From the locker room

What the 49ers and Buccaneers were saying Sunday after San Francisco's 24-7 victory at 3Com Park:

"It's plain and simple. We have a standard to play by now. We came out and played well today and we have to continue to do this. We played physical football and that needs to carry over to next week." --- 49ers center Jeremy Newberry

"We can play with anybody and I've always felt we can. We just have to prove it every week. It's hard winning in this league, but today (we) were definitely ready. We're going to savor this one." --- 49ers coach Dennis Erickson

"This team needed an identity and today, this is our identity. Pound it down their throat, play good defense and make good catches. This is our identity." --- 49ers defensive end Chidi Ahanotu

"He's ignorant. He's a fool. A mind's a terrible thing to waste. All he does is shimmy and jive back there. The league will be better off when he retires." --- Ahanotu on Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp, his former teammate

"The offensive line took the initiative right from the get-go playing as physically as they could possibly play. They have to be given so much of the credit, as far as how they played and took control. They played with a lot of heart and passion, in the sense of getting after it. Plain and simple. They just got after it today. They really showed dominance up front, which is something we haven't shown up to this point all season long." --- 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia

"This is a top-flight rushing football team with a mobile quarterback. Garcia is an escape artist. Owens is just Owens. I don't care what anybody thinks about him. I think he is dangerous and he is outstanding. Owens is as good as any player in the league. And then you have two physical backs with Hearst and Barlow." --- Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden

"All day we were breaking on the ball fast and getting pressure from our defensive line. We weren't running any blitzes or presses at all. The coverage was really tight on the guys, making it tough for the quarterback to get the ball to the receivers, but it all started up front with the D-line." --- 49ers linebacker Derek Smith

"We showed that if you put a lot on our shoulders, we are willing to take that. They trusted us in running the ball and we proved them right today." --- 49ers guard Ron Stone

"They needed to win this game today and they came out with a lot of energy and made the plays they had to make in order to win the game. Turnovers cost you games and we had too many to win the game. The ball just didn't bounce our way today." --- Buccaneers receiver Keenan McCardell

"That is definitely a confidence builder for us. It was huge for us. Everbody is excited about the win and it is just good to get the win against the defending champions. We are walking on Cloud Nine right now." --- 49ers running back Kevan Barlow

"It's great to beat a team like that, and it's great to have momentum heading into next week. But we can't lose another game." --- 49ers cornerback Mike Rumph

"I've got to take my hat off to them. They ran well against us today. Hearst and Barlow are very good runners, but all those missed tackles made them look even better. For some reason, we couldn't make our plays. They ran right up the gut on us and got too much yardage. We're better than that. When you miss a lot of tackles like we did today, it's going to be tough to win a game like that against a good team like the 49ers." --- Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks

"We can't sit here and gloat about this. We just have to flat out get better." --- 49ers running back Garrison Hearst

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