Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What they're saying about Bucs-Chiefs

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on enjoying the victory:

"Very rarely are you 38-10 in any league, so that was a nice way to have a little fun with players. We work so hard, and I'm always, 'On to the next thing.' I want to make sure when we do something like this, we do enjoy it a little bit."

Schiano, on the defense:

"I think (defensive coordinator) Bill Sheridan and the defensive staff have done a really good job of getting the guys to understand each play is its own entity and you have to do your job on that play."

Schiano, on QB Josh Freeman:

"He identified, changed the play, and we hit some nice runs. So not only throwing the ball, (but) it's that hidden stuff that I think he's really growing in and becoming a complete quarterback."

Freeman, on putting the game away:

"I thought it was great to come out and see how we ran the football. I mean, Doug (Martin), LeGarrette (Blount) and the whole offensive line were at their best when we really needed it at the end of the game."

Ronde Barber, Bucs S, on preparation and results:

"I think everybody had a little bitter feeling going into the bye week after three straight losses. It wasn't that we weren't playing hard. It (was) just that none of our hard work was reaping any rewards for us. We all went in (to this game) with a purpose, came out with a purpose, had a good plan and executed very well, got some turnovers and won a good football game."

Mike Williams, Bucs WR, on using his 6-foot-2 height:

"Every time somebody asks me, man, just put it in the air. I'm not going to fail you, because it's either going to be incomplete or it's mine."

Tiquan Underwood, Bucs WR, on the offense:

"We know as an offense that when we're balanced, we're pretty tough to stop, and we did that today. We just executed pretty well, and the defense helped out giving us the ball."

Doug Martin, Bucs RB, on his long runs:

"The line did a good job on staying on blocks and finishing guys, and the holes opened up, and sometimes I did my job and made the guy miss."

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs RB, on being held to 40 yards:

"I was real confident. I don't know what happened. Something just didn't … I don't know. Every time we do something good, it turns into something bad. I don't know if we've got some spell on us or what."

Dexter McCluster, Chiefs RB and former Largo High star, on the play that resulted in Barber's interception:

"I was trying to compete for the ball. The defensive back (E.J. Biggers) made it hard for me. It was a tight window. … The quarterback got it in there, but he was able to get a hand in there. Luck of the draw, it didn't hit the ground, and it bounced their way. I didn't even know where the ball was at all. … I thought the ball was on the ground, and when I looked up, I saw (Barber) running."

Romeo Crennel, Chiefs coach, on his team:

"I don't understand why we played the way we played."

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com NFC South blogger:

I wouldn't quite call this one the turning point for a young team with a new coaching staff, because turning points need to come against good teams, and the Chiefs don't fit that bill. But this one was significant and a potential step toward that turning point. The Bucs … probably played their most complete game of the season.

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