Opening Remarks: "As far as the injuries go, I’m going to let (head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) talk to you but briefly I’ll hit (the injuries). (T)
"Listen, we look forward to this challenge this week of playing Tampa Bay. We understand all (of) the circumstances going on with their reunions and all of that. We’re going down to play football. That’s what we’re doing. The guys have come off (of) a good week of practice here. They worked their tails off and look forward to getting down there and playing a football game."
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On how Menkin sustained a throat injury: "Yeah, it happened during the last play during practice."
On how significant Menkin’s injury is: "I think he’s going to be okay. We had him see the throat specialist and he should be okay."
On what point during the season Anderson was fully recovered from his knee injury: "I thought after he got through about four games he was feeling better (and) moving around better. We put him in there early (during the season) in the secondary when we had an injury. It probably wasn’t fair to him but you could see him improve. Through special teams you could see him improve in his speed, in his trust (in his knee), and all those things when you’re coming off of an injury you see. I think he’s back now and feels good."
On whether Patterson’s illness has anything to do with his previous brain condition: "No, but I’m going to let Rick talk to you. He’s going to tell you guys (more)."
On whether it serves as extra motivation to win that the Buccaneers are celebrating their 2002 Super Bowl run this weekend with the Eagles in town: "No, listen, a couple guys asked me about that. No I don’t feel that. We’re down there to play this Buccaneers team and get ourselves ready to do that. Really (there’s) not a lot of people on this football team that was around during that time. I’m talking about player-wise, so we’re here to play this Tampa Bay team with this Eagles team and play well."
On whether it serves as motivation to him personally since he was a member of that Eagles team: "That was a long time ago. They don’t have a lot of people there that I know now. The game at that time stuck in my crawl. Right now? I want to play this team and play well against this team."
On what he thinks this Tampa Bay team does well that concerns him: "Their running back is a tremendous football player. Their quarterback is a very good football player. I would tell you that this is one of the better offensive lines that we’ve played both in the pass and the run game. The quarterback is very efficient. He understands the run game, he understands the checks, (and) he understands what to do with the ball in the pass game. He puts his team in very few negative positions with the ball in his hands."
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On whether he is concerned that the defensive linemen are all playing a new scheme under defensive line coach Tommy Brasher: "There’s going to be a bit of learning that takes place but I understand that. They’ve worked at it very hard here. They’ll be okay. Really it comes down to man on man and we play hard and aggressive and they’ll do that."
On whether the linebackers and safeties will have to change the way they play against the run: "I think that’s a positive thing. That would be the positive end of it."
On his relationship with Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano: "He’s a great guy. My youngest son actually had a chance to go up to one of their camps that they have on the campus (at Rutgers University). Greg was very cordial and open. He’s a good person. (He) does a lot of good things."
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On whether the team thought about Mathis potentially playing in a different line system when they signed him to a contract extension last offseason: "Yeah, that’s how I felt."
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On whether Mathis has taken his play to a higher level this season: "I think he’s played well this year. I think that’s beneficial to not only his career but also to our team. But he’s playing good football right now."