Sunday, September 8, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 18-17 loss to the New York Jets.
Stand-up guy: As the media entered the locker room, linebacker Lavonte David sat on a stool, still fully dressed. If anyone had a reason to avoid this crowd, it was David. His last-minute personnel foul for hitting quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds helped set up the winning field goal by the Jets. But David faced the media -- and the music.
Tone it down: Speaking of penalties, one of the themes coming out of the locker room was that the Bucs have to cut down on penalties. No kidding. They were called for 13 penalties for 102 yards. Coach Greg Schiano said he still wants his team to be aggressive on defense, but wants that unit to play with more control. That’s always a fine line, but the Bucs were way across it Sunday.
No offensive rhythm: Schiano talked several times about how the offense never got into a rhythm. Maybe the preseason is an indicator of things to come after all. The offense was unimaginative. Even workhorse running back Doug Martin couldn’t get into a rhythm. Martin averaged 2.7 yards per carry.
No setbacks: Cornerback Darrelle Revis, making his return from knee surgery, started and played much of the game. Revis broke up several passes against his former teammates. But he, understandably, wasn’t in a jubilant mood after the game.