By Compiled by Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published October 30, 2000
Coach Dennis Green: "To the victor goes the spoils. That's what it's all about. That's the great thing about the game ... we've got a lot of victors, and now we've got the spoils."
Green on whether his team was intimidated: "No. Come on, give me a break."
Receiver Randy Moss, rebuking a reporter who started his news conference with a question about Moss' fourth-quarter ejection: "That ain't no way to come to an interview. I wouldn't come to you and say, "What the hell do you have to say?' "
Moss, about the ejection, suggesting officials treat him differently because of his $10,000 fine last season for squirting a water bottle at an official: "After the incident in the playoffs, the referees may be looking for me. Any little thing I may do, they'll be looking for. It was a touch almost like between two friends. I did not grab that man or shake him. I just went to him, touched him on the arm and said, "Mr. Referee, that was pass interference.' Then he snapped at me and threw the flag."
Moss, on his team's mental state: "We made a lot of mistakes coming out. I think their game was built on a lot of emotion coming out. We knew what type of game it was going to be, but I guess we couldn't fix in our minds what kind of game it was going to be. Body-wise, we were trying to get ready for them, but mentally, we weren't ready."
Green on second-year quarterback Daunte Culpepper's first loss as a starter: "Oh, Daunte's fine. Daunte has lost more than one game and so have I. This is not my first loss. I've coached for nine years and I've lost, in fact, 47 times. That's a lot of losses. Daunte has lost some games in his career, too. So I think he'll be just fine."
Culpepper, an Ocala native and Central Florida product, on playing his first pro game in Florida: "It felt good to come back home and see some familiar faces. Too bad we didn't come away with the win. But we'll be back again."
Culpepper, on getting roughed up: "I got bruised up pretty good. I get bruised up every game. But when you're winning, you don't notice it."
Culpepper, on bouncing back: "The main thing is they played a lot better than we did. We just have to go back to the drawing board, forget this game and get ready for Green Bay."
Culpepper, on what receiver Cris Carter, his mentor on the team, told him after his first NFL loss: "That's between me and Cris, and I'm not going to put that out there."
Culpepper, dismissing all the trash Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp talked to him throughout the game: "He didn't say nothing really to me."
Running back Robert Smith on the Bucs' defense: "We always know their defense is going to be tough, and they always play us tough because they know what we do and (they know) our personnel."
Moss, on whether the Vikings will bounce back: "I definitely don't worry about that. We have a couple of days off before the Monday night game. I think we'll bounce back perfectly. I don't think there are any kinks in this program whatsoever. I think we came out here looking for a victory, I can tell you that. I don't think (losing) threw us off. I think we'll come back stronger. We'll bounce back well."