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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Buccaneers Game
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 28-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“That’s one of the keys of the game we talked about all week long. We met as a team Wednesday and last night. Coming to the game, we understood that Jameis does a phenomenal job in the pocket of getting out of plays that you think are sacks and minus plays. We are going to be sick looking at this film. I’ve seen the numbers of sacks that we could have had. With his physical strength, his arm strength, being able to throw some of those balls away… Turn the film on. Week in and week out (that’s) what he does, and that was a big point of emphasis going into this game. Don’t allow him to do that. He makes some big plays when he gets out of there.”
“We had a poor start (to the second half) today. We had a big opportunity on the first call that Ken (Whisenhunt) made. We had the chance for a homerun to Tyrell (Williams) and unfortunately we didn’t have the best protection there so it wasn’t the outcome we wanted. We are going to be sick when we watch the film tomorrow and see the play we could have had designed up. That was not a great start for the offense.”
“San Diego has one of the top defenses in the NFL. I think some people overlook that because of the losses that they have, but don’t look at their record. That’s a pretty great football team with a Hall of Fame quarterback and a Hall of Fame tight end. And Joey Bosa; wow, he’s a monster. Him and Melvin Ingram on that edge. People always overlook that middle linebacker spot. Denzel Perryman, he is havoc out there. They have a great team; we just got the better of them today.”
“If I (get a little more air under the second one) it’s probably incomplete. I don’t know if I had him even if I make a good throw there. The first one, that’s the way it goes sometimes. Every interception has a story. To me, going on and on about what happened and what I saw; it doesn’t matter, really. It doesn’t change any of them. You can’t turn it over. You can’t turn it over twice. You can’t turn it over once for a touchdown, and the other one, in that situation. I could go on and on about what I saw and what I was thinking when I threw it, but it doesn’t really matter.”
“That’s been the problem with us. We just have to know that once we get up, just step on their throat. We have to step on the team’s throat when we’re up. We just have to find a way. We all could be better. I know people may try to blame Philip with interceptions and things like that, but we all could be better. Those runs I had in open space, I make a guy miss and I need to make another guy miss. The elite ones do that and then take it for a touchdown. Then we wouldn’t have this problem right now. We’d all be in here happy. We’re all to blame right now, but it is what it is. We keep falling short and we have to figure it out.”
“I was taught a long time ago, you’re always playing to get better every week and for your future. Week in and week out, regardless of what the score is, regardless of what your record is, it doesn’t matter. Young players, you’re trying to get more and more experience week in and week out. Whatever you’re doing, you have to make the most of every opportunity you get in this game.” Read