On Friday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he wants his players to do a better job of mental preparation this week than they did heading into the season opener against the Patriots.
The Buccaneers will be the visitors this time and their coach is also keeping tabs on what’s going on upstairs with his team. Unlike the Cardinals, the Buccaneers won their opener and Dirk Koetter said that led to “a lot of excitement around Tampa.” He wants the team to have a 24-hour rule when it comes to celebrating a win, but worries that a young club might not have moved on so quickly.
“When you’re a team like us that’s trying to become relevant again, you can’t worry about what happened last week,” Koetter said to Alex Marvez and Tim Brown of Sirius XM NFL Radio. “Every week has to be a playoff-type game for us. This will be the first time that we’ve faced it. I’ve got to admit, I am a little bit nervous about that. I think there’s a chance that we would be a little bit too much looking in the rear-view mirror and that’s something we can’t do. We’ve got to learn to get back after it and put our best foot forward this week.”
Quarterback Jameis Winston appears to have gotten the message, saying this week that it’s just one game and the Bucs can’t get caught up in the positive headlines it generated. The buzz will only get louder if the Bucs become the first team since 2013 to start 2-0 with a pair of road wins, although that falls into the category of good problems to have.