Monday, January 22, 2018
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What they're saying: Reaction to the Bucs-Chargers game

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach:

"You usually don't win a game when the time of possession is the way it was — 36 and change and 23 and change. It's hard to win that way, but again some of those plays that made it that way were a blocked punt for a touchdown and an interception for a touchdown. Certainly the defense was out there for a long time today, but they bowed their neck and made a play when they needed to."

Schiano, on a difference in his team:

"I don't think we're playing that differently. I think what's happened is we've worked through, we've built cumulative receptions in what we do, we're more comfortable with it and it's given us a chance to make (plays) because the line is so fine between doing it and not doing it. Right now we're tending to be on the other side of the line, which is good."

Josh Freeman, Bucs QB:

"We just kept grinding away and the defensive score and the special teams score kind of threw them out of a rhythm from the point of trying to sit back. They kind of pushed the envelope a bit, allowed us to get on top and one of those kind of sealed the deal."

Tiquan Underwood, Bucs WR, on the third-quarter scoring drive:

"Whenever you come out of halftime, make your adjustments, and put a good drive together and put points on the board, that's just a good feeling to get the second half going."

Norv Turner, Chargers coach:

"If you give up a blocked punt for a touchdown, and you give up an interception return for a touchdown, you are going to put yourself in jeopardy in terms of winning the game."

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com NFC South blogger:

For a young team with a rookie NFL head coach in Greg Schiano, it is hugely significant to be over .500 in the second half of the season. A week or two ago, it was easy to look at the Bucs and say they were a team that could be on target for the playoffs next season. Now, you have to start wondering if the Bucs can make the playoffs this season.

Josh Alper, Profootballtalk.com:

The win leaves the Bucs at 5-4 and very much alive in the NFC playoff race. Their schedule isn't easy — two games with the Falcons, road trips to Denver and New Orleans — but they've got a shot to make a run at the postseason.

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