Bucs take the win, ugly or not
This 24-17 win was ugly, and the Bucs themselves will admit. How ugly was it? Do you realize the offense produced 466 yards, the sixth-most in team history and the most of any home game? That was hard to tell given all the penalties and miscues. But that didn't take away from the Bucs' ability to savor the victory.
It's late and it's been a long night, but here's some reaction, including Raheem Morris' clear reference to some of the many borderline calls (and non-calls) in the game:
Coach Raheem Morris: "We've got to go clean some things this week, some of the penalties we can control, we'll clean up. And the other one, we won't about."
Josh Freeman: "It really wasn't pretty at all times, but that's kind of us. You want to go in every week and play a spot-free football game, but that's rarely how it goes. I think we showed a lot of people. In regard to penalties, we didn't turn the ball over tonight. Whatever's the adversity, we continue to play and fight through the four quarters and persevere. That's kind of our makeup."
Mike Williams: "The penalties killed us. We just had to keep bouncing back and keep bouncing back. The defense stepped up and gave us more opportunities."
Jeff Faine: "I think No. 1, it showed even though the game was very sloppy, a lot of penalties, we overcame adversity. It showed the character of this team. It showed the character of a very young team. . . I think our poise and our focus there at the end of the game, a lot of these guys are beyond their years. . . We kept stubbing our foot, but found a way to just keep pushing forward and stay focus and stay the track."
Ronde Barber: "We never felt like we were going to do anything but win this game. (The Colts) have some talent on that team. We knew that. They kept it simple for the quarterback; a lot of quick throws. They tried to run the ball. Take away their two big plays and this was a dominant performance by our defense. It is what it is. We’ll take ugly.
"We tried to treat this like any other game. The nation got a chance to see who some of our young (linemen) are. That’s going to showcase those guys a little bit. Obviously Free(man) got a chance to shine and he did. And LeGarrette, obviously, it’s nice having that kind of threat in your backfield. Nobody wants to hit that dude at the end of games. It’s a plus for us."