Bucs downplay early headset problem

A long one: Eric Page returns a second-quarter kickoff 40 yards against the Patriots, impressing coach Greg Schiano.
A long one: Eric Page returns a second-quarter kickoff 40 yards against the Patriots, impressing coach Greg Schiano.
Published Aug. 18, 2013

TAMPA — Patriots QB Tom Brady was so good during Friday's first drive, going 8-for-8, including a touchdown, it seemed like a cause for concern for the Bucs.

But coach Greg Schiano said the Bucs' problems were caused by a "perfect storm," including technological communication issues. Schiano said their headset wasn't working properly but was fixed. He didn't blame the Patriots or make excuses. He said it just was part of the problem.

"That happens in games. Every game, something goes wrong," Schiano said. "That's just part of it. So I probably shouldn't have said anything. The biggest part of the perfect storm is you have a first-ballot Hall of Famer throwing the ball right on a dime every time. We'll be fine."

FOR KICKS: Schiano entered camp saying it was an open competition at kicker between Derek Dimke and veteran Lawrence Tynes.

Schiano said Saturday that had not changed.

But with Tynes (toe) missing the first two preseason games, Dimke has taken the opportunity to make a favorable impression. Dimke, undrafted out of Illinois in 2012, is 5-for-5 on field goal tries, including 37- and 23-yarders in Friday's 25-21 loss.

"He's been darn near perfect," Schiano said. "I kind of listen for the kicks when (the kickers) hit (the ball). Obviously, you want it to go through the uprights. But you can hear. Sometimes, it goes through the uprights and you really can't hit it well.

"Every time I've listened to (Dimke's) kicks, it's been a thump. It's good."

More on kicking: Schiano said special teams overall was a plus against the Patriots, praising RB Michael Smith and WR Eric Page for kickoff returns of 63 and 40 yards, respectively.

"We wanted to show some improvement in that area," Schiano said.

"And I was glad we could."

MEDICAL MATTERS: Schiano indicated the Bucs came out of the game pretty well on the injury-front.

Though RB Doug Martin had a scare, taking a knee to the head in pass protection in the first quarter and leaving the game, Schiano reiterated he is fine.

Martin said after the game he had passed all the concussion tests and could have returned. Schiano said Martin was scheduled to come out after the next play anyway.

Trainer Todd Toriscelli is not "overly concerned" with WR Tiquan Underwood (knee), S Keith Tandy (shoulder) and CB Anthony Gaitor (hip), Schiano said. "I think it's all minor stuff," he said. "I think we're going to be okay."