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Quotebook

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 10, 2003

Defensive end Simeon Rice on having guaranteed a victory:

"It's tough, and it's going to be like that sometimes. But that's not going to change my emotion about it. There's going to be a guarantee next week, too, because that's me. It's not predicated on wins and losses. It's predicated on the character I have, my personality. So, you're not going to see me run and hide. I'm going to still talk to you and still tell you the same thing next week, guarantee we're going to win the game. ... No situation is going to break me."

Linebacker Derrick Brooks on the fourth-quarter collapse:

"I'm not making excuses for us losing ballgames. You've got a four-point lead with two minutes to go, we slam the door, period. And we didn't do it so there's no excuses for not doing it."

Coach Jon Gruden on Keenan McCardell's TD reception:

"He made big plays for us again today. I thought we had ... critical penalties in key situations that stymied some drives. Field position again was horrific throughout the game until the latter part of the football game. I credit Keenan, I credit the offense for hanging in there. But we had some inexcusable penalties that killed us and stymied some good-looking drives."

Cornerback Ronde Barber on the 66-yard TD reception by Ricky Proehl:

"A miscommunication. Chalk it up to that. They came back and ran it again and it was nothing. Between me and John (Lynch), it's not something we see a whole bunch but it's something we've got to be on."

Barber on the fourth three-point loss:

"We say we're a good team, we've got to find ways to win these close games. We could be 8-1 right now and we're 4-5. We feel pretty bad about it."

Safety John Lynch on the final drive by the Panthers:

"I was real confident we would get it done. No timeouts, 2:40 left. And sometimes when they're putting all the receivers out, they're going to get some yards. But at some point, we've got to force them to make that throw. Somehow, we've got to find a way to make a play there."

McCardell on his TD reception:

"It was a catch we needed. On third down and long, Jon had the confidence to call my number. You've got to do your job, you can't let anything get in your way from doing your job. And that's what I did. We needed to win and that's what I was playing for."

McCardell on the final play of the game when his apparent reception for a first down was ruled incomplete:

"I had it, but if you're going to say he knocked it out, the catch, feet down, fumble. I'm not even going to get into that situation with the league. I dropped the ball. It's the easiest catch in the game; I should've made it.

PANTHERS

Coach John Fox on the victory:

"I am gray enough as it is. I'm not sure if I'm going to have any (hair) left at the end of this year."

Fox on the Bucs' fourth-down pass to Warren Sapp:

"We just executed very poorly. We didn't even line up right. We didn't have anyone covering him anyway. We screwed up."

Delhomme on the Bucs defense:

"It seemed they were giving us some things down the field. Obviously, they didn't respect us throwing down the field, or at least seamwise."

Delhomme on his two interceptions by Tim Wansley:

"The first interception, the ball sailed on me, plain and simple. I was trying to get it over Lynch's head. The second, I was trying to roll out and I got flushed a little and I thought I threw it away. ... Coming back to the sideline might have been the loneliest play in the world. Nobody wants to talk to you. I wouldn't want to talk to myself, either."

Safety Mike Minter on Carolina's missed tackles:

"We were trying to knock the ball out. That was a key. They had a history of coming in here of fumbling the ball. We were trying to strip the ball and knock it out every time. Sometimes when you do that, it can hurt you."

Minter on sweeping the Bucs:

"That is probably the best feeling I've had in a long time. To sweep those guys, and to do it the way we've been doing it, that is huge for our confidence and it's huge for this organization."

Tackle Todd Steussie on the rivalry:

"Being a division team, there seems to be a little more growing tension. That is because we're not a doormat like we were maybe the last two years."

[Last modified November 10, 2003, 01:33:27]

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