Bucs Post-Game Quotes

January 12 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night by the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-9. Buccaneer Magazine has the Buccaneers' reaction to their embarrassing loss to the Eagles and on the future of head coach Tony Dungy.

Bucs head coach Tony Dungy on whether the rumors about his job were a distraction

"No, not at all. Don't discredit Philadelphia They came out here and outplayed us. They've got a very good football team. We were focused and had good practices. We felt like we were ready to go, and they just beat us."

Dungy on his future with Tampa Bay

"I think we'll do everything the way we always have. We'll see what we can do better in the future and I think we're going to be fine."

Dungy on if he has a meeting set with the Glazers (the owners) in the near future

"We have meetings every year. We'll do things the same way we always do."

Dungy on if he thinks the Philadelphia game was his last as Tampa Bay's head coach

"I don't think so, but I don't make those decisions."

Dungy on what his best memory of coaching Tampa Bay is if this was indeed his last game as their head coach

"Well, I'm not going to speculate, but we'll get into that. We don't need a funeral here."

Dungy on the disappointing loss to the Eagles

"It's kind of deja vu. We had some chances early in the game and even early in the third quarter. But we had the interceptions that really hurt us and defensively, we didn't play the run well. We got beat by a team that outplayed us today. It's disappointing, but I think we have to grow from this and move on from here."

Dungy on QB Brad Johnson trying to make plays, but instead throwing interceptions

"We were pressing, down a couple of scores and trying to make some plays. You just have to keep your poise. There's a fine line between making plays and going for the jugular. Today, we kind of stepped over that and the interceptions did hurt us."

Dungy on what he told his team at halftime

"I thought the three points we got at the half gave us some momentum. We had gotten inside their 20 three times. So, we felt like we could move it, we must felt like we had to make those touchdowns. I thought Donovan McNabb was the difference when he moved around and made plays when they weren't really there."

Dungy on the speculation of his future hurting Tampa Bay's players

"It's too bad, especially for our younger guys because the younger guys didn't really get a feel for what the playoffs are really all about. There was too much focus on that (the speculation). It's not something we're concerned about, we're moving on. It's going to be business as usual."

Dungy on wanting to keep DE Simeon Rice

"We want to (keep Rice). The longer guys are with you and in your system, the better they'll play. I think the same will be true for Brad Johnson and Simeon. He (Rice) played well in the second half of the season and he played well today."

Bucs QB Brad Johnson on Tampa Bay's tough outing against Philly

"It's a tough loss for us. There's only going to be one team that is happy at the end of the season. Our first two drives we got down there and ended up running the ball on the first two downs and on third down, we had a screen called and had to throw it away. We couldn't come away with touchdowns. In the second half, things just kind of fell apart. We had some bad field position and they ran through us and I threw some interceptions that really cost us."

Johnson on whether or not the offense tried to make adjustments so they could get the ball into the end zone

"When we first came out, we had bad field position. They made some great plays. I think they made some adjustments and we did , too. They came up with a couple of interceptions that really cost us. I think we had a good game plan going into it. We had a hard time making the big, big play."

Johnson on Dungy's future with the team

"That doesn't have anything to do with us. Any decisions having to do with personnel within the organization will take care of itself in the offseason. We just have to regroup after this and work hard in the offseason and let nature take its course."

Bucs CB Brian Kelly on not being able to stop Eagles QB Donovan McNabb

"It was a difficult situation. The most frustrating part is you know what he (Donovan McNabb) does and what he does for that team. You know his role in that offense, but someway and somehow, he's able to come out and do what he did. It's frustrating, very, very frustrating. For the second year in a row, it's the same scenario. If you look around the locker room, it's déjà vu, and it's sick. It's very sickening."

Kelly on Tampa Bay not being able to make plays against the Eagles

"We came in and tried to play the short field with them. We were in a lot of situations where we were on the short end of the field. It's tough. I just don't know. I'm really anxious to watch this film and see what actually happened."

Kelly on Tampa Bay head coach Tony Dungy

The most frustrating part about it for me is it seems like the decision was already made. Everybody was fighting for his job, and we know what kind of great man Coach Dungy has been. He's a great man. He's been under so much distress with his mother passing and all of this stuff going around. You'd never know he was under that much distress."

Bucs LB Derrick Brooks on Dungy's future

"It's hard for me to see Coach Dungy not being my head coach…very hard. And until that happens, I have nothing else to say about it."

Bucs DT Warren Sapp on Tampa Bay's loss to Philadelphia

"There were just the better team. They made more plays than we did and just beat us. You've got to take your hat off to them."

Sapp on Tampa Bay's offense

"We got into the red zone three times and came away with three field goals. That's just not going to get it done against a quality team. We've got to punch those in."

Bucs CB Ronde Barber on not being able to contain McNabb

He's a talented player. He got the job done for the second year in a row doing the same stuff. He steps up in the pocket and make plays with his speed so many times, and he did it again today."

Barber on Tampa Bay not scoring any touchdowns and the defense giving up big plays

"It's frustrating. Our season ended like 30 other team's seasons are going to end. Only one team can make it there (win the Super Bowl), and that team is not us this year."

Barber on Dungy's future

‘Somebody's going to be around when it hits the fan. It's kind of hard for me to comment on Tony because I'm so biased to him, and I'm loyal as hell to him and this organization. I think Tony is getting a bad shake in the media. Everybody jumps on the same rhetoric and all of the sudden, it's a big story. He couldn't get away from it yesterday, and he deserves better than that."

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