Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What they're saying: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Atlanta Falcons postgame

Raheem Morris, Bucs coach:

"You have to admire the moxie that the guys came out with in the second half. There were significant names such as Elbert Mack who really came out there and was fighting for us. This is not the season we wanted or expected, but we will need to rededicate ourselves and get ready for this offseason. We've learned a lot from adversity, and from that we will bounce back into shape."

Josh Freeman, Bucs QB:

"It's horrible that we started out that way, but when you get in that situation, you just have to keep playing. You can't turn it down, and that was the message from Coach Raheem at halftime."

Davin Joseph, Bucs offensive guard:

"I've been saying the same thing for the last five weeks. If we play better on third down and stop turning the ball over, we will be a better team. Plain and simple."

Geno Hayes, Bucs linebacker:

"It boils down to guys not doing their jobs. … If everyone isn't doing what they're supposed to, it doesn't work. We get paid to do a job. And it hasn't been working."

Quincy Black, Bucs linebacker:

"It's hard to pinpoint where we have a weakness. There are a lot of problems."

Mike Smith, Falcons coach:

"The start was the way we wanted it to go. … We wanted to establish the run; we got that done. We wanted to be able to move the ball passing it, and we were able to do that. We put some pressure on the quarterback, and he threw the ball to us, and we created some turnovers. When you have that formula, and you throw in the way we covered kicks, it's a good combination."

Matt Ryan, Falcons QB, on how important it was to jump on the Bucs right away:

"(Smith) kind of talked about that all week. We want to start fast. … We did that and put up a lot of points early, and that was good."

John Abraham, Falcons defensive end:

"You have to give a lot of credit to the Bucs for competing against us despite being down 42-7 at halftime."

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN NFC South writer:

The Glazers thought they were anointing the next great coach when they replaced Jon Gruden with Morris. The Glazers like Morris, who is a genuinely nice guy. But what the Glazers want to do and what they need to do look like two different things. How can they possibly bring Morris back?

Jeff Schultz, Atlanta Journal Constitution sports blogger:

(The Falcons) didn't beat Tampa Bay on Sunday so much as they dodged exploding parts and avoided hyperventilating from laughing.

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