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Coaches quotebook

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 18, 2005

Bucs coach Jon Gruden on his team's intensity:

"We were intense. Lack of intensity didn't have anything to do with it. The Patriots played a much more physical game, particularly their defense against our offense. We were unable to get anything going, sustain anything whatsoever. And when you give (quarterback) Tom Brady those types of opportunities, it's not a recipe for success."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Brady:

"He moved around in the pocket and stepped up. That was the key in a couple big plays that we had."

Belichick on the victory:

"That was a good win for our football team. I thought we had a good, solid effort from the entire football team. Short week ... and I thought they responded well. We had a good week of practice and a good focus for the game."

Gruden on how the Bucs will bounce back:

"Our team is what they are. ... This was a short week. It was a tall order for us. We knew that. We felt we could play better. But I'm not going to be nervous or doubt the character that we have on our football team to learn from this experience, admit guilt that we didn't get it done and move on."

Gruden on doubting the Patriots:

"Who's doubting them? I mean write down the people that are doubting them. Let's put their names in the newspaper so New England knows who those people are. ... They've got the best quarterback in the league. They have a coach who's a great coach. They're a physical, veteran-laden team. And they're a handful. Okay? That's my opinion. But who the doubters are, I don't know. I'll let (the media) handle that."

Belichick on David Givens' 32-yard catch on third and 7 from the Patriots 27 during the first drive:

"It was a big one. That was a great throw, great route, a big play to get us out of that bad field position."

[Last modified December 18, 2005, 01:02:23]

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