“I Felt Like I Was A Drive Or Two Late”

December 29th, 2023

So what about that learning curve for first-year offensive coordinator Dave Canales?

During a radio interview, Canales got candid.

In what areas do you feel you’ve improved significantly since Week 1, Coach?

“Probably evolving within a game and then halftime adjustments, those have become more fluid as we have answers, as I have more at my disposal. But I think that early on, espeically like the first for weeks, and I know we were 3-1 at the time, I felt like I was a drive or two late on making adjustments,” Canales told the Buccaneers Radio Network.

“Even starting with the Minnesota game with some of the things that they were doing, where now I feel like it’s becoming a little bit more fluid for me to see, ‘Ok, this how they’re going to try to stop x, y, z. Here’s what complements this.’ So those things are coming to me, but not just myself but also the staff.”

Joe had to chuckle when Canales mentioned “halftime adjustments.” That conjured Joe’s memory of former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano’s view on the subject.

Canales is very open and tough on himself when it comes to his performance, so Joe is very encouraged to hear that Canales thinks he’s straight up improved when it comes to real-time decisions.

The proof is certainly on the field.

21 Responses to ““I Felt Like I Was A Drive Or Two Late””

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    Love to hear the talk about halftime adjustments. Good know he’s so aware.

  2. Buccaneric Says:

    Is it just me@joe, or do glazers have a track record of paying coordinators they don’t want to keep? I’d like this guy to be our next head coach, not someone else’s. Of course, Bowles may stick around for awhile but you get my point.

  3. Allen Lofton Says:

    When a coach is honest like Canales, the staff listens, players listen. When a coach improves along with the players week by week, that creates a bond, call it TRUST, Players start to trust Canales and believing (trust) in themselves.

    Good coaching is essential to everything in sports. A really good coach can take an average team to being a good team and above.

    Tough love on D. White can motivate him. Let’s hope that D. White catches gets the hint.

  4. Buccaneric Says:

    Edit: don’t want to leave. Paying coordinators they want to keep. My bad.

  5. teacherman777 Says:

    @Allen Lofton

    Well said sir. Bravo.

    I completely agree.

    Canales and Mayfield are down to earth guys.

    Building something together. Call it “team spirit.”

    Brotherly love.

    We have a special culture in Tampa Bay.,

    Im very proud of the men we have in our locker room.

    Licht has built a roster of solid men.

    Go Bucs!

  6. Lakeland Steve Says:

    I know there are a lot of people who for whatever reason don’t like Dave Canales but I’m not one of them. This guy is getting better all the time with his play calling and the players are executing the plays better. Hopefully the Bucs make the playoffs and we get at least one or hopefully two playoff games.

  7. Saskbucs Says:

    @ you got it Allen Lofton. Coaching matters as much as anything on a team. It’s why the cycle of old rehires in pro sports is ridiculous to me. Part of the old boys club way. They don’t make young innovative coaches that deserve a shot anymore? I know it happens and Dave has a lot of NFL experience but is young and got his shot here. The game and young players have passed by a lot of these old boys. Teams need a guy like Canales, honest, enthusiastic, upbeat energy and I’m glad we got one.

  8. Gipper Says:

    1sparkybuc Says:
    December 17th, 2023 at 3:40 am
    I am prejudiced against short QBs. The only exception being Drew Brees. I desperately wanted the Bucs to acquire him when he left San Diego. The Bucs couldn’t afford him. He was decisive, elusive, deadly accurate at any distance, consistent, and raised the level of the talent around him. He carried the Chargers, and he carried the Saints. He regularly feasted on Buccaneer defenses. I hated him for that, but I respected his accomplishments. He was short and still elite. An injury cost him the job in San Diego, and an injury cost him a win against the Bucs to end his NFL career. A healthy Drew Brees would have this Buccaneer team already locked in for a playoff spot. Brees would be feasting every week with Evans, Godwin, and White, no matter who we were playing. Brees would have 300 yards every game with these weapons. Obviously Mayfield can’t because he’s handicapped. He’s short and he doesn’t have the vision to compensate for it. He’s okay as a spare, like that donut tire in the back of your car. He can’t carry a team. He needs a team that can carry him. Right now that’s not the Bucs. The Bucs aren’t going to win anything with Mayfield now or in the future. We need a QB who can see open receivers and make accurate throws. That’s not Mayfield. It might not be Trask, but Bowles is determined that we’ll never know for sure. Maybe the next HC will actually start Trask in a game. Btw, I will always root for guys that we drafted over the rejects from other teams. Fire Bowles. Drop Mayfield. Draft a QB, and have a legitimate competition with Trask and anyone else who might help this team.
    For the Baker Hate Brigade above is typical of your sentiments, not 5months ago, but 12 days ago. Baker currently ranked 8 among all NFL QB’s. If you go through the list, not hard to make case he should be ranked higher. Those of us who defended Baker weekly were castigated repeatedly. Didn’t really care because learned long ago to consider the source. No need to jump on board the Bucs playoff bound train now. Just go back to being your usual thickheaded selves.

  9. Crickett Baker Says:

    I heard a player (I forget who) just talked about eating oranges at halftime. Also, as a much smaller person, I would not quantify Baker’s 6’1″ as short.

  10. ChiBuc Says:

    @Gipper, you only ever seem to enjoy conflict and stirring up dissent. You rarely revel in the moment, instead you scan the room searching for allies and someone to bully. Your posts are rarely germane to topic, preferring to spew your self agrandizing agenda. Most on here bleed orange, red, and pewter and for some reason you constantly choose to weaponize your hyper-fixation on BM to attack other fans. I get that you lack an ability to accept any opinions other than your narrow view, but it would be great if you could try to realize that your attacks are on your own people, BUCCANEER FANS. We don’t have to think like you (thank god) to be buc fans. The only opinion I’m happy to share with you is that I think the Bucs are the best thing to happen to the bay area. I realize that you will likely forgo an introspective reflection for an insult filled rebuttal of self righteous indignation, but maybe you can hop off your little man soap box for future post and try staying on topic.

    And as far as I’m concerned, bandwagon, lifelong, recent transplant, or even fan boys are welcomed to cheer for the bucs. In fact, their serge in revenue and game attendance likely are what keeps the team in Tampa and not blacked out so you can remain griping about “those bandwagon fans” as you watch from the comfort of your lazy boy.

  11. Smashsquatch Says:

    So refreshing to hear Canales speak with humility. He welcomes criticism and is unafraid to own it. Night and day from last year’s play caller.

  12. Dave Pear Says:

    I wonder if Canales could help Todd fix the pee wee football pass defense?

  13. Gipper Says:

    ChiBuc Says:
    December 29th, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Read your remarks. Here is an idea, if you don’t like what I post here, don’t read it. Very little of what is posted on these pages is from diplomats. The word “fan” is derived from the word fanatic. I consider myself a Bucs and Baker fan. No “righteous indignation” from me just a different viewpoint than others including you.

  14. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Everyone up in here is ready to have Canakes’ baby. Dude is first year OC.

    Of course it’s refreshing for someone to speak with candor and humility, especially in today’s world, but it just makes him a seemingly honest dude not a HC already.

    Honest is a good place to start.

  15. orlbucfan Says:

    Oh, so now we talk about when Brees came to NOLA. The NOLA HC Dick Butkus sacrificed a bunch of cap $$$$ to bring him there. Aints didn’t win immediately so Butkus was history. In comes Sean Payton. Enough said. I hated everything about the Aints except Brees. He’s a class act and deserves to be in Canton. Still, I’m gonna enjoy Bucs winning 5 in a row.

  16. D1 Says:

    Dick Butkus?

    Wrong guy!

  17. D1 Says:

    Butkus brought Brees in !

    Wow! 100% wrong memories

  18. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Butkus, Dicta – close enough. Let

  19. T. McGee Says:

    When I played I always needed a halftime adjustment.

  20. Proudbucsfan Says:

    ChiBuc I respect the comment you posted and agree with you 100% Ol Gipper only posts a comment to attack anyone who doesn’t think Baker Mayfield isn’t the greatest quarterback that ever lived. Most Bucs fans want to see the team succeed and will give credit where credit is due, I for one was calling Baker out when he was playing poorly but now I’m thrilled he is playing great football and is winning. All we want as fans is for Baker to continue playing like an elite quarterback and leading this team, it will bring him to a huge contract and we will have our franchise quarterback. That’s what this fan wants.

  21. garro Says:

    I am so glad to hear him talk about a drive or two too late.

    I think in the last few years all coaches have started to use the tools of tech to aid in making adjustments in game. As in after the first drive (usually scripted).

    Seeing immediately whats going on (Microsoft Surface Sideline Viewing System) allows Canales to make adjustments way before halftime. Whether Leftnut knew how to turn one on is debatable. Cuz you know we do what we do.

    Go Bucs!