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Bengals quotebook

By Times staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times,
published December 3, 2001

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Coach Dick LeBeau:

"Our playoff status is very much alive. I think we painted ourselves in a corner, but if we can win out, we are very much in the playoff picture."

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LeBeau on what he said to running back Corey Dillon after his late fumble:

"I just put my arm around him and told him we're going to work and get them next week. He feels worse than anybody could feel. No one plays harder than Corey does."

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Dillon on his fumble:

"The ball was in my hands and I came up short. But I'll tell you what, I'm going to win more games than I lose and that's a promise. I'm devastated, but I can't lay back and hang my head. I take ownership of this game. If they want to put it on me, put it on my tab."

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Receiver Peter Warrick, an FSU alum, on losing:

"It's a big difference. My whole life, what I've been doing is winning. When I got here, we've been losing, losing, losing. I think the difference is unity."

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Punter Neil Harris on cornerback Ronde Barber's block:

"We were out there for about 20 seconds, and the guy kept bouncing back and forth like he was coming in. I knew he was coming and I had to get it off fast, and I did. But the guy still got there. I don't know who it was, but he's fast."

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Linebacker Takeo Spikes on the emotion of the loss:

"It's hard, man. You think you do all the right things and make the plays that needed to be made. It's hard. I can't swallow it right now."

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Kicker Neil Rackley on counterpart Martin Gramatica:

"He had said, 'What's wrong with your field?' I don't think he's used to playing on the fields we see in this conference. He obviously scrubbed it a little."

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