The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are unapologetic for playing what they describe as good, tough, physical football. They just want to get better at it.
Three members of the team's defense were penalized for hard hits during an 18-17 season-opening loss to the New York Jets, and coach Greg Schiano reiterated Monday that although he wants players to comply with NFL rules he also doesn't want to do anything to discourage them from being aggressive.
The last of the personal fouls, assessed to linebacker Lavonte David for shoving Jets quarterback Geno Smith as the rookie scampered out of bounds after a 10-yard scramble, set up New York's winning field goal.
Schiano insisted, though, that undisciplined play did not cost Tampa Bay the game.
''We've got to play on the edge. That's the way we play,'' Schiano said a day after the Bucs were flagged a total of 13 times for 102 yards, including major penalties on safeties Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron for big hits.
''We've got to be smart about it...