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Bucs notes: Schiano says team stuck to plan

TAMPA — Did Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano ease up on the throttle?

It looked that way in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss against the Seattle Seahawks, when the Bucs lost a 21-0 lead. Early on, Tampa Bay seemed to open its playbook with a jump pass, onside kick and reverse run.

Despite Seattle's comeback, Schiano said the Bucs never abandoned their aggressive nature.

“You can be aggressive in a lot of different ways,'' Schiano said during his Monday news conference at One Buc Place. “On some of the third downs (in the second half), we had some guys open on different plays we hadn't shown and we just couldn't get the ball off.

“A lot of times as a play-caller, you keep some things in your holster for the end of the game. I thought we did a good job of holding some things back. We had some things they hadn't seen and they were open, but we just didn't protect.''

With a winless team, Schiano said it's natural to think it can't cope well with adversity, such as the type Seattle applied during the second half.

“When you're not winning, when things start to go against you, especially on the road in that environment, I think it's natural to think, 'Uh-oh,' and you can't have that,'' Schiano said. “We're having a tough stretch. We've just got to get over the hump and get the first (win). I do believe that we'll get it going.''

A new experience

Bucs second-year SS Mark Barron won two national championships at the University of Alabama. Being on an 0-8 team is a new experience.

“I've never in my life been part of a team that hasn't won,'' Barron said. “But as far as my mindset, I'm going to come and give everything I have, every time I step on the field. That's what they're going to get from me every time.

“Obviously, it hurts when you're in this situation, being up 21-0, then coming out on the wrong end of it.''

It made for a quiet ride home on the cross-country flight.

“Personally, I didn't have much to say to anybody,'' Barron said. “I wasn't in the best mood. I wasn't angry at the world or anything, but I wasn't in the best mood. I got on the flight, watched the TV and went to sleep.''

James' big day

The 158-yard rushing game by Bucs rookie RB Mike James, a sixth-round pick from Miami, tied for the ninth-best single-game performance in franchise history. Carnell “Cadillac'' Williams, another rookie, also had a 158-yard game against the Packers in 2005.

Five of the top 10 rushing performances in franchise history are held by rookies — Doug Martin (first, 251 yards against the Raiders, 2012); Errict Rhett (fourth, 192 yards against the Redskins, 1994); LeGarrette Blount (eighth, 164 yards against the Seahawks, 2010); Williams and James.

Odds and ends

Schiano said he's not sure if OL Carl Nicks (foot) will be able to play next Monday night against the Miami Dolphins, but S Dashon Goldson (knee) and Martin (shoulder) “definitely are'' in the mix. … The Bucs have twice faced the Dolphins on a stand-alone national television game, winning 23-17 on ABC's “Monday Night Football” in 1982 and 31-21 on ESPN's “Sunday Night Football” in 1997. … Schiano ended his Monday news conference by sending well-wishes to Broncos coach John Fox and Texans coach Gary Kubiak — “two of the best guys in our business'' — who were hospitalized over the weekend. … Barron is among six NFL players (and two defensive backs) with at least 50 tackles, four passes defensed, two interceptions and a sack.

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