Koetter says Bucs offense didn't handle wet conditions
Mike Glennon had a pass slip backwards out of his hand. Ryan Griffin's first pass up was thrown up for grabs and intercepted. Both running backs fumbled.
The Bucs didn't handle the wet conditions in Wednesday's 20-13 loss to the Washington Redskins on a rainy night at Raymond James Stadium. As a result, coach Dirk Koetter had a little more trouble evaluating running backs and receivers.
"We did a terrible job taking care of the ball the first half,'' Koetter said. "We were better in the second half but that’s just not what we had in mind. It was good for us to work in those conditions but we did not handle them.
“Anybody that was handling the ball, it sure didn’t do them any favors. But it was the same for both teams. Heck, Washington came out and those two backs for Washington, I was very impressed the way they ran it. We couldn’t run it at all. I don’t think it helped too many people. But always reserve judgement. I said I can be irrational. The tape will put it in perspective.''
Glennon went only 1 for 5 passing for minus 1 yard. Griffin fared much better, completing 23 of 38 for 190 yards and a touchdown. But his first pass attempt on a rollout to his left to Austin Seferian-Jenkins was tipped and intercepted.
“I thought Ryan, that was a very poor decision when he was rolling to his left and tried to throw the ball to Austin,'' Koetter said. "What I always tell these guys is don’t try to make plays you can’t make. You don’t turn into Superman all of a sudden. That was a very bad decision. I thought Ryan settled down the second half and played more like he has pretty consistently throughout.''
Griffin said the playing conditions should not have been as much of a factor.
“Yeah, but it was difficult for both of us. You can’t make an excuse,'' Griffin said. "You’ve got to go out there and play regardless.''
The Bucs did manage to score with a field goal and touchdown on their final two drives, the second capped by his 9-yard touchdown pass tto Bernard Reedy.
“Those last two drives felt great just to execute,'' Griffin said. "A lot of stuff from practice carried over to the game, which is great to see. That last play, that touchdown, they did a great job of recognizing the check which we had worked on countless times. So just to execute like that was a great way to finish it.
“By the time it got to the second half, you were kind of used to it. The rain let up a little bit. Also, I didn’t realize how fast you get new balls off the sidelines if you want them. This was the first time playing in a game like this.''