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What they're saying about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Washington Redskins game

Bucs coach Raheem Morris, on his team's run defense:

"You guys are going to want to talk about stats right now and how we weren't able to stop the run. But I know we lost the premiere position — the three-technique (DL Gerald McCoy) — on the third play of the game, and these guys found a way to win that game in an ugly fashion."

Morris, on QB Josh Freeman:

"He's a big-time quarterback for us. He's clutch, and we've been talking about how he's grown. He's getting better. He's far from the finished product, but I certainly like the way he's developed."

Redskins WR Santana Moss:

"I've been a part of a lot of stuff, but I ain't never been a part of nothing like that. When you are going through it year after year, it just builds up, man. It hurts. I don't have words for it. I just feel we work too hard to come out here and be mediocre on Sundays."

Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall, on the missed point-after:

"Those guys come out at practice and lay it on the line just like we do. They're going to make mistakes just like we're going to make mistakes. This mistake is just at the end of the game in a crucial situation. An O-lineman makes mistakes, you don't really see it. Kickers, corners, quarterbacks, they make mistakes, everybody's going to see it. Anything could've happened in overtime. They could've ran the kick back."

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, on his team's inability to finish:

"Obviously, you want to win a football game like that. You take control of it, you got some long drives in the first half and you settle for a field goal instead of a touchdown. You have opportunities, and we had the ball on the 2-yard line and we can't get it into the end zone."

Shanahan, on whether he showed officials a photo of LB Brian Orakpo being held by OT Donald Penn on a touchdown pass:

"He wasn't held. He was mugged. Yes, I showed them that picture."

Pat Yasinskas, NFC South blogger:

The Bucs are 8-5 and very much in the NFC playoff race. Let's face it: You can almost say the Bucs are guaranteed 10 wins. They've got home games with Detroit and Seattle the next two weeks. … What else I liked: Raheem Morris' decision to go for a two-point conversion a little before Washington's fiasco. The Bucs punched it in with Josh Freeman carrying a couple defenders into the end zone. Morris' call looks even smarter in hindsight.

Skip Wood,

Freeman certainly would have been blaming himself had the Bucs wound up losing this one. He threw for 266 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions but also fumbled away possession on a first and goal from the 1 early in the fourth quarter, his team trailing 10-9. No matter. He more than made amends. And helped save a season in the process — for the time being, anyway.

Dan Steinberg, Washington Post's D.C. Sports Bog blog:

If you sit through the rain, the cold, the slop, the mistakes, the missed field goals, the blown lead and you're finally rewarded with a fourth-down last-minute touchdown, you can't hike the extra-point snap to Milwaukee. That's just not fair. What is that?

What they're saying about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Washington Redskins game 12/12/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 12, 2010 10:14pm]
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