Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Top 10 Quotes of the Week, Nov. 13

Can the Bucs get more production from defensive stars Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David? What's the answer in the red zone? Those topics and more in our top quotes from One Buc Place this week.

Between the end their Week Nine loss to the New York Giants and kickoff this coming Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had time to break down their most recent game tape, devise a game plan for the Dallas Cowboys and hone their plays on the practice field. They also found plenty of time to discuss the week's most pressing topics, from a new group of starting cornerbacks to the critical importance of Sunday's game.

Here are the top 10 things we heard from Buccaneers players and coaches in Week 10 of the 2015 season:

  1. "Yes, there's a missing piece. Exactly what it is [I don't know]. Right now, what we have figured out though is how to have a disappointing loss and come back and win the following week. First step for us is to get back to that place. After that, we'll work on trying to get two consecutive wins together. Right now it's about one. It's about the Cowboys coming into town. [They are a] good football team. Their record doesn't show it. Another opportunity for us…eventually, whether it be penalties, dropping into coverage, who we put out on the football field – eventually all that will come together and we'll get a win."
    - Head Coach Lovie Smith on if there is something missing that is preventing the team from stringing together consecutive wins

  1. "Any team throughout the league, or sports period, if a team has their best players, if a team is going to make a turnaround or change or be successful, the best players have to produce. We're just not doing that right now. It doesn't change who we are or what we've done [in the past], but this is a 'What have you done for me lately league. We understand that, so, moving forward, we just have to be better. Let's not lose sight that this is just midway through the season. There are eight more of these things to come. They talked about Carolina yesterday, they were 3-8-1 and since then they've won 12 straight or something like that. Things can turn around. But as far as myself, there's a lot more I can do and I promise you I'm putting everything I've got into it and it will turn around."
    - DT Gerald McCoy on being the type of performer that can lead the Buccaneers to more successful days

  1. "You put the game behind you and you bounce back stronger. One of my favorite artists always says, 'Minor setback for a major comeback.' We had a little setback there – I turned the ball over way more than I expected too – and I just focused on that, taking care of the football. The offense has been looking good. We've established the running game. We've got some passes here and there. The offensive line is looking amazing. We just have to score in the red zone and finish."
    - QB Jameis Winston on not losing confidence after a four-interception game in Week Four and now focusing on a new issue to improve upon

  1. "Make a decision and stick with. It's like the golfer. All those pro golfers, they visualize that shot and you've got to commit to it. You can't change your mind midstream because that just never works out. Jameis made a couple good plays with his feet and sometimes you get caught. That's not necessarily because he changed his mind, that could be because they covered it good. Again, Jameis is surpassing expectations as far as his scrambling and running. The mistakes he's making – I don't want to overstate – we're not disappointed, it's just an experience thing. We're going to look back on this someday and we'll understand that this was just part of the growing process. It doesn't make it feel any better right now, but all the good things he's doing, we can't say we're going to run the ball up the middle every play because we are afraid to throw. He's doing a lot of really good stuff."
    - Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter on Winston improving his production in the red zone

  1. "It's very hard having a historically bad day when it should have been a historically great day. But I can't keep whining about. I've got to still play. I've got to put it in the back of my mind and go play. [Lovie Smith] just told me that I'm a great player and just keep playing. And the drops, clean it up and let's go."
    - Wide receiver Mike Evans on getting 150 yards against the Giants but also dropping a handful of passes

  1. "Yes, I like what we did. For two guys that hadn't gotten a whole lot of first team reps last week I thought they did a pretty good job. We're not quite there as a defense yet, but there was encouraging play from our cornerback position this past week. [Alterraun Verner] made some very good nickel plays this past week. When I say corner positon, you can say that's a corner position too. I was pleased with how they played this past week. Whenever you are at the nickel position and you get an interception and some good tackles you are going to be pretty excited about that. Of all the positions out there a guy should want to play, if I'm a corner I would want to play the nickel position because you are around more action than just about every position."
    - Smith on the play of new starting cornerbacks Jude Adjei-Barimah and Sterling Moore and nickel back Alterraun Verner

  1. "I have the mindset defensively to dominate every time you're out there on the field. We have the guys to do it. We've just got to go out there and take care of business. There have been areas where we have been slacking here and there, but [it's] small things that we can easily fix. Nobody around here is hanging their head or pouting. It's an easy fix, that's the good thing about it."
    - LB Lavonte David on the defense not yet performing at the level it expected coming into the season

  1. "It's a different system, different situation, but just understanding how he thinks a little bit and how he prepares…hopefully it will help our guys, but at the end of the day, it's what happens between the lines. We do have some idea of how he prepares, how he studies, what his strengths and weakness are. It's a different cast, different system, so all those things weigh in as well."
    - Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier on whether his time together with Dallas QB Matt Cassel in Minnesota helps the Buccaneers prepare for Cassel on Sunday

  1. "Watching them, they have guys that are flying around. Obviously they have Greg Hardy, a great defensive end, they have [DeMarcus Lawrence], they have [Jeremy Mincey], they have great guys. The defensive line plays at a high level. I don't know if Sean Lee is playing this week, but [he's] another guy that plays at a high level that really commands the defense. Brandon Carr – I can go on. There are great players all of over the field and we're going to do our job schematically and do our job on the field and take care of opportunities when they present them to ourselves."
    - Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the Cowboys' defense

  1. "I've never quite understood that one team [is] more desperate than the other. They have six losses, we have five. You would be hard-pressed to find someone in our locker room that didn't feel like this is a must[-win] game. That's how we're looking at it. What's going on at their place doesn't really [matter]. We have our work cut out for us just figuring out what we're going to do, how we're going to do it and doing things better. This is a game that we have to have. It's as simple as that."
    - Smith on the importance of Sunday's game against Dallas
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