Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What they're saying about Bucs-Jets

Rex Ryan, Jets coach, on Bucs LB Lavonte David's hit on QB Geno Smith late in the game:

"I saw (David) hit (Smith) out of bounds. It was clear. And the official standing right there made the appropriate call. Then I was like, 'We're kicking that field goal.' That's the only thing that entered my mind."

Smith, on his late run:

"We had enough time there where I could scramble, get out of bounds and at least get past midfield. It was bad on their part, on that guy's (David's) part to cause that penalty, but it was good for us."

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on Smith:

"Now, it was a good job by Smith, walking the tightrope and then, obviously, getting hit. It's smart. It's a good play. Lavonte plays at a high speed and plays all out. Unfortunately, that got him this time.''

Schiano, on David:

"He's a great player. He made one penalty. I know it's a big one, but we'll keep Lavonte."

Kellen Winslow Jr., Jets TE and former Buc, on the comeback:

"It was huge. I've been in this type of situation many times and never managed to pull it out. This is what all the hard work is put in for."

Gerald McCoy, Bucs DT, on Jets rookie Smith:

"He stayed poised. I (thought) for sure when I was hitting him early on he was going to get rattled. But the kid just kept sitting in there. I'm like, 'Man, how many more times do I got to hit you?' He's got a bright future."

Mike Williams, Bucs WR, on getting over the loss:

"We didn't go out there and say we were going to go 16-0. We have to learn from something. It's better to learn in Week 1 than later in the season."

Josh Freeman, Bucs QB, on getting over the loss:

"I'd say the next 24 hours (are) going to be rough on everyone. Everybody's going to be going back, watching the film and critiquing everything they did.''

Donald Penn, Bucs LT:

"I feel (the game) shouldn't have even been that close. We've got to get back to work this week."

Doug Farrar, si.com:

The shame about the end of the New York Jets' 18-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is that second-year linebacker Lavonte David is one of the NFL's most underrated defenders, and now everybody will know his name for the wrong reason.

Pat Yasinskas, espn.com blogger:

This was a horrible opening for the Bucs against a rookie quarterback and a Jets team that appeared to be heading into the season in disarray. But it was the Buccaneers who were dysfunctional on Sunday. The Bucs were undisciplined on defense and unimaginative on offense. Quarterback Josh Freeman was dismal as well. It all cost them dearly. Tampa Bay desperately needed a fast start to its season because the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots are the next two teams on the schedule. All of a sudden, the Bucs are staring down the barrel at a potential 0-3 start.

Greg Bishop, New York Times:

Smith did what the incumbent, and now injured, quarterback Mark Sanchez did less and less the last two seasons. He inspired confidence. He played well enough, for long enough, to make you want to see more.

Pete Prisco, cbssports.com:

Week 1 grades, Bucs, C-minus: That was a horrible way to lose a game, but they floundered for much of this game anyway. At least the pass rush showed up. Lavonte David had a heck of a day, except for the late hit.

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