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Schiano happy to see the pads come on, but disappointed when the football comes out

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Bucs coach Greg Schiano was pleased to hear the pads popping for the first time during training camp Sunday, but he was disappointed when a football popped loose.

Penalties and missed assignments are part of the game, especially during the first day of contact. Running back Mossis Madu lost a fumble during a team drill. Overall, ball security has been good, according to Schiano, but added that there is no excuse for a running back to have a turnover.

"I thought the guys responded well,'' Schiano said. "We certainly have a ton of stuff we have to work on. It was sloppy. But I think every time you add a different variable to the equation, you’re going to get a little bit of that. So we add the pads, we add contact, you start thinking about some of those contact related things and you start messing up your assignments or you jump off-sides.

"Penalties, missed assignments. We had one ball come out, which that just can’t happen. A ball carrier can not put the ball on the ground, period."

Schiano has been pleased by the competition at running back, where LeGarrette Blount, rookies Doug Martin and Michael Smith and Madu have split repetitions.

“I thought it’s been very good, but it doesn’t take many to ruin that equation and we just put the ball on the ground in a one-on-one tackle situation,'' Schiano said. "Again, you don’t want to make it so you get afraid and guys have to be able to play and in the passing game, you have to be able to try and stick it in windows that maybe aren’t very big, and we have a quarterback like we do who has a strong arm, you’ve got to go after it. So there will be some interceptions, I’m not sitting here saying there won’t. It’s just when you’re carrying the football, there’s no reason for that ball to come out ever. Ever. If we’re going to get turnovers, let’s let them be on interceptions where the risk-reward is really great.''

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:35pm]

    

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