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Game Quotes: Players and Coach Smith

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Quotes from head coach Lovie Smith and Bucs players during the first preseason game against the Jaguars.


HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH

On the offensive line
“We’re not ready yet. I mean, this first game, we kind of see where we are a little bit. Had some protection issues, didn’t protect the quarterback well enough. That’s pretty much it.”

On the defense

“The defense did a good job of keeping them out [of the end zone]. But we say it’s defense versus defense. Their defense scored a touchdown, we didn’t. We’re playing hard, but we’re still not where we need to be on the defensive side either.”

DEFENSIVE TACKLE GERALD MCCOY

On taking part in the first preseason game
“It felt good to finally go against somebody else. We’ve been hitting against our own team for a long time, and to finally get to hit another team is good. We played a lot of base defense, so it’s really kind of man-on-man and seeing what our defense is really about.”

On the defense tonight

“Everybody flying around, getting to play fast – the defense is simple and hard at the same time. It’s hard to get down, but once you do, it’s very simple and you can play fast. I think we did that tonight. They got a tipped pass that got them a couple extra yards, but past that they didn’t really get anything. I think it was a good first outing. It could be better, a little bit, with our fits, but overall I think it was good.”

On how the defense can improve

“We just have to capitalize on our opportunities. You get very few. This is the NFL and they call it the game of inches for a reason. There are very limited opportunities to take the ball away. We have to create our own opportunities with how we play and capitalize on the ones that we see.”



KICKER CONNOR BARTH

On playing live-action football after being out during 2013
“It felt amazing. You always want to get the first one under your belt. It felt so good to finally put the jersey on again and be out here with the guys. I’m excited about the year and I’m glad I put the first one through.”

On taking part in kickoff duties

“I’m happy to do whatever the coaches want me to do. If they want me to kick off, that’s cool. It’s fun just to get out there and play again after missing the whole year last year. Practice is practice, but it’s awesome to get out in the game and compete.”

DEFENISVE END ADRIAN CLAYBORN

On taking part in the first preseason game
“It’s just good to play against somebody else and get back on the field in a game situation. We have something to build off of. It’s not where we want to be, but it’s looking all right so far.”

On his own performance

“I feel like I caused a few plays, but that’s just the beginning. I’m just looking to get off the ball more and cause more havoc downfield.”

RUNNING BACK DOUG MARTIN

On taking part in the first preseason game
“It felt really good. It’s been a long time since I got injured last season, and it felt really good to be back on the field and get some full contact action. My body feels good right now. I only got a few snaps, but just getting back out there felt good.”

On his performance tonight

“I got out there, I felt like I had my burst. My speed was there. I caught the ball that was thrown to me and I felt really good coming off of that. We still have some kinks to work out, but that’s what we’re going to do during practice and that’s what the preseason is for.”