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What they're saying: Reaction the Bucs-Saints game

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on his team's first loss by more than eight points this year:

"I didn't get this team ready to go today, for whatever the reason is. It got out hand."

Schiano, on the disconnect between QB Josh Freeman and the receivers:

"There was some miscommunication. They didn't see some things the same way, and you need to be able to do that. That led to one or two of the turnovers (four interceptions)."

Freeman, on the turnovers:

"Today things just didn't click as good as they should have. It's kind of odd because the preparation leading up to these last few games have been on point. But then you get into the game and little things start happening, whereby earlier in the season things were going our way but now they aren't."

Joe Vitt, Saints interim coach, on winning despite having little to play for:

"We've got a team that's full of a lot of guys with pride and a lot of guys with want-to. They're accountable to one another."

Curtis Lofton, Saints LB:

"Walking off the field, I was like, 'Man, this is how it should feel. We should've done this the entire season.' It's so frustrating, because to come out here and play the way we did today, it's like, 'Why couldn't we come play like that all season?' "

Jimmy Graham, Saints TE:

"It's tough to see the potential you have as a team but you find it this late."

Mike Triplett, New Orleans Times-Picayune:

The best thing about Sunday's win was that it proved the Saints have some serious pride still bursting inside — unlike the Buccaneers, who had nothing left Sunday after their own playoff hopes were crushed last week.

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com NFC South blogger:

For most of the season, I've been saying the Bucs would be wise to sign quarterback Josh Freeman to a contract extension as soon as possible. Now I'm starting to think they might be smarter to wait. Freeman threw four interceptions against the Saints and completed less than 50 percent of his passes in the two previous games. I still think Freeman, who is under contract through the end of the 2013 season, can be a franchise quarterback, but the Bucs might want to wait until he shows he can play well consistently.

Guerry Smith, CBSSports.com:

Tampa Bay was the team with realistic playoff hopes entering the game, but the Bucs were lifeless from the start, clearly unable to recover from blowing a 12-point lead at home to hapless Philadelphia in the final four minutes last Sunday and giving up the winning TD with no time left. …

Losers of four in a row, Tampa Bay will try to show signs of a pulse at home in its home finale against the Rams (on Sunday). Coach Greg Schiano's first season isn't ending well.

Michael David Smith, Profootballtalk.com:

An even bigger difference (between the teams) was simply that the Saints came out looking like this game mattered, while the Buccaneers came out looking like they didn't care. This game has to be a huge disappointment to first-year Bucs coach Greg Schiano. After taking over a team that gave up on the 2011 season, Schiano had his team playing tough, competitive football for most of this season, and although the Bucs didn't look like a playoff team, they didn't look very far away, either. But a game like this calls into question whether Schiano's Bucs have much fight left in them.

What they're saying: Reaction the Bucs-Saints game 12/16/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 10:17pm]

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