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By Times Staff
Published December 27, 2004


Bucs

Linebacker Derrick Brooks on the frustration of losing:

"It hurts, to be honest with you, in a way I never knew was possible. At the same time, you accept reality and what the situation is and be faithful. The Lord has a plan for us. I don't know what it is, but be faithful, and just keep gnawing away. We didn't get the goals we wanted this year as far as having a winning season or a winning record at home, all the things we did when we won the Super Bowl. But we've got to go out there and face Arizona and get our sixth win of the year."

Quarterback Brian Griese on the loss:

"It's tough. You give everything you have as a football player and it isn't enough. You have to learn from it and try to stay strong."

Griese on the team's performance throughout the season:

"We have had our ups and downs, playing well at times and pretty bad at times. I am not going to be pessimistic. I am not going to sit here and cry about anything. We've had our opportunities to win games and make plays, but I'm going to continue to be optimistic and try to get better as a football player."

Cornerback Ronde Barber on the outcome of the game:

"They made a lot of good plays and we didn't. We are a mistake-prone team, and we proved that time and again."

Barber on the season:

"We have been kicking our own tails all year. It's hard to beat somebody else when as a team, you beat yourselves. It's something we need to work on. We do have some greatness on this team and we need to build on that for the future."

Wide receiver Joey Galloway on the overall performance:

"I think that the score indicates how we played today. We did not play well. We made too many mistakes as usual and lost."

Coach Jon Gruden on whether he hopes that all the bad things that can happen happened this season:

"I don't like the feeling of being knocked on my you know what. I don't think our players do. Everybody tells me that I will learn from this experience. I realize there will be plenty of critics. Bring it on. I just have to be able to rally our coaches. I am confident in the veteran staff that we have. I am really confident that we will find a way out of the darkness. It is not going to be easy. It is not going to be easy for a lot of other teams that are in similar situations as us."

Panthers

Offensive tackle Jordan Gross on quarterback Jake Delhomme:

"He didn't have any turnovers, he was smart with the ball, got it out in a hurry, didn't really move in the pocket and stayed where he needed to stay. I think he is making real good decisions right now and making our job a whole lot easier."

Delhomme on his play:

"Things really felt good today. I didn't get touched but one play. I know it was a sack, but other than that I didn't get touched. You have to give lots of credit to the offensive line. We had success running the football, and that helped. It felt great coming in here with the game plan. When guys make plays, it makes it a lot easier."

Linebacker Dan Morgan on the team:

"We have come a long way since 1-7. Our play has been huge, and it has put us in a good position going into next week with New Orleans at home. It's pretty much going to be our playoff game next week."

Morgan on the Bucs:

"The Bucs are a good team. They are the kind of team that when we started playing them a couple of years ago in the division, they used to beat us. Now, it has kind of turned a bit. A big part of that is our confidence coming in here and knowing that we have a team that can win."

Defensive tackle Brentson Buckner on the Bucs:

"They are a great team. They have a group of warriors over there. I am certain they will come back next year and be ready to play us. You don't have a team's number forever."