Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs-Falcons: What they're saying

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on QB Mike Glennon:

"I thought Mike handled the game very, very well in that he waited for those plays that were the game-defining plays, and he let the bad ones die. They are very, very hard to do for an intense competitor to let the bad plays die."

Schiano, on DT Gerald McCoy's early sacks:

"It set the tone and you could see (that). When you get a quarterback early like that, his feet get a little bit nervous. That's what we kept harping on all day was let's keep getting him off the spot. Gerald, we challenged him."

Schiano, on the creative play-calling:

"We think it's calculated risk, and to me those calls are gut feels, when you feel like you got something kind of rolling, you go with it. And it's confidence in the guys."

Bobby Rainey, Bucs RB, on having something to prove after being cut by two teams and going undrafted:

"Well that's my motivation; when people tell me what I can and cannot do. No man can tell you what you can't do."

Darrelle Revis, Bucs CB, on the team gaining confidence:

"Sometimes things take time, and you just got to roll with the punches, whether it's good or bad. At the start of the season, it was bad and now we're starting to turn things around, which is great."

Vincent Jackson, Bucs WR, on the back-to-back wins:

"Teams are good in this league. And we don't deserve anything; we're not entitled to anything so we have to fight for it."

Desmond Trufant, Falcons CB, on covering Jackson:

"He made a lot of tough catches. You've got to give it to him. I know specifically on mine in the corner of the end zone, I was right there. He just made a great catch."

Sean Weatherspoon, Falcons LB:

"Any time that you look up at the scoreboard and you're down by 30 points … I haven't had my butt kicked like that since Sam Bradford at Oklahoma back in 2008 (while playing for Missouri). We don't like this feeling."

Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Losing 33-10 to Seattle last week was bad — but at least the Seahawks are good. Tampa Bay was one of two teams the Falcons had beaten. Now the formerly moribund Bucs have risen above the plummeting Birds, who at 2-8 are tied for the worst record in the NFC.

Michael David Smith, profootballtalk.com:

For Tampa Bay, the second consecutive win indicates that, contrary to talk that the players had tuned out coach Greg Schiano, they're still playing hard. They're 2-8, but they're not going to be an easy win for anybody down the stretch.

Pat Yasinskas, espn.com:

And let's not overlook the possibility that Schiano might be starting to catch onto what the NFL is all about. Did you see the onside kick, the tailback pass and Glennon's two deep throws to Vincent Jackson? This team isn't playing nearly as conservatively as it did early in the season. Maybe Schiano is changing — for the better.

In recent weeks, it hasn't taken too much observation to see a difference in Schiano. On the practice field, he has been joking around more with his players. … Maybe Schiano realized he needed to be less stubborn and stern. Maybe changing his personality and his play-calling is Schiano's way of fighting for his job. And, as long has his team keeps fighting, maybe he'll get to keep it.

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