Schiano moving on after Bucs' loss to Pats
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano acknowledged
that the start of Friday night's 25-21 preseason loss to the New England Patriots "was a little bit of a downer."
In fact the whole first quarter, played mostly by the first units of
both teams, was a textbook look at Tom Brady doing almost everything he
wanted. Referring twice to the Patriots' quarterback as a "first-ballot
Hall of Famer," Schiano said it was best not to read too much into the
"I thought we played more physical than we did in week one," he said,
"but there's just a whole — what did I say, truckload last week?
There's a boatload this week that we have to get corrected. That's what
preseason is about. Hopefully, as we start getting closer to regular
season, we get all our guys back and hit this thing running."
Brady completed all eight of his passes on the game-opening touchdown
drive, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, and three
more on New England's next drive before finally throwing one incomplete
pass. The Bucs never touched him.
Meanwhile the Patriots sacked Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman three of
the first six times he dropped back to pass.
"We had a couple of issues going on, some communication things,"
Schiano explained. "Our (headphone) device wasn't working great. It was
a perfect storm, that first drive, but that happens in games and you
have to be able to overcome all those things and find a way to get them
stopped. We had two third downs we didn't execute well on."
Although running back Doug Martin left the game in the first quarter
after getting kicked in the head on pass protection, Schiano said early
indications are that the Bucs sustained no serious injuries in their
four-day visit to New England.
"I thought we got a lot out of last week, for a lot of reasons," he
said. "No. 1 obviously was going against a quality football team that's
well coached. No. 2, getting out of the heat, that was big for us, to
let our guys recover a little bit. And then the thing I really liked is
we were kind of sequestered, alone by ourselves, so we had a chance to
build some team chemistry."
The Bucs played again without starting guards Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph, cornerback Darrelle Revis or veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes.
The regulars will get their most action of the preseason next Saturday
at Miami, Schiano said, but that doesn't necessarily mean the preseason
debuts of either Nicks or Joseph.
"That's a day-to-day (decision)," he said. "We have a plan, but we're
willing to tweak that plan based on what we think is best with one goal
in mind — to start the season with our best players on the field."
Friday night's bright spots, according to Schiano, included some hard
running by Peyton Hillis (73 yards on 18 carries) and rookie Mike James
(81 yards on 15 carries), a 63-yard kickoff return by Mike Smith, the
play of right tackle Demar Dotson and the place-kicking of rookie Derek Dimke, which has been "darned-near perfect."
The offense, Schiano said, "wasn't very sharp," but it doesn't have to
be sharp yet.
"Let's see how we do," he said. "I'm not concerned because I believe in
the guys that are there and some things have happened that didn't allow
us to do what we're capable of doing. You can't judge anything by its
intentions, you have to judge it by the actions and the results. Am I
concerned? No. I believe these guys are going to do it the way we
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