Bucs RB Michael Pittman on the running backs as a whole: “It gives us a chance. We’ll put up the numbers. The offensive line was blocking great. Whoever was carrying the ball got the opportunity to make the most of it.”
Pittman on winning the home opener: “We’re just trying to gain momentum. We feel good right now, but we can’t let these two wins get to our heads. It’s only two wins, but it’s a great feeling to start 2-0.”
Pittman on the difference in the offensive line this year: “It’s the attitude man. You got to have attitude. They have attitude like ‘We’re going to run the ball no matter what’ and you can see it on their face. Last year you didn’t see the fire in the eye like they have this year. They’re ready to run the ball, that’s all they want to do.”
Bucs FB Mike Alstott on his touchdown run: “It was great. Everybody got involved. It reminds me of 2002 when everybody got involved in the passing game and running game. I thought it was a great day. The effort was fantastic. It felt good to be out there again in front of our crowd and to play against a very good defensive front and do some good things.”
Bucs rookie RB Carnell “Cadillac” Williams on his 2nd straight 100 yard game: “It definitely means a lot. I’d be lying if I said I came in expecting this kind of turnout. I owe it all to those guys up front. Those guys worked hard during training camp and they gave me lanes to run into, therefore it made my job easier so I want to thank those guys.”
Williams on his injury: “My foot, I don’t know. I should be fine to go. Right now, it’s my left foot. We’re going to check things out.”
Williams on playing with an injury in the 2nd half: “I was definitely in pain. I’ve been playing this game of football and you never feel good. I’m always going to hurt. But usually when I’m hurt, I play better.”
Williams on developing a running attack: “We just have to keep it going. We can’t get complacent. We have to get better. All the credit goes to those guys up front. They do a heck of a job making my job easier.
Williams on his touchdown: “It’s 3rd and Goal. I just wasn’t going to be denied. I knew if we punched it in instead of settling for three (points), that with the type of defense we have I knew the game would basically be over. That’s the mentality I went with.”
Williams on making a statement about finishing: “Coming into the whole draft, a lot of folks said I was too small, or I didn’t run fast enough. I’m kind of playing with a chip on my shoulder, like I have something to prove which I feel like I don’t. That’s the attitude I take on the field.”
On if he’s surprised at how quickly he’s started in the NFL: “I’m shocked, but I wouldn’t say I’m surprised. I have confidence in my ability and the things I do. Overall the team, I know we have a chance to be great.”
On if he can tell when he’s wearing down the other team: “Oh no doubt. Once they get to drooling, they don’t come off the ball as fast, they definitely aren’t talking anymore. The 1st Quarter, they were definitely talking. Once those guys start slowing it down, they’re huffing and puffing, and that’s the time to kick it up a notch.”
Williams on rebounding with a big run after a negative run: “There are going to be times when guys take shots at me, and they’ll have their shots. They’ll knock me down, but hey, I love the physical contact of this game. You can’t just hit me and expect me to lay down.”
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden on the game overall: “That was a big win for our team; against a heck of a team. I don’t think Buffalo had the national respect that people should have for them. They’ve won eight or nine out of their last eleven. It was a great win. We had too many penalties; particularly in the kicking game, but to play that defense and not give up the ball offensively is a great accomplishment alone. I am proud of our defense. I am very proud of our team. We still have a long way to go to get where we want to be.”
Gruden on Carnell Williams’ injury: “He has a sprained arch. I don’t know the degree of the injury. He took a shot and returned. Obviously, his health has a lot to do with where we are right now.”
Bucs DT Anthony McFarland on the defensive effort: “We got some three-and-outs early, that was big because we got them out of their rhythm. Defensively, that allowed us to get into rhythm early. The guy’s up front played well, got to the quarterback, in the end it got to them.”
McFarland on stopping the Bills offense: “Today, we were able to stop them from running the ball for the most part and then we were able to turn and rush a bit. The numbers might not have been there from a sack standpoint, but we kept it moving, kept him moving in the pocket and that was good.”
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