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McCoy, Revis disappointed with 'terrible' defense



NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints have a reputation for a prolific offense, especially at home, but that didn't keep the Bucs' defensive leaders from feeling the disappointment of Sunday's loss, which saw the most yards the Bucs have allowed all season and the most points surrended in Greg Schiano's two years with Tampa Bay.

"We just played terrible on defense," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "Gave up too many big plays, people not doing their assignment, trying to make something happen instead of doing what we were supposed to do. We messed up a lot of stuff."

The Saints' final four touchdowns all came on third-down plays, and the Bucs gave up four touchdown drives of 80 yards or longer.

"It's tough, especially the way we lost, it's even harder for us, for me, for my side of the ball," McCoy said. "We just didn't play well."

Bucs safety Dashon Goldson said there were breakdowns and communications problems in the secondary, something he was surprised to deal with in the final week of a season. As much as the Bucs respected Saints QB Drew Brees, they didn't expect to give up 321 passing yards and four touchdowns in the first half as they did Sunday.

"We hurt ourselves and just shot ourselves in the foot," cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "We had some bad communication back there in the secondary and the results was them scoring touchdowns on us. ... Drew Brees, he's a Hall of fame quarterback and a Pro Bowl guy, you just can't do that. ... He will pick you apart when you make mistakes like that."

[Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 10:03pm]


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