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Bucs-Jets Post-Game Quotes

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The Buccaneers lost to the Jets at Raymond James Stadium Sunday, 26-3. What did Bucs head coach Raheem Morris and his players, including QB Josh Freeman, say about the team's 12th loss of the season? Read their quotes in this article.

Quotes courtesy of the Bucs public relations staff.


(Opening statement)
"Obviously not the results you are looking for. I told the team right there, we came out a little flat in practice on Friday and those are the results you get when you don't practice hard every day. We came out flat on offense, you get put into some bad situations on defense early, but then you give up a 33-yard run to get the game out of hand. To get in the game you feel like you have to pass the ball too much and that's not the way we're going to be able to win. It's time for us to go back to the lab and figure out how to get a win versus Seattle."

(On Josh Freeman)
"Josh is going to be in the football game. Josh has to go out there and learn the hard way and it's the hard way the last two weeks. This week I think he played the best defense in the National Football League and he went out there and they showed him why. They sent us all kind of pressures. We couldn't handle the pressure up front. We couldn't handle that receiver. We couldn't handle their running back. They outmanned us on defense and that's how they play. They played well enough to win the football game."

(On the first play of the game)
"You throw a ball and you're trying to catch [Darrelle] Revis up top, trying to open the game up so we can get out and go into the running game a little bit. You have your best player and their best player and you have to see who can win that match up. We threw the ball up. Revis made a good play, knocked it down, wasn't a great throw. That's the way it goes. You can't throw balls into traffic like that."

(On the offensive game plan)
"You have to go out there and you have to try and run the football. You have to go out there and you have to try to establish something early. You have to put the ball in the air to let those guys know to back up and they're going to bring all kinds of pressures at you and they're going to bring all kinds of things, we can't pressure the run game. So if you can get something on the ground with it, then try to come at them then you have an opportunity. It never happened for us that late. The young man was off, our guys were off, we didn't have a great day. I'm going to put it on us and the coaching staff."

(On the play in the past two games)
"You know you're not good enough. You're not good enough. We have to go out there and get better. We have to do a better job coaching. We have to do a better job on the field. We have to do a better job with our players and that's just the bottom line. That's what this is."

(On Friday's practice)
"I don't think it was a discipline issue with the flat practice. I think it was a get going issue. It was hard to get going that day. It was a little gloomy.  People were trying to get going. People were trying to be hot. The quarterback missed a couple of throws. The receivers didn't run great routes. We have to get better in Friday practices. The team did a great job as far as discipline all week as far as being there, being where they need to be, practicing hard on Wednesday, practicing hard on Thursday. It's just Friday they came out flat on the field and I let them know that in our meeting and after practice I let them know that. It was just a result of what happened today. It's just what happens. You can't have any bad practices in this league and expect to go out there and win."


(On the amount of pressure they gave on defense)
"To be honest with you, I thought we didn't play that bad on defense. We had some field goals down in there, a little bit of a mis-fit on Thomas [Jones] with the touchdown in the first half."

(On if he was blitzing on the Thomas Jones TD run)
"No, we were just fitting it up. It put Barrett [Ruud] in a bad situation with the open field tackle. It was a tough day. When you feel good about some of the things you do but still feel this low afterwards, it's a little bit frustrating."

(On the frustrations in the offense)
"We have a young kid at quarterback. We put him in some tough situations today. I don't expect him to win every game. We need to create some turnovers and put him in a better position to score. Maybe things are different. It's not up to him to win every football game for us. We will find a way to get better."

(On the team)
"We are building; we are trying to build something. I'm not accustomed to this. Maybe some of the other guys on this team have been in some of their other programs. All we can ask from our guys is to finish this thing out and play hard. It doesn't matter what the score is, ever, it never has. There have been a lot of games where teams didn't beat us and we found ways to beat ourselves with turnovers, losing the position battle. We've won those games in the past; we found a way to win them. This team has to find out about themselves if they can do that. You can blame it on a lot of different things, youth or new coaches, new quarterback. They are all excuses to me. We just have to find a way to get better."


(On the offense)
"We just couldn't get it going. It just wasn't a good showing by us at all. The things we practiced on we just didn't execute. We just didn't look good today."

(On the lack of production)
"Without seeing the film, I don't know if we are all on the same page at all times. Those guys were able to make some plays, shed some blocks and get into the backfield. We really have to focus on our goals and get back to the X's and O's in practice and make sure everyone blocks their man."

(On the loss of confidence in the run game)
"Not necessarily, there wasn't a lack of confidence at all. I did feel a little bit of panic at one point in the game. When things were going the way they were, what do you expect?"


(On if he feels like he has taken a step back the past two weeks)
"Last week was really everything but the red zone.  My first four games, once we got into the red zone we knew we were going to score.  The Carolina game was kind of reverse.  We were moving the ball and then couldn't get it done in the red zone.  This week, we felt like we had a good plan but we didn't come out and execute.  We've got to learn to start faster, that's something we've got to do.  I'm going to put that on myself.  I've got to push the tempo in the huddle.  We had the delay of game off the bat, we had some motion problems.  We've just got to eliminate those.  You can't win; you can't get the right start when you are making mistakes like that."

(On his first interception)
"I was trying to get the ball to AB [Antonio Bryant].  I dropped back, looked left, tried to snap back right and catch him in a window.  He ran a good route but they had Bart Scott [David Harris] just sitting right there.  I didn't see him as I looked back; I missed him in the middle."

(On why the Buccaneers came out passing instead of establishing the run)
"We have confidence in our passing game.  Obviously the Jets got the better of us today and it showed.  They have a very talented defense, great schemes.  We just felt like we were going to come out and get it going.  Looking at the film there was an open guy.  We could have banged it out there and had an easy eight to 10-yard gain on the first play of the game, but I went to the other side and it was a bad decision by me."

(On how much of the game he is putting on himself)
"It's all on me.  I'm the quarterback.  I've got to find a way to go in and look at these protections and get something down.  [Jeff] Faine makes some of the calls; I make some of the calls.  I need to get to the point where I go out and see what I see and make all the calls and know who I'm hot off of.  One time I made a call, Faine out to the left, and he made a call to slide right.  It's one of those things where we need to be on the same page.  A lot of those things can be cleaned up."

(On the Jets' defensive pressure)
"They have a huge blitz package.  They have a number of things and they do a great job of disguising it.  There were a lot of times where you can't tell if it's an all-out,  you can't tell if it's single-high, you can't tell if it's zone or man.  They do a lot of stuff to mix it up.  I just have to do a better job of reading it on the fly and making the necessary throws to keep drives alive."

(On the offensive game plan)
"I think we wanted to run it.  We had a multitude of runs and passes in the game.  We script our first 15 plays and the first one was a pass.  I can't throw an interception, it's completely unacceptable."  


(On dealing with a lot of short fields today)
"We did, but that's our job. We don't expect to be in situations like that. It was unexpected, but we have to go out and answer the bell. Whether it's a sudden change off of an interception or whatever, we have to go out and do our jobs.  No finger pointing or anything else like that, the defense happened to step up and answer the bell and try to hold them to field goals and no points."

(On if he feels that they did a pretty good job of holding their offense in check)
"I think that we definitely left some plays out there that we should've made, but I think overall we played well enough to hold them to field goals and give our offense more opportunities.  It just didn't work out like we wanted it to."

(On if the effort was there)
"The effort is going to be there.  We are all accountable; right now we're all playing for our teammates.  If we were to not do that we would be letting our team down as a whole.  That is one thing that we are not going to do no matter what the outcome."

(On if it is as simple as pointing to a bad practice on Friday for the loss as coach Morris said)
"You can credit it to that.  But Sundays is what we do.  Preparation leading up to Sundays is very important. But when we come out on Sundays and it's time to play against our opponents we know what we have to do.   We know the game plan that has been put in place. So, it can be an issue but I think it's more about us being on that field on Sunday and actually going out and doing what we have to do."


(On the game)
"It was definitely a frustrating day. I thought we prepared pretty good for them; we kind of had an idea of what they wanted to do offensively and special teams wise. We just let it get away from us. They were fortunate enough to capitalize on mistakes and pull it out."

(On holding them to field goals)
"Regardless of what happens on the offensive side of the ball, the defense has to go out and play 100 percent. We were backing them up pretty early and unfortunately they got a couple of field goals and got up on us. As long as they weren't touchdowns we felt like we were sitting pretty comfortable."

(On the onside kick)
"That is the second time we ran it this year. We were fortunate enough to recover it both times. Special teams will probably start studying for it so we have to draw up something else so we can just get the ball back. It's definitely a weapon and we can use it at any time."

(On what Head Coach Raheem Morris said to the team)
"Just to keep our heads up. We are going to Seattle next week, trying to get our second win."


(On the missed Thomas Jones tackle resulting in a TD)
"That was all on me. When you miss a tackle in a close quarters spot, that's not doing your job. In my mindset, that kind of lost us the game because you are still very into it when it's 9-0 and they come in there and score a touchdown. If we kept it 9-0 or just to a field goal we would still be very into it. Unfortunately I didn't make the play and they ended up scoring."

(On if a tough loss drains the life out of players)
"No it doesn't because that's not being a good pro. This is when weak minded individuals start looking for excuses in blaming other people. If you are really into football and love the game, you look at yourself and find out how you can improve. That's all you can do right now. You can't change. We are 1-12 now, all you can do is try to get better individually and try to help them team out as a whole."


(On being able to stay in the game early by holding them to field goals)
"The defense started out pretty good.  Going into the second half we held them to field goals. Then in the third quarter we gave up a touchdown and then from there we just kind of went downhill.  We just have to continue to stay focused and learn how to finish out games."

(On if the heat and fatigue played a factor today when the defense was on the field for 50 plays in the first half)
"Fatigue did play a little bit of a factor.  We got away from the heat for a little while but then it finally got back here and it was kind of a shock.  We were kind of gassing.  But that is partly our fault as players, with getting our bodies prepared physically with staying hydrated."

(On the Jets running backs)
"They have two very good running backs.  They are small guys, but they can play like big guys and there really isn't just one guy that is going to take them down.  You have to swarm these guys so you can take them down."

(On finishing up the season)
"That's what being a pro is all about, learning how to finish out the whole season.  Even though we have only won one game we still have to be focused and be confident in ourselves in the things that we are doing right."


(On the offense)
"We just couldn't get anything going. It's hard to put a finger on just one thing. It was just a poor performance by us."

(On the Jets' defense)
"You have to tip your hat to the defense. They are the number one defense in the NFL but again a lot of that was us. Missed assignments and a lot of the minor stuff was just us which has been going on the whole year."

(On having the lack of the running game)
"When you run the ball and you aren't successful only gaining one or two yards or getting hit in the backfield and it then becomes second and long, as a play caller you lose confidence in running the ball. I can't put it on that."

(On if the lack of execution was surprising)
"For us to just have guys running free and not doing what we are coached to do that is truly surprising."


(On his play and the play of the team)
"You know I didn’t play great today. None of us did. It is a team game. It’s frustrating.”

(On the team devoting the season to developing Freeman)
"Oh yeah I'm fine with that. To tell you the truth that is all we're doing. That's all we have to look forward to. You got to stay healthy and get this guy going. He knows that. We have to do a better job of getting him there and pushing ourselves, but we got to get him to the point where we don't want to make a mistake in front of him." 


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