Bucs Post-Game Quotes

October 13 - Read what the Bucs players had to say about their 17-3 win against the Browns at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

Bucs FB Mike Alstott on his frustration before Sunday's game:
"It was getting frustrating. I'm not going to lie. I put in a lot of hard work. I'm not just saying I do because everybody does. When you love the game so much and you've been playing for so long and the passion is there, you just want to be part of the (game). I'm not trying to say I wasn't part of it, but I wanted to be a bigger part of it. I wasn't going to speak out or say anything, but I was just waiting for my opportunities."

Alstott on feeling like he was in a zone against the Browns:
"I was definitely in a zone and a rhythm. I wasn't seeing anything but huge holes. That's all my eyes could see. It was a great feeling. That offensive line would not stop. They were making some huge holes for us."

Alstott on FB Jameel Cook lead-blocking for him against Cleveland:
"The last two years Jameel has been a big part of my success. He's doing one helluva job out there. I talked to Jameel the other day and told him it seemed like he's been here four or five years. We've done a lot of good things on the football field together."

Alstott on whether or not he hopes Bucs head coach Jon Gruden will feature him more in the running in the future:
"Of course. I just want to make plays and help this team to victory. There's one goal in this locker room and that's to go to the Super Bowl and win it. If my number is called next week, I'm going to do whatever it takes to play like I did (against Cleveland). I don't have any control. All I can do is wait for the moment."

Alstott on the heat taking its toll on Cleveland's defense:
"It's hard to play in Florida late in the third and fourth quarter in this humidity. If we're tired and we practice in it everyday, I bet it's tough for a northern team to come down and play in this humidity. You know they're going to get tired more than us, but you still have to play the game."

Bucs SS John Lynch on Tampa Bay's defense only allowing two touchdowns in five games:
"We're not trying to compare defenses. I know that what we have going right now is something special. In the second half, we had the one personal foul that was a shady call. We got together and we felt like our composure was starting to go a little bit. There was some trash talking and the refs were looking for that a little bit. But we got together and said these guys can not move the ball on us. We shut our mouths and let the pads do the talking for us. I think that's what we've done all year. It's fun to be on this defense right now."

Lynch on starting and playing despite having a knee sprain:
"We've had some tough precedence set around here. We've got guys playing around here with broken ankles and broken legs. I know that I'm a quick healer. When the doctors initially diagnosed it, they felt like it might be a two-or-three-week thing. But the doctors also said that they knew how I healed. Fortunately it healed. The training staff did a great job. I got to go out there and be part of a great win."

Bucs RB Michael Pittman on Alstott's performance:
"When we're up late in a game, Mike's big body is going to ware them down. Mike has great moves for his size. Everybody saw that today. I was very impressed. He made some excellent runs and got everybody fired up on the sidelines. I think we compliment each other very well. I run hard and Mike runs hard. I catch the ball in the backfield well and Mike does, too. I think Coach Gruden is doing a good job of using us both right now."

Pittman on getting caught from behind on his 64-yard reception in the first quarter:
"I ran out of gas. I had a quick initial burst and I was gone and then all the sudden my leg just stopped for some reason. Earlier in the game I was kind of sick. That was the reason I think I had no energy in the end. If I was 100 percent and didn't have the stomach virus, that guy wouldn't have caught me."

Tampa Bay right tackle Kenyatta Walker on Alstott's performance:
"I kind of like to get "The Train" going. I like to get the "A-Train" going in the stadium. It kind of gets it going for us. Both Mikes ran hard. It's a good feeling.

"I know when "The A-Train" gets going, it gets me going and it gets the stadium and offensive line going. We have a good combination back there."


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