Bucs Post-Game Quotes

August 31 – So, what did the Buccaneers' players and coaches have to say about their 36-7 preseason finale loss to the Atlanta Falcons? Buccaneer Magazine has their reactions.

Buccaneer Magazine has the players and head coach Tony Dungy's locker room quotes from after their preseason finale loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Here are their quotes.

Coach Dungy on how his team played against Atlanta:
"We are disappointed with the mistakes we made," said Dungy. "We played very sloppy and that's not the way you want to play in the last preseason game."

Dungy on getting QB Brad Johnson some work in the no-huddle offense:
"We went down the field twice and self-destructed with mistakes on one occasion," said Dungy. "But we wanted to get Brad some work in the no-huddle and the offense did a good job moving the ball downfield. It was a good opportunity to get some work done with the offense in that situation."

LB Derrick Brooks on the starting defense's performance against Atlanta:
"We were able to establish a tempo early defensively," said Brooks. "We got the early turnover, which we talked about the entire preseason. The unfortunate part is that we made some mistakes and they were able to drive down the field and score three points."

CB Donnie Abraham the team's mistakes against Atlanta:
. "I think we played decent tonight, but not great," said Abraham. "That is what the preseason is all about and we'll get things squared away this week."

QB Brad Johnson on the starting offense's outing against the Falcons:
"It was a good night for us offensively," said Johnson. "We moved the ball downfield well and did a nice job in the two-minute situation, making some plays. This was a good way for us offensively to end the preseason."

QB Brad Johnson on the over team performance against Atlanta and their 1-3 preseason record:
"We would have liked to play better than we did," said Johnson. "But again, I've seen this thing go a lot of different ways. One team can go 0-4 and go to the Super Bowl and some teams go 3-1 and have a bad year."

QB Brad Johnson on his interception in Atlanta's red zone:
"I had that unfortunate interception," said Johnson. "But that is something you learn from. It was a bad play on my part and I came back on the next play and got a touchdown."

WR Keyshawn Johnson on making some plays in the two minute offense:
"The first unit had not gotten any work this preseason in two-minute," said Johnson. "So it was important for us to come out in our two minute package and try to execute and I think we did a pretty good job."

WR Keyshawn Johnson on his comfort level in Clyde Christensen's offense:
"I think we are feeling a lot more comfortable now," said Johnson. "I kind of figured by the third or fourth preseason game, we'd start to get in sync and get into a rhythm. We're starting to get into a flow and it's working for us."

SS John Lynch on the pinched nerve that sidelined him for the game against Atlanta:
"I have a little pinched nerve that has kind of been an on and off thing this preseason," said Lynch. "It flared up over the weekend, so we made the decision to sit this one out, but I'll be fine for next week."

FB Mike Alstott on playing in his first game of the preseason because of an strained hamstring:
"It (hamstring) felt pretty good," said Alstott. "I went out there and felt pretty comfortable and everything went fine."

Dungy on ending the preseason on such a sour note:
"I don't think you ever like to play this way," Dungy said. "Whether it's first game, last game or a preseason game. It really doesn't matter. When you don't go out there and play well, it doesn't leave a good taste in your mouth. So, we've got to go get this straightened out and get ready for next week."

Dungy on his first impressions of Atlanta's rookie QB Michael Vick:
"I thought he reminded me a lot of Donovan McNabb," said Dungy. "We played McNabb in his first year and he had a lot of natural ability. He (Vick) is still learning what's going on in the pro game and he is holding onto the ball too long. But you can see some of the natural ability and I think he is going to be a dynamite player in the NFL."


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