Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Bradley Pinion (8) attempts to punt the ball against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL preseason game at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF BUCS POSTGAME 
By Leo Haggerty

If you thought you had seen this scenario before when the Buccaneers beat the Brown with a late field goal, you don’t have to pinch yourself.  It’s the same ending from the week before when Tampa Bay kicker Matt Gay booted the game-winner against the Dolphins.  That leaves the Pewter Pirates with an exhibition record of 2-1 heading into the finale against the Cowboys in Big D at Jerry’s World before San Francisco comes east to open the 2019 regular National Football League season.

Don’t look for the starters to even break a sweat in Dallas.  In fact, some may not even suit up because the bullets fly for real next weekend at Raymond James when the 49ers come into town.

Below are the comments from CB Vernon Hargreaves III along with OT Damar Dotson.  Read them carefully.  Should give you an idea as to where this team is coming from and where it’s going.

All picture by our photo-journalist Steve Jacobson.  Enjoy.

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Demar Dotson (69) during an NFL preseason against the Cleveland Browns game at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Demar Dotson (69) during an NFL preseason against the Cleveland Browns game at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Demar Dotson (69) during an NFL preseason against the Cleveland Browns game at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Demar Dotson (69) during an NFL preseason against the Cleveland Browns game at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

LH : So far, what’s changed this year from last year? 

DD : The big thing is that guys are playing hard across the board.  That’s something that I see on a more consistent basis.  Both on offense and on defense.  Both groups are playing more physical and faster.  We still have a lot of mental and physical mistakes that we have to clean up.  That’s what I see.  People playing more physical and fast.  Not that we didn’t play physical and fast last year.  I just see more guys consistently doing it this year in all areas.

LH : Everyone talks about changing the culture here.  Is the hardest part of changing the culture is the acceptance of losing and changing that mindset to a winning program?

DD : It is.  We’ve been losing around here for a long time.

LH : You haven’t known winning in all the time you’ve been here, correct?

DD : I haven’t.  That’s the kind of coaches we have now.  They’re trying to get rid of the losing atmosphere.  Since I’ve been here, every coach that has come through here has tried to get rid of the losing atmosphere.  From Raheem to Schiano to Lovie to Dirk.  Every guy has tried to change the losing culture.  The big problem was we didn’t have enough people buying into it.  Now, it BA’s turn to come in and try to change the culture.  I do see more people buying into it.  Whatever the difference is from Dirk to BA, more people are buying in.  Guys are playing fast and being physical and trying to execute.  You can see that they are definitely trying to buy into it.

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves (28) during an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves (28) during an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves (28) during an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Derrick Willies (84) at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves (28) during an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Derrick Willies (84) at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

LH : The last couple of years, something was missing from Vernon.  This year, the swagger is back. What has happened?

VH : Just being comfortable.  Finally, being healthy.  I was riddled with injuries the first three years.  Could never really stay on the field.  I’m healthy now.  I’m feeling good and I’m concentrating on just playing football now.

LH : You’re a cover corner.  This defense seems to fit your skill set.  Going to play a lot of man-to-man, aren’t you?

VH ; Yes, of course.  You’ve just said it.  It’s what I do.  Coach Bowles is going to put me in position to make plays.

LH : That’s something you’re not afraid to do, is it.

VH : Not at all.  Not at all.

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Buccaneers fans pose outside before an NFL preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93 comes out of the tunnel before playing an NFL preseason game at Raymond James Stadium against the Cleveland Browns. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers players run out of the tunnel before an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers players run out of the tunnel before an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers players run out of the tunnel before an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians watches practice before an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Buccaneers cheerleaders perform before an NFL preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Buccaneers cheerleaders perform before an NFL preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber (25) runs for yardage against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL preseason game at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL preseason game at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; A Buccaneers cheerleader perform before an NFL preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Buccaneers cheerleaders perform before an NFL preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Spencer Schnell (83) carries a flag coming out of the tunnel before an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Buccaneers cheerleaders perform before an NFL preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)

Aug 23, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians watches practice before an NFL preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Browns 13-12. (Steve Jacobson)