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Quarterback Cade McNown on the Bucs defense:

"I'm not going to stand here and say we only beat ourselves; they beat us today. They were in the right spot at the right time on a lot of plays. It's tough to face a team like that if you are unsure at all. They are 100 percent sure of what they are doing."

Coach Dick Jauron on his team's late first-half collapse:

"It was obvious the game got away from us in the last three minutes of the first half. We didn't play particularly well up to that point, but to come in at halftime only down 9-0, you are all right. But all of a sudden it's 20-0 against a team as good as this and it snowballed."

Jauron on the loss:

"The only consolation is it's a long season. It's not a sprint; it's a marathon."

Running back Curtis Enis, who ran for nine yards on his first carry and finished with 20 yards on 11 carries, on the Bucs defense:

"It was all right. We ran the ball effectively early. I thought we ran on them well. I've always thought we could run on Tampa Bay."

Defensive tackle Brad Culpepper on his former teammates:

"They are very sound. They capitalized on turnovers, made turnovers, flew around, played good defense. I've seen it for a long time over there."

Culpepper on interaction with his former teammates during the game:

"I didn't really say much. Nobody said much."

Culpepper on any advice or inside information he might have given his new teammates about his old teammates:

"That's all overrated. There's nothing I told anybody that they didn't already know or couldn't see on film."

Culpepper on if it was strange playing against former Vikings Randall McDaniel and Jeff Christy, who joined the Bucs offensive line this season:

"It doesn't matter what color (uniforms they wear). They're two outstanding players, whether they're in purple or pewter."

Receiver Marcus Robinson on if he thought it was possible for a team to shut out the Bears:


Culpepper on getting beaten soundly:

"Any time you get beat that way, it's not much fun. We got beat that way when I played with the Bucs against the Oakland Raiders (45-0 last season)."

Kick returner Glyn Milburn on the Bucs defense:

"As far as I can remember, we've had difficulty scoring touchdowns and scoring points against them. It's frustrating."

Receiver Bobby Engram on the Bucs defense:

"They just try to make us play on a long field, and they did a good job of it. We weren't able to break loose and get any big plays or get anything downfield. They executed their game plan very well and we didn't."


"There are other teams that have better players in certain spots, but as a unit, I don't think anybody (in the NFL) plays this well."

Center Olin Kreutz:

"I give them all the credit. Right now, there's nothing I can say bad about them."

Running back James Allen on the offense's struggles:

"We gave them points, literally, with turnovers and miscues. The first half our defense played tremendous. On our side of the ball, we have to help them out."