Jon Gruden Transcript — Sept. 16

Here is Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden's post-game press conference after the Buccaneers' 31-14 victory over New Orleans on Sept. 16:

Here is Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden's post-game press conference after the Buccaneers' 31-14 victory over New Orleans on Sept. 16:

On WR Michael Clayton's play

Mike doesn't show up on the stat sheet today but what he does is earn some stickers for his helmet. You're going to see more and more of Clayton, I think we only threw the football 15 or 16 times. Mike obviously made some huge assists on that big break-away play on third-and-long.

On the defense

It makes a difference, you know. It's a lot more fun to call plays when you're in that field position. Cato June showed up and had a couple big hits today, cleaning up the piles. I was really pleased overall with the defense today. We did have some sluggish areas there with substitution. I think we took three or four defensive timeouts. Given the heat today and difficulty rotating players with the prolonged two-minute drill, there are some excuses. Sometimes that happens but overall I was pleased with the performance of our defense.

On running hard

We made a big deal of it last night and it's a credit to him; that was hard yardage. They are a team that is very capable of knocking the run out. We tried single back sets, double tight-ends, open back looks. They did a nice job of creating stalemates, congesting running lanes and every yard Cadillac got today, he earned. He did score two touchdowns, which was a big question in some people's eyes whether he could be a good goal-line runner. I think he proved he is not only good but could be outstanding.

On the importance of the win

This is a whole new team; we have seven new starters on offense. I don't know how many new guys we have. Rookie players are contributing on special teams and winning the football games. With Brian Kelly not even performing today against a team like [the Saints] that says a lot. We needed a win, heck that's why we work.

On QB Jeff Garcia and his enthusiasm

I think you'll find that he is a different character. He doesn't like some of the plays I call, he's seen that book before, he's got great passion to complete and perform. I learned a lot about him last week. I learned a lot more about him this week. Hopefully in the coming weeks we can do a better job of collaborating on the game plan and making sure when we show up on Sunday we like every play in the plan.


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