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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20, Carolina Panthers 7: What they're saying

What they're saying

Bucs WR Mike Williams, on his 35-yard TD catch:

"I thought it was a wrong call myself, because I was about to run right into a safety, but then he bailed. (QB) Josh (Freeman) knew what he was doing and hit me in stride. I knew they weren't going to take me down inside the 10."

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams:

"You practice and practice until you're blue in the face, and sometimes it doesn't work out like you had planned."

Bucs LB Geno Hayes, on the goal-line stand:

"Everybody on our defense was real tired, but once the ball is snapped, you've just got to suck it up and go. We knew what they were doing. We knew they were going to think run first on the goal line. I came through the backside. Even though I slipped, I should've had his whole body, but I got enough and slowed him up a little bit so everybody could get him on the ground."

Bucs TE Kellen Winslow, on Freeman:

"He's very accurate, and he reminds me a lot of a Ben Roethlisberger because he can escape guys that go at his legs. … Once he escapes, he can find guys down the field, so you've just got to stay alive for him."

Freeman, on his runs:

"We knew they were going to play man-to-man and leave me unaccounted for, so when they backed their drops, I was kind of alert to see if I had any running lanes."

Panthers LB Jon Beason, on Freeman:

"The kid played great. He made some nice passes and showed his athletic ability by scrambling when he had to."

Freeman, on the lack of turnovers:

"(Quarterbacks coach) Alex Van Pelt told me all week, 'If you can go the whole game and not turn it over once, we're going to have a really good chance to win this game.' So I kind of took that mentality into the game. I still wanted to be aggressive and make plays, but at the same time knowing when and when not to."

Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer:

"Josh Freeman had his way with the Carolina defense, shrugging off tackles several times. After one memorable scramble, he then threw a 40-yard dart downfield. (He) looked like the best quarterback on the field all afternoon."

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com's NFC South blogger:

"Are the Bucs the surprise team this season? Come on, let's keep things in perspective. They've defeated a pair of dysfunctional teams in Carolina and Cleveland. This is a very nice start for a team that was 3-13 last year, and there also are encouraging signs popping up all over the place. But the season's still young and so is this team. The arrow's on the rise, but it's not quite pointing to the Super Bowl in Dallas just yet."

On Freeman: "This kid is for real. He went out and won a game Sunday with his arm, legs and head. How many times in team history has that really happened? The Bucs now have a franchise quarterback."

Mike Florio, profootballtalk.com chat:

Question: "More surprised 2-0 start Bucs or K.C.?"

Florio: "It's a wash. Each beat the Browns. Chiefs over Chargers at home cancels out Bucs over Panthers on road."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20, Carolina Panthers 7: What they're saying 09/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, September 20, 2010 12:40am]
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