Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on the result:
"All week, we talked about making it a fourth-quarter game: heavyweight fight, get it to the fourth quarter and find a way to win. That's why it's very disappointing for players and coaches alike; we felt like we had the opportunity and we let it go."
Schiano, on whether QB Mike Glennon is being restricted:
"I don't think we're playing around him. I think he's got the full playbook. Can we do more of that (no-huddle offense)? We have done some. What we went to today wasn't just no-huddle, but slow-paced and get-on-the-line."
Glennon, on if the run game struggles made it more challenging for him:
"With that front four and those linebackers, it's just first-rounders, Pro Bowlers across the board, and it's tough. Once we kind of figured out that we needed to go in a hurry-up offense, we saw some success with it. Both of our touchdowns drives, really the first two times we did that, we went right down the field and scored."
Gerald McCoy, Bucs DT:
"If we want to be the team that we say we want to be, we have to learn how to win the tough games. The game came down to the fourth quarter, and we didn't finish. We had them where we wanted them: It was 20-14, all we needed to do was get the ball back and they went on a 10-minute drive. The defense can't allow that. That's happened too many times this year, and we have to do better."
Vincent Jackson, Bucs WR, on the offensive struggles:
"Obviously when you're losing 8 yards a play and the quarterback's getting pressured and penalties are hurting us a little bit, it makes it tough against a defense like this. It's really hard when you've got a second and 18, third and 15; you're going to be behind the 8-ball. … Today we just couldn't seem to find that balance, but I still believe we have all the tools, and the people in this locker room can get that done."
Lavonte David, Bucs LB, on 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick converting a third and long:
"We got him out of the pocket. Had a guy chasing him and then he slipped up out of a tackle. He's a great athlete. I think that long stride kind of helped him out, and he made a great throw on the run."
Kaepernick, on converting the third and long to WR Michael Crabtree:
"We had the look we wanted; they rotated late on the blitz. We had one guy free, so immediately my reaction was to roll. Crab made a great play."
Will Brinson, cbssports.com:
Couple of nice throws — including a touchdown to Timothy Wright — from Mike Glennon but the Buccaneers only felt "in" this game for about 10 minutes or so. They managed to tighten things up and quickly egged.
Pat Yasinskas, espn.com NFC South blogger:
But let's close this out with a little exercise in common sense. Back in the preseason a lot of people — and we're talking people outside and inside One Buccaneer Place — believed the Bucs could make the playoffs this season after going 7-9 in Schiano's first year.
Now, they're staring down the barrel at 4-12, maybe 5-11 or, at best, 6-10. None of those options are attractive.
A victory against the 49ers, and all the positives that could have followed, quite possibly would have solidified Schiano's grip on his job. But that victory didn't happen. It slipped away, just like the rest of the season.
You have to wonder if Schiano's chance to stick around slipped away Sunday.