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Bucs-Bears quotebook

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 17, 2001

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Bucs offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen on whether this game is a warning about playing on the road in the playoffs:

"It's premature to talk about the playoffs. I'm worried about going home and winning games. Road playoff games are the furthest thing from my mind."

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Bucs coach Tony Dungy on the Bears:

"They just got the energy going. If there is anything disappointing, that was it, that we didn't bow up there when things got bad."

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Dungy on the run defense:

"We've opened up Pandora's box. New Orleans and Ricky Williams, I'm sure, will look at this tape."

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Bears coach Dick Jauron on a second-quarter replay:

"When I saw it on the scoreboard, it looked like a touchdown to me. Obviously, we wanted the seven. ... The JumboTron helped, but our people upstairs said they thought (Marty Booker) caught it, too."

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Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson on the Bears defense:

"It felt like there were 20 guys out there with 50 different arms batting down the ball."

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The Bucs' Warrick Dunn on the running game:

"We can't keep talking about what we have to do. At some point, it has to happen."

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Receiver Keyshawn Johnson on the Bucs:

"It doesn't matter if you bring people in if they don't do what they're supposed to do. An all-star cast doesn't mean anything. It doesn't guarantee victory."

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Bears cornerback R.W. McQuarters:

"When you play Tampa Bay, you know they are going to run or throw to Keyshawn. We knew what they were doing as far as where Keyshawn was lining up and where they were going to get the ball to him."

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Bucs safety John Lynch:

"They just kept running it at us. That's the ultimate insult."

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Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice:

"Today, the better team won."

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Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher on playoff expectations:

"No one gave us a chance before the year except for us. That's why this feels so good."

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Bears WR David Terrell on his 62-yard catch:

"It was a play where I am supposed to go deep. We run those plays every day in practice. If the play breaks down or Jim (Miller) steps up, we've got hot routes."

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Terrell on the Bears:

"I said when I first got drafted that we were going to the playoffs. I don't know if you guys were listening."

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