Bucs head coach Jon Gruden on Tampa Bay's 20-10 win over Seattle "We're proud of our team. We played well tonight. We had a great drive at the end of the game by our offense, possessing the ball setting up a big field goal."
Gruden on the status of injured WR Ike Hilliard "Ike Hilliard has a concussion. We think he's going to be fine. Obviously, we're very concerned about him, but we think he's going to be okay. All the preliminary reports are that he'll be overnight in the hospital and he's going to be okay."
Gruden on quarterback Jeff Garcia's performance "He was hot tonight. He made a lot of plays. I think he had 10 or 11 different receivers. Mobility was a factor tonight. He created some opportunities running and throwing to a lot of people. He was fun to watch."
Gruden on rookie cornerback Aqib Talib "He loves the ball. I have a lot of confidence, and really have tremendous amount of respect for his ability. I think he's going to be a premier corner in the league. He has to continue to work and he knows that. He has to continue to refine his game. Ronde Barber, [defensive backs Raheem Morris] and other guys in that room will help him do that."
Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia on the big win "Another pretty solid effort by the team, in the first half especially. Offensively, we did some good things. We were disappointed to not get the ball in the end zone a couple times we had those opportunities. But again, when you have a defense that is playing the way our defense is playing against a team that is struggling a little bit on the offensive side. We knew that when we got ahead, that we put ourselves in a pretty good position to win the football game."
Garcia on the touchdown pass to WR Antonio Bryant "They just came in an all-out blitz and it was one of those things where the offensive line and running backs did a great job of picking up the blitz, giving me enough time to look down the field. Antonio Bryant was in a one-on-one situation. I just threw a ball where hopefully he would have a chance to make a play and he did a great job of shielding off the defender and creating separation at the end and making a big play out of it."
Garcia on WR Antonio Bryant's development and play tonight "He just did a great job of continuing to work to find openings and I was fortunate to have time to move around in the pocket and give him balls that he could catch and run after the catch. I think that's one of the things that he does so well is that he's so explosive after he gets the ball in his hands. He really did a great job of creating yards after the catch."
Garcia on the physical mentality of chewing the clock up "It is the mentality of this team. Again, the way our defense is playing when teams are forced to come back and put the ball in the air, generally our defense does a great job of stopping that and creating turnovers. And when you have an offensive line like we have and blocking tight ends and fullbacks, it is important to be able to create first downs to grind it out, to keep the clock running, to hopefully get into a field position situation, to where we can force them into long drives."
Bucs defensive end Kevin Carter on the defensive pressure "The thing about it was we were tough against the run, and we knew that with a young quarterback, they were going to have some timing issues throwing the ball downfield. So, we knew if we were tough on them against the run, and we got after them on first and second down, we will put them in difficult situations in third down to pass."
Bucs safety Sabby Piscitelli on the defense as a whole "I think the defense played great, but the biggest thing was the offense kept us off the field so it allowed our defense to be so fresh. When the offense puts us in a good position like that, we're going to play well."
Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib on his interception "The receiver ran a dig actually. I think it was Barrett Ruud that came across and what can I say, Monte Kiffin put us in perfect position. Barrett came across to get a deflection on the ball and we capitalized on an opportunity."
Talib on playing in prime time "It was wonderful. I felt the adrenaline, felt the energy in here and I think everybody on our team felt it, because we got out early and we never let up.