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28 October 2014

Buccaneers Quotes: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: Buccaneers K Patrick Murray has gone 3-for-3 on field goal kicks of 50 or more yards this season, making him one of only two kickers in the NFL that has made at least three field goals from 50 or more yards without a miss (Cody Parkey, Philadelphia - 3)
Below is a brief selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
Cornerback Johnthan Banks
Linebacker Lavonte David
Tackle Demar Dotson
Cornerback Alterraun Verner
(On the performance of the defense so far this season)
“We make a lot of mistakes that we shouldn’t make. Like I said, we’re getting better – that’s all that matters. As long as you’re getting better – nobody’s looking back and getting our heads down. We’re going to keep playing for each other [and] keep playing hard.”
(On his dropped interception in the fourth quarter)
“It’s just one of [those] things. There was a play to be made and I didn’t make the play. It’s something we talk about it all the time: making plays when they present it to us. We’re still learning and we’re still growing. I feel like we’re getting better every week. But it’s just one of those things. You’ve got to make plays.”
(On if he desires to sign a contract extension similar to defensive tackle Gerald McCoy)
“I just try to stay out of that. I do what I do on the football field, just try to help this team get victories. At the end of the year or whenever that time comes – whenever that contract talk starts coming – then maybe we’ll sit down and talk about it. Right now, I’m just focused on the rest of the year.”
(On why a linebacker and defensive tackle need to be on the same page)
“Basically because we work together. We’re part of that front seven. We play off of the defensive linemen and the defensive linemen play off us – we complement each other. You’ve just got to have a good pedigree with the defensive linemen and the linebackers.”
(On if his relationship with McCoy is similar to Derrick Brooks’ and Warren Sapp’s relationship)
“We’re getting there. We talk after every play, we talk in practice – things that we could’ve done better or things that we can do to make a better play. We’re working at it. We’ve still got some work to do, but we’re getting there. We want to be the best. Just got to keep working at it.”
(On if he believes he will look back at this season as a stepping stone to future winning seasons)
“Yeah, of course. I believe very soon that day will come.”
(On what is the process he goes through when a running play is called)
“First thing I have to do is know my assignment and then the second thing I have to do is I have to have good technique, whether it’s outside zone or inside zone. When I get on my man, I have to drive him off the ball so we can open up a lane for the running back.”
(On what an offensive lineman takes pride in)
“I think it’s protecting your quarterback, [that’s] the biggest thing. You want to keep your quarterback safe, you don’t want to see him get hit, you don’t want to see him rattled in the pocket and you don’t want to see him taking those licks because there are only a certain number of hits a quarterback can take before they start getting rattled and shaken. We want to make sure we do our best to keep those guys up. I take pride in not getting our quarterback hit.”
(On what it takes to finish a football game)
“It’s very simple: it’s the team that makes a play at the end. I was reading a quote by Colt McCoy where he said that ‘Good teams make the plays at the end to win the game.’ That’s all it is. The team that wins is the one makes that play. It’s simple, but hard to execute. That’s the simple answer.”
(On what’s keeping the team fighting)
“This is a game that people should enjoy playing. This game of football is something that everyone should be passionate about and enjoy. You shouldn’t need anything else to get you going and playing in games. You should want to go out there and enjoy the opportunity to play this game that a lot of people can’t do or haven’t been able to get the opportunity to do. You have to keep in perspective that we’re very blessed to play this sport. Anybody that doesn’t have motivation to play, then I have to question why they’re playing this sport and why they’re playing this game. In nine games, you can still do a lot of good things. In these nine games, regardless of what the standings are or what the records are – the teams that are undefeated or 6-1 or 5-2, they’re the same thing, they still have to play and have this love of the game – that’s what you have to take from this. You have to have that love for the game and go out there, you shouldn’t need any more motivation than that.”

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