Sunday, December 10, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs-Lions: What they're saying

Mike Glennon, Bucs QB, on what it means to beat the Lions:

"That's one of the best passing offenses in the league with one of the best quarterbacks and one of the best receivers of this time. When (Darrelle) Revis went down, guys stepped up. Can't say enough about Johnthan Banks. Our defense is playing really well now on all levels. The front four, the linebackers and the secondary."

Lavonte David, Bucs LB, on the motivation for the rest of the season:

"You have to finish strong. You finish strong, you'll be heading into 2014 with a great mind-set. We have a great team, and we have a great group of character guys, leaders everywhere. Once this season finishes out, then roll over into 2014, we're going to hit the ground running. … Obviously we didn't want to start the season 0-8, but things happen. It was a test from God, and we had to step up. We're coming back strong now.''

Keith Tandy, Bucs DB, on the defense making plays:

"That's our whole team. Every time you get a chance to make a play, you have to step up and make it. Whenever you are out there, you have to make the most of your opportunity because you don't know if it will be your last opportunity.''

Darrelle Revis, Bucs CB, on the defense hanging with Lions WR Calvin Johnson:

"I think just sticking to the game plan. The guys executed it well with guys being banged up or being injured. You have to tip your hat off to the guys who stepped up; they played an awesome game. Johnthan Banks had a great interception at the end to seal it.''

Reggie Bush, Lions RB:

"We definitely need to have a players-only meeting and really dig deep inside and find out what we're made of. It's not our effort. We play as hard as anybody. It's the little things, the mental errors, the turnovers."

Vincent Jackson, Bucs WR, on what positives he saw:

"We had some guys go down and weren't able to play this game. We had some backup guys come in and play huge. We played complete football, made some plays on special teams, defense played well, offense made big plays when we needed too. A complete football game like that is great to see.''

Bobby Rainey, Bucs RB, on his success resulting in different looks defensively:

"We're going to continue to win and be us. We'll adapt to whatever they have planned for us throughout the game. We're going to go in to it and continue to do the things that we do best. Running the ball and play-action pass all of our games. We're not concerned about force. No one is stopping the run or whatever. We'll just adapt to it and go to the other thing that we need to go to."

Jim Schwartz, Lions coach:

"As disappointing as this was, it doesn't eliminate us from anything. It just raises the urgency level."

Pat Yasinskas, espn.com, on the Bucs:

The winning streak continues. It's at three games, and this one was the most impressive. The Bucs won on the road for the first time this season. A team that seemed to have everything go wrong early in the season, finally got some breaks and took advantage of them. The win also could continue to push coach Greg Schiano off the hot seat.

Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, on the Lions' coaching:

It's inexcusable the Lions came out as flat as they did in a home game against a Tampa team short on offensive weapons and with nothing to play for.

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