Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What they're saying about the Bucs-Raiders game

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach:

"I'm really proud of our team. What they did in the last few weeks to get on an airplane for three hours and go up and win in Minnesota on the road and then get on an airplane for six hours and come out here and win in Oakland on the road, that's not easy. They stuck together and worked very hard, and now we move on after we get back."

Doug Martin, Bucs RB, on his progress:

"Coming from college to the NFL, the game, the speed, has definitely increased, and the holes, they close quick now. Just over the first few games and the preseason it took me a while to get comfortable with the offense and for the game to slow down, but over the first four games of the season it started to slow down for me so I could get comfortable."

Josh Freeman, Bucs QB:

"I think the offensive line is doing a tremendous job of holding up; there were a number of plays today when I was sitting back there, they let me see things downfield and I get the ball in Mike (Williams') and Vincent (Jackson)'s hands."

Andre Carter, Raiders DE, on Martin:

"We knew coming into this game that it was important that we gang-tackle him. We did that in the first half but in the second half, whether it was gap responsibility or just inconsistency, we didn't do that, unfortunately. But give credit where credit is due, he is a great back."

Carson Palmer, Raiders QB, on second-half adjustments:

"We only had a handful of runs, we were down so much and they kept scoring so fast that we were kind of in hurry-up mode. We were in situations against, I think, the No. 4 (No. 6, actually) defense against the run and we were going to be kind of smashing our head against the wall."

Dennis Allen, Raiders coach, on the final interception:

"Carson had to get rid of the ball a little bit quicker than he wanted to. I'm not sure exactly what happened on the route."

Monte Poole, San Jose Mercury News:

There were many reasons Oakland trudged into the night unsatisfied, none more significant than Martin's dominating display. He spent the day bashing and slashing and racing through a Raiders defense that entered the game thinking it had solved the riddle of stopping the run.

Don Banks, SI.com:

As good as (Adrian) Peterson's game was, he wasn't even the best running back playing on the West Coast on Sunday. That would be Tampa Bay rookie Doug Martin, who looks like he'll make All-World after his two recent monster performances. … Combined with his 135-yard rushing, 79-yard receiving game in the Bucs' win at Minnesota a week ago Thursday, the league has a new rushing star on its hands.

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com NFC South blogger:

Don't look now, but the Bucs are suddenly 4-4 and somewhat in playoff contention and you can see this is a team that's very much on the upswing. Oakland and Minnesota may not be dominant teams, but the Bucs went up to Minnesota in a short week and won in a hostile environment. Then, they flew cross-country and got a win at Oakland, even if the Bucs came very close to squandering what was a 28-10 lead before Oakland rallied in the fourth quarter. When you're a young team like the Bucs, showing you can win on the road, even if it's not particularly pretty, is a very positive sign.

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