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Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders coaches' quotes

COACHES' QUOTES

Jon Gruden, Bucs

On the four-game losing streak and missing the playoffs:

"It's very disappointing. At the same time, I'll be realistic looking at the entire facts that we have. I'm sick for our players and our fans more than anything. We didn't play our best football in the month of December. There's a lot of reasons for that. The competition that we played (was one) and obviously I didn't do a good enough job."

On if the organization is moving in the right direction:

"I feel good about the nucleus of the offensive line. I really do. I still think Earnest Graham is a prime football player. He was going to have a big year for us. He proved that. Antonio Bryant is for real. He's the real deal. We found a receiver, which is something that we've been looking for here who can run all the routes, play in all the games and be an every situation-type guy. So there were some real bright spots. (Jeff) Garcia has kept us in the playoff hunt two years in a row. We'll deal with that here in the offseason. Defensively, we have to take a good look at the four final games of the season and see what occurred and why it happened. Again, I take full responsibility for it."

Tom Cable, Raiders

On the game overall:

"That was our best effort from top to bottom. We went after the game the whole way. Our goal was to match the intensity of a team trying to make the playoffs in the first 10 minutes. We were able to do that. … The thing I'm most proud about is that we lost a bunch of guys and we have someone like Michael Bush step up and run for so many yards like that against a good defense. The biggest thing is that we stayed together as a team. We got down by 10 and it didn't matter."

On if the win was enough to become the full-time coach:

"It's all I can do. It's the best I can do. I want to be the head coach of the Raiders but it's not in my hands. I know I put this team together and got it going in the right direction, and today proved that."

— Rick Stroud and Dave Scheiber, Times staff writers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders coaches' quotes 12/28/08 [Last modified: Sunday, December 28, 2008 9:40pm]

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