Greg Schiano, Bucs coach:
"It's something that we have been pretty good at this year, playing pass defense, we didn't do very well today. … Offensively, I was actually pleased with our first-half performance. I thought that Mike (Glennon) played well. The second half of the game kind of changed a little bit. They outplayed us and they outcoached us. They won the game. I'll turn my attention to getting this team back to Tampa … and get working."
Mike Glennon, Bucs QB, on the season:
"It was my first one, so I don't know anything different. There were a lot of things that happened this season, but we all stuck together as a team. It wasn't the season we wanted with our record, but it's good to see our group of guys stuck together the whole way through. There was no finger-pointing, and hopefully as a unit now we will be stronger going forward."
Vincent Jackson, Bucs WR:
"Having some sort of continuity is the most important thing right now. As we head into the offseason, all of us need to really think about what happened this year and come back next year and be a better team."
Dashon Goldson, Bucs S:
"We struggled all year and faced a lot of adversity. And we experienced that feeling week after week. So for this season, things just didn't go our way. (Schiano) came in here and faced a lot of criticism and a lot of people bashed him when it wasn't his fault. But he continued to coach with a smile on his face and he coached us; and that's all we can ask for."
Demar Dotson, Bucs RT:
"Any time you win only four games, there are definitely going to be some type of changes. Upstairs, downstairs; I don't know what it's going to be. I don't have a vote."
Sean Payton, Saints coach, on making the playoffs:
"We did a lot of things well at a time that we needed to. It was an important game for us, obviously, and I am proud of how they finished and got 11 wins. It is hard to get 11 wins in this league."
Drew Brees, Saints QB, on how his team can play better on the road, where it was 3-5:
"There's three main things we need to do: We're going to change up the Gatorade flavor; we feel good about that. We're going to change our travel sweats. We're going to change, at the hotel, the beefy mac (and cheese) recipe the night before, just kind of give it a little extra kick. We feel like those three things are going to help pull us through."
Will Brinson, cbssports.com:
New Orleans is a hard place to play and the Bucs hung with the Saints for a while but couldn't make it last. Mike Glennon had some nice throws but beating the Saints in the Superdome wasn't happening.
Pat Yasinskas, espn.com NFC South blogger:
A long and painful season is over. The Bucs had to endure the Josh Freeman saga, an outbreak of MRSA and an 0-8 start. They never really recovered from any of that. The offense got worse, not better, as the season went on, and rookie quarterback Mike Glennon took plenty of lumps. The defense had a few bright spots but not enough. Now, the Bucs appear headed for more drama in the postseason. … We'll find out soon enough if there are any changes to the coaching staff or the front office. Either way, this team has a lot of work to do in the offseason if it's going to turn things around and make the playoffs next season. The one bright spot is that the Bucs will hold a top-10 pick in the 2014 draft. They also will have about $17 million in salary-cap room to work with.