Tampa Bay Bucs DE Gaines Adams: "I just have to do better."
Gaines Adams was at the receiving end of a blunt assessment Monday from Coach Raheem Morris, who said the third-year defensive end "is not getting it done" and "has to be accountable."
On Wednesday, Adams, who has no sacks and four tackles in two games, stood by his locker and accepted the criticism, vowing to turn things around.
"I respect Raheem to the utmost and if he's saying that, then I have to give more effort," said the former No. 1 pick out of Clemson.
Morris said that he didn't see the fire that Adams displayed last season, adding that "if we don't get that back, it's going to be a long season for Gaines and us."
But Adams insisted he's not concerned about losing his job: "Not at all. I mean, I'm a football player just like everybody else is in this locker room. I work hard, just like everybody else. Maybe the numbers might not be showing right now, but I'm not worrying about that. I can't worry about that."
How frustrating is it for him?
"It's not not just frustrating to me, it's frustrating to the whole team," he said. "Nobody wants to start 0-2. But that's reality right now. And we just have to come back this week, prepare hard and get ready for the Giants."
Adams says he doesn't feel as if he's been singled out unfairly.
"It comes with the territory," he said. "It's just like I've been saying since Day One. ... (My job) comes with a lot of responsibility and I feel like I can take care of that...What I get graded on is sacks. There's nothing else I can be graded on. Okay, if I get tackles. But what I get graded on is sacks. Obviously, I have zero right now, so I just have to do better."
-- By Dave Scheiber, Times Staff Writer