Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs at Broncos: What they're saying

Bucs coach Greg Schiano, on rushing for only 71 yards:

"I'm not sure you can judge it off (Sunday's) situation because when you get behind like that, you don't run it at all."

Schiano on the Bucs' 11 penalties, which went for 80 yards:

"Some of our guys would say to me, 'I don't think I did anything.' But they're not calling them for their health. I mean, we did something."

Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, on the running-game problems hurting the offense:

"The bottom line is execution. There was a little span in there where we weren't executing. At the same time, the guys on the other side, they were rolling."

Bucs running back Doug Martin, on the team's struggles in the second half:

"I just have to tip my hat to their defense. They did a good job containing our offense. I just have to go back and just get better."

Broncos coach John Fox, on the Bucs going after quarterback Peyton Manning on his kneel-down:

"We were prepared for it. We saw it. It is what it is."

Manning, on Broncos fans doing the wave during the second half:

"I'm all for excitement. But certainly, in a no-huddle offense when you are calling something at the line, the quieter the crowd can be, it certainly is helpful. But I appreciate the spirit, so I don't want to tame that at all."

Manning, on scoring just seven points in the first half:

"I really felt like there were some opportunities there. We had some self-inflicted penalties, some mistakes we thought were hurting us. (Tampa Bay) has an excellent defense, but we thought we were doing some things to make it a little tougher."

Bucs linebacker Adam Hayward, on Manning:

"It was tough on the defense. What we try to do is disguise and give him different situations, but he's good. He knows what he is looking for and knows what he wants when he gets to the line. That guy is good, I give him all the credit. He sits at the line and checks over and over and all these different things and gets them in the best situation."

Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, on why he didn't do a dance after his first-quarter TD catch:

"I have two left feet, as they say. I can two-step a little bit — country dance. It all happened so fast, I didn't know what to do."

Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas, on catching two touchdowns against the Bucs' secondary:

"We saw some things in games they played earlier. They had one of their good corners (Eric Wright) suspended. We saw some stuff on film from games earlier in the season we knew we could take advantage of."

Broncos linebacker Von Miller, on his interception return for a touchdown:

"I think Freeman saw me at the last second, and I was able to get my hands on it and get it into the end zone. Great blocking by my teammates, too."

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com:

For the second straight week, the Bucs got to the corner and couldn't quite turn it. There's no question the Bucs are on the right path, but this was another game in which they showed they're not ready to beat a good team. But they're close."

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