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What they're saying about the Tampa Bay Bucs-Detroit Lions game

Bucs coach Raheem Morris, on the pass rush

"If you don't get to third down on these guys, you got no chance of getting after them, because the ball comes out so quickly with the bubble screens, quick sticks and things of that nature. We knew they would dink and dunk you a little bit."

Bucs QB Josh Freeman, on the offensive struggles:

"You talk about a rhythm, but in the first quarter I was on the field for maybe five plays. … You have to maximize your potential on first and second down so you're not in a third-and-long situation. The Detroit offense did a good job of holding the ball for a long time. We've got to help our defense out in that manner because being on the field for that long just wears and wears and wears on the defense."

Bucs CB Ronde Barber:

"We feel like we had their game plan down. We knew it was going to be a lot of shotgun quicks, a lot of counter-pass seams and we saw all that. We just didn't execute as well as they did."

Bucs G Davin Joseph, on the success of the two-minute offense:

"We just started letting things go, (putting) the entire game in a two-minute drill. At times, it worked for us. At times, it kind of stalled."

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, on high expectations of the defensive line:

"We're not playing to people's expectations. It's not what we're worried about. The great thing about the league is it's a long season. It's not like college where you lose one and it's over. Just go back, make some adjustments and fix it. There's nothing to get down about."

Bucs WR Mike Williams, on the offense:

"We know what our weakness is and that's just what we did; we came out and started slow. We didn't start as fast as we wanted. … It was nothing that they were doing."

Lions WR Nate Burleson:

"If I was a spectator, I would tune into this one. For so many reasons, Tampa had a lot to play for. They obviously wanted to redeem themselves from last year. And we wanted to do the same and prove that we were a better team."

Lions RB Jahvid Best, on the Bucs defense:

"They're definitely good. They have some good guys up front and definitely No. 20 (Ronde Barber), he's all over the place all the time and you have to beat them."

Lions WR Calvin Johnson:

"We came out here and battled. We made it a lot harder than it should have been. But that's a credit to the Bucs. They kept fighting."

Pat Yasinskas,'s AFC blogger:

It might be only one game, but this was not a good start for the Bucs in any way. … If you don't use (RB LeGarrette) Blount, you're going to end up with your defense on the field for far too long and that's exactly what happened.

John Niyo, Detroit News, on the Lions:

Folks, this is what it looks like when a plan comes together, when talent begins to flourish and self-assuredness starts to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. … But I'll take it a step further. This was a perfect example of why the Lions just might be a playoff team this year.

What they're saying about the Tampa Bay Bucs-Detroit Lions game 09/11/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 11, 2011 10:50pm]
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