Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What they're saying about the Bucs-Falcons game

Dashon Goldson, Bucs S, on the 0-6 start:

"I know we're facing tough times, but we've got to keep coming, we've got to dig ourselves out of this hole that we're in. There's no magic. We've just got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot."

Adrian Clayborn, Bucs DE:

"Nobody wants to be in this situation. We've got to deal with it."

Mike Williams, Bucs WR:

"We have to finish. Coach (Greg) Schiano's keys before we came into the game was finish, finish, finish, and we just didn't."

Lavonte David, Bucs LB:

"Even through adversity and all the bad things that happened to us throughout the game, we showed we still had a lot of fight left in us."

Davin Joseph, Bucs RG, on failing to get a TD after an 18-play fourth-quarter drive:

"When we get into the red zone, we have to score touchdowns, period. If we plan on being a good team, we have to be efficient in the red zone."

Williams, on Schiano's call to kick a field goal on fourth and goal at the 23 late in the game:

"I just block, catch balls and try to get touchdowns. That's my job. I can't make the calls. That was his call and that was the right call for him at that time.''

Gerald McCoy, Bucs DT, on Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who had 273 yards without his top two receivers:

"I think he proved it against people who questioned if he was elite or not, or what he could do with the people he had. And he showed it today."

Harry Douglas, Falcons WR, on playing after WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White were injured:

"I'm the type of person that I never shy away from it. Julio went down. Roddy wasn't playing. I wanted the challenge. I've always been like that my whole life."

Matt Ryan, Falcons QB, on Douglas:

"I don't think anyone in our locker room was surprised by his play. It's what he's capable of doing. You may not know that about him because we've had those other guys."

Mike Smith, Falcons coach, on replacing injured players:

"We talked during the bye week. If you had a Falcons logo on your helmet, you were expected to step up and make plays. Whether a young guy, old guy, we all needed to do that."

Pat Yasinskas, espn.com:

But there really is one reason why I don't think the time has come to fire Schiano.

The Bucs aren't playing well, but they still are playing hard. Tampa Bay has seen teams quit before. (Remember 2011 under Raheem Morris or the end of the Sam Wyche days?)

… Things aren't good under Schiano, but he still has the attention of his team. If you fire him and go with an interim coach, that's the equivalent of bringing in a substitute teacher, who will get plowed over by a class that's out of control.

Doug Farrar, si.com:

Douglas and running back Jacquizz Rodgers hauled in touchdown passes against a Tampa Bay defense that was outmanned to an embarrassing degree. But hey — at least (Darrelle) Revis wasn't the one burned by Douglas. … The Falcons won 31-23 — Schiano called for two field goals in the last five minutes of the game — and it might behoove Coach (Bill) Sheridan to be a bit more patient with the fans who, for whatever reason, still show up at Raymond James Stadium to watch a winless team.

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