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Bucs-Bills Post-Game Quotes

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What did the Bucs have to say after their 33-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday? Read head coach Raheem Morris' and his players' post-game comments in this article.
Click here to watch Bucs quarterback Byron Leftwich's post-game press conference video.

Click here to watch Bucs head coach Raheem Morris' post-game press conference video.

Bucs head coach Raheem Morris

(Opening statement)
"Tough game, tough loss. Were not going to win those type of games whenever we give a team a 14 point lead and have to come back, thats not going to be our best effort that day. We did fight back, made the game close. I give our team a lot of credit for that. We played a very good football team today. Our plan was to stop the run using a seven-man box and obviously failed at doing that. They have a very good running back in (Fred) Jackson, who ran the ball very well, broke some tackles, made some people miss he ran the ball well on us today. They executed their game plan great job by their coaching staff great job by the Buffalo Bills.

(On the Bucs' discipline)
"Yeah, we got hurt, penalized on offense. This is a very loud place to play, we talked about it all week. Those are the ones that hurt us. The offsides stopped a couple of drives. We did help ourselves we gave them a couple balls on turnovers. But we talked about the crowd noise, the offsides definitely a factor, definitely helped us jump offsides. Definitely a discipline issue weve got to clean up.

(On what the Bucs do well on defense)
"Weve got to play fast and play hard. The discipline thats what weve got to do better. We came back, we fought back, had a couple key stops. We jumped into some cover two, jumped into some quarters. They exploited a couple of matchups, they won a couple, we lost a couple. We just got to get better at doing that thats what weve got to do now. Weve got to find out a healthy balance and find out how to win football games.

(On QB Byron Leftwich)
"Our QB was fine. Thats not the games were going to win. When weve got to go out there and throw it around like that, get 19 rushing attempts, thats not our type of game. We want to use our ability to run the football. You kind of get spooked out a little when you go down by 14 youve got to make plays there at the end. Theyre not allowing us to run the football taking Cadillac (Williams) , Earnest Graham, and Derrick Ward out of the football game that way were not going to win football games when we do that.

(On allowing the Bills to get out of trouble deep in their own territory)
"They ran the ball well. You want to stop them and eliminate the big plays at that point. We feel like we should be able to stop them with the seven guys in the front, the big boys in the front, and we werent able to do it. Then we tried to take a chance and use one of our eight man fronts and they exploited that as well. So they were able to move the ball and get out of there and change the field position, which really helped those guys and gave our offense a long field.

(On not stopping the run)
"I really challenged my up-front people this week. I wanted to come out and have the ability to play these guys with two high safties, playing some double-switch looks, and Mr. Jackson did a nice job of taking the handoffs making us pay for it. Then we put our eight-man and he actually broke a tackle there at the end on the eight-man. For the most part, weve got to play better, weve got to play faster, weve got to do some different things on defense to win.

(On two consecutive weeks struggling against the run)
"Today we just had a couple of missed tackles. The big one was the missed tackle. We missed a couple tackles on some of our fall backs, things of that nature. Like I said, Buffalos offense did a really nice job and Jackson did a great job there, breaking some tackles and making some plays.

(On the two interceptions in the first quarter)
"Those will kill you. We had nice drives, moved the ball well. Weve got to end those things with field goals or punts and keep those guys backed up to give our defense a chance. To get the turnovers really hurts you, especially when they get one and they score with it. And the other one they get, they have an opportunity to take it down there and score as well. Weve got to eliminate the turnovers, which we did in the 2nd half. Weve just got to be better starting the games and better finishing games."

(On the facemask penalties)
"The facemask deal one was an aggressive play by Aqib (Talib) making a nice tackle, his hand slipped up top. The face mask penalties this year are going to be a lot more strict there is no more five yard rule. If you touch the face mask, theyre going to get you. The first face mask (penalty) weve got to eliminate. I believe they had a 15-yard penalty on the same type of deal. The discipline one was the short-yardage one, I believe Gaines (Adams) got. You cant have that youve got to cut that one out.

(On if he thought about sticking with the run)
"Well, we could have made a different decision, with the running attack on that one deal there. We went for the pass they got us on a three-and-out. We were forced to punt the ball and we had to get it back there with about eight minutes left.

(on if he's worried about his team's confidence)
"No, Im not worried about the confidence. Weve just got to play better. Some of the individual battles that we talked about, that we lost, theyll get better each week. 25 (Aqib Talib) I dont worry about 25 will come back as confident as ever next week, ready to win that battle. Ronde Barber, he lost a couple of battles early, but came back and made a couple of splash plays down the stretch. Im not worried about the confidence. They guys will bounce back theyll bounce back quickly. I dont worry about this young football team at all with their confidence. They just want to win a game and theyre very hungry.

Bucs quarterback Byron Leftwich
(On offensive mistakes)
"Most of the time we get hurt its us making the mistakes. Not them beating us. We need to learn to not do that. The difference in winning football games is four or five plays. They made four or five more plays than us. Thats why they won."

(On running the ball)
"We wanted to run the ball but as you can see how the game went we werent able to. It happened just like that last week. We got into the mentality that we had to pass the ball due to getting down early. We had a plan but thats the funny thing about plans (they dont) always work. We still have to do a better job of not making mistakes and not hurting our chances of winning."

(On the interception return for a touchdown)
"I was throwing to Williams and I moved to my left. I turned to throw and a guy grabbed both of my feet. I was trying to not throw it and take a sack thats why the throw was high. But I couldnt hold on to it and I knew right away it was bad."

(On the 4th-and-1 play)
"I dont really know what happened. Id have to see it again. All I know is that he didnt get it. Thats the kind of play we need to make to win. I love the way coach Morris calls plays I love his aggressiveness and confidence in us. I feel we let him down in not converting that fourth down. Were not into moral victories. We need wins. We ran into a team that played better than us today."

(On being in a lot of third-and-ones)
"I dont know. If youre always in 3rd-and-long like we were today youre not going to win. Its too hard to convert it. We need to keep it to 3rd-and-short to allow us to pick up the first down. If you look at the 3rd-and-longs youll see we put ourselves in that situation."

(On the penalties compounding the turnovers)
"Yes we could never really get into a rhythm. We did some good things but it always felt as if we were going uphill. We didnt make a lot of mistakes last week. But this week we did."

(On the Bills' halftime adjustments)
"No not really. They didnt seem to make any adjustments. We didnt see anything different. It was just our 3rd-and-longs and wed pick up nine or 10 (yards) and still have to punt. We just did a bad job of converting and keeping our defense off the field."

(On missing WR Antonio Bryant)
"Any time you dont have a player like Antonio, lets just be honest, it hurts. He can play the game of football but thats not why we lost. Yes, we missed having a player of that caliber in our huddle. Well get him healthy and in the huddle."

Bucs running back Earnest Graham
(On his team having a chance to win)
"We were doing a couple of things wrong at the wrong time. Yeah I would say just about all of it was self-inflicted."

(On bouncing back after the loss)
"Like any other team at this point we've got to just go back and get better. Our schedule doesnt get any easier. Theres certain things we cant do. We cant turn the ball over, we cant give up plays, cant get penalties. We did all of those things at the wrong time tonight. We cant do it, man. Footballs a real simple game."

Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton
(General thoughts on the game)
"We made a lot of mistakes early and just couldnt get over that hump. It was a total team effort on both sides of the ball; we just didnt pay attention to detail and couldnt do the things that we had planned on coming into this game and executing. It definitely hurt us; we came out in the second half with great energy but continued to make some mistakes. These are things that were definitely going to have to clean up. We played hard though, gave ourselves a chance to win. Im proud of the guys, were putting it together."

(On the Bills defenses focus on Tampas running game)
"Every week is going to be like that. With our backs, we can definitely do some dynamic things. There are dynamic skilled people on this team; weve just got to feed off of them. Weve got to do a better job as an offense of keeping our composure, getting off to a faster start and paying attention to detail."

(On the mentality of the team)
"Were fighting hard right now. Everybody has their heads up, we just plan on getting better week by week. We cant afford to make the mistakes that were making, as a team weve got to go back and correct the details. Being able to execute early in the game is a key point that will help us win some ball games down the line."

(On what they need to do to improve)
"Weve got to hold everybody accountable. Its tough sometimes, but its all in the game. Everybody has to hold each other accountable. Weve got to come together as a squad and pay attention to detail."

(On what his offense has to do to get better)
"We can definitely do some dynamic things with our backs. There are skilled people on this team right now that can get it done, we just got to feed off them. We have to do a better job as an offense keeping our composure, getting a faster start and paying attention to detail like the rushing mistakes, thats what we got to do."

(On whether or not hes frustrated with the two losses)
"No. Its not frustrating. Its a long season, its week two. Were fighting hard right now, everybody has their head up. We just plan on getting better week by week. We cant afford to make the mistakes that were making. As a team we have to go back, correct the details and being able to execute earlier in the game is one of the key parts."

Bucs running back Cadillac Williams
(On his touchdown catch)
"Oh man, it was good to catch my first TD catch because thats what Ive been labeled as my whole career is a guy that cant catch. It was good to go out there and put up some receiving yards, but man it wouldve been much better if we couldve got a W."

(On Fred Jackson surprising players with his game)
"No doubt man, he did. To me, hes a guy that gets north and south, he runs behind his pads, nice vision. The offensive line did a good job. Youve got to tip your hat off to the guy. The guy ran hard."

(On watching Fred Jackson on film)
"To be honest with you, I play offense so I dont really get into watching the other teams offense. So, I havent seen much of him, but I did watch the Monday night game, knew that catches he came out. The ability is there, you could definitely see that."

(On being taken out of the run-game early on due to turnovers)
"Man, it was real frustrating. Any time you have penalties, turn the ball over a lot like we did. Youre on the road. Its just tough to win that way. Every man has to look themselves in the eye and just man up, because for us to become a good team we definitely cant turn the ball over. We definitely cant have the penalties we had, offense and defense, as a team, as a whole, we just cant have it."

Bucs post-game quotes courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' public relations staff.
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