Bucs Players React To Gruden's Hiring

February 18 - The hiring of offensive-minded coach Jon Gruden by the Buccaneers had several Tampa Bay players overjoyed upon hearing the news on Monday. Gruden's hiring was great news to the players who were growing weary of the team's prolonged coaching search.

Several Buccaneers players reacted to the hiring of Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden by Tampa Bay to fill the team's head coaching vacancy:

FB Mike Alstott
"I'm really excited that this all worked out and that Jon Gruden is our head coach. He's been very successful with the Raiders. They have won a lot of football games and have been one of the top offenses in the league. It's going to be fun, I'm looking forward to playing for him."

CB Ronde Barber
"He is a coach that will make this unique situation all seem worth it. He's the type of coach this organization and the players wanted."

LB Derrick Brooks
"I'm glad we finally got this out of the way and we can move forward."

K Martin Gramatica
"I'm very excited to have a great coach who loves football and is very intense. I met him at the Senior Bowl and he coached the team that I played for. He's a great coach and is a very nice guy."

QB Brad Johnson
"It seems like they have done the research and selected a guy who is a successful head coach and has one of the most successful offenses in football. I'm just happy we can now concentrate on football."

WR Keyshawn Johnson
"It's about time that we got a coach. He is the best man for the job, so let's get this thing going."

DE Simeon Rice
"I think he's a winner. He's definitely a coach on the rise and his best years are in front of him. He's a guy that is going to reach legendary status in this league one day and it's going to be exciting to watch. You put a guy on the rise with a team on the rise and we're going to reach the top of this game. The situation didn't look good for awhile but you put a guy like him in the mix and everything looks beautiful now."

WR Frank Murphy
"It's a good call by management. I congratulate them for getting him. It's going to help our offense put some more points on the board, which is what we need with our defense. We feel like if we can score some more points we can go where we want to go. Coach Dungy was a great coach and if we didn't get a coach of (Gruden's) caliber that we would be taking a step in the wrong direction."


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