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October 26, 2008

Postgame quotables, losing coach version

Here's what Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden had to say after his team lost to the Cowboys 13-9 on Sunday:

... I would like to congratulate Dallas. We knew we would get their best shot today and I was impressed with them. Our team did some good things and I am very proud of them, but there were some key plays in the game that came back and hurt us. Some key penalties that set us back. It was a hard-fought football game by two good teams. I tip my hat to Dallas. They are a good team.

On the last drive:
That was our plan [to go for it], but when you see that style of coverage, we are going to continue to use our clock and our timeouts and we move the ball into position closer towards the goal line. Just because we have a shot play-call doesn't mean that the shot is open. Their pass rush was pretty good at the end of the day. I was impressed with their stamina.

On the team: It's hard to call plays right now. We have a shortage of running backs. It hurt our team today. We had six straight penalties on the drive. Obviously, it was very deflating. We move the ball pretty good, but we have to score touchdowns to win in this leauge.

On the Cowboys:
They are good players. DeMarcus Ware is great, he is one of the best players in the league today. ... We missed a couple of opportunities, when a team plays defense like that, you have to convert some third downs. You kind of have to be methodical about it. We had several opportunities to win the game today.

On the game as a whole:
We've got to score a touchdown. There was one score today and it was the deciding play in the game. I'm not that frustrated, I'm proud of our team. I am excited about our team and what we have accomplished the first half of this season. I am disappointed, very disappointed, that we lost. At the same time, we have had eight solid outings and I have reason to believe we have eight more solid outings going forward to finish the season. ... Tough week for us today, but I would like to congratulate Dallas. They did a great job and I am impressed.

-- Keeli Garza

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