Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on whether it was deflating to have two early drives yield only three points:
"Certainly it helps if you go in there with moving the ball and scoring points, it helps you get off to a good start. But games are going to play out different every week and when you are on the road especially, you know, the previous plays can have an effect on the future plays. But, you have got to be able to put it behind you and go to the next one."
Josh Freeman, Bucs QB, on poor completion percentage:
"We are taking a lot of shots, and when you're throwing the ball downfield that many times, a lot of the times the back gets eaten up in protection. It's a shot play, they cover it and you've just got to launch it and get it out of bounds. I'm going to have to go back and evaluate today and all of our pass attempts — which ones were throwaways. We have to find a way to complete more passes, complete them on third down and in the red zone."
Gerald McCoy, Bucs DT, on Patriots QB Tom Brady:
"Everyone had questions about his receiving corps, and this guy has turned so many receivers into stars because of him. As long as Tom is under center and that coach is over there, they are still the Patriots."
Mike Williams, Bucs WR, on the Patriots defense:
"The first quarter they went one high man. As a receiver that is kind of disrespecting us. We try to beat one high man (safety), which is basically man-to-man across the whole board. We came out on the better end of a couple of those in the first quarter, then they changed and put two safeties back. We give all the credit to them for making the adjustment."
Rian Lindell, Bucs K, on his missed field goal:
"Missed kicks are tough on any team in any situation. Everyone counts on me. The one true stat that seems to carry over is turnovers and (a missed field goal) is basically a turnover."
Bill Belichick, Patriots coach, on his defense:
"Today it was red-area defense, and we made some third- and fourth-down stops when we needed to. They moved the ball, they had some long drives, but fortunately it didn't result in a lot of points."
Belichick, on the Patriots' running game:
"It's a tough defense to run the ball against but we were able to chip away and at least keep them honest and stay out of a lot of long-yardage situations, and that helped us."
Tom Brady, Patriots QB, on his offense:
"It's not like we do the same thing week to week all the time; we try to attack teams in different ways. Today we definitely made some adjustments throughout the first quarter, second quarter, and we did a good job adjusting."
Aqib Talib, Patriots CB, on his interception before the half:
"Yeah, we had a good idea of the concepts they like to run in two-minute (drill) before the end of the half. Matty P (defensive coordinator Matt Patricia) called the perfect play for what they like to do and we made the play."
Pat Yasinskas, espn.com:
This loss was much worse than the previous two, which came by a combined three points. This time the Bucs were blown out by a team that didn't have its full complement of receivers and tight ends. The Bucs have the look of a team in disarray, and it appears they're in for a long season.
Will Brinson, cbssports.com:
This game won't do much to quell the drama in Tampa Bay. Have fun this week, Greg Schiano.