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Bucs coach Dirk Koetter halts sloppy practice

Head coach Dirk Koetter stopped practice more than halfway through today's workout. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Head coach Dirk Koetter stopped practice more than halfway through today's workout. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Published Aug. 8, 2017

More than halfway through practice Tuesday, Dirk Koetter stopped the workout and gathered his team in a huddle.

"We just weren't practicing very good,'' Koetter said. "We were just going through the motions. If we're going through the motions we need to practice better or go in.''

The Bucs remained on the field and finished their 11th training camp workout with temperatures nearing 90 degrees. Overall, the execution was sloppy and there were too many mistakes. Koetter reminded the Bucs their first preseason game is Friday at Cincinnati.

"We got to get ready to play real football here,'' Koetter said. "It's going to be good to play preseason football. We're at that point. Today was really that day, today was the first day of training camp where we were just kind of dragging all day. The heat has something to do with it but you can always tell when it's getting close to that time. You get into that preseason game and you find out you're not as good maybe as you think. Pluses and minuses.''

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston said preseason or not, from now until at least January, his team will be preparing to play games and needs to show more urgency.

"It's more about knowing what we've got coming up,'' Winston said. "You know, it's game time. Think about it, from now on, we're going to be playing football. We're going to have a game every single week. The message is now it's time to execute. Now it's time to put behind all the things, all the mistakes ... it's time to play football, man, because it's starting to count. It's going to be here before you know it.''

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