BUCS HALFTIME QUOTES

HEAD COACH JON GRUDEN
(On the first half)
“We felt good about the last two drives offensively. A little slow, surely, we missed a couple throws, dropped a couple of passes, but it was a clean first half – not a lot of penalties. The guys are playing hard.”

(On having mobile quarterbacks)
“It makes a big difference, you know that. It really can impact a game.”

LB DERRICK BROOKS
(On his near interception)
“I broke on the play and I thought I had it, but when I broke on it I ended up hitting my own teammate. Hopefully I’ll be ready to catch the next one.”

(On defense)
“I’m not happy we gave up a score. But we will go back to the drawing board and see what we did wrong. We will watch the tape, make our corrections and just get ready for Jacksonville.”

(On how it felt to be back on the field)
“It’s always good. Right now we see the wrinkles in our game and get to see where we are at. Like I said, I can’t wait to watch the film and get ready, and get better next week.”

WR JOEY GALLOWAY
(On first game back at Raymond James Stadium)
“It’s great. It was fun for the short amount of time I was out there. It was a really good crowd for a preseason game. It’s always great to come into the stadium and play in front of our fans.”

(On the offense)
“We want to run around a little bit. We didn’t move the ball like we wanted to. We let a couple of drives stall, but it’s just the beginning. That’s why we are out here, to work out the kinks. Hopefully we will be better next week.”

QB JEFF GARCIA
(On first game here in Tampa)
“It’s a great atmosphere, great fans. Obviously, we want to come out here and perform well. I think it’s just one of those things, preseason, we are here to iron some things out. It’s good being out there on the field. We want to get first downs, get some points on the board. But for our first day, in Raymond James, it’s just great to be out here. It’s great to be out here to experience the feeling playing in front of these fans.”

(On first two drives of the game)
“I think we were just a little bit off on a couple of throws. I think when you come into a situation like this, it’s a new place for me, you’re excited, you want to do well. You are probably moving through reads and progressions a little faster than normal because you want to get the ball into your receivers’ hands and allow them to make some plays. It was just one of those things where the timing wasn’t right tonight, and the location of the ball wasn’t where it needed to be. Those are things that will be ironed out and we will get much better. There is only one way to go and that’s in a positive direction.”

LB CATO JUNE
(On his first game with the Buccaneers)
“It felt good just to go against someone else. I got to put on the new colors, new teammates, new stadium, and just everything is new. It was good just to get a feel for things.”

(On the defense)
“We were flying to the ball. We have people who are hungry. We were hitting, running and we seemed ready to take what we learned on the practice field and translate it to a game situation.”

(On what he would like to improve on for next week)
“I think communication is a big thing we can improve on. We need to get everybody on the same page, get everybody lined up so we can go out there and be on one page and have everybody doing the same thing.”

RB CARNELL WILLIAMS
(On starting the preseason)
“It feels good. Last year was a tough year and it has been a long training camp, so to get out here in front of the home crowd is a great feeling.”

(On his performance)
“I like what I saw, but it is preseason. Our time was real limited, but overall I like what I saw.”

(On QB Jeff Garcia)
“He looked comfortable and confident. He is a veteran quarterback and he had control of the offense. I thought he looked good.”


BUCS POST-GAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH JON GRUDEN
(On the game overall)
“We won the football game, and that was our goal, obviously. We would have liked to finish some drives off … gotta be able to do that in this league to win. We had a couple breakdowns in pass protection that are inexcusable, and fumbled the football. We did some things that are uncharacteristic of a championship team, but that’s a good start, and obviously an emotional beginning of the game with Mike Alstott’s introduction. It’s been a tough week, a tough 10 days really with an injury to Mike and Bill Walsh dying, but we’re proud of our football team.”

(On QB Luke McCown)
“The thing we’re excited about is his mobility. He’s been on the rise since he’s returned from an injury. He missed all of last season. Had he performed like this last year he would have been our starting quarterback, no question about it. He’s been very good in training camp with the ball, making decisions, and creating plays, which is something you have to do. If you’re not a mobile guy, you better be one hell of a passer and have one great, quick release. Luke McCown, he can throw the football, he can run, and he’s playing heavy football right now, which is a good start for Luke, going 7-for-7 regardless of who he was playing. We liked it.”

(On QB Jeff Garcia and the offense’s slow start)
“Our goal was to get Jeff a lengthy series and get him out of there. It was a good beginning. He’s a hell of a quarterback – great competitor. We’re excited about Jeff Garcia, but we realize we got a long way to go, too.”

(On DE Gaines Adams)
“I thought he showed some energy and life. He’s got a long way to go. He’s not a finished product. He’s playing right end, left end – he’s got some creativity as a rusher. He got close a couple times tonight. I think he found out the backs will chip you too, and knock you sideways. That’s legal. I think he learned some things tonight. He’s a great kid. He’s got a long way to go, but he does have talent.”

(On players who opened his eyes tonight)
“McCown opened my eyes tonight. I thought [running back] Ken Darby did some good things, honestly. I thought

Arron Sears did some good things, from what I could see. I thought [wide receiver] Paris Warren handled the game well. He’s a football player. All he needs is a chance. Somebody’s gonna give him a chance, either me or somebody else. Whenever he gets out there and plays, he plays well.”

(On Tampa Bay’s depth at RB)
“We’re probing a lot of things right now. You know, [running back Michael] Pittman started the game at fullback. [Running back] Earnest Graham has that capability. [Fullback] B.J. Askew did some good things, picking up blitzes, blocking at the point of attack, sorting out the second level. You know, we’re still working to find out which network of backs are going to be with us. Earnest Graham had another real good game. Had we kept him in he would have played extremely well. We have competition and we also have to overcome a loss of our leader and a great player and that’s something we’re going to continue to work through.”

(On the defense’s ability to apply pressure)
“Our pressure’s not good enough. I’m not going to come out here and be negative, but if that’s good enough then let’s give ‘em a lollypop sucker. It ain’t good enough. It ain’t good enough and we’ve got to get better pressure. I don’t want to rely on blitzes. I want to use a four-man rush. It ain’t good enough yet and I want all those guys to roll their fists up and fight – get more done next week. We’re gonna have to.”

(On not playing QB Chris Simms)
“He’s got to play better. He ain’t playing very good right now. When he plays better, he’ll get a chance to play. McCown’s outplaying him, [quarterback] Bruce [Gradkowski] is outplaying him. I want to move the ball and I want to make yards and I want to score points and when we start seeing that on the practice field, he’ll play. But it ain’t happening now.”

(On the debut of the shotgun formation)
“I do like the fact that these guys – Garcia, McCown, and Gradkowski – have been in the gun their whole lives. They’re catch-and-release guys. The fishermen out there know what I’m talking about.”

QB LUKE McCOWN
(On being poised in the pocket)
“I just love playing football. I try not to get too flustered or hyperventilating or whatever you want to call it. You look over at the other number 12 [New England QB Tom Brady] that’s across the sideline and see how calm he is, and you pick out guys that you like to mimic your game after. And certainly the way he plays the game, obviously we’re different styles, obviously he’s much more of a pocket passer than I am, but you look at guys like that and see how they carry themselves, and you see that he’s one of the top two or three in the league.”

RB MICHAEL PITTMAN
(On playing fullback)
“I’ve been doing it since OTAs. The coaches and myself – we just kept it quiet. [Coach Gruden] came to me and said most likely I’ll be starting at fullback the rest of the year, but I still got the same role as a third-down back – you know, a backup to [running back] Caddy [Williams] if he goes down. [It’s] just another opportunity for me to get on the field more.”

(On the Bucs’ use of “Rocket” backfield)
“Having me and Cadillac in the backfield [together], we can create a lot of mismatches because I’ve got the strongside linebacker trying to cover me coming out the backfield. I’m much quicker than he is. And then you’ve got Cadillac on the other side of the ball, and he can come up the backfield, too. So it’s like a “Rocket” back formation. We can create mismatches out there, and keep the defenses on their toes.”

RB KENNETH DARBY
(On if he expected to play as long as he did)
“You know what? Not really. [Running backs] Coach [Art] Valero and Coach Gruden said they were going to play some rookies. In my head, I thought I was going to play, but I didn’t think I was going to play that much. just use the opportunity I had when I was in there.”

(On his first NFL game)
“It didn’t hit me. Not one time, whatsoever. It still hasn’t hit me yet. The only time I thought about it, was on my way to the field warming up. , ‘Oh man this is an opportunity to play in the NFL – to live out my childhood dream.’”

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