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Open Locker Room Qoutes: Wednesday

After taking to the practice fields at One Buc Place on Wednesday several players addressed the media. Michael Clayton spoke about Josh Freeman’s arm and making throws in the fourth quarter… Freeman spoke about the improvement he’s sees in himself after two starts…on if he’s comfortable with bringing the team back in the fourth quarter. Middle linebacker Barrett Ruud spoke about the teams horrid run defense.

(On Freeman’s arm)

“Every practice since he has gotten here, he’s delivered throws that you say, ‘wow.’ In the game, he is doing the same thing. Hats off to him, he is only going to get better. He is doing a tremendous job right now seeing the throws and making them.”

(On making throws in crunch time)
“It lets us know that he understands. It lets us go to the sideline and make sideline adjustments. He can look over there and get the look that he wants. To be able to drop back and look off a safety and be able to deliver a perfect ball, it tells a lot about the guy.”

(On the team’s production during the fourth quarter)

“I think the whole offense turned it up. We got the ball back late in the game and knew we had to put something together. This past week, Coach called a number of runs and we were getting six, seven, eight yards a chunk. That really helped out in the passing game.”

(On the confidence of the team since he stepped in)
“I wouldn’t say it’s because of me, I think that it’s come off the bye week. Guys really kind of got out of feeling like they were an 0-7 team. The attitude and mentality that everyone is bringing to practice is not reflective on our record.”

(On the divisional games)
“I’m excited about the opportunity to have five division games. We have those remaining in the year and I will get that much more experience with the teams that we play most often. The end of this year I will have something to look forward to next year.”

(On the Saints defense)
“We see opportunities with everybody we play. We know that they have a pretty complex blitz package and we are going to have to mind all of our P’s and Q’s with the protection and all of the calls that we make. Every defense has its weakness but it’s only Wednesday. We are trying to formulate a plan to exploit that as much as we can.”

(On what improvements he sees in himself)
“I would say comfort level coming out of the gate. I felt a lot more comfortable with my second start than I did my first start. I see that to continue to be a thing where the more games I play the more comfortable I will get in the system. I’m seeing the defense better, going through my reads better. It’s definitely a comfort level thing.”

(On fourth quarter comebacks)
“There are a lot of things going into it. You have to take into consideration how much time you have left, your field position. A lot of times in two minutes you are just as well dumping it down, letting your guys get 10 yards rather than taking a shot and risking an incompletion and wasting a valuable down.”

(On if he is more comfortable bringing a team back)
“I don’t know. It’s not all me, that’s for sure. It’s a lot of guys around me. The type of guys that we have on the team that although we are down a couple of possessions in the fourth quarter we have guys that aren’t going to quit and guys that know we need to respond. In the fourth quarter when you are running out of time, you have to do something to get it done and we have been able to do that.”

(On Drew Brees)
“Drew Brees is one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Coach Olson coached him in college so we watch a quite a bit of Drew Brees stuff. Coach Olson is trying to give me tips about how he works in practice and throughout the week. He is commanding on the field and is definitely one of the top notch quarterbacks in this league.”

(On the Saints)

“Any team that plays against the best, you look at the number one team in college football. They are going to get the best shot of who they are playing week in and week out. I think New Orleans, ever since they got passed that five win mark, has been getting their best from every team they played. We are going to give them our best shot just like we do week in and week out. They are an undefeated team and we want to give them our best shot.”

(On the division opponents)

“You play them all twice, except for Carolina, in the last few games and get to see where you stack up against them. Like I said earlier, we are a team that is improving. I really believe that. I think we are a lot better than we were at the start of this year and are looking to finish the season off a lot more positive than we started.”

(On the run defense)
“Yea, I think so. The 4-3 defense is all about gap control and doing your assignment. We haven’t played the run well this year and we have improved on it. That’s not where we want to be. It’s a process. We have seven games to get it to where we want it to be. That’s why we are still working and the coaches are still coaching.”

Courtesy of the Buccaneers Public Relations Department

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