Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber on losing to the Panthers:
“We’re just not a good enough football team to overcome all of our problems and mistakes right now. It’s not a difficult formula. We just don’t have it right now.”

Barber on the Bucs winning the statistical battle against the Panthers:
“That’s never in the history of football. All that matters are the wins and losses. We’re ending up on the side of the Ls way too much because we’re not making enough big plays. They got two jump balls for touchdowns and a pick for a touchdown. That’s not the way we like to prepare ourselves around here, but it’s kind of what we’ve become this year.”

Barber on WR Keary Colbert’s 40-yard touchdown reception to win the game:
“Jake Delhomme had plenty of time — I’m not completely positive that everyone was on the same page on that play. It was a jump ball, their guy got it and they came out victorious. It’s a bad way to lose a football game.”

Barber on if he thinks the 4-7 Bucs can still make the playoffs:
“I don’t know, man. It’s hard not to laugh you’re talking about it. We’re a 4-7 football team and we don’t look like we’re good enough to get to the playoffs. We’re going to keep working at it and things might work out, but when you can’t control your own destiny in this league it’s real difficult to do something in the post-season.”

Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton on the team’s 21-14 loss to the Panthers:
“When it comes down to times like these you just have to play harder, and if it’s not meant to be it’s not meant to be. Those guys definitely had confidence and made some big plays down the line that they needed to get the job done.”

Clayton on the Bucs not making enough plays to win Sunday’s game:
“It always comes down to that — making big plays. That’s who usually wins these games. Obviously as a defense you want to be able to stop them, and as an offense you cannot turn the ball over. There were mistakes on both sides of the ball. Hats off to Carolina — they played an excellent game.”

Clayton on breaking Lawrence Dawsey’s rookie receiving yards in a season:
“It’s an honor for me to be in the record books. Hopefully I keep doing what I’m supposed to do. It’s not really about the records, though. I think you achieve most of your records when you’re not even worrying about them, and that’s what I’ve been doing all season long. I’m just a competitor and I want to win. If it meant getting a win I’d give all of my yardage back. It’s kind of depressing right now. My state of mind — this is something I’ve never been through before. I’m just leaning on my peers. I was just talking to Tim Brown and asked him what we can do in a situation like this and he told me that we’ve got to work harder. This is a time where I’m working harder to make myself better and finish off this season strong.”

Clayton on what Coach Gruden told the team after the game:
“He said it was a tough situation. He said we fought hard but we can’t make these mistakes. He takes the blame like he does every game. We all need to come together as a team and find another chemistry for next year.”

Bucs defensive tackle Dewayne White on his sack and blocked field goal:
“I was just trying to do my part to help the team win. They didn’t block me and I came free and blocked the kick. I’ve been sacking people all year, so it was just another sack.”

Bucs head coach Jon Gruden on Tampa Bay’s 21-14 loss to Carolina:
“There are certain plays you have to make. Making field goals is part of this league the last time I checked, and we have not delivered from that aspect in quite some time. I’m not going to point fingers, but you have to do what you’re here to do. I apologize to our fans, and I’m really sick for our players because that’s a group of guys that battled hard today.”

Gruden on whether there is a physical problem with kicker Martin Gramatica:
“I’m not medically qualified, but I don’t believe there is. All I can say is that it’s not good enough and it’s not acceptable for what we want to get done here. Martin has been great for this franchise, but unfortunately three missed opportunities is nine points and we fumbled inside their 20-yard line. That’s no way to beat Carolina on the road.”

Gruden on Carolina’s five-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to win the game:
“You have a moving clock and no timeouts left, so they obviously have to throw on every play. They were having some success and the clock was running out. We had a blitzed called and Carolina did a decent job of picking it up. Jake Delhomme made an awkward delivery. The ball was in flight, and either you make the play or they make the play. We’re both paying guys to make those plays. Unfortunately Keary Colbert delivers and it’s just too bad for us.”

Gruden on on WR Michael Clayton breaking the rookie receiving record for the Bucs on Sunday:
“I don’t know about Lawrence Dawsey — he was one heckuva football player. I followed the Bucs for a long time, and if there’s a better receiver that’s ever worn a pewter and red uniform than this kid then bring him back to us.”

Gruden on Clayton saying losing is new for him:
“I’ve never lost, either. I won’t accept it and I won’t tolerate it. I don’t want to put our fans through it. It’s hard right now. We’ve lost some games, but the way we’ve lost them — I’d rather lose a game like this than get our brains beat it, which we haven’t done. It’s a credit to this football team. We’ve lost a lot of key players. The thump in these guys’ hearts is loud, and we’ve got to do a better job of helping them. Success is right around the corner.”

Gruden on what he told his team after the tough loss:
“I told them that I love ’em. It would be easy to fall behind 7-0 and just make excuses. I see a lot of excuses being made in life these days. I love these guys for what they do every day. Secondly, you’ve got to make the play when it’s your time to make it, whether it’s snapping the ball, putting on the tee and kicking it through the uprights, hold your coverage or protect the football. You’ve got to do the things championship teams do – to hell with making the playoffs and making an appearance — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are after world championships, and world champions don’t do the things we’ve done over the last year and a half or so, and I’ve got to take a good look at myself.”

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