Below is a selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today's earlier media availability. Full video of press conferences can be found on Buccaneers.com.
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
Defensive Coordinator Mark Duffner
Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
(On linebacker Adarius Taylor's impact)
"I think the best story about Adarius is my first year as a coordinator and he came in from Carolina, and a couple weeks later we were playing Carolina. Everything I was telling him – I said, 'Hey, do this, do this, do this,' and he goes, 'That's not how Carolina's going to do it,' and I'm going 'Well yeah that's how they're going to do it!' Now we need him to channel his inner Luke Kuechly. Now he's the middle linebacker, so here he is. He's hung in there and he's a tough customer. Obviously by being voted to captain of the special teams, he's well-respected by the team. He's going to do fine."
(On if he was right about Carolina)
"Eh, I don't know [laughs]."
(On if Coach Quinn's decision to kick the field goal late have anything to do with his decision to kick the field goal in the Falcons game)
"No. Good try though."
(On the what it takes for someone to be prepared to play within a week of arriving to the team)
"Well, it's been done before. Kevin [Minter's] an experienced player – 44 starts I believe in the NFL. We played against him a couple times when he was starting for Arizona on a good defensive team. We also brought Riley Bullough back this week, who has experience., Kevin's going through a crash-course basically just in terminology. He knows how to play football, but terminology is the thing he's catching up on. Because we lost Kwon [Alexander] and Jack Cichy, we need some of those linebackers to fill in on special teams as well. I think you'll find that some of these guys that have played a lot of football and are pros can get up to speed pretty quick."
(On what he's seen from Devante Bond)
"He hasn't been back very long. This is really the start of his second week. Again, we're fortunate that he's a guy that's been with us for the last couple of years, so he does know the terminology and he was already plugged into all of our special teams. Not only three new players, but we also have several players that are going to be changing roles – he's one of those guys. Maybe a little faster than we would've thought, but he's going to move into the starting lineup as a Sam linebacker. He's going to continue to be a mainstay on special teams."
(On if Alexander and Cichy going down affected Coach Duffner's schemes during the Falcons game)
"No because for the first time this year we had six linebackers up, so if we would've had our normal five linebackers up, that might've been a little been a little dicier. Because we've had the good fortune to have six linebackers and we made that decision last week based again on special teams. You never want to see guys get hurt, but we did have six linebackers up last week."
(On how defensive tackle Vita Vea looks)
"Vita looks like a guy that is still getting his legs under him. I think Coach Buckner said it best, he might've said it to you folks when he talked to you that Vita's basically played his third preseason game or maybe he's around his first game where everybody else is six games into the season. I mean he looks like a guy that's still finding his way with his pad level a little bit, with his conditioning. We've talked about this before – riding the bike and losing 20 pounds is one thing but playing football against offensive linemen is another. We're encouraged by the way Vita's working at it, but I don't think he's where he's going to end up being when it's all said and done."
(On why safety Jordan Whitehead's hit on Baker Mayfield was or was not a penalty during the Browns game)
"I did not get a great explanation to that. What they said on the field was that it was a helmet-to-helmet hit and then he got up and taunted our guy, so they threw the second flag. Somehow, they worked it out that they were picking up both flags. Where I was on the field, I didn't see it as a helmet-to-helmet, but when you look at it on tape it clearly was and I guess the fallout from that is what it is. That's all they explained it."
(On if it's hard to get a new player repetitions at practice)
"Yes it is because you can't take unlimited reps. You can't punish the rest of the team to get a guy up. We start every Wednesday in the meetings of saying every guy in the room has to be ready to go. You've got your 53 [active roster] plus your 10 [practice squad] and that's just being a pro football player. You've got to get your reps in the classroom and you've got to get your reps in walkthroughs. That's just how it has to be."
(On if mental reps are more important)
"They're not more important. That's just all we've got. That's just all those guys have."
(On if he has seen cornerback Carlton Davis grow)
"I have. I thought he had a good game last week, coming off a game that he missed due to health reasons. We know we're going to have some growing pains with those rookies in the secondary. Carlton made a big play at the end of the game – you saw his length on display there. When he came back to practice last week, he had a real solid week of practice. Especially for those rookies who haven't been through the longer season like this, having a good week of practice and then carrying it over is more important than a guy that's done it for many years might not have a great week of practice."
(On how much having three players who have been in the system during preseason helps now that they are back)
"A lot – that's why they're here. Jason [Licht] and his guys are out there looking at the list of who's available and if it comes down – they have grades on everybody. They have what they think physical-trait grades are. If two guys are equally graded, of course you're going to go with the guy at this point in the season [that] has familiarity with the system.
(On how much of the Bengals' success is attribute to continuity)
"That would be hard for me to judge because I'm not there. Marvin [Lewis] has – I think he's the second-longest tenured coach behind [Bill] Belichick. I don't know, I can't give you a good answer on that."
(On his relationship with Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis)
"Marvin's a year older than me and he came to Idaho State from the Pittsburgh area. He was recruited there as a quarterback. So Idaho State has an indoor field and my high school team – the high school team I played on – we practiced after them. We would sit in the stands and watch them practice and Marvin was the scout team quarterback his first year. When I committed to go to Idaho State, I was think me and Marvin were going to be competing for the backup quarterback job at that time. They ended up moving Marvin to defense. He became a, I think, three-time all-conference linebacker. When he was done playing, Marvin became a coach. By that time, my dad was the head coach at Idaho State. After I finished playing, I was a high school coach. Marvin introduced me to my wife. Marvin's wife went to school with us as Idaho State. Marvin's daughter was the flower girl in our wedding. Marvin and I were in each other's weddings, so we go back a long way. Marvin's a great guy. Anyone who's spent time talking to him, he's a terrific coach and a great guy. But this Sunday we won't be on the same side."
(On having someone like Marvin Lewis to be able to relate to as far as being a head coach)
"It's nice. I call Marvin from time to time and bounce stuff off him just the same as maybe Andy Reid. I'm sure more coaches in the NFL have similar guys, but this Sunday it's Bucs versus Bengals and we're going to try to get after them."
(On if playing the overtime game affects the next day of practice)
"I think the offensive guys were – our offensive guys played 95 plays – the O-line played 95, Jameis [Winston], some of the receivers, where a normal game at 64. Defensively I think they played 68, 69 plays, so that was about normal. I think our guys were a little bit tired. We backed off a little bit in practice today. We went in shells instead of full pads. They'll get back. They'll be ready."
(On what he's seen and what he'd like to see out of running back Peyton Barber to get to the next level)
"I think Peyton's ready to go to the next level. As I say, I feel like I'm saying this every week, Peyton just needs touches. He needs carries. I think we threw it 52 times out of those 90 something plays. We actually called more passes than that because Jameis had his runs. Peyton right now is on a team that's a pass-first team with really good skill guys at wide receiver and tight end. He's just got to hang in there. I don't think Peyton is doing anything wrong and I think RoJo [Ronald Jones] is doing a good job of catching up and closing the gap. Right now, we're just a pass-first team."
(On if he puts more or less pressure on a struggling kicker)
"Chandler [Catanzaro's] a pro. That's one thing I think is different about pro players. I think if a guy's a proven player in this league, they are their own worst critic. They don't need me or anybody else chipping away at them. You could tell by how emotional Chandler was after the game what that meant to him. It's business as usual to use your terms. These guys are back to work and it's a new week. We're on to working on Cincinnati.
(On if running back Ronald Jones's role will change if Peyton Barber is hurt)
"He took the majority of everything today which is great for him. Everybody gets more reps. Heck, Shaun [Wilson] got a lot of reps today and those guys are – with Peyton down today – everybody gets more turns."
(On if he has seen a change in Jones's demeanor after scoring his first touchdown against the Browns)
"I think the touchdown – it'sfun for those guys to score a touchdown, but Ronald's demeanor has been – ever since he came back to be an active – I think his demeanor has been on the up-swing. I think he's been working at it and making steady progress."
Defensive Coordinator Mark Duffner
(On one area he thought the team improved on against Cleveland)
"Well, one of the objectives for every team in the NFL is eliminate explosive plays, big chunk yard plays, if you will. Certainly, that was a big, big factor for us. Give credit to them, their getting paid to execute on the other side of the ball too. We had two runs – to the quarterback scrambled and the run that popped on us. That team was I think third or fourth in the league in rushing. Last week somebody was asking was it still an objective to stop the run? It certainly is. I was pleased with some of those things. Again, our third down defense stood out. We got pressure on the quarterback, sacks. Lavonte [David] getting the takeaway – we need more, but was a critical play for us on one of the two fourth down stops. There was a lot of positive things right now and that's attribute to the players and the coaches in terms of everybody preparing to do that. That is more like what we want to look like and what we work hard to put on the field."
(On his mindset in simplifying the defense)
"Certainly, when you put together a plan, you try to take advantage of the strengths of your players. I think you want to make the shoes fit properly and that's kind of where it goes a little bit. The objective is – you'll always hear coaches saying, 'We're going to play fast. We want to play fast.' Well, how do you go about doing that? You've got to take inventory in putting together a plan and putting together a practice plan that allows the defense or the respective side of the ball to be able to execute it in a high fashion and that's what we talked about in the very beginning – this game is about execution and how do you get to that point. I'm a big believer that repetition is, I mentioned that. A lot of people pitched in a little different type of schedule week. Again, what the result was a collective effort of a lot of people."
(On linebacker Adarius Taylor)
"Adarius Taylor is a young man that I had the privilege to get to know during the pre-draft preparation when he was coming out. I had kind of struck up a relationship with him. He made a serious mistake and opted to sign with another team as a free agent. Lo and behold though not too long later I wound up here in One Buc Place and he was in the room. I've know him for a while. Very versatile player. Has been trained at all of our spots at linebacker and has performed also on the special teams and he's a football player. Like everybody we've got in that room, we're expecting him to all prepare to play. Each player is asked in that room and all the other rooms to prepare to start. We'll see how this works out this week."
(On what linebacker Lavonte David means to the defense)
"Lavone David's been a staple here and a stable, if you will – strong, if you will – person and contributed this program for a long time. Yes, we are very blessed to have him in that capacity versus a person certainly who's a ball player. Being a captain of the team and one before – his leadership, his example, his knowledge is going to be counted on heavily and it is every week. At this point, we've got some new roles being determined during the course of the week and his contribution as a leader and as a player is just as strong as ever."
(On the Bengals offense)
"When first talk about Andy Dalton, a very strong competitor, smart quarterback. A guy that can be very streaky, but a very savvy guy as far as that's concerned. He's about number two in the league in terms of ability to get the ball off. I think [Tom] Brady's number one, he's number two in terms of withstanding pressure. Very experienced, productive quarterback. And then, A.J. Green – you're talking about an elite receiver. A guy that commands everybody's attention. He's got 40 catches. Just a terrific player – admire the heck out of him. I think with Tyler Boyd, he's got 40 catches too. They've got weapons. Their running back, [Joe] Mixon, my gosh. We talk often times about front side and back side in terms of pursuit, well in this game, everything is front side. This guy, wherever he goes, he's making moves and he's got acceleration. He'll be a great challenge to out pursuit on defense and also as a receiver."
(On how much defensive end Jason Pierre Pail means to the defense)
"Jason was one of our co-players of the week on defense and his energy and effort is terrific – I love the guy. I just can't say enough about how hard he plays. He comes out and he does it the right way. Think he's got certainly great talent. A lot of people have talent, but he's been able to turn that talent into production largely because of his attitude and his desire to make plays – to be a playmaker. We're real excited about Jason and what he's contributed and what we expect him to further contribute to the defense."
Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul
(On how important it was to get the third and fourth down stop and in overtime)
"We line up on the goal line – that was a critical down. They [were] going for it on fourth down and guys just knew we couldn't let them in and that's what we did. We just played all out. First time – they actually got in one and then the second time we [were] like, 'Okay, they're not going to get in,' and we stopped them. It was just a want to. We didn't want them to get in and I think anytime it's goal line, it's a want to. That's what it was."
(On if this was one of his better starts to the season)
"I won't necessarily [say] it's a better start. I've always been the same player. It's probably hard for people to see, but I've always been the same player that I always was, it's just hard for people to see. There's nothing I've changed in my game to make me boost up the energy or go even harder – it's just me player. It's a want to. Any time [there's] a want to in what you're doing, you don't care what it is."
(On why the defense was more successful with getting sacks)
"Obviously, we've got guys down. It's no secret we've got guys down and it's tough. Like I say, in this game, you never know. I look [at it like] this – as long as you go out there and do your job – whatever the coach [is] asking for – it's going to wind up being okay. At the end of the day, it's just football. If you see the ball, go get it. Nobody should tell you how to hunt a ball. I that's what Coach Duff wants us to do even more, but I'm always hunting. If I see the ball, I'm going to get it regardless of what's correct and what's not."