© St. Petersburg Times, published December 3, 2001
Coach Tony Dungy on the Bengals:
"I hate to be so much of a prophet, but I told the team it was going to be tougher probably than St. Louis. It will take a bigger effort."
Defensive tackle Warren Sapp on Dungy's warning:
"I thought he was crazy when he said that."
Linebacker Derrick Brooks on winning ugly:
"Ugly is beautiful to me. I've been in the league long enough to know that however you win, it's great."
Dungy on kicker Martin Gramatica:
"He doesn't usually miss field goals. We knew (Neil) Rackers didn't have a great percentage, and you can see why now. This field is resodded in the middle and it's tough footing."
Quarterback Brad Johnson on throwing the ball:
"I thought we threw the ball very effectively from the 20-yard line to the Bengals' 40-yard line. Once we got to the 30 going into the red zone, we had a lot of things just happene."
Sapp on the game:
"It was a dogfight because they made plays and we didn't. We missed two field goals and fumbled another one going in on a drive. But you have to win. That's all you can ask for."
Defensive end Marcus Jones on almost intercepting a pass he batted into the air:
"I didn't know the quarterback was near me. He made a good play."
Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen:
"I thought I struggled. I didn't get us into a rhythm. A lot of that was my fault."