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Quotes from Bucs coach Jon Gruden and Bears coach Lovie Smith

Bucs coach Jon Gruden

On the Bucs' come-from-behind win:

"One of the great gut checks I've ever been associated with."

On who was responsible for the victory:

"A lot of guys stepped up. Antonio Bryant. Jerramy Stevens' first game back. Brian Griese, to be sitting there with three interceptions, down 10 and to bring us back like he did today, speaks volumes about the type of football player he is."

On Griese, right, overcoming his interceptions:

"He's a guy that is as cool and calm as anybody I've ever been around. I think the interceptions, I think they were all my fault. He's just got that kind of confidence in himself, and that's what I love about him. He doesn't come unglued; he doesn't get rattled."

On the personal foul called on Chicago's Charles Tillman that kept the Bucs' winning drive alive in overtime:

"You've got to call that. … It was a heck of a call by the officials in that situation. … The officials will do the best they can to call the game the way they see it, and I've got respect for how they did it today."

Bears coach Lovie Smith

On the Tillman personal foul penalty:

"We can't have that. We can't get a penalty in that situation. I didn't see enough, but the official did. In that situation, you have to come off the field. It's pretty simple. Doesn't matter what's going on, everyone comes off, we're getting the football."

On Chicago's inability to sack Griese despite his 67 pass attempts:

"They max protected some. To give a reason why, I don't really know right now. We blitzed at times, got a little bit of pressure. But if you let them throw that many times, guys normally will get tired after a while."

On any advantage Griese might have had from being with the Bears the past two seasons:

"I don't know how much that really helped. Their guys made some plays at the end of the game. We had opportunities. If you let a team hang around that long, if you play like that in the end, whether it's Brian Griese or some other quarterback, it's going to be a long day."

On the effect of losing after leading most of the day:

"It does hurt a little when you have control of the game. If you were never in the game and lose, you've been miserable the entire game. That wasn't the case. We had control. In those situations, you have to have the killer instinct and make a couple of plays."

Quotes from Bucs coach Jon Gruden and Bears coach Lovie Smith 09/21/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 8:03pm]
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