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07 October 2014

Buccaneers Quotes: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: LB Lavonte David is currently leading the league in solo tackles (41) and tackles for loss (10), while ranking fourth in the NFL in total tackles (52) and tied for fifth in forced fumbles (2).
 
Below is a brief selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
               
Cornerback Johnthan Banks
Tackle Anthony Collins
Linebacker Lavonte David
Wide Receiver Louis Murphy
 
CORNERBACK JOHNTHAN BANKS
 
(On his first interception of the season on Sunday against New Orleans)
“It was a good play, but there were so many plays out there that we could’ve made that we didn’t make. Just got to keep getting better moving forward to the future.”
 
(On facing Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr.)
“Steve is a great receiver. He’s one of those guys I grew up watching and I got to play him last year. He’s everything I expected: he’s a feisty guy. We’ve just to come ready to play football. We’ve just got to go do our thing and keep getting better.”
 
(On what this team is capable of without committing costly penalties)
“I mean, I know what this team can be with a clean game. It’s not what I would like for them to be; I know what this team can be. If you take those 15 penalties [away]…that’s crazy. [If] we don’t have 15 penalties, who knows how bad we could’ve beat those guys. We were up 11 points in the fourth quarter. We had what, 15 penalties? We’re just shooting ourselves in the foot every time.”
 
(On how to reduce the number of penalties)
“We’ve just got to be more disciplined and more focused on the job at hand.”
 
TACKLE ANTHONY COLLINS
 
(On showing his emotions after games)
“I’m just emotional. I love to win and I hate to lose in anything that I do. It just makes me competitive, from playing pool to playing basketball to playing on the football field, it’s my job. When we lose at my job that I love to come and do, it hurts. It really does hurt.”
 
(On the run game)
“It will be one guy this play and then one guy this play, 10 people will be doing the right thing, but it will always be one person in the running game – it works on everybody. Once we get everybody on the same page, you’ll see a difference in us. We’re very close. When you look at film, we’re very close in the run game. The passing game we’re our thing. We’ve got to shape up the penalties and all of that, but if you give Doug [Martin] some room and Bobby [Rainey] some room, man, it’s going to be scary out there.”
 
LINEBACKER LAVONTE DAVID
 
(On playing at home this week)
“Hopefully it works out better. When we’re back home, the crowd is loud, [so] in the communication process you have to step up a little bit more. We just have to put this last game behind us, fix the things that we messed up on and just move on from it.”
 
(On Baltimore)
“They have some great young backs there in [Justin] Forsett and you also have [Joe] Flacco at the helm playing quarterback and he’s always a threat with some weapons on the outside and some great tight ends. They’re going to produce a threat for us, but it’s all about us and all about what we do and how we execute.”
 
(On being fatigued near the end of games against physical teams)
“It’s not hard at all; it’s all about what we do. Defensively, we want to impose our will. Start fast defensively and try to make the offense change their minds and change their game plan, but we know it’s always going to be a hard fought football game. In the division that they’re in [Baltimore], they always play tough, physical football games and we’re just going to try to bring it and match their intensity.”
 
WIDE RECEIVER LOUIS MURPHY
 
(On his touchdown catch against New Orleans on Sunday)
“[The] line did a great job, Mike [Glennon] threw a great ball, caught them in man coverage and was able to make a play. Hat goes off to the O-line and to Mike.”
 
(On if the team has moved on from the loss to New Orleans)
“We’ve got to. You can’t get too high on the wins, you can’t get too low on your losses. It’s a roller coaster ride, but you’ve got to keep it in the middle and that’s what we’ve got to do. We put the Saints [game] to bed, and now it’s the Ravens going forward.”
 
(On losing in overtime on the road against New Orleans)
“It’s definitely a hostile environment and the Saints did a great job. They pulled it out, so we’ve got to give them the credit. They’re a good defensive team. They’re a good team. It was a close one and we’re trying to cut down on certain penalties and we can do better.”
 
(On his penalty after a touchdown for inappropriate language)
“In the heat of the battle, with whatever we said to each other – a lot of trash talking – I guess I just took it a little bit too far. Like I told coach, ‘My apologies and my bad on that.’”
  
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