Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What they're saying about Bucs-Eagles game

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on the loss:

"We're a competitive franchise who's been on the short end of the stick too many times. We need to get on the right end of the stick. We have to play our way and coach our way out of it one day at a time. That's how you do it. There's no magical answer."

Donald Penn, Bucs tackle, on the loss:

"The whole team flat played their butts off. We keep falling short. We aren't catching any breaks. I'm just stuck, to tell you the truth. I'm really stuck. But I know one thing, I'm going to come back Monday. Tomorrow I'm going to come back fighting because that's one thing I know I do."

Doug Martin, Bucs running back, on defenses keying on him because Tampa Bay has a rookie at quarterback:

"I think we've realized that that's the case, going into the game with eight or nine in the box. But, you know, we have great coaches and they will do their best to have offensive schemes to counter that."

Gerald McCoy, Bucs defensive tackle, on trying to stop Eagles RB LeSean McCoy:

"He always does a lot. You've got to put him in bad spots. … Somehow he just always finds a way to wiggle out and get to where he needs to be."

Tim Wright, Bucs tight end, on the MRSA outbreak:

"I didn't feel like it distracted us at all. It came at the end of the week, we already had our game plan in, we already executed what we had to do, the core stuff of our offense, defense and special teams. I feel like when that came upon us, it was something we had to clear up for the guys that were affected by it and just look forward to this game."

Nick Foles, Eagles quarterback, on the pro-Eagles crowd at Raymond James Stadium:

"It felt like it was a home game. There were a couple times that the crowd was yelling and I thought, 'Oh no, what happened?' And I looked, it was all the green and white jerseys. It was our fans. We had a tremendous amount of support here. It's pretty fun when you're in an opposing stadium and have that many fans."

Chip Kelly, Eagles coach, on Foles:

"I thought Nick did a really good job. He did a really good job of spreading the ball around to different receivers."

Gregg Rosenthal, nfl.com:

It's a bad sign for the Buccaneers that they lost at home to Philadelphia on the same day they got a very nice performance from rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Tampa moved the ball, and Glennon made a number of difficult throws on third and long. He went through his progressions. His interception came when his receiver stopped on a route.

Will Brinson, cbssports.com:

Mike Glennon was actually better than most people expected here. It was the Buccaneers' defense that struggled badly. What's the point of trading for and paying Darrelle Revis if you're not going to put him on an island with your opponent's best wideout?

Pat Yasinskas, espn.com:

The next three weeks or so are critical for Schiano and the Bucs. They play division rivals Atlanta and Carolina and travel to Seattle. An 0-8 start is looking possible.

Again, I have no idea if ownership is growing as impatient as the fans. But I do know that the Glazer family, which owns the team, does not like to be embarrassed.

The Bucs have been an embarrassment recently. If that doesn't change, the Glazers also might have some unkind words for Schiano.

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