Jon Gruden Transcript — Oct. 3

Here is the complete transcript from Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden's post-practice press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 3:

on injured players

Greg Spires was limited with an ankle [injury]. Joey Galloway was on his normal Wednesday routine. We activated – or signed, I should say – Dennis Roland and Ken Darby to the active roster, and Carnell Williams and Luke Petitgout are on injured reserve. Torrie Cox returned to the team today; we have a roster exemption for a week.

on how much Torrie Cox will contribute

We'll see about that. We haven't seen him, obviously, on the practice field for awhile, so we'll examine what we see today, tomorrow and the next day and go from there.

on if Brian Kelly participated in practice

Yeah, he participated, yes.

on Barrett Ruud winning NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors

Yeah, that's good. We're proud of Barrett. He's had a really good start to the season. He's one of the reasons why we've picked it up here defensively. He's playing real well, and so are a lot of other guys on the football team.

on if there is any change in Jerramy Stevens' status

I think we've pretty much talked enough about his case. Obviously how he and his attorneys go about this is up to them. He's made some mistakes in the past that are well- documented. So far I'm very impressed with him here as a Buccaneer and as a good young guy.

on Donald Penn

He took advantage of his opportunities in the preseason. Petitgout, as you well know, was out of the first 10 or 12 practices and Donald Penn took a lot of the reps over there and allowed us to function. The more we watched him the more we said, ‘You know what? This guy's pretty good.' He's been under the microscope for Bill Muir and Aaron Kromer. They're hard on him. I think he respects that. He's improved, and at this point in time he's got the ball. This is his opportunity and we're going to rally around him because he's a good guy who's worked hard.

on Penn getting thrown into the fire

He's not going into a fire this week; he's going into a blazing inferno. Let's be honest. This guy is unbelievable, I tell you – [Dwight] Freeney. My gosh. That's how I would like to rush the passer. He's really phenomenal. No matter who you have, you see Dwight Freeney and [Robert] Mathis, you see the best there is. On the carpet, in the noise, they're phenomenal.

on succeeding on the opening drive in Carolina

Yeah, and I liked our third drive. I thought we had four or five really good possessions against a good defensive team, no question, on the road. We're going to need more of that to win big games. The message is similar to what it was last week.

on if Cadillac Williams' injury is career-threatening

Everybody's talking about that. I think any time you have a serious injury there are going to be people who question how serious it was and if you can come back from it. Carnell's going to come back from this. He had surgery last night in Alabama and it was a success. Now it's a matter of the injury healing properly and then beginning what will be a grueling rehab procedure. Knowing him, he'll be back full strength ready to roll here before long.

on Luke Petitgout's prognosis

Luke Petitgout is scheduled, I believe, to have surgery later this week and we think he'll be just fine.

on Peyton Manning

He's the whole deal. He's been fortunate – I think he'd even tell you that – that he's had the same coordinator for a long time. He's played with some of the same star-studded skill members for a long time. There's nobody that out-works him. What he does on game day at the line of scrimmage, from the films I've seen and the game's I've been in, is unprecedented. It's a no-huddle attack. He has a lot of freedom to pull the trigger on whatever he feels is right for the Colts offense. He's got the ability, the courage and the whole persona to pull it off. We're looking forward to the challenge, what can I say?

on Bob Sanders having a big impact at his size

He's just not tall, but he's big. He's built like a...I don't know what. He's a powerful guy. He's built like a linebacker or a running back and he'll run right through you. You'd better know where he is. He's a guy they like to bring down in their eight-man front, he occasionally blitzes and he can go sideline-to-sideline with the best of them. He's an outstanding player. They've got the two great pass-rushers, they've got a great safety man in Sanders, I think their corners are vastly underrated and boy they play with great energy on defense.

on Jeff Garcia making a difference in the team's good starts to games

Yeah, he does, and I think that's a pretty simple way of looking at it. The guy's a quick starter, always has been, and he's helped us. He's helped our football team. Arron Sears has helped. I think the maturation of our right side of the line has helped us, certainly. Ike Hilliard's come in here and helped us, given us some consistent play. Petitgout helped us, and Cadillac. Now we're minus two key cogs and we'll see what happens.

on the biggest difference in the running game

I tell you, B.J. Askew's been a big difference for us. He's made a lot of big plays for us in between the tackles as a blocker. As I said earlier, I think our line is more experienced on the right side, we've been more technical on the left side and Arron Sears has upgraded us and helped us. So we've done a better job, I think, physically blocking, and I think assignment-wise we've been much better.


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