Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers said former coach Greg Schiano had a negative impact on him mentally last season, Rick Brown of TheLedger.com reports.
Bowers, 24, had one sack and two tackles last season while battling a knee injury. It was his third season since being a second-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2011.
Bowers admitted the injury wasn't the only factor in his play last season.
"It's not all about the injuries," he said. "I let other reasons get to me mentally. It was Schiano. He got to me mentally, and I couldn't bounce back for some reason. I blame myself though. I couldn't push through it mentally. It taught me something and I'm a better person and a better player because of that."
Tampa Bay fired Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik after finishing last season 4-12. Lovie Smith was hired as head coach in January.
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