Smith also talked about the ground attack, saying "we have not run the ball consistently as we would like to."
Another power back, Jason Snelling, could play Sunday after he sustained a concussion against the Jets. Snelling, of course, has to pass the NFL's concussion protocol in order to play and practiced on Wednesday.
"The only player that I will say is further along than where he was last week is Jason Snelling," Smith said Monday. "Jason Snelling has moved down the chain so to speak, in terms of his concussion protocol and we will see Jason Snelling out on the field in the next day or two."
Even though the Bucs allowed McCoy to rush for more than 100 yards last week, they're still a force to be reckoned with against the run. Defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Akeem Spence are pluggers and will most likely see a lot of Jacquizz Rodgers, who leads the Falcons with just 177 yards rushing and is a threat out of the backfield.
McCoy became the first player to record 100 yards rushing on Tampa Bay since Nov. 4 of last season. Tampa Bay was first against the run in 2012 and has yielded only three 100-yard rushers since the start of last season.
Also keep an eye out for Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who will make his third career start in place of the exiled Freeman. Glennon showed poise in the pocket versus the Eagles and threw for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
"Mike stands in there with great confidence," Bus wide receiver Vincent Jackson said. "He's going to be a great leader for this football team. Just his command of the game is impressive. They gave us a lot of different looks and he made a lot of great decisions."
The lanky Glennon even showed good footwork in the pocket and was sacked only twice. Atlanta has just 11 sacks total this season.
Another Tampa Bay rookie, tight end Tim Wright, has made the transition from wide receiver a smooth one and is excited working with another fellow first- year player in Glennon.
"We came in together as rookies and we spent a lot of time during the offseason throwing routes on air and getting that timing down, that connection," Wright said of Glennon. "You never thought, down this line, that we'd be the two hooking up together at this point, but it happened, and it's starting to show for us."
Wright and Jackson will face an Atlanta defense allowing 274.8 passing yards per game and 26.8 ppg.
Both the Bucs and Falcons have fallen on hard times and are desperate for a win. Tampa Bay is pretty much out of the running at 0-5, but the Falcons still have an outside shot if they can find the win column this week.
Even though Jones is finished for the season and White is gradually getting back to full strength, Atlanta still has a talented roster. If Ryan thought he would be facing pressure entering this season after a strong 2012, imagine how he feels knowing all eyes will be on him to lead a resurgence.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Falcons 27, Buccaneers 19