Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Monday October 28:
PRACTICE CONDITIONS• The Buccaneers took to the practice field at 10:45 on Monday to sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s and low humidity. Tampa Bay practice for almost two hours and got a head start on their preparation for Sunday’s game at Seattle.
BUCS INJURIES• The big injury news of the day came early on Monday when it was announced the Buccaneers placed wide receiver Mike Williams on injured reserve with a hamstring issue.
“Mike had a hamstring injury that he tried to play through,” head coach Greg Schiano said. “He just wasn’t effective doing it. He’ll have surgery now and get it repaired an it will be fine but it’s going to be a little bit of a recover and so after getting all the information from the doctors he was allowed to try and he did for two weeks, but he wasn’t really himself and he couldn’t do the things he needs to do to be effective so it’s time to get surgery.” • Tampa Bay missed safety Dashon Goldson in last week’s loss to the Panthers but Schiano said on Monday Tampa Bay is hoping to have him back for the Seattle game on Sunday, along with linebacker Dekoda Watson who injured his shoulder last Thursday night.
“They’re all bumped still, but I’m encouraged,” Schiano said. “They’re going to be day to day but I’m encouraged. I think they’ll all be able to play come Sunday and I think what happens is they kind of get back into action individually here during the week at different times.”
ROSTER MOVES• Other than Williams to injured reserve, the Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Monday.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC• On Sunday FOX Sports insider Jay Glazer said the Glazer family met with Schiano following Thursday night’s loss to the Panthers, and then Glazer said Schiano addressed the team the next day and told them they are “stuck with him.”
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times asked Schiano about the report on Monday.
“I meet with the Glazers. I meet with them often, whether it be telephone or in person. Since I’ve been here, what I say to our team is private. What we’ve all seen, I hope you’ve seen, there’s been a lot of things said that aren’t true, and there’s been a lot things said that might be true and there’s a lot of things true. I’m not going to get in all that stuff.”
• Schiano on Monday also said the coaching staff did a lot of evaluation and came to some conclusions including that rookie Mike Glennon was being asked to do to much at this point.
“I’m impressed with Mike,” Schiano said. “I’m impressed as I said many time with his work ethic, his preparation, the way he reads things out in games, his cool demeanor. I think we’ve put Mike in a bad spot. He’s throwing too many passes. Even the last game you say the end we had to throw, but within the first three quarters we should have run the ball more. And I’m disappointed in myself not making sure that happened. I can see how it happens. I’m not being judgmental on anybody because you get behind the sticks or you have an opportunity but we shouldn’t put him in that spot as coaches.
“So we’ve reevaluated that and we’re going to try to play a little more balanced. I think what happens is we are so comfortable with the way Mike reads things out, so it gets you excited and you want to do things and it’s kind of like having a new toy, but it’s not the best thing for us winning football games.” • Both running back Mike James and linebacker Mason Foster spoke to the media in open locker room on Monday and talked about the challenges the Seahawks pose.
PewterReport.com asked James about his early impressions of the Seahawks defense.
“Fast, physical, great front four – great front seven,” James said. “The DBs are even better. Looking forward to the challenge. They are coached well with great players and I am looking forward to playing against them.”
James also assessed his play from last Thursday night, saying overall he was pleased.
“Yeah, I mean like my old coach used to tell me, everyone is Walter Payton with the clicker in their hand,” James said. “So it is easy to look at things and say I could have do this or I could have done that, but I went with my gut and trusted my eyes. Of course there are going to be things after you felt, ‘I could have done that, if I had done this,’ things may have been different. There are a few things I saw and a few things where I got the most I could out of that.”
Foster, who played his college football at Washington for the Huskies knows how loud it is for opposing teams coming to Seattle to face the Seahawks.
“Man it is tough, I went to one of the games probably my sophomore year or junior year, and it was crazy,” Foster said. “The fans are crazy up there. I know that first hand. But it is going to be a great game and I am excited to be up there in a great environment to play in.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY“But one thing I don’t worry about at all is Gerald McCoy. He is through and through a team player. I know he’s got my back, I’ve got his back and he’s playing at a very high level. And I really do believe that as we do a better job around him, his stats are going to show. But I can tell you, every coach that we play against, they game plan for him because he’s that good.” – Schiano on Gerald McCoy
WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAYThe Buccaneers will have their regularly scheduled players day off on Tuesday then be back on the practice field Wednesday as they continue to prepare for Sunday’s road trip to Seattle.
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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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