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Buccaneers CBs coach Gill Byrd: It's on me

TAMPA, Fla. -- For the second straight day, a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' organization pointed the finger at himself for the team's disappointing start.

This time, it was a member of the coaching staff. Cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd gave a lengthy and stinging evaluation of the job he has done during the team's 1-5 start. That followed on the heels of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy saying he hasn't been playing up to par.

"We're out for production," said Byrd, a former NFL cornerback. "We're out to be successful. If we're not doing that on a consistent basis, it's me. It starts with me. If it's more meetings, if it's more individual meetings, if it's more film, if it's more walk-through, then I have to get it done. I have to do it. It's on me."

Byrd's cornerbacks played a large role in the Baltimore Ravens' five touchdown passes Sunday. The coach said it might be time to change some of his tactics.

"As a coach, you have to make the time, you have to do the things that you need to do as far as schematically, as far as some guys learn differently," Byrd said. "There are different methods of teaching that resonate with some guys and not with others.

"You can't just teach one way in the room and think everybody's going to get it. Everybody can learn in the room and everybody has a learning curve, so it's up to me as a coach to find that learning curve and what resonates with one guy. If I've got to do something different and take him aside, then I have to do that. But it's up to me to get that done."

Byrd said his players have been doing things the way they've been coached, but he said the coaching hasn't been good enough and perhaps too complicated.

"What we can do as coaches is simplify things," Byrd said. "Make sure the players can play fast, not have too much on their plate to think about. That's what we have to do. I'm not saying coaches. I'm saying this coach. I'm going to keep it personal. This coach has to do more.

"I'm up for the challenge. It's a great industry, a great field. I love this game. It's been good to the Byrd family, so I don't want to do anything to disrespect this game. I think I'm not doing my job holding my end of the bargain as a coach getting information to the players because they want to do well. They're doing everything we're asking them to do. I just have to make it simpler and clarify things more so they can go out and play fast."

The bye week has provided time for introspection by coaches and players. Head coach Lovie Smith has steadfastly said the team needs to stay on its course and things will turn around.

"Coach Smith has a great vision for this team," Byrd said. "We just have to make sure that vision is carried down to the players the way he wants it carried down to the players. Exactly like he sees it and that's what I've got to be more conscious of."