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BUCS QUOTEBOOK

Defensive tackle Warren Sapp on Bears quarterback Cade McNown:

"This was our plan coming in: If we don't allow this quarterback to beat us with his legs, he'll never beat us with his arm; and we proved ourselves right."

Cornerback Ronde Barber on McNown:

"He made some comments that he thought he knew what we were going to do; he thought he knew how to play us. He still got stuffed. It's hard to play a defense this fast. It's easy to look at it on tape and say you've got it figured out."

Defensive end Chidi Ahanotu on linebacker Derrick Brooks:

"Derrick is playing great. It's no secret that Derrick is the best linebacker in the NFL."

Guard Frank Middleton on the offense:

"Everybody says how good our defense is, and they're great. But every once in a while, the offense wants to come out and showcase us, too. We showed we can throw the deep ball; we can pass more, too. That's all we want to do: try and take the lead and run with it."

Receiver Keyshawn Johnson on catching two passes for 32 yards and a touchdown:

"As long as we get the win, I'm happy. If I didn't score, that's fine as long as we still win the game. I think when we started to run the ball I just wanted to improve on my blocking. We can hit you any time we want to. I think that was evident today."

Running back Mike Alstott:

"The talk at the half was to go out there and execute, and not turn the ball over. We did not want to play conservative just because we had a big lead. It's a 60-minute ballgame, and we have to keep plugging away."

Sapp on the offense:

"We've got too many weapons to go out there and go three and out and just punt the ball."

Sapp on how the defense contained McNown versus the Vikings defense last week:

"Minnesota ain't us. We ain't Minnesota."

Middleton on ex-Buc and current Bears defensive tackle Brad Culpepper:

"He didn't like our running game. He didn't like it at practice, and he really didn't like it now."

Middleton on Culpepper's knowledge of the offense:

"Culpepper didn't really know our offense because we don't even know it."

Running back Warrick Dunn on receiver Jacquez Green's 58-yard touchdown catch from Shaun King:

"We don't know what's going to get called."

Middleton on the play of the offensive line:

"You've got two Pro Bowlers on one side and you've just got a guy trying to make a buck on the other side, and we really wanted to show everybody we can be depended on just like our D-line can."

Middleton on not getting a break during the game:

"I was tired. When I started to look at (center Jeff) Christy and (guard Randall) McDaniel standing on the sideline the last two quarters, I really got tired."

Middleton on how much he enjoyed the game:

"It's fun when you can pick straws to see who can leave the game early."

Sapp on the noise from the end zone when the defense had the Bears pinned deep in their own territory:

"North side's the best side."

Michael Jordan, after the game, outside Sapp's locker, surrounded by reporters and cameras:

"Come on, man, you've talked enough. Now let's go eat."

Sapp:

"I'm going, I'm going. Let me put my shoes on."

Jordan:

"All you ever want to do is talk to everybody."

Sapp:

"I learned from you."

Bryan Glazer, when asked if Jordan had jumped on the Bucs bandwagon like Spike Lee the week before:

"I didn't ask him."

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