Bucs Post-Game Quotes

September 30 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came up short to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, 20-16. Find out what the Bucs players had to say about their heartbreaking road loss and their home opener next week against the Green Bay Packers.

QB Brad Johnson on the Bucs 20-16 loss to the Vikings:

"Every loss is bitter sweet. It was a tight, tough ballgame. Both teams played some good football today. I feel like we did some good things as far as moving the ball down field. We got some points scored when we had to early in the game. They really controlled the game. They did a tremendous job of controlling the clock and scoring on their possessions. It was actually a good ballgame to watch, but we ended up being coming up on the short end of the stick."

Johnson on the offense's struggle to get into the end zone:

"In a game like this, you really do have to finish off with touchdowns. I felt like we did a really good job of moving the ball down there. We scored two out of our first three possessions. We ended up having to settle for field goals. We did a great job in the last two minutes of the half to score down there. There are no excuses, but I felt like we had two interference calls where Keyshawn could have been interfered with and could have had the ball on the 1 yard line. We had some tough calls there, but that's the name of the game. We have to come away with touchdowns instead of field goals."

Johnson on the Bucs home opener next Sunday against the 2-0 Green Bay Packers:

"It's going to be great. This is a team that loves to play football. We felt like we prepared great after the three-week break. And now we go home to Tampa and have a big game next week against Green Bay. It will nice playing at home finally."

Derrick Brooks on the Bucs' heartbreaking loss to the Vikings:

"We left too many plays out on the field. You got to give them credit. We got the lead in the fourth quarter. We've got to finish them off."

Brooks on the Bucs defense pressuring Culpepper all day, but only coming up with one sack:

"We're not trying to make any excuses, but they have rules to protect the quarterback and then we get him and they don't call it. You know, whatever. But we're not going to sit up here and make excuses about losing the ballgame. We didn't play well enough to win. We're going to be men about it. We're going to give them the credit and we're going to go back home and get ready for Green Bay."

Brooks on Tampa Bay's next opponent-the undefeated Green Bay Packers:

"We can pull even with them with a win. It's just that simple. There's no magic about it. We're going to go out and play a lot better than we played today and we'll win the ballgame. The season is not won or lost in Week 3 or Week 4. But, it's disappointing to lose and play hard and you've got nothing to show for it."

Brooks on his 20-tackle performance against Minnesota:

"I'll trade every tackle in for a win."

Bucs CB Ronde Barber on the defense allowing Minnesota to drive 96-yards on their game-winning touchdown drive:

"We take pride in going on the field when the pressure is on us. We've got to go out there and do our job and finish ballgames. We've said 1,000 times that we want to be on the field when the game is on the line. We had the opportunity today and we let ourselves down. You can definitely put this one on us. We made some plays, but they made more."

Barber on Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper's performance:

"We were not able to get him on the ground except for once, maybe twice. He made the plays he needed to make. He made some incredible throws when he was in the grasp and for the most part, he won the game for them. Their two receivers, we nullified them. They had a couple catches here and there, but nothing that would have broke our back."

Barber on whether or not the Bucs were affected by the three-week layoff:

"I don't think it did. We played as well as we could. We were sharp on some things and not sharp on others. At the end of the game, they more plays than we did coming down the stretch and that's what decided the ballgame."

Barber on the Bucs home opener next Sunday against Green Bay:

"It's a good game for us. We finally get to get back home. We feel like we haven't been there forever. They're rolling right now, so we'll have our hands full again. We accept that challenge and we're going to go win a ballgame."

Bucs head coach Tony Dungy on his team's close loss to the Vikings:

"We haven't been able to finish these guys off up here and it's disappointing. We have the lead in the fourth quarter and the ball and we can't finish them off. That's disappointing. We just didn't play well enough today. We made a couple of errors and they were basically the difference in the game today. They were 9-of-12 on third downs and we were 1-of-8. We had our chances to keep drives going and when they had their chances, they did it.

Dungy on the offense's attitude after it took the lead in the fourth quarter:

"We actually took some shots into the end zone and then we got to third-and-1 and then we got the penalty. That kind of knocked us out of field goal range. We punted the ball there close, where they were going to have to go 96 yards, and they did."

Dungy on the offense's ability to move the ball, but their lack of time of possession:

"They came out and played well. They were patient on offense and they took the short throws and made enough plays on third downs. They kept the ball. We thought we could move it, but we didn't have it enough."

Dungy on facing a tough Green Bay team next Sunday at home:

"It's going to be a tough game. They're playing really well right now. They're 3-0 and we've got to come out and play well at home. We obviously have to score points when we get down there and close."

Dungy on whether or not he felt his defense was tired towards the end of the fourth quarter:

"No, not really. It's a long game and everybody expends a lot of energy on both sides of the ball and both ends of the field. It comes down to two or three plays and we didn't make them. We couldn't make the big third down catch when we needed to keep a drive going and they made them. That was the difference."

Dungy on his offense's play:

"It's difficult. We've got to find out a way to score touchdowns down there. We came up with field goals, but it's tough to beat Minnesota with field goals."

Dungy on RB Warrick Dunn's condition after leaving the game early in the fourth quarter:

He had a little bit of an ankle sprain. He said he could go back in and then he hurt it on the cut into the end zone. We'll see. We're going to take a look at him afterwards."

CB Brian Kelly on giving the Vikings credit for doing well against the Bucs defense:

"We were just playing our Cover 2 defense and their taking their spots. They picked their spots wisely. You have to give them credit for that. They picked their spots wisely."

CB Donnie Abraham on allowing Vikings TE Byron Chamberlain to catch a pass between three Bucs defenders and eventually gain 37-yards with just over 1:00 remaining in the game:

"There were three of us around the ball-me, Lynch and Derrick. Somehow, he came up with the ball. It's just one of those plays that happens in this league and we have to live with it. The next time that play presents itself, we'll have to make a play."

Bucs WR Keyshawn Johnson on the offense's performance against Minnesota:

"We were moving the ball up and down the field a bit. I think we punted twice, maybe three times. When we get in the red zone, we have to score. Last year, we got into the red zone a little bit more and this year, we have to get back on track and do it because we don't want to go back to the old ways of not scoring points."

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