2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Buccaneers aim to clean up undisciplined play

By FRED GOODALL - AP Sports Writer
    2013-09-09 17:51

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are unapologetic for playing what they describe as good, tough, physical football. They just want to get better at it.

Three members of the team's defense were penalized for hard hits during an 18-17 season-opening loss to the New York Jets, and coach Greg Schiano reiterated Monday that although he wants players to comply with NFL rules he also doesn't want to do anything to discourage them from being aggressive.

The last of the personal fouls, assessed to linebacker Lavonte David for shoving Jets quarterback Geno Smith as the rookie scampered out of bounds after a 10-yard scramble, set up New York's winning field goal.

Schiano insisted, though, that undisciplined play did not cost Tampa Bay the game.

``We've got to play on the edge. That's the way we play,'' Schiano said a day after the Bucs were flagged a total of 13 times for 102 yards, including major penalties on safeties Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron for big hits.

``We've got to be smart about it. The strike zone is decreasing in the National Football League, and we've got to make sure we stay within the rules,'' Schiano added. ``It doesn't mean you can't be as physical, but we have to try to be better that way.''

The Bucs set the tone for a long day on their first offensive series, which ended with delay of game penalties on consecutive plays, followed by a sack, a flag for a false start and a penalty for an illegal formation that the Jets declined.

Part of the problem was a malfunctioning headset in quarterback Josh Freeman's helmet, but the sequence also was a continuation of sloppy play - particularly on offense - from the preseason.

``There was a communicator issue. But you know what, that needs to be overcome. We have mechanisms in place for that, which we didn't employ efficiently,'' Schiano said.

``Delay of games, false starts are inexcusable. The physical penalties, those you better be careful. ... Some are very obvious, and you say that's going to be a penalty 10 out of 10 times. Others you look at and you say: `I'm not so sure.' But it doesn't matter,'' Schiano added. ``I tell our team and tell our coaches, and I tell myself, if the flag is thrown, it's a penalty. It doesn't matter what we think.''

David said Sunday that he thought Smith was still inbounds when he hit the New York quarterback at the Bucs 45. The penalty moved the ball to the 30, when Nick Folk kicked a 48-yard field goal on the next play.

Teammates didn't fault the second-year linebacker, who had eight tackles, a sack and an interception.

``You can't play cautious,'' cornerback Leonard Johnson said.

``That's just players playing hard,'' defensive end Da'Quan Bowers said of the penalties on David, Goldson and Barron. ``It's a split-second between hitting somebody in the head and in the chest.''

Several players approached David with words of encouragement in the locker room following the game. Schiano also spoke to the disappointed linebacker.

``The guy's a great player and a great teammate, and he cares. He feels like he made a mistake that cost the game,'' the coach said. ``As I told him, it's one play. We had plenty of opportunities to win that game. Am I pleased with the play? Is he pleased with the play? No. But he's one of our finest players. I fully expect Lavonte to rebound. That's the fighter he is. He'll be fine.''

Besides cutting down on penalties, the Bucs also need to find a way to get a sputtering offense on track if they want to avoid falling into a deeper holes.

Tampa Bay hosts New Orleans next Sunday and visits New England the following week.

Despite having a rookie in his first pro start at quarterback, the Jets outgained the Bucs 304 yards to 250. Defensively, New York shut down the run, limiting Doug Martin to 65 yards rushing on 24 carries.

Schiano expects other teams to try to do the same.

``That's going to be the formula to stop our offense. It's not a mystery. We have to throw and catch. We missed open guys and then we dropped some passes,'' the coach said. ``We have to protect better. We had three sacks, we also were hurried. If people are going to do that, you have to be able to throw the ball effectively.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

David WilsonJul 31 12:01p

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) 'needs a miracle' from his surgeon's evaluation to be able to continue his playing career, according to a source.

David WilsonJul 31 11:52a

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) attended team meetings Thursday, July 31, and appeared ready to go, according to RB Rashad Jennings.

Brent UrbanJul 31 11:42a

Baltimore Ravens DE Brent Urban (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during practice Wednesday, July 30, and will miss the entire 2014 season.

Lance LouisJul 31 11:32a

Indianapolis Colts OG Jack Mewhort appears to be the leading candidate for the starting left guard job. OG Lance Louis is also considered a candidate for the job.

Donald ThomasJul 31 11:22a

Indianapolis Colts OG Donald Thomas (quadriceps) is scheduled to undergo season-ending quadriceps surgery and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Nick BarnettJul 31 11:12a

Free-agent LB Nick Barnett (Redskins) is still an option for the Atlanta Falcons depending on what happens with the team's linebackers. The Falcons worked out Barnett in June but did not sign him.

Josh GordonJul 31 10:42a

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is not practicing Thursday, July 31, and presumably will miss practice Friday, Aug. 1, to attend his suspension appeal hearing.

Eric BerryJul 31 10:32a

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (leg, foot) was carted off at practice Thursday, July 31, with a right leg or foot injury. SS Jerron McMillian has taken his place.

Jordan TodmanJul 31 09:52a

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart is expected to be spelled by RBs Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson so he doesn't reach the 300-carry plateau.

Morgan BurnettJul 31 09:42a

Green Bay Packers FS Morgan Burnett (ankle) and SS Tanner Miller (undisclosed) are not practicing Thursday, July 31.

Micah HydeJul 31 09:42a

Green Bay Packers FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is working with the first-team defense at strong safety beside FS Micah Hyde Thursday, July 31.

Lardarius WebbJul 31 09:23a

Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back), DE Brent Urban (knee), DT Timmy Jernigan (back), OG Will Rackley (concussion) and WR Jeremy Butler (undisclosed) are out of practice Thursday, July [ More ]

Terrell SuggsJul 31 09:03a

Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs, DT Haloti Ngata and LB Daryl Smith are not practicing Thursday, July 31.

Nate GarnerJul 31 08:53a

Miami Dolphins C Nate Garner is working with the first-team offense again Thursday, July 31, over C Shelley Smith.

A.J. HawkJul 31 01:53a

Green Bay Packers LB Brad Jones has been working ahead of LB A.J. Hawk as the lone linebacker in the dime defense in practice.

Matt CasselJul 31 01:53a

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater saw reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, QB Matt Cassel appears to lead the [ More ]

Christian PonderJul 31 01:53a

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's reps were cut during practice Wednesday, July 30.

Josh GordonJul 30 11:43p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is in Stage III of the NFL's substance-abuse program, and a positive test automatically triggers a one-year suspension. For Gordon, only two options exist: [ More ]

Rod StreaterJul 30 11:43p

Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) participated in warmups and drills Wednesday, July 30, but he sat out team sessions. Streater suffered a concussion Monday, July 28, and has [ More ]

Joique BellJul 30 10:23p

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) missed organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp while recovering from a knee injury, but he looked good cutting and accelerating with ease during [ More ]

Rob SimsJul 30 10:23p

Detroit Lions OG Rob Sims (knee) missed organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp while recovering from a knee injury, but he held his own working against DT Nick Fairley [ More ]

Allen RobinsonJul 30 10:13p

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson (and fellow rookie WR Marqise Lee) have seen plenty of opportunity at training camp with WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and [ More ]

Marqise LeeJul 30 10:13p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (and fellow rookie WR Allen Robinson) have seen more reps in training camp with WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and WR Ace Sanders (personal) sidelined. [ More ]

Carl NicksJul 30 08:03p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially released OG Carl Nicks (toe) Wednesday, July 30, with an injury settlement.

David WilsonJul 30 06:43p

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) tweeted that he is fine after leaving practice early Tuesday, July 29. Wilson said he passed all physical examinations and will find out more Monday, Aug. 3.

Jim LeonhardJul 30 05:53p

The Cleveland Browns signed SS Jim Leonhard (Bills) Wednesday, July 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Aldon SmithJul 30 04:43p

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith is not participating in practice Wednesday, July 30, as he attends a hearing at the Los Angeles City Attorney's office regarding an April [ More ]

Fred JacksonJul 30 04:13p

The Buffalo Bills have signed RB Fred Jackson to a one-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jason GarrettJul 30 03:23p

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (foot) will undergo surgery for a broken foot Thursday, July 31, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

LaMichael JamesJul 30 03:03p

San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (elbow) will wear a brace on his dislocated elbow and should be ready for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Brent UrbanJul 30 02:23p

Baltimore Ravens DE Brent Urban (leg) and DT Timmy Jernigan (back) appear to have suffered injuries during practice Wednesday, July 30. Urban was helped off the field after suffering the injury.

Tyron SmithJul 30 02:03p

Dallas Cowboys OT Tyron Smith has agreed to terms with the team on an eight-year contract extension worth $98 million, according to a source.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group