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Bucs quotebook

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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 13, 2000


Defensive end Steve White on holding off the Packers: "We felt real confident about our chances in the fourth quarter, and we went out there and won it and closed it out on defense. We kind of let some get away from us at the beginning of the year, so it was kind of nice to go out there and close it out on defense."

Receiver Reidel Anthony on his touchdown: "I saved myself a little room and felt like I executed really well, and Shaun put the ball in the corner of the end zone. It was up and down today. You have to give credit to Green Bay; they played a good game and we were ready to take advantage of opportunities."

Defensive end Marcus Jones on trying to get to the quarterbacks:"It's kind of frustrating when you're rushing and you get there and as soon as you do they throw away the ball. But we were hungry;we knew that first we had to stop Brett Favre."

Running back Warrick Dunn on his involvement in the offense: "I just try to prepare for each week and to be patient. I can run inside and outside, and I just look for the blocks and then try to make people miss. I just want to help the football team win. I think overall we are playing better as a team, and overall our confidence is at an all-time high."

Jones on the nature of the game: "It was an odd game. It did have an odd feeling to it. But I would say it was a battle of wills. It was about who was going to make the most mistakes, who's going to take advantage of the opportunities given to you."

Defensive end Chidi Ahanotu on getting a turnover late in the game: "We've been trying to get turnovers. We didn't have a lot of them, but that one deflated their sails and got us some points. It was in the third quarter, and Tyoka and I looked at each other and said this is exactly how we've been losing games. We're ahead, ahead and then we let them come back. So we just said we have to finish, and I think we did that."

Receiver Keyshawn Johnson on his touchdown catch: "The corner was on me, but he got lost somewhere along the line. I was surprised to be open. Shaun was supposed to run, but he saw me open and pulled up and threw the ball."

Defensive tackle Warren Sapp on the win: "Down and dirty. We played some ugly football. You could call it ugly, catastrophic, call it whatever, but call it a win."

Sapp on whether offensive lines are fearful of the Bucs front four: "I think the thing about it is that they pay attention to us, and that really aids us in what we're doing. We've always had a code in our room that (if) you get the one on one, you win it. We didn't get the sack numbers, but we put some good pressure on the quarterbacks that allowed us to go out and win a ball game. It's special whenever I get hold of a quarterback. There's something special about those little guys I love."

Sapp on Gramatica: "He's the best kicker in the game right now, no doubt about it. We don't have a dome or artificial surface with no wind. He's out there in the elements doing it effectively well. Time in and time out. I've got to kiss him."

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