The third pre-season game is usually a dress rehearsal for the regular season. With the Bucs hosting one of their in-state rivals, the Miami Dolphins the starters are eager to make amends for a poor performance in a lopsided loss to New England. Look for head coach Raheem Morris to take an extended look at his starters this Saturday night, especially after that debacle last week, in which the team felt it was unnecessary to game plan for.
This week however, it is important for the Bucs to execute on both sides of the football and come out of the game feeling like they’ve accomplished their objectives. There will no doubt be a sense of urgency to show more against the Dolphins. With such a young team there confidence might have been shaken after a defeat of that magnitude, but the team’s still as confident as ever.
“Last week was good for us, showed we’re not as unstoppable as we thought we were,” second-year receiver Mike Williams told Fred Goodall of the Associated Press “We’ve got to play better overall as a team. It’s going to be a test with us playing the whole first half and some of the third quarter. We’re going to really see where we are.”