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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans: What they're saying

Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount, on how to end the five-game losing streak:

"Go back to practice and find a way to win."

Bucs coach Raheem Morris, on going from first and 10 at the Titans 34 to fourth and 24 from the Titans 48 with his team leading 17-13 in the fourth quarter:

"You are doing a pretty nice job up until that point. You get two critical penalties, force you into a third down and 27, force you to run the ball there and punt it. Pretty much give them the ball back with an opportunity to go take the lead."

Titans coach Mike Munchak, on Matt Hasselbeck's winning touchdown pass to Damian Williams:

"There is no doubt they took away the … roll out to the right. They took away what he felt comfortable going to. He was smart enough not to throw that ball into a tough situation where we didn't have anything. He bought time. The protection was good. Then Damian found an opening and made a play."

Titans RB Chris Johnson, on his season-high 190 rushing yards:

"It felt good to finally get out there and get to some open space and make some plays. The offensive line blocked great. (FB Ahmard Hall) was getting on linebackers and making good blocks. It was just giving me room to run and make plays, and the receivers did a good job getting some blocks down the field. I feel like a lot of the running plays we ran we executed well."

Johnson, on Bucs and former Titans DT Albert Haynesworth:

"Me and Albert, we talked a lot during the whole game. It was good to see him out there making plays and just on a team. It's always good to go up against Albert."

CB Tommie Campbell, on his 84-yard kickoff return for a TD that came on a reverse:

"We did the handoff about 50 times throughout last week. I had to come in early to practice the handoff. That was the only thing we were worried about, was getting that handoff down. As soon as I got around the corner, I didn't see anybody there, except a dude (Bucs K Michael Koenen), and I knew he wasn't going to catch me."

Pat Yasinskas,'s NFC South blogger:

The Bucs now are on a five-game losing streak. But this one was particularly painful because Tampa Bay had a shot to win. … The Bucs are now 4-7 and have one more loss than they did all last season. Time to face reality. A team that supposedly was on the rise coming into this season has clearly taken a step back and will not make the playoffs. The seat continues to get hotter for coach Raheem Morris.

Don Banks,

Whatever happened to Josh Freeman's fourth-quarter magic? It hasn't been in evidence at any point during Tampa Bay's current, season-killing five-game losing streak. Freeman threw a terrible interception with 2:19 to go against the Titans and also fumbled the snap on fourth and 1 with less than a minute to play, effectively ending the Bucs' last-gasp hopes in Nashville.

David Climer, Nashville Tennessean:

One of the most encouraging developments (for the Titans) was the resurgence of the running game. After averaging just 3.4 yards per carry in the first 10 games of the season, Chris Johnson ripped off second-half runs of 34, 25 and 24 yards and finished the game averaging 8.3 yards per carry. Of course, the Bucs entered the game with the second-worst defense in the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans: What they're saying 11/27/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 27, 2011 10:54pm]
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