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What they're saying about Bucs-Panthers

Published Dec. 2, 2013

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on the outcome:

"Offensively we had trouble handling their front. At the beginning of the second half I think we kind of found our stride a little bit running the football, but then after a turnover and we got to the point where we had to try to throw it to stay in the football game, then it made it one-dimensional."

Schiano, on the defensive breakdowns:

"Well, you had (Panthers QB Cam Newton's 56-yard) run, which he's done to a lot of people, but make it a 20-yard run, not a 50- or 60-yard run. Get him on the ground. We had the bust down in the red zone for the touchdown. … There were a couple of breakdowns that … are uncharacteristic of that defense, but when you look up and (it's) 20-something points later, that's why."

Mike Glennon, Bucs QB, on his second-quarter fumble deep in Panthers territory:

"We marched right down the field and got to the 4-yard line … but their red-zone defense is so good that we knew going into the game that we were going to need touchdowns, not field goals. But yeah, that definitely hurt us. And who knows what would have happened."

Donald Penn, Bucs LT, on the team's performance:

"This is a sick feeling (winning) three in a row and then coming here and not playing your best football."

Ron Rivera, Panthers coach, on pressuring Glennon:

"We disguised coverages very well so it put a little bit of doubt in the quarterback's mind. He didn't have the opportunity to release the ball quickly because I'm not sure that he was sure what our coverages were."

Rivera, on being prepared for the Bucs:

"They were on a roll. They had a little bit of swagger and a lot of confidence. What coach Schiano and his guys have done over the last couple of weeks has been very good. I wanted to make sure we understood that. I think our guys approached it the right way, and that's what I was really pleased about."

Cam Newton, Panthers QB and former Auburn star:

"War Eagle. War Eagle. War dang Eagle. But in other news, we did have a great win (Sunday). It wasn't prototypical or the way we wanted to win, but we found a way to win, and that's the most encouraging part about it."

Drayton Florence, Panthers CB, on Bucs WR Vincent Jackson beating him for a 60-yard completion:

"You can't let one play worry you. You have to move on to the next play and make sure it doesn't happen again. … We responded like we've been responding all year. When teams get down in the red zone, we come up with big plays, getting the turnover or holding them to three (points). … That's what's going to separate us once we get into the playoffs."

Pat Yasinskas, NFC South blogger:

Yes, the three-week dynasty that was the Bucs is over. The criticism of Schiano and speculation about his job security are flowing again, and they should be. After winning their previous three games, the Bucs took about six steps back with their worst performance of the season. … There was a time when an NFL coach was reasonably certain to get three years to show what he could do. But those days are gone because owners no longer can afford to wait to win. Schiano isn't even done with his second season, but he already is down to crunch time.


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