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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions: Coaches' quotebook

On the comeback victory:

"We are happy with the win. We did not play particularly well early. A lot of that is reflective of the Lions. They were fired up and ready to go. We fell down 17-0. Ronde Barber gets a big interception. I think Clifton Smith had a big return, and Jeff Garcia got hot and made a couple of great throws. It was a heck of a win for us. It is a hard place to win here, and we have struggled in the past."

On looking like a playoff team:

"I don't know about that. We have played a different kind of second half when we had the turnovers and had the lead. We didn't throw the ball much. Some of the offensive guys are probably irritated with me right now, but the bottom line is you have got to win."

On the return of running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams:

"We were able to get Carnell 14 or 15 carries. I know a lot of them were late, but he needed that. We need to get him hit, and he needs to get up and do it again. I thought that was good for us, but we needed to win. We have eight victories before Thanksgiving and that is something that we are really excited about."

On Jeff Garcia's fumble that led to a touchdown:

"That's my bad. We had a double move. Antonio Bryant, I think he had a really good look. There was a free safety blitz, and I think Jeff, he will tell you himself that he has got to reset and try and clear the congestion, but he was so excited to make the throw that I think the push got near him. It wasn't Carnell's fault. It wasn't really Jeff's fault."

On not finishing games:

"We had a lead, and then we had some very basic breakdowns. We gave up two big plays, and you just can't do that. It is just basic things. You get a lead like that and you have got to play smart. Penalties were brutal on us today. Return yardage was brutal, and that is kind of the tale of the game."

On correcting problems and having unexpected issues arise:

"I take my hat off to Jeff Garcia. He is a heck of a quarterback, and he hurt us a couple of times. When he starts scrambling around, he made big plays on us. We have got to stay in coverage. We hammered that all week, but we broke down as a staff and players, and you can't do that."

On changing personnel at quarterback:

"I just thought we needed (to make a change). It was an opportunity and we were down at that point, and I thought it was a good chance to maybe give us a spark and bring Drew (Stanton) in (for Daunte Culpepper)."

On the approach he will take with his winless team:

"I am just adamant that we get ready tomorrow. We have got walk-throughs tomorrow for our next opponent (Titans on Thursday), and I want to be on every detail. I am going to walk through with the same intensity, if not more, and just demand that we do things right."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions: Coaches' quotebook 11/23/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 24, 2008 8:00am]
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