After Sunday’s thorough whipping of the Bills, the mood inside the Bucs locker room was, as expected, upbeat. Below are some quotes from head coach Greg Schiano and selected players.Head Coach Greg Schiano(Thoughts on Sunday’s game)“I was really proud of our team, after coming off what was a really tough loss for us at Carolina. It was a hard one to get out of your craw. The reason [is] because we had opportunities and we kind of didn’t do the things that we thought we were capable of doing. This week, in practice, we challenged each other, coaches and players alike, to really make sure that we had the details. One of the things that, for the first time, a week ago, we didn’t do was out-physical the other team when we tackled them. Today, that changed. I thought it may have been our best tackling game of the season. The guys came ready to really get after them. To take it away as many times as we did, on special teams and on defense, four times on defense, and then the sacks, to get after the quarterback, a mobile guy like him – that was important. I felt like we protected our quarterback. That was a huge emphasis.
“There was pressure, but he got sacked, I think, one time, against the team that leads the National Football League in sacks. I thought special teams played very well. We had opportunities, maybe, that we could’ve really played super, but I thought we played well. It was a good team victory, one that the guys will enjoy here, then we’ve got a huge challenge, to try to win four straight at home here to end the season; that’s something that our players really want to do, so we’ll go to work and try to get that accomplished.”
(On cornerback Darrelle Revis’ hit which led to David’s interception)“He also showed his veteran savvy, because I’m watching that whole thing develop and I’m like, ‘Oh boy, this is going to be a penalty. It’s a blind shot, and it’s going to be a high hit,’ and he just put it right [in the receiver’s chest]. It was really, really a good [play]. [He’s] a smart player. Then he made some tackles. From my vantage point, on some of those perimeter plays, I know the defensive call and I know that the corner’s responsible to be in that last alley. [I’m thinking,] ‘Where’s the corner,’ and then all of a sudden Revis flashes and makes the tackles or shoves him out of bounds a couple times. He played all-around football today. [He] didn’t get his own interception, but he led to the result of a few and took some guys away on some deep balls. The one double-move – they said, ‘They got him last week on a double-move, let’s try it.’ Not twice.” QB Mike Glennon(On not having a great game in terms of statistics)“They’re a really good defense, they’re leading the lead in sacks and to only give up one sack shows how well our offensive line did. Some of those balls I would like to have back, but we’ll see what happened [on film review]. Overall our offensive line played great, to get that first big run set the whole tone and then to prevent the No. 1 team in the league in sacks to one sack, that was really important for us.” RB Bobby Rainey(On his 80-yard run)“Run just run, don’t look back just run.”
(On the Tampa Bay run-game mentality)“You always have to be able to run the ball period, but that’s what we try to do here is run the ball, that’s what we’re going to do is run the ball and we did that today. Started out real good and then did a little bit of that in the second half. Just have to continue to work and get better and clean up everything.”
LB Lavonte David(On being just the seventh player in league history to record five sacks and five interceptions)“That’s a big deal, isn’t it? It’s just an accomplishment; I really don’t pay attention to the statistical things, but it’s just all a matter of just playing hard. I love playing this game. I try my best week in and week out and great things happen. Obviously, that’s a great accomplishment. This game of football has been around a long time. To be the seventh player on that list is amazing. Through God all things are possible. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be in this position. Also if it wasn’t for my teammates doing what they’re supposed to do – everybody just flying to the football, getting hands on footballs, creating lanes for sack and things like that – I wouldn’t be in this position. I never single myself out; it’s a team football game. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for my team.”
CB Johnthan Banks(On the importance of this win after last week’s loss)“It’s huge. Last week was embarrassing. This game is really what the Bucs are about. Our offense struggled a little bit, but we played great as a team.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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