Penalties a huge concern for Buccaneer players and staff

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NEW YORK – The Buccaneers had it, and then they lost it. They lost a heartbtreaker to the Jets Sunday, and penalties took center stage.

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. That could go for the Bucs -- both to the start of Sunday’s game and the start of their season: the loss to the Jets.

"At the beginning of the game, we were trying a little too hard, is the best way to put it. We were too amped up is what it was, but we just didn't operate," said head coach Greg Schiano.

Even after the Bucs got on the same page, they still had 13 penalties for 102 yards, with the final penalty -- and those final 15 yards on a Lavonte David personal foul call -- being the difference in the game.

The difference, but not the only reason for the loss. "We've got to get over the penalties. That is the first thing you have to look at before you look at any mistakes or anything is the penalties. Things you can't do in a game is get 11 or 12 penalties and expect to win," said wide receiver Mike Williams.

So now the Buccaneers come home to play their home opener against a seasoned quarterback in Drew Brees and the Saints. “The Saints don't care if we won or lost. They just know that they are coming to our house and we have to be prepared for the game," says Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman.

"This is a good group of people, a good football team. We have to get a little smarter on defense. I should say a little more controlled, because we are going to hit. That is what we do," says Coach Schiano.