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    Bucs Locker Room Quotes

    A TBO.com wire report

    Published: Oct 15, 2004
    The Bucs discuss Monday night's game against St. Louis and other topics:


    WR TIM BROWN

    (On Brian Griese coming in for Chris Simms) ''He came in and played great. It was incredible to see him really be flawless. The only bad thing is now you almost expect that every week and realistically, I think it's impossible for him to go out and play as well as he played last week. But, certainly, he can go out and play just as good and just as good would be good enough to win this game. So, we're looking forward to him going out and playing good football.''

    (On the opportunities presented with St. Louis' defense being down) ''There are plenty of opportunities. You just have to keep it focused, do what we do and everything will work out. In this league it doesn't matter who the defense is. Denver came in here as the number one defense and we did everything but win the game. This team could come up and play very well defensively. You just have to go out and take care of opportunities and if you do that everything will work out.''

    (On the dynamics that Griese brings to the team) ''The guy is cool as a cucumber. All day Sunday he just kept on saying, 'I just want to go out and have fun, man,' and never knowing that he would have the opportunity to go out and once he got the opportunity his demeanor never changed. He has the same swagger about himself. He did what he could do and was confident about going out and getting it done.''

    (On whether Griese's style opens up the game more) ''He is a guy that is used to throwing the ball down the field but I think that the most important thing that you get with him is experience. The guy started a whole bunch of games in this league, has played well, has been a Pro-Bowl player in this league and that's what you get with him. It's not a matter of changing the game plan when he's in there, it's just a matter of knowing that whatever you call he's going to be very comfortable in executing.''

    T DERRICK DEESE

    (On whether there is anything more exciting than Monday night football) ''No, not at all. Everybody gets to watch, so you have to bring your 'A' game.''

    (On what Brian Griese was like in the huddle) ''He's loose. He's laid back. When he came in, it was like he had started the whole game. He had confidence, good poise and everything else. He was confident the whole way through.''

    (On Griese playing so well off the bench) ''I think we have three great quarterbacks to be honest with you. At any given point, I think any of them could come in and fill in. He came in and did a great job. Now he is coming in and he is going to be a starter this week. We're ready to go out and play.''

    (On how important it is for the team to establish the run) ''It's important always to establish the run. In the NFL you can't be one dimensional. Obviously, when we establish the run, the passing will open up and vice versa. If they're stopping our pass we're not going to be able to run either. We have to make both dimensions work.''

    (On the transition of working with Griese) ''On offense we want a guy to come and look like he's not missing a beat. That's what he did. He came in and played like he had started the game. So, it's not really a big deal to us. We're looking at it like we just have to do our job and that's to pass protect.''

    QB JASON GARRETT

    (On broadcasting the Buccaneers last game) ''I am certainly more familiar with their team than any other team. You sort of get a sense. You can anticipate why something might be called or why Brian [Griese] was going here instead of there. I tried to give some of that insight. I don't know if that came across. It's a lot easier when you know the team as well as I did.''

    (On not hesitating when the Bucs called him to come back) ''It was an interesting deal for me. I saw a lot of guys before the game and after Chris [Simms] got hurt, I saw a lot of guys after the game and the circumstance had changed. They were looking for another quarterback. It was really an interesting set of circumstances and I didn't hesitate, I knew I wanted to come back and play.''

    (On whether he thought he would get a call when he saw Simms go down) ''I didn't really even think about it. I started thinking about it afterwards and I saw some of the guys. Chris is such a great guy and he was playing well and he worked so hard for the opportunity, so my initial instinct was I feel bad for him. I wasn't even putting two and two together until afterwards.''

    (On when the team approached him) ''Right after the game. After the game I was visiting with some of the players and coaches. I was waiting to go to the airport and everybody was getting on the bus. So they started talking about the possibility of me coming back because they didn't know how severe Chris' injury was. It was a little bit different, it certainly was.''

    QB BRIAN GRIESE

    (On playing) ''I'm excited. It's a great opportunity for me as an individual, but more importantly, it's a great opportunity for our team. I've been telling everybody we are on a one-game winning streak. That's something to get excited about. Hopefully, we can use the way we played and the way we finished in New Orleans to have some momentum going into Monday night.''

    (On being prepared to play) ''You always have to get ready. I don't care if you are the starter or the backup. You know you are one play away. You always hear about that, but it takes a lot of discipline to prepare yourself each and every week like you are going to play, and then not be able to go out there and perform and show that you are ready all of the time. When you do get your opportunity, you have to make sure you're ready for it, otherwise you missed that opportunity and you may not get another one.''

    (On being put in the New Orleans game, referencing Tim Brown's comments) ''You never know when your opportunity is going to come. Tim [Brown] has been around a long time and understands that. I've been around for a little bit now and understand that as well. You just have to make the most of it.''

    (On the final drive in New Orleans) ''It was big for us. Our defense has kept us in each and every game we have played this year. We felt as an offense and talked about it before that drive, that we wanted to go out and finish it and put the game on our shoulders for a change. That's an attitude I think. It's an attitude that we need to have and continue to work on in practice. I think it's an attitude of putting teams away, rather than giving them a chance to have a two-minute drill and something bad might happen.''

    (On playing on Monday night) ''I love it. I think you talk with guys around the league and it's a special night because your peers are watching you. I've had some great times on Monday Night Football. I am looking forward to another one this week.''

    (On the Rams' defense) ''I think they are playing well. They had a really big win last week and have a lot of momentum coming into this week. I expect them to be flying high. I've played in the dome there before and it gets pretty loud, so they should have their ears pinned back, and be looking forward to playing this game. We have to be on our toes and ready for their best shot.''

    (On his mindset going into the game, knowing he is going to start) ''It's a little bit different. Preparing during the week, I am going to get more reps. Hopefully, I will be even more prepared this week.''

    (On having been a starter before, than being on the bench and how that has changed him) ''Having the time to step back and watch the game from the sidelines, you do have a different perspective. When you are out there, there is a lot of pressure to perform each and every week. For me to step back and take a look from the sidelines, I kind of realize a quarterback doesn't always have to win every game. From my standpoint, I have to go out there and be efficient, make the plays when they are there and lead your team down the field. You don't always have to put all of the pressure on yourself to win. There are a lot of guys around you that can perform and make plays. A lot of times a quarterback's job is just to get them the ball. That's kind of the attitude that I am going to take.''

    (On whether he felt everything was on his shoulders when he started in Denver) ''It was tough. We had won the Super Bowl the year before and every expectation was that we were going to go back and win. Me coming in as a rookie, I made a lot of mistakes. I made some plays as well, but it was definitely a learning experience for me. I think the strong survive. Hopefully, I learned my lessons then and can apply them to what I am trying to do now.''

    (On what makes the situation the right time for him to start) ''The situation presented itself, so it has to be the right time.''

    (On whether he felt relaxed, during the New Orleans game and that helped him play better) ''I had prepared myself during the week and learned what we wanted to do as far as our game plan was concerned. Let the game come to me and make plays when they are there. That's been the biggest difference between the first four games and last week. We had some plays in the third-down category that we had to make to win the game. They are not necessarily big, flashy plays but they get the job done and that's what we did last week.''

    (On how well he knows Jon's system) ''I feel very comfortable with it. I take it with great pride getting our team in the right play in the right situation; making the right checks; making the right throws. I am looking forward to another week of executing.''

    (On whether his mindset is different being the designated starter for this game, as opposed to being the starter, period) ''No, I don't think so. You really have to take it week-by-week in this business, so that's what I am going to do.''

    (On getting to start) ''It's a great opportunity for me, but more importantly, it's a great opportunity for our team to build momentum off of last week. We are in hole right now; we're still in a hole. We're 1-4, but we do have some momentum and it is important that we build on that.''

    (On whether it feels strange being like ''the middle brother'' and forgotten one between Simms and Johnson) ''I was the youngest brother, so I always got beat on. Being the one that's kind of forgotten is better than being the one getting beat on.''

    WR CHARLES LEE

    (On comparison to his last Monday night performance) ''Hopefully, we can repeat it. Hopefully, a couple more catches; a couple more yards. Just looking to go out and have fun. Hopefully, we can secure another victory.''

    (On whether he is looking forward to proving the Buccaneers are not a 1-4 team) ''Yes, right now it is a matter of us proving it to ourselves. The only guys that we have are the guys in this locker room. We know the kind of character that we have on this team and the kind of guys we have in here. Nobody is going to quit, so I am pretty sure we'll have a pretty good outing.''

    (On he and Michael Clayton before the last game) ''I think the biggest thing is Clayton and I having a good feel for each other. I think we complement each other pretty well. It is just something for us to get ourselves going; hype each other up and keep each other into it. I tell him, 'I need you man.' He tells me he needs me. It's just a motivating factor.''

    (On going against the Rams, noted for its offense and receivers, and whether that is extra incentive) ''Definitely. That's what they talk about being the greatest show on earth. Anytime I step on the football field, I want to have at least something to say about who is the best receiver on the field. I always feel like I am that guy. It's just about opportunity and getting the chance to make the plays. I am pretty sure we'll go up there and that will be extra incentive.''

    RB MICHAEL PITTMAN

    (On the game against St. Louis) ''I like rivalries. It's a pretty big rivalry. It's my third year with the organization and everyone talks about how big the rivalry is. We just have to go in there and win the game. Everybody's going to be up watching the game. We just have to go out there and focus and execute our plays and try to come out with a victory''

    (On how being on a third quarterback affects his game) ''I'm going to prepare the same. We had Brad, we had Chris and now we have Brian. I have confidence in all three of the guys. If Brad came back and stepped in, I have confidence in all of them. It's unfortunate, Chris was playing really good, and he got hurt, but Brian stepped in and he'll be ready to go and we'll be right behind him and hopefully he can take us to a win.''

    QB CHRIS SIMMS

    (On whether it was odd having Jason Garrett being back after broadcasting the last game) ''It is a little odd. He caught me by surprise when I saw him yesterday. Jason has always been great, so it's good to have him around again. He was definitely one of my best buddies during training camp.''

    (On whether it was frustrating to have to leave the New Orleans game with an injury) ''It was frustrating. I just looked forward to it for so long and when it finally got here to have something like this happen. It's just annoying more than anything.''

    (On Brian Griese's performance and wanting to be out on the field) ''Of course I wanted to be out there and be successful, but Brian is a great quarterback. He is completely capable of moving the ball down the field. He throws the ball well. More power to him. He played great last week and he'll play good again this week.''

    S DWIGHT SMITH

    (On how much he would like to see St. Louis pass and ignore their running game) ''Everybody around the NFL knows that is our strength and when we make a team drop back and pass the ball, we let Simeon Rice rush up front and we drop and QB key, we are tough to beat. So, if they want to come out and do that…that's the best plan.''

    DE GREG SPIRES

    (On whether he feels the Rams are a good matchup for the Bucs) ''I think so. We are a fast defense and their offense is based on speed. I think we can matchup; speed for speed.''

    (On the Rams) ''I can guarantee you they are going to play four quarters. It's going to be a 60-minute game. It's going to be a four quarter game. I don't think they are going to give up.''

    (On what's missing in the run defense) ''I am not sure what's missing. I just know we have to stop the run, put them in passing situations and get sacks.''

    (On how the run defense has been shaping up) ''I think we are doing OK on the run. I just think we need to get off the field on third-down and not give up four, five, or six yards on first-down on the run. If we can do that, we'll be alright.''

    (On turnovers coming in bunches and whether the Bucs are waiting on theirs) ''Yes. I hope they come in bunches, four or five at a time. I just know we need some wins. That's all I know.''

    (On his feeling after the victory) ''I feel good. I feel good to get a win. Everybody's happy. Different atmosphere.''

    (On Griese's performance) ''I think Griese did a good job, and Simms. I'm sure Brad would've done the same thing if he was in there. We just have to, as a team, come together and find a way to pull out some wins whether it's Simms or Griese. It doesn't matter.''

    C JOHN WADE

    (On the Rams' defense) ''I just think they are a solid defense. I haven't had a lot of time to break down their film yet, so I can't give you perfect insight on what they are going to do. I have watched a little bit. I know they play hard and are fast on the turf. That's part of it. We just need to come out and execute our game plan and see what they show us. When they do show us stuff, take advantage of it. Just execute.'' (On whether the confidence level is higher after the first win) ''It's got to be a little bit higher, but I am not ready to throw a party yet. I'm excited we won and enjoyed the win for a couple of days. But it's Wednesday and I'm thinking about the Rams and I'm sure everyone else is, too. We have something to build on, so we just need to build off of it.''

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    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

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  • DJRamFan
    [Bucs] Bucs Locker Room Quotes
    by DJRamFan
    A TBO.com wire report
    Published: Oct 13, 2004






    The Bucs discuss Monday night's game against St. Louis and other topics:
    WR TIM BROWN

    (On Brian Griese coming in for Chris Simms) ''He came in and played great. It was incredible to see him really be flawless. The only bad thing is now you almost expect that every week and realistically, I think it's impossible for him to go out and play as well as he played last week. But, certainly, he can go out and play just as good and just as good would be good enough to win this game. So, we're looking forward to him going out and playing good football.''

    (On the opportunities presented with St. Louis' defense being down) ''There are plenty of opportunities. You just have to keep it focused, do what we do and everything will work out. In this league it doesn't matter who the defense is. Denver came in here as the number one defense and we did everything but win the game. This team could come up and play very well defensively. You just have to go out and take care of opportunities and if you do that everything will work out.''

    (On the dynamics that Griese brings to the team) ''The guy is cool as a cucumber. All day Sunday he just kept on saying, 'I just want to go out and have fun, man,' and never knowing that he would have the opportunity to go out and once he got the opportunity his demeanor never changed. He has the same swagger about himself. He did what he could do and was confident about going out and getting it done.''

    (On whether Griese's style opens up the game more) ''He is a guy that is used to throwing the ball down the field but I think that the most important thing that you get with him is experience. The guy started a whole bunch of games in this league, has played well, has been a Pro-Bowl player in this league and that's what you get with him. It's not a matter of changing the game plan when he's in there, it's just a matter of knowing that whatever you call he's going to be very comfortable in executing.''

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    (On whether there is anything more exciting than Monday night football) ''No, not at all. Everybody gets to watch, so you have to bring your 'A' game.''

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    (On Griese playing so well off the bench) ''I think we have three great quarterbacks to be honest with you. At any given point, I think any of them could come in and fill in. He came in and did a great job. Now he is coming in and he is going to be a starter this week. We're ready to go out and play.''

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  • RamDez
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    In the end, that game was no mismatch, as the Bucs proved by taking a 6-5 lead deep into the fourth quarter before losing, 11-6. That game bought the underdog Buccaneers a huge amount of respect and kicked off a memorable string of Monday-nighters, which continues this Monday in that same venue that held the aforementioned contest, the Edward Jones Dome.


    Once again, the Rams are flying high on offense, ranking fourth in the NFL with an average of 386.4 yards per game. And sure enough, the Bucs can again counter with a highly-ranked defense, one that also ranks fourth with an average of 274.4 yards allowed per game. By this point, five seasons later, those things have almost come to be expected.


    This time, however, the Rams’ defense is not statistically sneaking up on anybody. St. Louis stands 28th in the league on defense, allowing 372.2 yards per game. But just as the Rams’ defenders formed a secret weapon back in 1999, they are quietly a force to be reckoned with in this Monday’s game as well.

    St. Louis is fresh off a showdown game against the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks. The Rams won the game in overtime, 33-27, after rallying from a 27-10 deficit in the last six minutes of regulation. Overall, St. Louis gave up 391 yards in the game; however, the Rams’ defense clearly found itself in the second half.

    After the intermission, St. Louis allowed Seattle’s varied and potent attack to gain just 85 yards of offense, nearly half of it on one 41-yard run by Shaun Alexander. To hold Seattle to three second-half points, the Rams needed a string of big plays on defense, and they got them, a reminder that the once-again unheralded St. Louis defense has its share of big-time playmakers. There’s an elite pass-rusher in DE Leonard Little, a fast linebacking crew led by tackling machine Piso Tinoisamoa, a pair of first-rounders starting in the middle of the defensive line in Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis, and a head-hunting safety in Adam Archuleta. Safety Aeneas Williams is among the
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  • RamWraith
    Lots of good team quotes for the week
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 19, 2007



    (Opening Remarks)

    “Drew (Bennett), he got all of practice in so there shouldn’t be any issue with him playing this week. He was limited some, but just because we kept him out of things. Marc (Bulger) had full participation in practice. He was limited a little bit in his throwing, but he should be fine. Tye Hill did not practice. Richie Incognito did not practice. Claude Terrell had full practice and Pisa (Tinoisamoa) was limited. We’re headed in the right direction as far as getting guys back on the field. There shouldn’t be any surprises, hopefully we don’t have another Thursday like we had last week. Tomorrow we should be okay.”



    (On G Milford Brown)

    “He’s fine. There was no problem with him recovering from post game. He was a lot better yesterday and he went full today.”



    (On T Alex Barron’s attributes)

    “His athleticism. He’s ability to match up against speed. He has enough size to anchor. The ends aren’t getting any smaller these days. You go against some pretty incredible athletes over there. He’s been going against some pretty good ones on the other side. It’s kind of 50-50. He’s at the blind side of a right-handed quarterback. That’s very important for your quarterback knowing he’s going to see things to his right and to his left. He has to count on that guy and Alex’s No. 1 ability is to pass protect. He’s become a lot better run blocker as he’s progressed in his career. His overall talent. He’s really improved since he’s played for us in the last two years, and certainly since he came in the league.”



    (On how to reduce the number of hits on the quarterback)

    “You have to do it. The No. 1 best way to protect your quarterback is the run game. We have to get our run game going. It has not been satisfactory in the first two games. That has to be our strength – for our football team to run the ball offensively and to stop the run defensively. If you get your run game going there is a certain amount of respect that the defense gives the run game and it definitely helps your pass protection and puts you in better third-down position which is critical when you get in third-and-long or extra long. It gets the defensive ends; I know our defense is much, much better, when we get in those long-area situations because we’re equipped that way as far as our speed and all that. Until we do that it’s going to be a concern. There are other ways, protection schemes. It’s not always match protecting or keeping lots of people in. There is timing of routes. Everyone knows we have a deeper design to a number of our plays, but we have to pick and chose when we do those as well.”



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  • RamWraith
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    QB Marc Bulger

    November 14, 2007



    (On the improved performance of the offense in the last two games)

    “I’d say a big part of that is Steven (Jackson). You can’t ignore the fact that when he’s in there good things happen. He just brings that energy we need in the huddle and if we can keep him healthy I think we’ll continue to get better and score more points.”



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    “I think just having that extra second to let them get open. Those guys know when I’m getting hit early that they have to break their routes off short and our timing gets off, but when they know I’m getting time and the line’s going, they can get that extra move and know that I can hold it and they can get that separation. There’s definitely more separation this week than in the past and I think that’s because of the line giving me more time.”



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    “His health is good – that helps. We worked on that play in the end zone. We didn’t hook up earlier in the year. I threw an interception because I don’t think we were on the same page. We made a conscious effort to work on that. We got the matchup we wanted and it was just nice that we practiced it while the defense was going last week and it paid off. He did a good job on some deep routes, too, so if we can keep getting him going it’ll take some pressure off of Ike (Isaac Bruce) and Torry (Holt), too.”



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    “When you’re a quarterback and you get it, it’s a whole offensive award. When receivers get it or a running backs gets it, it’s an individual thing. It’s not a big deal, it just shows that our line played well, our receivers played well, Steven played well. It’s a good thing for our offense.”



    (On how you become a better team at this point in the season)

    “Keep winning games. You hear college coaches and NFL coaches say how good of a team you are, but in this business it’s about winning and the bottom line. If you’re 1-8, you’re not a good team. If we can win a couple more games and get a more respectable record then I can say we’re a better team, but we’re still 1-8 and that’s a bad football...
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  • RamWraith
    Linehan and others comments
    by RamWraith
    Rams Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 17, 2008



    (Opening Remarks)

    The out players are (WR) (Drew) Bennett and (WR) (Keenan) Burton. Burton did have the scope yesterday afternoon, everything went great, wasn’t anything more than what we thought. He’ll be out for the bye right now for him, we’ll see where he is at that point. (G) (Jacob) Bell and (DE) (Leonard) Little were limited in practice as far as their participation, but we’ll know probably by Friday, I would think, it might be a gameday decision, but probably by Friday.”



    (On if there’s any lineup changes)

    “Not anything yet. Even if we did we wouldn’t announce it.”



    (On if there are going to more changes on the offensive side of the ball)

    “Kicker. We’re not going to play (K) Josh Brown, he’s just too nervous going back to Seattle.”



    (On why he doesn’t want to announce any of lineup changes)

    “I don’t see an upside about having any personnel changes in what we do the week before. I don’t think there’s any upside to it as far as, given the information, it has nothing to do with giving it to you guys it has more for what we’re doing for the gameplan.”



    (On the snowball effect of losing consecutive games and what’s different this week)

    “Because we’ve only played two games. Really, every year is a different schedule and timing of things, all that stuff, and we didn’t play particularly well in our first two games, but we played two tough opponents that were probably preseason, Super Bowl, got a lot of accolades as to what they were going to do. We would like to be sitting here in a better situation after two games, but also knowing who we played, and it’s not like it's getting any easier, but I just feel, this is our first division game. Really all the goals we’ve set for our team are right in front of us at this point in the season. Every season, in my lifetime and it might be different for other people, but in my lifetime, has just had a unique feel or flavor to it and this will be no different in my opinion. The guys have been really, really responsive to rebounding and so we’ll see, but I just have a good feeling about it.”



    (On the atmosphere and attitude on the first day of the work week)

    “That’s great; actually it was really good. I didn’t expect any different, but you still have to see. Everybody in the building has to be consistent in that way and I think it’s been outstanding. Again, it’s early and we’d like to go back and have a couple do-overs, but that’s not the way life is and that’s definitely not the way football is so if we can keep our head and wits about us, we can really, really get something going at this point because it’s still early in the season and we’re in a good spot. We haven’t played in...
    -09-18-2008, 04:21 AM
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