Last year, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano pushed defensive end Da’Quan Bowers like old-school coaches do. It didn’t work.

“It’s not all about the injuries,” Bowers said regarding his poor performance, via TheLedger.com by way of JoeBucsFan.com. “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.”

So what does the 2011 second-round pick plan to do about it?

“I’m at a point in my career where it’s time to make plays,” Bowers said. “It’s time to shine. I’ve been mediocre my whole life here. It’s time for me to take that spotlight and just play to the best of my ability and stop selling myself short and this organization short.”