’s on. I didn’t play him his first year here, I didn’t play that game. The second time was our home opener, and we played good as a team against him and their front four, but they’re different now – same cast of characters, but they play a little different now. You see them when they play at home, especially – they play some good football. Their run defense is strong. They’ve got a good pass rush. Their front seven are physical, they’re downhill. They don’t really hide anything. They just line up and play.”

(On staying composed against Suh)
“We have to play our game. He’s a very physical player, he plays hard, he plays emotional football. That’s what makes him special, and that’s good for him, but we’ve got to play our game.”

(On defensive tackle Gerald McCoy)
“I’ve been saying that Gerald’s the best defensive tackle in the league for a long time. This is nothing new for me, because I go against him every day in practice, so I know what he brings. Suh’s a little different. He’s not quite the same player as Gerald. He makes his plays in a different fashion.”

(On playing Detroit at a time when Tampa Bay’s offensive line has been playing well)
“It’s a new week. We’ve got to get ready this week. It’s good to have a little momentum from last week, but we have to get ready for this defense and that’s going to take a lot. It’s going to take a lot of effort, a lot of focus, a lot of time to get ready for this defense, but we’re up to the challenge.”

DT Gerald McCoy

(On winning)
“Winning is contagious, and once you get that feeling, you want to keep getting it. We’ve been putting in all the work to keep getting it. We put in all the work to get our first one and second one. We’ve just got to keep it going and not get stuck where we’re at, not get comfortable.”

(On Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford and the Detroit offense)
“He gets the ball out quick, and they do a great job of bringing in extra guys to help max-protect. Then their o-line is just protecting well. [Number] 75, right guard [Larry Warford is] having a good rookie season, really good. Some of the top guys, three-techniques, he’s playing really well against them, so he definitely has my respect. He’s playing well.”

(On the matchup between Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis and Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson)
“It’s kind of the unstoppable force meets the immovable object kind of thing. Twenty-four [Revis] can stop anybody and 81 [Johnson] can’t be stopped by anybody, so it’s kind of like, when they meet up, it’s going to be fun to see. I hate that I won’t get to see it, because I’ll be pass-rushing, but I will watch it on tape.”

(On what has improved most with his game this season)
“Just my knowledge of the game, knowing what’s coming at me, and really just being more physical. It’s my ‘want-to’ that’s going up. Ninety-nine [Warren Sapp] told me he needs to see more, I guess you could say, [anger]. He said I don’t necessarily have to be angry but it needs to look like I am. I’m just trying to improve on my physicality.”

RB Bobby Rainey

(On facing Detroit)
“When I was in Cleveland, I saw them. Their two inside guys are very good, and the [linebackers] like to come downhill, play aggressively. They’re an aggressive defense. We’ve got to come out and do what we do best and take care of our responsibility first.”

(On having set such a high standard in his first start with the team)
“I think the offensive line set a standard. The offensive line, like I said, did a great job. The receivers did a great job blocking; I think, with the first run that I had, I sprang to the outside, it was off one of [Vincent] Jackson and [Tiquan] Underwood’s blocks. The offensive line and the wide receivers are just doing a great job and [Head] Coach [Greg Schiano] is doing a great job of preparing us for the games. It’s just a matter of us going out and handling.”

(On why so many young players have been so successful in recent years)
“I don’t know. I can only speak for myself, because I don’t know how everybody else thinks. I just think, for me, it’s just going in and proving yourself every week and having a chip on your shoulder. Like I said, I have a lot to prove, not just to everybody else, but to myself. For one, I’ve been doubted all my life, so I just use it as motivation and it’s just something that I have to continue to do and to continue to get better. I don’t want to be good, I want to be great. That’s what I’m striving to be, [for] me to be great and to have the people around me to be great also. You’ve always got to prove yourself every week – I’ve heard that a lot around the league – and that’s fine, because I put that pressure on myself. I’ve got a little thing we go by with [Western Kentucky University Head] Coach Taggart that I got from him: either you’re getting better or you’re getting worse. No one stays the same. That’s what I try to approach every practice and every game with, and me getting better, because no one stays the same.”

CB Darelle Revis

(On how Detroit uses wide receiver Calvin Johnson)
“They’re still doing the same stuff with him, moving him around in the slot. He’s one of the best in the league. He’s the best—I’d say he’s the best receiver in the league. I’ve played him before and I’m very familiar with him. I’m looking forward to it this week.”

(On his strategy against big receivers)
“My thought was always just to be physical with them. They’re big guys. I feel no receiver wants to get jammed or pressed at the line, so just be physical with those guys and match what they bring to the table.”

(On if the secondary has begun to gel)
“I think, as a whole, as a team, we’re gelling. Everybody’s making plays. We’re making plays in all three phases: special teams, offense and defense. I think we’re playing great. We’re doing what we need to do during games.”

(On Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford)
“He is mobile; I think he doesn’t get enough credit for that. He’s very mobile. He has a big arm, too. Usually, when you put on the Detroit film, you see him throwing 70-, 80-yard bombs to Calvin Johnson. Our secondary, we need to be aware of that and be aware that it’s going to be a vertical passing attack this week.”

(On Tampa Bay safety Keith Tandy)
“He’s started a couple games for us this year, and I think he’s going to come in and do the same job he’s been doing. We can’t take a step back or look at an individual player stepping up in somebody else’s shoes to play. He’s got to go do his job, and we’re very confident in Tandy.”

(On if it’s more exciting to face one of the best receivers in the league)
“Yeah, I think it is. I think everybody has a chip on their shoulder each week, just going out and playing and trying to compete. When you match up the best against the best, [there’s] probably a little bit more chip on your shoulder because, at the end of the game, you want to get the best of that person. I’m sure Calvin feels the same way. We’ll see. I know Calvin, I know him off the field, and we’ll see. It’ll be fun.”

(On accounting for Detroit’s other playmakers like running back Reggie Bush and tight end Brandon Pettigrew)
“We’ve got to be aware of all those guys. Reggie’s been playing well this year. Pettigrew, he’s been playing well, too. I think it starts and stops with Stafford. We’ve just got to put pressure on him and get a hand in his face and rattle him a little bit.”