Bucs energized offense bounces back in workout with Jags
After a lackluster performance at their first practice with the Jaguars, the Bucs players got an earful from coach Dirk Koetter Wednesday. It must have worked. The energy and their execution picked up.
“Coach talked to us yesterday and said we’ve got to get our energy up,’’ receiver Mike Evans said.
The Bucs responded in a two-minute offensive period as quarterback Jameis Winston completed all five passes to as many receivers, including one to Adam Humphries that was ruled a touchdown.
Then the defense went about preserving the lead by stopping the Jaguars’ offense on two possessions.
“I thought we got really good work,’’ Koetter said. “Now again, I’m only seeing one field until we watch the tape. But we got good two-minute work. We got four drives, two on each side. I thought our team had a much crisper approach than we did yesterday so I’m pleased with that.
“All I saw was those two, two-minute drives, and we had two stops. The best pass coverage is a good pass rush and you see we have a little juice on that pass rush, even with the four man rush. That helps your pass coverage so it was good. Our defense continues to build confidence and happy to see the offense go down there and score.’’
Koetter downplayed his role in the turnaround performance Thursday.
"I really didn't have to,'' Koetter said. "The players knew. When they watched the tape, they knew. Those guys did a good job. Offensively, they knew that wasn't our best effort or right kind of effort, and so it was much better today.''
Winston was loud and antimated, and continued his war of words with former Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith.
“It felt great. It’s always good to compete against other guys and it was the first time experiencing a two-minute (period) in this situation against another team, so it was very, very good,' Winston said.
“It’s all a part of competitiveness. We’ve got to get everybody going. We’ve got to get everybody fired up. Yesterday, the coaches challenged us about having and edge. Being willing to compete hard and I just feel we went out there and did that today.''
Koetter had refused to make excuses for his team's performance Wed. But Bucs players had to wait more than three hours for their team charter. which had a mechanical problem, to leave Tampa Tuesday.