Photos from the Bucs' practice on Wednesday, October 21st at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa.
Between the end their Week Five win against Jacksonville and kickoff this coming Sunday at FedExField, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had more time than usual – thanks to the bye week – to break down their most recent game tape, devise a game plan for the Washington Redskins and hone their plays on the practice field. They also found plenty of time to discuss the week's most pressing topics, from getting the football to Mike Evans more often to facing a stout Redskins defensive front.
Here are the top 10 things we heard from Buccaneers players and coaches in Week Seven of the 2015 season:
- "I've made the statement that we're a good football team that hasn't played that way each time. To get a chance to put two wins together and to just keep growing, see each one of our – and that's what we're talking about [with] our team. In the early part of the season, you're working out a few different things to see exactly what type of football team we can be, this 2015 version. We can be a good football team. But you have to do that on the field. It's not about polls or things like that. It's decided there [on the field]. So we're looking forward to playing a good group.
- Head Coach Lovie Smith on an opportunity to win two consecutive games and get back to a .500 record
*9. "You learn more from losses all the time. A wise man is going to not only build off his mistakes, but build off other mistakes. So when I see myself on the film, I might go back and watch another game and see if a quarterback messed or did something great. When I'm watching film, I watch how their quarterback played against the team we're going to play this week, so I can see how I need to play for us to win." *- QB Jameis Winston on studying his play on game tape during the bye week and seeking improvement **
- "In the Jacksonville game, [Doug Martin] and Chuck complemented each other very well. Doug is a hit-the-hole-fast [runner]. He has moves, he has speed, but he's going to hit it and be a physical runner. Chuck is going to dance around a little bit more, has a nice burst, maybe a little bit more outside. Other than the plays we tag specific, they both have to do everything and so does Bobby. When they play in practice they rotate through everything."
- Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter on utilizing the skills of running backs Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey
- "It was a great game for me. It showed my ability to be able to take over games and things like that and it showed my ability at the receiver position, but they're a different defense this year – a lot of guys injured, they play different schemes and things like that. It will be a challenge for us, but it's nothing we can't handle."
- WR Mike Evans on his 209-yard performance last year at FedExField and his hopes for a similar breakout after a slow start to the 2015 season
- "We need Mike to come [along], but for our football team we like what we're seeing as far as the direction we're going offensively. To be able to add Mike Evans' best ball to that, yeah, that's exciting too. Sometimes it'll take you a while for whatever reason. Injuries can hold you, they can stop that progress a little bit. Mike is healthy now – getting away from ball [during the bye], getting a chance to start anew with everyone. He's a great player and we need him to play that way each week."
- Head Coach Lovie Smith on getting Evans more involved in the offense
- "You can look at that, but it really doesn't mean a lot because if you look at how many points we've given up it's pretty bad. Total defense is [an] okay stat to look at, but it doesn't really tell the true story and the true story is we are not good enough on defense. We have to be a lot better. We're giving up way, way, way too many points. We have to start holding teams to either nothing or a field goal in the red zone. It doesn't matter where the opposing offense gets the ball. We have to be better on defense. It's as simple as that."
- Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on the Bucs' ranking fifth in the NFL in defense but not being satisfied with their results
- "I think so. He's stayed healthy, which was a concern all along. As he is healthy he is one of the better safeties in our league. He's a smart guy. He can match up on tight ends, backside of the backfield, he can even go out and cover third or fourth receivers at times and he can tackle. Yes he has. He's played very, very well. We just have to keep him on the field and he will continue to get better."
- Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier on the productive play of S Chris Conte
- "They are pretty stout. It's going to be a challenge for our O-line, but we have a lot of confidence in what they can do and I have a lot of confidence in what they can do from the last game. [I] can't wait to see what they are going to do. [Knighton] is a big guy. Like I said, we have a lot of confidence in what our guys can do and hopefully we can run the ball on them."
- RB Doug Martin on continuing the Bucs' rushing success against jumbo DT Terrance Knighton and the Redskins' defensive front
- "They're solid. They have some talented guys throughout. Up front, obviously they got some tough guys, some guys that can get after the passer. We need to make sure we're seeing where that pressure is coming from, take care of Jameis in that pocket, give him some chances to get the ball up the field and we're just going to be aggressive. Obviously we have done a good job running the ball for the most part of the season and we want to be more consistent in the passing game and obviously continue [to do well on third down]. We had a really good week two out of the last three games on third down. We want to keep that rolling."
- WR Vincent Jackson on the challenges presented by Washington's defense
- "Of course, we cleared a hurdle last time we played, but yes to be able to get two wins, to be able to play well two weeks in a row, to be able to get an NFC road win – there are so many things on the line – even up our record. As much as anything though, we just want to make improvements from last game and if we do that of course the score will take care of itself."
- Head Coach Lovie Smith on all the things a win on Sunday would mean for the Buccaneers