The best time to get a breakdown of what the Bucs need to do against Carolina is the mid-week news conference. The players are back at work, the last game has been deleted and the focus is on the Carolina Panthers.
So what is the focus this week, what is the emphasis? Coming out of every game, there are always holes to fill, parts of the game that need to be corrected or tweaked -- and head coach Greg Schiano has plenty to work on.
Here's a look at what the team is focusing on:
1. The running game.
What happened to the running game? After Bobby Rainey gained five and half yards a carry in his last two games, he barely managed a little over a yard against Detroit.
Schiano explains what happened there.
"Well, a lot of it had to do with the guys we were playing. They are really, really physical and good. We didn't play our best, it was a bad, kind of a bad combo: we didn't play as well as we have front, and they are really, really good. And that resulted in some negative plays, and we've got to get that back," he said.
2. What if Darrelle Revis can't play?
Cornerback Jonthan Banks will line up against Steve Smith if Revis can't play on Sunday, and remember, Banks did a great job on Calvin Johnson last Sunday -- did that surprise Schiano?
He says no.
"I think it was big of him stepping up, without a doubt, but that's the guy we drafted. When I spoke to Mississippi State's Head Coach Dan Mullen before the draft, he told me, ‘This is my guy, he's a football player. He may not be the fastest guy on the clock, but Greg, this guy will step up. He's a two-time captain, and he's just a leader, and he plays and he's mature,' and sure enough he is. That's what we drafted and he's living up to that and as he gets more experience, I think he's going to get better and better."
3. Quarterback Mike Glennon fine-tuning his game
Glennon won the NFL Rookie of the Month award, which doesn't surprise his coordinator Mike Sullivan. Sullivan says Glennon isn't making rookie mistakes on the way to three straight wins.
"He has always had a great maturity about him," Sullivan said. "From the day he walked in, he's had a tremendous work ethic. He's very smart, able to put all of it together in terms of understanding the plays. He's got the plays, he had today's script, today's call sheet, run and pass memorized, so he's not having to go ahead and think."
Sullivan added that Glennon is honing in on the details of his performance.
"He's finishing the calls, he gets it and really is taking the next step both in the run game and the pass game. Now as he continues to grow, he has to take a microscope and try to really crack the code and get some of the subtleties and nuances of the defense," Sullivan said. "Being able to read the coverage or how we'e got to reset the protection or where to go with the football."
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