Buccaneers' Postgame Quotes

Head coach Jon Gruden, QB Jeff Garcia, LB Cato June, and LB Derrick Brooks look back on their loss to the Colts and comment on Tampa Bay's breakdowns and the Colts' successes.

HEAD COACH JON GRUDEN

On lack of a rushing game...

"On our first-down runs we had some negative plays. We didn't have the ball a lot. We only made it a 13-7 game, and I think the next time we saw the ball it was a 23-7 game. And that's a credit to John Teerlinck and their defensive coaches and players. I think they've got a pretty good idea that teams are going to run the ball on them on early downs. They jumped into some eight-man fronts, and we should have done better. We had a couple of assignment errors early in the game where we fell behind in the down and distance, and that's something we did not want to do coming in here against this pass rush."

On defensive problems...

"We weren't able to get off the field today on third down and get the ball back. I think Peyton did a great job, and he deserves credit."

On the inability to make an offensive push...

"We had a couple of breakdowns on early downs on our first two possessions running the ball. We had a nice touchdown drive to make it a 13-7 game, and I thought we dropped two balls on our next possession near the end of the half. That could've been a difference for us, forced ourselves out of that hole and maybe got something before the half. And I think we only had three offensive plays in the whole third quarter, so you do the math there. You're not going to get much going without the ball."

On RB-Michael Pittman's injury...

"He is getting evaluated at this point, but it looks like it will be a 6-to-8 week injury. We will update you when we get the results of the MRI. But it is a pretty good sprain, we do believe, and a tough blow for us."

On how tough it is to be in the market for a running back right now...

"It's tough, man. The trade deadline is approaching, and in the last four or five years not a lot of trades have been made. But it's tough. We've lost Mike Alstott now, Michael Pittman and Cadillac Willliams. Those are three guys that have been the go-to ball handlers here the past few years."

On where his team is after a game like this against the Colts...

"We think we're a pretty good team. We realize the scoreboard and the statistics said a lot differently yesterday. But we think we're pretty good. We're not the first team to go into that dome and be beaten. I just want to remind people of that. There's a couple of plays that this quarterback (Peyton Manning) — it's like the guys that I know on the pro golfing tour where they get to play with Tiger Woods for the first time — that ain't fair. It's not fair what he does sometimes. On that surface, with that noise, his command, his expertise and his playmaking (is terrific). It was a 13-7 game and we had the ball with just outside two minutes left (in the first half). We had a chance, now, to make a couple of plays and maybe make it interesting. But I give them a lot of credit. They're very talented and the guy (Manning) took control of the football game and made some great plays."

QB-JEFF GARCIA

On Colts' defense...

"A lot of penetration, lot of linebackers shooting through the gap. They did a great job. They're a good defense, give them credit where credit if due, but we need to be better than that. We're capable of being better than that. It's just something that we need to continue to work on. We're a good football team and today we went up against a really good football team, obviously with what they've been able to achieve, and that's where we aim to want to be. It just is going to take some work and dedication by everybody. I think we're very capable of bouncing back and continuing in the direction that we were headed. We're very excited about what we have here. This is a bump in the road, something that we'll learn from and move past it."

On Bucs' offense – lack of productivity...

"Tough to get it going. Right from the get-go. Combination of defensive speed, loud noise, their getting off the ball faster. Obviously the distractions, those are things we're going to have to work through in these type of environments. We just weren't able to get it going."

LB-CATO JUNE

On coming back to play against Peyton Manning...

"It's tough. You know, he's a great quarterback. And he puts the ballclub in a position to make plays, and they make great plays when they're called on."

On inability to stop the Colts on third down...

"They were taking what the defense was giving them. They were dumping the ball off and taking the five yards here, six yards there, and they'd stayed consistent with what they were doing. Everybody played their role and they played together, and that's what we expected, with or without the other players."

LB-DERRICK BROOKS

On Bucs' defense vs. Colts offense...

"We give them three yards here, five yards there, another three yards and a first down. I have to give them credit for staying patient and taking what we gave them."

On Peyton Manning...

"Their offense has been together for a long time. The few times we got pressure on him, he threw the ball out of bounds and threw it in the ground and didn't take a lot of shots. Give them credit today. He took what we gave him and he stayed patient. We didn't get off the field enough to give our offense a chance."


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