Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber on the defense’s outing on Saturday night: “We worked hard in the offseason and preseason with the idea of starting games fast, and tonight we weren’t able to do that. That’s a little bit of a disappointment. On a positive note, we caused two turnovers. We’ve got to find a way to be on the positive side of the turnover battle. When we do we’re a good football team, and when we don’t we put ourselves in position to lose football games.”
Barber on recording an interception after having one earlier in the game ruled incomplete: “I was looking over my other shoulder, so I’m not sure if I had my feet in bounds or not. Either way, we did some good things and I did some good things. As a team I think we have a ways to go. We’re getting better, though. We’ve got another week or so before we have to start preparing for Minnesota.”
Bucs wide receiver J.R. Russell on his performance vs. the Dolphins: “I just made the plays that were called when they came to me. I just took advantage of my opportunities. I’m just thinking about now, not the next day. I think I did okay. I’m going to come back tomorrow, look at film and go from there.”
Bucs quarterback Brian Griese on his father covering Saturday night’s preseason game as a Dolphins television analyst: “That’s happened quite a few times now. Throughout college he announced some of my games. We played Miami a few times when I was in Denver, and I played here in Miami for a while. Now I’m back playing against them. I’m looking forward to seeing them later on in the year.”
Bucs RB Cadillac Williams on his play vs. the Dolphins: “It felt great just to come out here and get a few touches, being in pass situations, reading the defense and feeling the tempo of the game. It felt real good. I am definitely comfortable with the offense. I feel like I’m coming along well. I’m looking forward to next week.”
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden on his thoughts on Tampa Bay’s 17-14 loss to Miami: “In some ways I was pleased with a lot of the performances we had. Some penalties and key turnovers really cost us tonight. The way we started on defense was pretty negative. But if you want to talk about the positives, I thought Chris Simms did a great job tonight. I was very pleased with Earnest Graham and what he did tonight. I thought Cadillac Williams ran the ball hard. We had some penalties obviously that negated some big plays – a long run by Derek Watson and an explosive touchdown by Joey Galloway. We’re still struggling returning punts in Tampa. We had some penalties and some blown assignments in the fourth quarter – some of our young guys didn’t play well.”
Gruden on Tampa Bay committing 10 penalties for 93 yards vs. Miami: “We have to take a good look at that. We’ve got to be honest with what we’re coaching and discipline our football team and play with more poise, especially on third downs. Those were obviously huge infractions that hurt us.”
Gruden on RB Earnest Graham’s performance: “We want to see Graham. I’m not so sure he’s not a really good back. He’s been put in some really tough situations. He’s been a single back when we throw him the ball, a fullback, a halfback – he ran well against Tennessee and here in Miami where the Dolphins played their regulars deep into the third quarter. I thought he ran hard for us against the Jaguars. He’s a good back and he’s made a real statement this summer.”
Gruden on who performed well with the cuts the Bucs must make by Tuesday afternoon: “We’ve got to look at the tape. I thought Chris Simms stood out. He made some great throws. He had a great throw that should’ve been caught by Alex Smith. That’s a game-changing type throw that we didn’t make. I think Chris stabilized himself as the backup quarterback here. We’ll see. We like a lot of things our young guys did. I thought Alex Smith, outside the drop, played pretty good. We’ll take a look at the film and see from there.”
Some quotes courtesy of the Bucs game day radio broadcast:
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