Head Coach Raheem Morris
*(opening statement) * "As far as injuries, Matt McCoy had a small ankle at the end there. Dexter Jackson had a small ankle at the end there at some point there. Will Allen had a shoulder. As far as the team, we came out and we played physical and we played tough so we got those things accomplished with what we wanted to do. Playing a physical team like Tennessee, thats what you want to come out and do. You want to play physical with those guys and I thought we did that throughout the first half and maybe through the second. Third down efficiency we have got to get better at as far as the offensive stand point, and on defense. They were 50 percent on third downs and thats too good. We cant allow that to happen. A lot of that came in the second half with the second group out there. We have got to be better on third downs as well. Not a bad start though. Not a bad start. We came out and established the running game. We got some things going with Peanut, Clifton Smith, in there with our zone schemes. (Kareem) Huggins came in and capped some things off at the end there. Derrick Ward had a nice couple of runs in there so I felt good about that. Got some things established with the quarterbacks as far as the passing game. Luke (McCown) came out, struggled a little bit early, really didnt get anything going but (Byron) Leftwich came in and got some good things going so we are feeling good about that. Obviously, you make your biggest jumps next week, from your first week to your second, and we look forward to that. With that, I will open up for questions."
(on what was learned about the quarterback situation) "I dont know if you learned anything tonight. You learned that (Byron) Leftwich came in a played a little bit better. He threw a couple of good balls, threw a couple of strikes in there. He threw the only touchdown tonight. But for the most part, they both handled the game well. It didnt get to big for either of them. One of Lukes plays he had, a receiver made a bust, he should have had a completion there. You dont want to judge him on those things, you want to judge him on the correct decisions. You want to judge them on those two things as far as the old guys. As far as the young guys that came in, Josh (Freeman) came in, we got him established early, wanted to give him a couple of hand offs, not go right into a throwing game. Then he got a couple of completions, got a little confidence then we made a decision on third down, that was probably a bad decision by me. Trying to get him to throw at the sticks and the guy made a great play and picked it off and ran back for a touchdown. Then we had Josh Johnson come in and had a nice little drive in there and show what he does best when he puts the ball on his legs and run down the field and score. That was a kind of premature snap by the center, he caught it and made something happen on a third down. Thats what you have to do when things happen. With stuff breaks down, you got a guy back there that can make that play."
*(on changes to the depth chart) * "Its way too early to make that decision. You have to go back and grade the tape. You have got to evaluate. You have got to look at the guys. You have to look at how they played and we will make those decisions when we go back. Obviously, we talked about it early in the week that (Byron) Leftwich is going to start next week anyway. Luke is going to be the backup and then Josh (Freeman) obviously and then Josh (Johnson). We will have both Joshs come in at the end and we will have Luke (McCown) and Leftwich switch."
(on the first team defense) "I was really impressed with our first and really our second team defense. Ronde (Barber) and couple of those guys only played one series. (Chris) Hovan and Barrett Ruud, they actually got two I believe because it was a three and out. They flew around, they played fast. Stylez G. (White) made some big plays today. Thats the thing he has to do. He hasnt been practicing all that great, havent been playing all that great in practice, but he comes out in the game and shows up. Hes under the lights and he played big tonight. He had a big interception down there, made a sack the series after that. He was just impressive. Those guys stopped the run with Ryan Sims, Roy Miller, and Chris Hovan when they were in the game. That was pretty impressive as well. The DBs held it down pretty good as far as the safety coming up and making tackles. They were solid. We looked like we were swarming around. We were capping off. I was very pleased with that first half defense. We came back, had some of the other guys in and they missed some tackles. A big one was when the guy, Ringer, broke out of there and had a long touchdown run. We had a breakdown in the pocket with Vince Young when he threw a floater up there when Donte (Nicholson) came out of coverage. For the most part, they played decent."
(on coaching his first NFL game) "I was just so busy trying to evaluate and also trying to teach myself. Making decisions of how to manage the clock, what do you want to do? That last play of the half I just went back and evaluated myself. I probably could get one more play off maybe, then call it, take it down to three, call a time out and then kick the field goal. Really, I was trying to be really critical of myself. Going against a great coach in Jeff Fisher, I saw it as a great test. You want to come out and make decisions. I did okay."
QB Luke McCown
(on the offenses rhythm) "It was good. Its what the first game is for. You want to establish a tempo with the offensive line, getting in and out of the huddle, getting the plays called and getting up to the line. As far as that goes, we were good. Now we have to clean some things up on first down and the few miscommunications we had with receivers. I feel like our tempo, the way we approached the line when we broke the huddle are some positive things to build on."
(on adjustments made after first series)0 "We made a few adjustments. It was just little things, miscommunications here and there. Things just need to get cleaned up. We got that straight. We were able to get some positive yardage on first down with Derrick (Ward). If you dont get positive yardage on first down its going to hinder you. You have second and long and that really hamstrings the things you want to be able to do. We will go back and look at that and we will get better at it. We have three weeks left. That will be emphasized in the upcoming weeks."
(on expectations of Titans defense) "They played their game. They were real good at it. We had some opportunities. We just had a few miscommunications that we have to get dressed up. As a whole, as a offense, one thing I look at now is the tempo, how the rhythm of the plays coming in and out, how we get to the line of scrimmage, are the calls right, are we making adjustments on the sideline. All that was real positive and we can build from that."
(on his own assessment) "I felt I did fine. I took the things I had and again we were able to move the ball a little bit more. We kind of got stuck down on our end of the field but its the first preseason game and we have three left."
QB Byron Leftwich
(on his touchdown pass after his first two plays) "I had one on the first one but someone hit my arm. I would have rather been one for one and got it out of the way early. We did some good things today and we have some things to work on. Especially not having Michael Clayton and Antonio Bryant here, we didnt have our full deck of cards and we still had some explosive things. So, we know once we get those guys back, we get more into details figuring out what we truly going to be as an offense. I believe we can make a lot of big plays out there."
(on if he found a rhythm overall) "Not really. Its the first preseason game. Its been a long time. I havent been on the ground in a while. Thats what works the rust off. It takes these preseason games to kind of get back into your self. I just hope and trying to be in a rhythm when it counts by week one."
(on Raheem Morris first game) "I love him. He was in the locker room just pacing earlier. Youre so happy for a guy like that. Even when everybody looks at his age, this is a guy who knows a lot about football, knows how to coach grown men and knows how to get his message across to grown men. As players, we respect that. There are a lot of guys in that locker room that would go run through a wall for that guy. Just because of the type of person he is on a day-in and day-out basis."
TE Kellen Winslow
(on playing in a live game) "I love playing with this team. It is exciting to be here with all the athletes we have here. It is a real close team, so it is real special to be here."
(on play of Bucs young players) "A lot of guys showcased what they had today. Josh did a good jobboth Joshes (Freeman and Johnson). That is what we have been working on (tying to executive) and improve."
DE Gaines Adams
(on potential of Bucs defense) "Overall, I think it is going to be a great defense. Coach Bates (Defensive Coordinator Jim) has a mind for football and he has just been getting after it. Overall, it is going to be good. It is the first preseason game and obviously, we got a lot more room for improvement."
(on role in new defense) "Coach is putting me in situations where I can make plays. I am trying to learn the various protections and just try to free myself where I can be a one-on-one rusher."
(on excitement generated by first game) "You have to give it up to the defense. They did a pretty good job today. Styles G. White with the interception and sack were big plays. You cant forget about the young players, Dre Moore, Kyle Moore, and Roy Miller all came in a did a great job. Also, we know we have a lot more room for improvement."
(on comparing defense from a year ago) "Right now I really cant say. I really like both defenses. Right now, I am just trying to learn and grasp everything and we will go from there."
DE Stylez G. White
(on progress of defense) "It was our first preason game. For the most past, we are grasping the new defense, but want to get better in the system. We have OTAs and training camp and trying to get better as adefense and just play without thinking. We have a lot of potential."
(on being sidelined during OTAs due to motorcycle accident) "I missed a couple of days due to the injury and missed the reps. Now, I am embracing every rep."
(on importance of preseason games) "I have to play every play very hard. I have to because I am trying to make the team. We have a lot to learn and a lot to improve on, but I am excited about the opportunity we have and am looking forward to it."