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Bucs head coach Jon Gruden on the play of linebacker Derrick Brooks vs. the Falcons:
“Derrick Brooks will be a Buccaneer next year, so everybody out there understands that. I just cannot believe how good of a player he is. I just want to assure you – although there are some people that want to be the general manager – that Derrick Brooks will be here and he’s a great player.”

Gruden on whether the Bucs’ upcoming drive was the best of the season:
“I think so. If not, I think it’s in the top five. For us to move the ball on a great Atlanta defense says a lot about this team. It also says a lot of where we can be. We shut out a great team and one of the best teams in the NFC. That just says a lot about us and where we can go as a team. We need to take this show on the road and try to dominate San Diego like we did today.”

Bucs DT Dewayne White on K Jay Taylor’s 50-yard field goal:
“Wow. Did you hear the crowd before he went in there? When I saw Jay kick it I said, ‘We’ve got us a kicker.’ Man, putting points on the board for us is real good.”

Bucs DT Chidi Ahanotu on harassing Atlanta’s Michael Vick and sacking him five times:
“That’s Buccaneers football right there – suffocating people. I’ve never seen us suffocate a quarterback like we did today. I don’t know what his final stats were, but they couldn’t have been very good. I’ve never seen a quarterback run himself to death. He was so tired that he couldn’t even throw a pass. I’ve never seen that before.”

Ahanotu on the defensive line rising to the occasion to face Vick:
“That’s the prize. If you bag him, that’s the trophy. You can say you did something. I was chasing him all day, but I have nothing to show for it except for a couple of pressures, but we worked together to corral him. Once (Derrick) Brooks put that big hit on him he was done. He didn’t really want to run anymore.”

Bucs CB Ronde Barber on Taylor’s 50-yard field goal:
“That’s points. That’s points we haven’t had this year. I don’t want to call them guaranteed points, but it looks good when it goes through. It lifts the team up. When you are driving the ball, 50-yard field goals are kind of demoralizing for an opposing defense, to tell you the truth.”

Bucs S Dwight Smith on how the Bucs held Falcons Te Alge Crumpler to one catch:
“We put 26 on him. You know what I mean? We watched film from the last game and we saw that they tried to line him up against linebackers and things like that. Any time we went to man-to-man I had number 83 wherever he was at. That was a big change from the last game. That’s what I want. You move me to safety and I’m used to being out on that corner where you get a lot of that one-on-one that I’m used to. Coach made a statement and issued the challenge to me. They’re going to give me the tight end. I’ve been stepping up to the challenge, but we have another one next week. We’ll see what happens.”

Bucs DE Simeon Rice on the importance of winning this game against the Falcons:
“For us, we’re playing with the eight ball. We’re playing at gunpoint. The gun is pointed towards our head. We’ve got a little bit of hope. It’s on a game-to-game basis. We’re already in sudden death. The playoffs have already started for us. It’s going to be a doozy for us week in and week out.”

Bucs DE Greg Spires on the Bucs defense getting to Falcons QB Michel Vick:
“When (Derrick) Brooks hit him in the head and sent him to the sideline, we knew we were in his head by then. We knew we had him.”

Gruden on injuries sustained by his players during Sunday’s game:
“I don’t have any to report.”

Gruden on the effect of K Jay Taylor:
“It makes a difference what he did today. It’s a credit to him.”

Gruden on the Falcons anticipating the snap count:
“Why tried to do that. You know (Rod) Coleman is going to be a Pro Bowler. It was a problem throughout the game but we got enough done today.”

Gruden on the improvement of the Bucs defensive line:
“We’re getting better. Dewayne White is getting much better. It’s a credit to Josh Savage and Simeon Rice was great today also. It’s a credit to our defense. The met the challenge. They came out and played complete Buccaneer defense today.”

Gruden on a conscious effort to take TE Alge Crumpler out of the game:
“In the last game, let’s be honest, Crumpler is a great tight end. He’s going to catch a lot of balls because of how good he is. A lot of their scheme is set up for him. We didn’t have any breakdowns today and that certainly helps.”

Gruden on the play of LB Derrick Brooks:
“Derrick Brooks will be a Buccaneer next year so everybody out there understands that. I just cannot believe how good of a player he is. I just want to assure, although there are some people that want to be the general manager, you that Derrick Brooks will be here and he’s a great player. A got a lot of questions when I walked I here today about Derrick Brooks.”

Gruden on the importance of winning Sunday’s game:
“I’m happy with the win. The players are the people that should answer the questions. We have a long way to go. We realize our status. We’ll see what happens. We go to San Diego next week. We play another great team on the road. We have some memories from San Diego. Hopefully, we can rekindle some of those and we’ll see what happens.”

Bucs RB Michael Pittman on getting called for a chop block:
“I never got called for a chop block. Did I get called for a chop block? Oh, man. I didn’t mean to do it on purpose. If it happened I didn’t even know about it. I guess I was so tired I didn’t even hear the penalty. That was my first illegal chop block call.”

Pittman on the best opening drive of the season:
“I think so. If not I think it’s in the top five. For us to move the ball on a great Atlanta defense says a lot about this team. It also says a lot of where we can be. We shut out a great team and one of the best teams in the NFC. That just says a lot about us and where we can go as a team. We need to take this show on the road and try to dominate San Diego like we did today.”

Bucs left tackle Derrick Deese on the effectiveness of the running game:
“We really didn’t see anything on film that we thought we could exploit. Running the football is an attitude. If you look at it, we’ve had some good games running the ball and we’ve had some games that we don’t do so well. We were fortunate enough to come out on top today. We had our mind set from the beginning of the week. We had a great practice week running the ball. That was our main focus.”

Deese on how nice it was to see the kick go between the uprights:
“Let’s just say he had a great day. He had a real good day. I’m sorry to see Gramatica gone. I wasn’t here with him that long. I know what he’s done in the past. To have Jay come in, You know, he’s well accepted. Trust me. A 50-yarder right off the bat is nothing. We were looking for a 75 or 80 yarder. We were going to put the pressure on him early.”


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