Monday, December 11, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What they're saying about Bucs-Eagles

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on losing three in a row:

"I'd be disappointed if there was a harder way to prepare and get ready than what we have been doing. We try to do everything that we can. Turn over every stone. That is the way that we operate. We are going to continue to do that. We have to do something."

Josh Freeman, Bucs QB, on the offense in the first half:

"We had a great week of practice, but we just weren't finding the plays (in the game). We weren't finding the plays downfield that we normally do."

Michael Bennett, Bucs DE, on the Eagles' final play:

"It was a sprint-out pass, and you know that that was their play. That's most teams' play in the NFL. … It's one of those things, they called that play, we knew that play, and as veterans on this team, we should have stood up and made those plays."

Gerald McCoy, Bucs DT, on playing in front of the Super Bowl XXXVII title team:

"Yeah, you recognize they're here; you'd like to win the game for them. If you know the history of Tampa Bay, you know that Philly was an issue for them. A game like this, you definitely want to get the win."

Andy Reid, Eagles coach:

"The fans were unbelievable. … They were out here. … (At) times I wasn't sure who had more fans. I was proud of that part. … You go two months without winning a game in Philadelphia, that's a tough thing, man. I'm proud of these guys, just staying true to themselves and battling like crazy and coming up with a win down here. The fans down here were awesome."

Reid, on talking with QB Nick Foles before the final TD:

"He was feeling it. It's a great thing when your quarterback is in tune like that. When he came off, he goes, 'Hey, I'm feeling this right here.' "

Foles, on choosing the play:

"I just like a movement play in that situation because it changes throwing lanes. If you're in the pocket, a guy can undercut it, whereas if you're on the run, there's no undercut. … It was the first play that came to my head."

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eagles CB, on stopping the pass:

"The pressure was better, even if (Freeman) had an open route. He wasn't able to just stand there and make the throws he could normally make, so I think the pressure is what really got him."

Bob Ford, Philadelphia Inquirer:

They pulled it off this time, however, with help from the 32nd-ranked pass defense in the league and a terrible decision by Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano to turtle his own offense in the drive between the two late Eagles touchdowns. Nevertheless, Foles took a big step forward and a big step up in the organization's eyes.

Josh Alper, NBCSports.com:

It was an excellent performance across the board for Foles. The same can't be said of Josh Freeman. He was terrible in the first half, and the (Bucs') failure to get on the board there loomed large in the final quarter as the Eagles went on long drives that wound up with touchdowns. … Blowing an 11-point fourth-quarter lead to a team on an eight-game losing streak tends to be the sort of thing that means no trip to the postseason.

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com NFC South blogger:

The Buccaneers have made big strides this year, but they're not going to consistently sell out their stadium the way they did in their glory years unless they start winning games like this.

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