Redskins-Bucs Bonus Quotes: Real Real Big Big
Ugh. I think this season is aging me. But we carry on, by first cribbing from our print-edition notes, to wit:
On the day he turned 67 years old, Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs was required to put his personal identification to good use. Comcast SportsNet cameras caught security officials asking the Hall of Fame coach for a credential while he was entering Raymond James Stadium.
Sums up the day nicely, no? And now, bonus quotes:
Gibbs, opening statement: "From a Redskins standpoint this was a real, real big, big game for us."
Gibbs, on the turnovers: "To start the game off like that is hard to explain, but you're not going to be a real good football team if you turn the ball over like that."
Gruden, trying to sound like Gibbs: "I'm really proud of our football players."
Gibbs, trying to sound like Gibbs: "I was proud of our guys. I think, at halftime everybody made up our minds and we had a lot of fight in us....I was proud of our guys and the way we came fighting back in the second half. I think everybody kind of laid it on the line and we gave ourselves a chance at the end but we could not make a play."
Smoot, more concisely: "Good teams know how to end games. Teams that are trying to be good, they still flirting around with it. And we're flirting around with it."
Smoot, on what's next: "Point blank, it's been like this since last week. We've got to win. That's the only thing. No matter how ugly the win is, no matter how good it is, we've just got to get a W."
Smoot, on the QB needing to get a late-game win: "That's how quarterbacks are graded. They're not really, I don't think, graded by getting Marino numbers and no Super Bowls. If you can just come out and win games, I think people are more intrigued about you winning games than you passing for four and five hundred yards a game. He's very mentally tough. I think he's going to be all right. All he needs to do is keep doing what he's doing and believe in himself, because we do."
Saunders, on Campbell: "We had over 400 yards of offense. Jason threw the ball extremely well, it's just a couple of those ones at the end end up overshadowing what a great performance and what a great effort that he gave....One play there at the end, and he'd like to have that one back, and we would too. And four more inches on the ball and all of a sudden we might be celebrating. But I don't think it's a step backwards at all."
McCardell, on Campbell: "I mean, he's the guy, period. This franchise can put everything on his shoulders. I love playing for the guy, he goes out, he's a gamer, he plays. I mean, he took some big shots, he stepped up, came right back in, throwing the ball right after he get hurt. I mean, the guy is a gamer. This franchise has a lot going for them with him. We understand that, and we've got to make some more plays for him, period."
Gibbs on the 4th and 1: "It was inches, I felt like, and it was our best shot right there. I thought, 'Hey, if we get that then we have a chance to score right there,' and I felt like we could get it."
Campbell, on the 4th and 1: "The game shapes up differently but you never know what is going to happen after that. Coach made a decision for us to go for it on fourth down and as players that is a situation where we have to beat it. You have to go get the first down. Take nothing away from the Bucs, they did a great job stopping the play. If we get that first down, the game shakes up differently. If we kick a field goal, it shakes up differently."
Rabach, on the same: "It's a blockable play, it still is, if everybody blocked their guy it is still a blockable play, and we just came up short."
Portis, on the same: "We got to get there. We needed one yard and we gotta get it. No matter if they read it, no matter if everybody falls down, we gotta get it....I don't know what it was, we ain't going nowhere, we went backwards. Just as a team man, we gotta find a way to get there."
Portis on the loss: "If we don't turn the ball over six times we go out and probably dominate this game. But instead, we turn the ball over six times, they don't have any turnovers, and it come down to the wire."
Cooley on the turnovers: "It's unbelievable that it happens and I mean, it's hard to even prepare for something like that. You don't think about fumbling, you don't practice a fumble, but maybe give them credit....I think offensively, we're the type of offense that we're pretty darn good if we don't kill ourselves. We'll move the ball on anybody, we've proved it, we've moved the ball up and down the field in every game we've played in."
Rabach, on Campbell: "He's playing really good football. We have to help him out. We need to make plays for him. He's doing everything he can. I wouldn't rather have anybody else back there."
Moss, on the endings: "I mean, we've been there all year, nothing you can do about it. All you can do is just keep trying and I feel like you keep saying we're not fighting and basically, that's the truth. You know I fought. A play here, a play there that we fight and put our foot down, you know, maybe if we didn't put ourselves in a hole early we wouldn't always have to always be fighting later. That's pretty much what we dug ourselves into and that's why we have to keep fighting so much at the end."
McCardell, on the endings: "When you put yourself behind the eight ball like we did the first half, I mean, we just didn't have a fighting chance to even do that. But at the end of the day, you want to finish this game off. Fighting uphill. We got almost to the top and just couldn't get over the top. We've got to finish."
McCardell, on the offense: "We felt like the second half they couldn't really stop us. We made a couple mistakes right down there in the red area, and it was just really just trying to finish the drive. If we could have finished drives with touchdowns instead of the two we finished with interceptions, it would have been a different story."
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