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Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Carolina Panthers: What they're saying

Bucs coach Raheem Morris, on the importance of winning after losing to the Falcons:

"You have to bounce back. You can't have hangovers. This team is too young for hangovers. They don't know what that's like yet."

Morris, on the 153 combined rushing yards from RBs LeGarrette Blount and Cadillac Williams:

"I know stats are for losers, but having that kind of production with those guys is fun."

WR Mike Williams, on bouncing back:

"It was real big. We had to come in here and get a win. Coming off the loss, we had to get a win. It was like a must-win situation, and that's what we did."

Blount, on the "Race to 10" wins:

"We're still trying to get ahead in our division, and we're trying to contain and compete in every game we can, and we have four more wins to get to our goal."

QB Josh Freeman, on not having to come from behind:

"A win is a win. I want to win, regardless. If we blow somebody out or if we come from behind at the end, it's all about getting the W."

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson, on Tampa Bay's youth:

"We're basically starting eight rookies. I don't know, in modern-day football, when that's ever happened before. I know most teams rarely keep eight rookies. The fact that we're starting eight rookies … it's a credit to the players and their preparation and their competitiveness."

C Jeff Faine, on riding the momentum from a big win:

"It's going to be competitive all the way down to the end. It's going to be a good race. It's huge. We'll see Atlanta again. But we've got San Francisco up next, and we've got to take care of that."

TE John Gilmore, on building on the productive first half:

"We were up on all cylinders, and we got up on them and then we let go. We let go of the reins. I think that's something we need to improve on. And this is no disrespect to Carolina, but we've been playing to the level of our opponents."

Panthers coach John Fox, on the Bucs offense:

"We knew it was going to be tough sledding. Their quarterback does an outstanding job. They ranked, coming into this game, eighth as far as third-down percentage. They operate pretty smooth in the passing game, and I thought they did so today as well."

Carolina QB Jimmy Clausen, on whether the Bucs' turnaround can inspire the Panthers:

"I think so. Coming into this game, Coach Fox told us they're young just like we are; they're just playing with a little more confidence than we are."

Panthers WR Steve Smith, on Freeman:

"He's just getting better and better. I'm not surprised, by any means, on how he played. He played outstanding. I can see him playing a lot better as the years go."

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com NFC South blogger:

"Once upon a time — as in any time before Sunday — the talk in these parts was about if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could make the playoffs. Times have changed. Fact is, the Bucs should make the playoffs."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Carolina Panthers: What they're saying 11/14/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 14, 2010 11:08pm]

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