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What they're saying about the Bucs-Saints game

Roy Miller, Bucs DT:

"We are just sick of being in these tight games. We're just sick of it. If you look back on all the games we lost, they were all pretty close. This is just another one that is sickening."

Gerald McCoy, Bucs DT, on QB Josh Freeman, who threw for 420 yards opposite the Saints' Drew Brees:

"He knew who he was facing. He knew who the other side had. He came out and showed that he could do it, too."

Freeman, on the offense failing at the goal line:

"This is a league that comes down to execution. You can have the best scheme in the world, but if you are unable to execute, then it's all for naught."

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on the defensive mistakes:

"We just weren't as precise as we needed to be. They did some things that stress you a little bit defensively, and we didn't handle it as well as I anticipated."

Dallas Clark, Bucs TE, on playing Thursday at Minnesota:

"We've got a game in the blink of an eye. We've got to learn from this one and put it to bed a lot quicker than normal."

Brees, on the Saints overcoming a slow start Sunday and this season:

"What I like is despite all of a sudden being down 14 points and doing all the things we said we wouldn't do — which was turn the ball over, give up some big plays and all that — we still remained calm, together, and we were just methodical. … We want to get on a streak here. You've got to win more than one before you're on a streak. So now we've got two, and we want to keep that going."

Jonathan Vilma, Saints LB, on his first game this season:

"It was one of those where I tried to not let my emotions get the best of me. I didn't want to put myself in a situation where I was going to hurt the team or anything like that, so I tried not to be overexcited."

Malcolm Jenkins, Saints DB, asked if his run-down of Vincent Jackson was a season-changer:

"Defensively, it was."

Mike Triplett, New Orleans Times-Picayne:

Obviously, it wasn't pretty. But for the third straight game, the (Saints') defense recovered from a cringe-worthy start to make just enough big plays in big moments to keep their team alive. Saints games are like horror movies with happy endings.

Chris Burke, SI.com:

The difference between New Orleans and Tampa Bay on Sunday was a matter of inches, proven true on a number of occasions: Jenkins' tackle, the Saints' goal-line stand, Jackson's inability to get his feet down in the end zone and, finally, the decisive penalty call.

New Orleans will take it, and the Bucs have little to complain about besides their own inability to finish off their opportunities.

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com NFC South blogger:

The Bucs handed the ball to LeGarrette Blount on three straight plays, and he couldn't get into the end zone against the league's worst defense. I realize Blount's a big, power back and you should give him at least one crack at the end zone. But you know what the unofficial coaching handbook says about doing the same thing three times in a row? It's against it. At some point in those three plays, you need to at least look like you might throw a pass and spread the defense out.

What they're saying about the Bucs-Saints game 10/21/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 10:12pm]
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