Monday, February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What they're saying about Bucs-Cardinals game

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach:

"It was a winning defensive performance, but we play as a team. There's not a guy in that room that's defense, offense, special teams. We're all one."

Schiano, on the run game:

"Our biggest rush was a fake punt. (Jeff) Demps had a big run on the speed sweep. We didn't conventionally run it very well at all."

Gerald McCoy, Bucs DT:

"We, as a defense, will not ever be what we need to be until we learn to finish games. We've had three opportunities this year out of four games, to finish a game, and we haven't. It makes all of the rest of the game irrelevant."

Darrelle Revis, Bucs CB:

"It's heartbreaking, man. We just have to stick together. … We have to find a way to win."

Mike Williams, Bucs WR:

"We have to realize that we can still go 12-4; it's still ahead of us. We just have to adjust the little things and finish."

Jay Feely, Cardinals K and Jesuit High product, on kicking winner in his hometown:

"It's special. I've played here a lot but have never had a game-winning attempt. So to get to comeback here and visit all my friends and family and go to a high school football game on Friday night and … get to kick a game-winner is pretty sweet."

Carson Palmer, Cardinals QB:

"We knew it was kind of a trap (game) playing against an 0-3 team with a quarterback change, turmoil with the head coach and all that. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. … That's a very good 0-4 football team. I haven't played against a better one."

Pat Yasinskas, espn.com:

Schiano made his point with his power play on (QB Josh) Freeman. He started (Mike) Glennon to prove a point. Schiano has coveted Glennon ever since he unsuccessfully tried to recruit him to Rutgers. When the move was made, Schiano said it was because Glennon gave the Bucs the best chance to win.

The irony here is that it really didn't matter who the quarterback was. The Bucs, who controlled the game most of the way, were destined to lose this game no matter what.

The problems run much deeper than the quarterback.

Chris Burke, si.com:

Freeman's implosion erased any time Tampa Bay hoped to buy for Glennon, though. There may be brighter days ahead, but there is a limit to what the Bucs can expect from their rookie in the immediate future.

Those confinements were on display Sunday. Glennon can take a few shots down the field, but he'll be more comfortable in intermediate spots — he did not complete a pass longer than 20 yards. He'll also take some sacks and make a costly mistake here or there. And they do not get much more costly or painful than the pair of miscues Glennon chalked up down the stretch Sunday.

Will Brinson, cbssports.com:

Mike Glennon's debut was exactly as expected: up and down. He had some nice drives, but the Buccaneers put him in a bad spot late in the game, forcing him to pass from under the shadow of his own end zone. The result was a pair of back-breaking interceptions that gave Arizona the win. Greg Schiano's seat isn't any cooler.

Kent Somers, Arizona Republic:

Afterward, (coach Bruce) Arians called the game "great exhibition of 60-minute football." It was not, however, an exhibition of great football. The Cardinals were able to hang in because they played good defense when it counted, and because the Bucs (0-4) are terrible on offense.

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