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October 11, 2009 @ 10:59 am
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Bucs-Eagles Post-Game Quotes

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What did Bucs head coach Raheem Morris and his players have to say about their 33-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The head coach and his players talk about the loss in this article.
Post-game quotes courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers public relations staff. Visit Buccaneers.com to watch the post-game press conferences.


Head Coach Raheem Morris

(Opening statement)
Obviously we got outplayed today by a better football team. They outplayed us across the board; they made bigger plays than us. You have to win in the red zone, you have to get down and you have to score touchdowns. You have to set yourself up and score touchdowns. Try to play a little bit more aggressive when youre playing a better team like we played today. We went for it on a couple fourth down opportunities. We have to have better percentages than that especially when we get chances to score down there within the red zone. We have to go back and look at the tape and evaluate what weve done and what were doing and see where we are.

(On the play of his wide receivers today, such as Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton, and the number of dropped passes)
Thats an issue. When youre playing with a young quarterback those plays have to be made by those caliber players, those caliber receivers. Both guys dropped a bunch of balls today. I dont have the exact number here, but you have to make those plays for your young quarterback so he can present himself with a better day than he had. He did throw the two interceptions playing against that much pressure; a whole lot more pressure than we thought we were going to get in the first place. We have to have better protection up front as far as executing the plan. We executed the plan in the second half but we should have executed in the first half to not allow some of those pressures to be as inviting up the A gaps as they were. The guys have to get it. We have to stop making excuses for ourselves and thats just the bottom line; the same thing with the wideouts.

(On his decision to go for it on fourth downs instead of kicking field goals)
Youre on the road, youre playing against a hostile environment, you have fourth and inches and you want to be aggressive in those situations, in those times. They just make a couple big plays on you. You feel like you can get a yard on anybody. You feel like you should get a yard on anybody or an inch on anybody. They stood up and made big time plays and we fumbled the snap away on one of them. Those things just cant happen. We have to at least get two of those in order to give yourself an opportunity to at least get three. You cant have a turnover; you cant have a turnover on downs. In some of those situations, if they do stop you, it becomes a big, huge play for those guys and it was.

(On the play of QB Josh Johnson today)
Its really hard to grade Josh on some of those plays, on some of the drop balls he had today. He could have had an 80-yard bomb on the first throw of the game. He had some opportunities for other people to catch some passes from him, but we dropped some passes today. He still had a few turnovers which were deadly in the red zone. We cant let those happen. He did use his feet well and he took chances downfield; the things we asked him to do. We have to continue to get better. We executed a couple two minute drives well, very well. We have to continue to get better. We have to continue to grow with him and we have to help him. [TE] Kellen Winslow stepped up big today. He had a big game for him and he helped [QB Josh Johnson] out big time. He caught some nice passes.

(On Josh Johnson handling the blitz)
Josh did a nice job of getting to where he was supposed to get to as far as protection. Everybody has to be on the same page. When he makes the call, everybody has to get it and you cant make excuses for yourself which we did a little bit in that first half. In the second half, those guys responded. He knew where he was supposed to go with the ball. We just have to protect him better. We have to be locked in. We cant get distracted by the noise and the environment or whats going on or cant hear. Theres no excuses in this league. You have to go out there and play football.

(On whether he was disappointed with the play outside of Josh Johnson)
Theres no doubt about that. The guys around him have to step up for him. Like I said, on the positive side, [TE] Kellen Winslow did step up for him. We need everybody. When youre talking about playing a young quarterback like Josh, having him go into a hostile environment like Philly, somebody has to step up and make a play for him. When you have zero coverage in the back end, and he puts the ball in, you have to catch it, you have to make somebody miss and go score. Period.

(On whether he is satisfied with where the team is mentally at this point)
No, we have to be a tougher football team on ourselves. We have to catch those balls; you cant have that happen. We have to go out there and play.

(On whether he will make any changes)
We have to go to practice first. We have to go to practice and see who can step up and perform and see who can catch those balls and throw to those people. Thats what well do.

QB Josh Johnson

(On Asante Samuels second interception)
I just tried my best to put it in a spot where I knew where [WR] Sammie [Slaughter] was going to be, and I just put a little bit too much pressure on him and it ricocheted off his hands and right into Asante Samuels, and he was right there, and it was a gift to him. Its another frustrating play, and we had a lot of those plays like that today.

(On the Eagles defense compared to the rest of the NFC East)
The Eagles blitz package is a lot different than a lot of teams. They have a defensive line that is very athletic, so it allows them to do a lot more things than a lot of different teams can do. They can bring different blitzes, that allows them to bring more linebackers and DBs because their ends are able to drop in coverage, and cover a lot of ground. They have a good blitz package, and for me being a young quarterback, it was good that I got to see it, because now we know what we got to do in our offense to be able to try to combat with that if other teams see that and they want to take that and try to do that versus us.

(On whether he expected to see the amount of pressure he faced today)
They showed it, and no, we didnt [expect it]. We worked on it, and we had a check for it, and we got to our checks early, but when a team does that, there is a 50/50 chance it can be a big play [for us] or a big play for them, and when you are up 21-7, you take that risk of trying to create big plays for yourself, and if you give up a big play, youre still up 21-7, and I think thats the approach they took to us in the second half. We just have to keep fighting. A lot of guys do that, and thats why Im proud of the guys that kept fighting.

On the support he received from the teams veterans and how the dropped passes affected him)
I feel like Im getting a lot of support from the guys. [Dropped passes] happen. They are out of my control. All my job is, is to get those guys the ball. What happened with the drops, I cant control that. So, for them, I know those guys will do what theyve been doing, and thats fine. So, Im not mad at anybody about that or anything. It happens. I had mixups. We all make mistakes, so its not about pointing fingers. Its about all of us looking ourselves in the mirror, and what can I do to help this team get a win? Its not about you lost it this game, this person lost it this game. We all lost the game. We lose as a team, and we win as a team. Thats how this game works.

(On his fumbled snap)
Honestly, I cant even remember what happened. I felt like I did the same thing I have been doing. We got tape tomorrow, so if it was my fault, I will admit to that. Im not sure exactly what happened, it happened so fast. Ill get a better look at what happened tomorrow. And that was another big playeven if it was a short hop, I got to do my best to get the ball, so I mean, thats what it all boils down to. And thats what the frustration is about. Its not about when a team physically beats you; its about when you do a lot of things that hurt yourself. Thats the most frustrating part about it.

(On talking to Donovan McNabb after the game)
I talked to [McNabb] and Mike [Vick]. I was more frustrated, but at that time it was a great honor for me in my life to see those two guys and to have a conversation with them, it was extremely joyful moment for me, and to sit there and watch him play, it was a joy to watch. I mean, he was one of the guys I looked up to growing up, and when you get the opportunity to see him play in live action, I mean, I feel blessed.

(On what McNabb said to him)
He told me to keep working. He likes the way I play the game. He told me to keep working, and hopefully we can build a relationship together, and that is what Im trying to do, so I can become a better quarterback and try to pick some things off of his brain, as well. We lost, and that was the frustrating part of that, but I did have a conversation with him and I tried to talk to him after, so that was good for that part.

CB Will Allen

(On what happened in the game that led to the loss)
The Eagles simply made the plays and we did not. We have to learn to make the plays through out the whole game to win games. We just did not make the plays in the game and that is what it came down to.

(On whether Tampa Bays defense seemed to struggle another week)
The Eagles had some deep throws on our defensive again and we just did not make the plays. We get paid just like the Eagles do and that is a part of the NFL. You have to make plays to win and be accountable for what you do. Our defensive has to start to make plays when the ball is thrown in their direction.

(On whether the team thought they would have to play a perfect game to win)
I did not think that we had to play perfect to win but we do have to make plays. I think the Eagles on both sides of the ball offensively and defensively just played a better game than us. And when this happens you will lose.

(On what the team needs to do to keep a positive outlook)
We have to keep together as a team and gel. Each player has to be accountable for their own work during the week. Players are going to have to go out and work harder and be accountable to correct what they might be doing wrong. We need to come back next week and get that first win.

DE Roy Miller

(On what it will take to get a win)
We cannot let the big plays happen because teams like the Eagles are an excellent team. The Eagles have a lot of very talented players on their side but we cannot let them score that quickly.

(On whether there were any bright sides of the game)
We felt like we were still in the game most of the game but then the score just started to get away from us. We are fighters on this team and we just have to continue to fight and do what we need to do to get a win. We need to get a win because we look at one another all week and we know that we are working hard.

(On how happy he was to see [DE Jimmy] Wilkerson get three sacks)
You really do have to give Jimmy a ton of credit because there were a lot of max protect
plays out there and he still got the sacks. He was able to get to the edge and get some sacks and do all that he could do to keep us in the game. I really think he did a great job on a great offensive line and a great quarterback that the Eagles have.

G Davin Joseph

(On whether the blitzes from the Eagles made it tough to make plays)
We had planned for the Eagles to make a lot of blitzes but we just did not execute the plays.
You are going to have some of their guys free and we have to pick up the right guys in the schemes and we did not always do that. I think we needed to do a little better of a job picking up those blitzes.

(On whether being 0-5 for the first time since 1996 will weigh on the team)
It is about tomorrow and we cannot live in today. This game is over and we just will have to move forward. I believe in every guy in this locker room and in every coach and we just need to get our first win. I would not trade a coach or a player on this team right now.

(On whether he was disappointed that the team did not have a better running game)
The Eagles defense did an excellent job stopping the run. They really filled the gaps really nice and that enabled us to make some nice throws down the field. I think what hurt us was that when we got into the red zone we did not execute plays really well. When you get into the red zones you have to get scores out there.

(On what it is going to take to get the offense moving)
We are going to have to execute the plays better out there to win games. We have the plays and the players to make plays but if you do not execute them properly you will not win. You must execute the right plays first if you can even think about winning the game.

LB Barrett Ruud

(On whether he is frustrated with the play of the defense)
I think we played a little better last week but I think today we got beat to much over top. You will not win a lot of games if you give up to many big plays. I think we have to look ourselves in the mirror and be accountable for our own play. We need to find some ways quickly to improve ourselves.

(On what it will take to not give up the big plays)
We will not win games if we give up the big plays. We have to make the plays and not beat ourselves out there. There is no room though to point fingers. If you give up the long pass or the long run most of the time you beat yourself. You cannot win games doing this.

(On whether it seemed that the cornerbacks were on receivers but not turning around)
You do have to give credit to Philadelphia because they do have some really good receivers. Obviously with [QB Donovan] McNabb and their receivers are going to make the plays. We have to only look at ourselves and make the plays. It is frustrating right now but we all just need to look at our own selves and make the plays.

S Tanard Jackson

(On whether he was frustrated by the big plays the Eagles made on offense)
We really worked hard this week and it is frustrating because we were beat on some plays. We really focused on trying to not give up the big plays, but unfortunately it happened. I think that was the key to why we got behind in the game. We knew with the two receivers they have that they were capable of making the big plays.

(On whether he knew that three of the Eagles scoring drives were in less than 1 minute)
That is not good because we are not allowing our defense to rest enough when this happens. We have to learn to have our defense and the offense and special teams all play well in one game, and we will get that first win.

(On whether he is troubled that the defense has given eight long touchdowns)
I think part of it is that this is a little different of a system then we were accustomed in the past. There is a lot of match up protections in our system and it is about us though. We have to make the plays on the opponents that we are playing against. We are out there to stop these plays and right now we are not doing it.

(On whether the cornerbacks were not turning around on the deep passes)
I think we were not turning around on the plays and we are paid just like the other players are and need to make those plays. They just made the plays on offense and unfortunately they were two very deep passes. We wish it would have gone our way but it did not. I think this is a character test for this whole locker room and we need to play better. I think we are at the point that it will only get better from here.
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