09-18-2005 - Post Game Quotes

Head Coach Jon Gruden

(On overall game) "That was a big win for our team; against a heck of a team. I don't think Buffalo had the national respect that people should have for them. They've won eight or nine out of their last eleven. It was a great win. We had too many penalties; particularly in the kicking game, but to play that defense and not give up the ball offensively is a great accomplishment alone. I am proud of our defense. I am very proud of our team. We still have a long way to go to get where we want to be."

(On Carnell Williams' injury) "He has a sprained arch. I don't know the degree of the injury. He took a shot and returned. Obviously, his health has a lot to do with where we are right now."

(On the offensive line) I am very proud of what they did. Our goal coming in here was to try to stay out of as many long-yardage situations as possible. They dominate teams in the third-down area. I think running the ball with some success allowed us to do that. They are going to have a good night tonight. Hopefully, they get some respect because they did play very, very well today."

(On Buffalo's defense getting all of the attention and whether that pushed Tampa's defensive staff to work harder) "I like to say we have a good defense also. We do have some criteria in place to be great again. It is going to take a lot more work to sustain the performances we have had in these first two games, but we have a great will to do that on our staff and on our team and that's our goal."

(On starting the season 2-0) "There are a lot of people who said we might not win two games, two weeks ago. To keep things in perspective, you realize you just have to try to stay focused on what you try to do here and that is win football games and get better. Where that falls into history, I don't know. We are very happy to be 2-0 and obviously we have a great challenge next week in Green Bay."

(On Carnell Williams getting stronger as the game goes on) "He gets stronger as the game goes on and if his foot arch isn't a problem he'll continue to prove what I believe. He has intense stamina. This guy is a workaholic and he is at his best when a game is on the line and it is late in the game. That is just his M.O, in high school, in college and pro."

(On Carnell Williams not wanting to leave the game) "I got into a tussle with him. It's, I think, my 3,809 tussle on the sideline. He's a great competitor. It is a credit to our offensive team; all of the guys. We'd like to throw the ball more, maybe, be more wide open, but when you are playing a team like Buffalo; our feeling coming in was cool it with the ranks a little bit and let's see if we can get our running game going."

FB Mike Alstott

(On the running game) "We tried very hard this offseason in training camp to establish the running game and heavy attempts to run. That means staying in the ball game, not getting down early in the game, which makes us have to pass."

(On offensive play) "We've done good so far keeping leads and giving the ball to "Cadillac" and letting him run."

(On "Cadillac" Williams) "He's a player that can do it all. He can go up the middle. He has power. He can hit the edge and run his 4.3-speed. He's a special kid."

CB Ronde Barber

(On a 2-0 start) "Two-and-0 is a lot better than a 1-1 start, or a 0-2 start, but it's still too early to draw any comparison to the 2002 season."

(On defense and run game combination) "Our great running (game) and defense allows for clock control and time possession. (It) lets our defense rest, and puts our quarterback at ease"

(On the rest of the season) "We are a focused team and definitely took advantage of defensive packages we worked on in the preseason. We take a lot of pride in not having allowed a touchdown this far into the season"

(On "Cadillac" Williams) "'Cadillac' is a fun player to watch from the sideline. He does everything right and always finishes forward."

LB Derrick Brooks

(On the game) "This was a very good win for us against a very physical football team. We just kept pounding the rock. We took it one play at a time and we got good field position. On offense, we were able to push the ball and we didn't give up any big plays on defense."

(On what the key for the defense was) "We wanted to stop RB Willis McGahee. If he's able to run the football, than that takes a lot of pressure off a young quarterback."

(On the offensive effort) "The offensive line was able to come off the ball and wear Buffalo down, and there is no truer tale than that. They were able to put some good three and four-yard runs, and before you know it, those runs turn into 10-yard runs. Every now and again, a big one pops out."

WR MICHAEL CLAYTON

(On the offense) "Coming in the game we knew if we didn't turn the ball over, that's our best chance of winning. As an offense, we're getting better and better as the weeks go by. We came in wanting to establish the running game. When you have a running game like this, like the one we have here, there's no limit to what you can do passing and running the ball. Our offensive line came out today with it on their mind. The best team in football, they say, came in here, and we just chose the dominant mind. That's just what they did. They dominated the offensive line."

(On "Cadillac" Williams) "It's amazing. The guy just keeps going, like the Energizer Bunny. He's a guy who other offensive players, we feed off of his energy. If he's hurt, it doesn't matter. He loves this game and he treats it and respects it, just like that. He gives it his all when he is out there."

(On his performance) "It was pretty good. It's going to get better when we get all of the components clicking. I had a drop, also. I feel like there's no ball that can't be thrown to me that I don't need to catch. As we keep banging and our running backs keep running that ball, our offense is going to expand and give us a better opportunity as wide receivers to make plays."

QB Brian Griese

(On the offensive line's protection) "I think they did a great job. Coming into the game, we knew that their front seven was very talented. There haven't been a whole lot of offenses in the past year-and-a-half that have been able to do much of anything against Buffalo. I was real proud of the way our offensive line played. We ran the ball really effectively which helped using the passing game."

(On running the ball well) "At one point in the third quarter, we had a drive where I didn't throw a pass. And we went down and scored a field goal, and I cannot remember the last time that happened to me. It's a great feeling when you're able to grind out the running game, and get some big hitting plays. We had some 20 and 25-yard runs mixed in with the five and six-yard runs. At that point, late in the second-half, I think their defense kind of gave in a little bit."

(On not turning the ball over) "We knew we had to limit the turnovers. We played close to the vest because of that. But we had to and we knew that our defense was going to play a heck of a game which they did, and we didn't want to make any mistakes."

(On time of possession) "Thankfully, we got the ball back a lot and the defense was responsible for that. We put some drives together and were smart in certain situations."

(On RB Carnell "Cadillac" Williams) "He played a great game. When we were not in third-and-long we were very effective in converting our third downs. So the big thing for us was keeping them off balance with the running game, throwing the ball in there. Michael Clayton made some plays in the passing game and being able to convert third downs was the key."

DT Anthony McFarland

(On the Bucs defensive efforts) "We got some three-and-outs early, that was big because we got them out of their rhythm. Defensively, that allowed us to get into rhythm early. The guy's up front played well, got to the quarterback, in the end it got to them."

(On how important it was to get off to a 2-0 start) "It was important for us to come out and get a win in front of our home fans. We disappointed them and ourselves so much over the last couple of years at home, it was just big to get a win at home to give them something to get started. Home field is no advantage if you don't give them something to cheer for."

(On stopping McGahee and Losman) "Today, we were able to stop them from running the ball for the most part and then we were able to turn and rush a bit. The numbers might not have been there from a sack standpoint, but we kept it moving, kept him moving in the pocket and that was good."

LB Shelton Quarles

(On Willis McGahee not being able to get started) "Ever since the beginning of the season everybody talked about how we couldn't play the run, we were too small, but for the most part I thought we played the run well. They tried to run the ball from the time the whistle blew until the end of the game, we were able to shut down the run."

(On the Bucs 2-0 start) "This feels great, regardless what you want to make out of it. We want to be consistent and get a little momentum. We have two good wins with one on the road, and three if you count the preseason, so we're on a roll right now.

T Kenyatta Walker

(On Tampa's running game) "The thing this year is to run the ball. Last year teams just knew we were going to pass. We are getting better, but there are still a lot of things we could do better, but anytime you get a win that's positive."

*(On getting better this season) * "We are getting better and confidence is building. We are trying to find the identity of the offense. We have special players around us, and the offensive line just does what we have to do."

(On "Cadillac" Williams) "He's a tough little guy. He's not the type of guy that's going to run out of bounds. He'll take his hits. He's just tough."

RB Carnell Williams

(On his second straight 100-yard rushing game) "It definitely means a lot. I would be lying if I said I was coming in expecting that kind of turnout. I owe it all to those guys up front. They worked hard during training camp, and they gave me lanes to run through. Therefore, it made my job a lot easier. I want to thank those guys."

(On his injury) "My foot, I should be fine to go. But, right now, (it's) my left foot. We're going to check things out."

(On if he was in pain during the second half) "(I was) definitely in pain. In all my years that I've been playing this game of football, you never feel good. Something is always going to hurt. So, therefore, usually (when there's a) time when something hurts, I'm going to actually play better."

(On his play in the first two games of the season) "Our main thing is, we just have to keep it going. We can't get complacent. We have to get better. All the credit goes to those guys up front. Those guys, they did a heck of a job. They are making my job a lot easier."

(On being determined to get in the end zone for his touchdown) "It was third-and-goal. I just wasn't going to be denied. I knew that if we punched it in, instead of settling for three, with the type of defense that we have, I knew the game would basically be over. So, therefore, that's the mentality I went into the end zone with."

Buffalo Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Mike Mularkey

(On whether this was a humbling experience) "It was a good lesson. They were more physical and executed better than we did. This is what can happen when you play a good football team. It is a wake-up call. Teams will be prepared when we step on the field."

(On why RB Carnell Williams was so effective) "He ran hard. He found holes and moved the line of scrimmage. He did it all today. He saw lanes and hit them."

(On the decision to put in QB Kelly Holcomb) "I put Kelly and Shaud (Williams) in there to see if we could get a spark at both positions. We were stagnant all day. We were trying to just get something going."

(On the reasons QB J.P. Losman struggled) "I have to look. Some of the throws were not good. All the things that go into every play need to be looked at before I can determine why he struggled."

QB J.P. Losman

(On whether accuracy was an issue) "I think we just played a tough defense that didn't allow us too many chances. They gave us opportunities, but when you play good teams you cannot be inaccurate when you get those opportunities. For some reason, the throws were not there this week."

(On whether the blitz bothered him) "It didn't bother me. I expected them to blitz more, actually. I am expecting it on every play."

(On the blitz on the safety) "They brought the strong safety and there was a miscue between the quarterback and the receiver. I guess I just stepped out. I knew I was pretty far back."

(On the Buccaneers game plan) "They had a good scheme. They knew where we would be and they watched my eyes the whole game. They had a good plan and executed it well by being physical at the right times. That is what makes them tough."

(On the early near interceptions) "They got close a couple of times. One time it was my eyes. One time the guy guessed right. There was always something and you can't make those errors with a good team like this."

(On whether this game is a set-back) "It is a humbling experience. We came in high as a kite. We know teams are going to give it their best every time they play us. We were so successful in the first game, but this game a team matched our physicality and intensiveness. They just made big plays."

(On being replaced by QB Kelly Holcomb) "I am upset. I don't want to share my position, but this is a team game. I realize I am young and the coaches know what's best for me."

RB Willis McGahee

(On the struggles of quarterback J.P. Losman) "It wasn't just the quarterback, everyone was struggling today. It's a team game."

(On the loss) "It (the game) was a learning experience and we have to put it behind us and get ready for the next game."

(On the Tampa Bay defense) "They are very good. We couldn't get going all day and kept our defense on the field longer than we would have liked."

(On his running style) "I was just trying to make something happen to get the team going."

CB Terrence McGee

(On whether the Buccaneers possession time ran the team down) "No, it didn't wear us down. We knew coming to Tampa that it would be hot and that we would have to play. What killed us was that we had field position all day, but we couldn't make any plays defensively. In order for us to win, we have to make defensive plays. We just didn't do it."

LB Takeo Spikes

(On Carnell "Cadillac" Williams) "He was shifty, the offensive line did a great job. They stayed with it. At times they had a couple of runs in spurts, but for the most part they stayed at it."

(On the Bills defense being on the field for 40 minutes) "It's too long, if you want to get to the playoffs, your defense can't be on the field that long unless your offense is scoring points fast."

(On the game being humbling) "You have to take some good out of every bad situation. That's the best thing you can take out of it. We were prepared the right way mentally."

(On losing London Fletcher in the second half) "We missed him. It hurt to see him over there (on the sidelines), you know he's never missed a game. He won't miss this week, but to see him on the sideline, and he couldn't go, that hurt."

S Troy Vincent

(On the 1-1 record so far) "It is what it is. Today, we got out-played in two categories; offense and defense. Defensively, we could not stop the run. Give a lot of credit to Tampa Bay. We have to play well defensively to win and we just didn't do it."

(On RB Carnell Williams) "He broke our back today, especially on those long runs. He is a guy that you can't count on going down until you are sitting on top of him."

(On time of possession) "That killed us today. They controlled the clock and the downs. They played well and came out victorious."

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