Press Pass: Jeff Garcia

In this edition of "Press Pass," Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia talks about last week's win, the St. Louis Rams and Joey Galloway's playmaking ability. It's a look inside the locker room you can only get at Bucsblitz.com.

On getting a win last week

It's much easier to put a smile on your face. It's just the start of a lot of hopefully positive things for this team. That week is behind us. It was a good showing, but now we have a tough game up in front of us against St. Louis, so that's really where the mindset is, it's preparing for what could be a very active defense, and a very explosive offense.

On what stands out about the Rams' defense

They have some veteran players, especially up in the front four defensive line. (It) looks solid, looks good. They're going to bring some heat. They're going to bring probably more blitzes than we saw last week, and maybe a bit more man-to-man coverage outside. Those are things we are preparing for and (you) just adjust when you have to adjust. But those are the things we think we're going to see this Sunday. They played pretty well last week against San Francisco. It was one big fourth-down run that San Francisco got, that somewhat won that game for them. It's a situation where we have to be good with the football, control the football, find a way to control the football, and keep the ball out of their hands. Because everybody knows about the Rams offense and (the) scoring they are capable of, and we want to do the best job possible on our offense to keep their offense off the field.

On how difficult it is to read the Rams' defense

You have to be smart about your film watching this week; the studying of the Rams defense, of the front, of the linebackers' movement, you have to be patient when you get up to the line of scrimmage. They're going to shift, they're going to move, they're going to do things we do as an offense, move around. It's going to be two teams that are adjusting and whoever gets the best read at the last moment may have the best chance to have success.

On following up with consistency after last week

That's exactly it. We have to find a way to be consistent. It's been awhile since we've seen that consistency. For us to come out this week, and play another good football game, (we have to) be good with the football, not turn the ball over, eliminate the negative plays, the sacks or the penalties. You do those types of things (and) you put yourself in a good position to win football games or compete to win a football game. That's important that we continue to build upon the things we did last week. There is so much more room for improvement. So many ways to go with this offense as far as taking steps in the right direction, and let's hopefully do the things we have to do in order to prepare during the week of practice that allows us to just get on the field on Sunday and just react, not think about what we are doing.

On potential sacking ability of the Rams

That's the challenge that is against us. We know they're going to put themselves in a position based upon the risks they take on the field to create pressure on the quarterback. Now all of a sudden they have corners that are on islands or on one-on-one situations. That's where we have to be good. We have to be solid with our protection, with our recognition, (the) understanding of their fronts, of their blitzes, and finding where we can create a mismatch or find an opportunity where our receivers can win. That's something that can create big plays. But you have to be in tune, you have to be solid, you have to be ready to strike when that opportunity comes.

On statement the offense made to future opponents last week

It just showed that this offense is capable of creating big plays, creating big opportunities of scoring within two minutes, and of pounding the ball when it needs to pound the ball. I think a lot of good things came out of last week. But it's not so much thinking about what defenses have to worry about with us, it's about us just taking care of our business and worrying about what we have to do. If we can do those sort of things, be sharp when the time comes on Sunday, we are very capable of making big plays, creating explosion and creating great offensive output. It's exciting to see but It's something that needs to be consistent, and we need to be precise, and we need to just continue to build on what we did last week.

On Carnell Williams getting that big break

Cadillac played strong, definitely strong last week. He didn't get a lot of reps in the preseason. So he's still working to find that rhythm and gauge himself as far as (where) he needs to be. It's important to get him those looks. It's important to get him in a rhythm because he is an explosive back. He is a guy that can break a long one in a quick second. It's something that we want to continue to give him looks, give him opportunities, and continue to get him in a position to where he's comfortable and confident about the things he's doing. Before you know it, he's going to get that big play.

On Joey Galloway's playmaking ability

He's an awesome receiver. It's a pleasure of mine to play with a guy like that. The abilities that he brings to the field, the speed, the knowledge, the experience, all of those things go hand-in-hand with him. I think because of where he's at and because of where I'm at in my game, I think we see a lot of things similarly. We're able to communicate, we're able to talk about what we are seeing on the field and why things are happening, or why a certain thing didn't happen, and work through it. He's patient, he's not an ego type guy, he's not a throw me the football type guy. I know he wants the football, I know he knows that he can contribute to the team in big ways and I'm going to do my best to find him and give him those opportunities.


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