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Post Game Quotes: Week 16

by Staff Report on December 27, 2009

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris along with several players addressed the media following the teams overtime win over the New Orleans Saints, in which the team rallied from a 17-point deficit to force overtime and win it’s second game in a row and second road win of the season. Rookie signal caller Josh Freeman spoke about the teams composure and will to battle back after trailing for most of the contest.

BUCCANEERS HEAD COACH RAHEEM MORRIS
(opening Statement)
“We are obviously really excited. It was a hard fought game by a proud football team.”

(on what he learned about his team today)
“It wasn’t a learning process for me today, but it may have been for you guys. They are starting to get there. They like winning. They found that out last week. They found that out against Green Bay. This team has the talent and the ability. I am just really proud of them. They went out there and fought. I am completely exhausted right now.”

(on second-half adjustments)
“We were getting diced in the first half. We went back in the locker room and I tried to settle the guys down. They believe in me and I believe in them. We went in and made some adjustments. We did some different things and mixed it up a little bit. We put some pressure on them. It was really helpful toward winning the game.”

(on Michael Spurlock’s punt return for a touchdown)
“He provided us the play that put us in this thing. He gave us life. He did a great job.”

(on the defense’s play)
“Let’s not kid ourselves. They are arguably the best offensive team in the National Football League. We didn’t handle them well early. They went down the field on us three times in a row. We bounced back and stayed composed. All of our young guys came back and composed. They came under control and we went out and won.”

(on the team’s effort)
“Winning is always a group effort. Today was no different. Running the football is key as well as getting Josh (Freeman) completions. We try not to turn the ball over. We did that a little bit, but we were able to fight through it. Winning the field position game. You have to play good defense. That’s a testament to all of those young men in there. We had too many penalties today. We had mistakes that we can’t have as a young football team that we have to get better at in order to compete with this type of talent. We need to get better at it.”

(on if the team is progressing)
“I know this team is getting better. I could see it every week even when we were losing. That’s how we play and how we should play like all of the time.”

Micheal Spurlock
(on punt return for touchdown)
“I saw the ball way up in the air and knew instantly that I could make a play because of the distance between me and their special teams coverage. I caught it and then hit daylight. I caught a few nice blocks from my guys and then it turned into a foot race and I just took it in.”

“Obviously it was a big play and I had to do something; be it a big play on the kickoff return, a punt – something. All we needed was a break and we got one in the second half. Our organization is real proud and it feels great to get two in a row.”

Carnell Williams
“All the credit goes to the offense line. We knew we could run on them from the last time when we played them in Tampa. We knew coming in that we could move the ball on their defense. This is a huge win for us. I know the entire season is not want we want it to be, but to win a game like this is real special.”

“And it feels great to win two in a row. I think this organization learned something today: that no matter how far down you are you can still get back up. And that’s what happened out there today. I am so proud of our offense line. They did all the work and all I did was hit the holes.”

Connor Barth
“It feels great. Its not everyday you get a chance to make a game ending last second field goal and when you get that opportunity you have to take advantage of it. Like Coach Morris told me later, it (the kick) didn’t look pretty but it went through.”

“Of course I wanted their kicker (Saints) miss his. As a fellow kicker you have to feel for Hartley. We are a small group. But I knew when he missed his that we had a real chance to win the game. In fact, the way our entire team held in their the entire game I knew we had a chance to pull out the win.”

Josh Freeman
“We showed tons of composure out there today. To come in here and play in their building for what they were playing for; well, it feels real special for us. Our season is not over even with our record. No one is out there hanging their heads. We are a proud team and it showed today.”

“We battled and battled until the end out there. We’ve come back in games before. This team never gives up. And we knew we could run the ball on them. We had a great week of practice and saw on film that we could control the ball today.”

“Even when we got behind early and trailed in the first half, it wasn’t a feeling like, ‘oh no, here we go again.” In the half time locker room everyone was fired up and knew that if we just hung in there, we would win the game. And at the very end, in the overtime, it was great to see us just pound the ball and get into field goal position. This was a great win – two in a row for us. It’s a great victory and something we can build upon for us next year.”

Courtesy of the Buccaneers Public Relations Department.

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