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Game Vs. Buccaneers: Head Coach Raheem Morris

Opening statement: "Obviously we got outplayed today by a better football team. They outplayed us across the board; they made bigger plays than us. You have to win in the red zone, you have to get down and you have to score touchdowns. You have to set yourself up and score touchdowns. Try to play a little bit more aggressive when you're playing a better team like we played today. We went for it on a couple fourth down opportunities. We have to have better percentages than that especially when we get chances to score down there within the red zone. We have to go back and look at the tape and evaluate what we've done and what we're doing and see where we are."

On the play of his wide receivers today, such as Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton, and the number of dropped passes: "That's an issue. When you're playing with a young quarterback those plays have to be made by those caliber players, those caliber receivers. Both guys dropped a bunch of balls today. I don't have the exact number here, but you have to make those plays for your young quarterback so he can present himself with a better day than he had. He did throw the two interceptions playing against that much pressure; a whole lot more pressure than we thought we were going to get in the first place. We have to have better protection up front as far as executing the plan. We executed the plan in the second half but we should have executed in the first half to not allow some of those pressures to be as inviting up the 'A' gaps as they were. The guys have to get it. We have to stop making excuses for ourselves and that's just the bottom line; the same thing with the wideouts."

On his decision to go for it on fourth downs instead of kicking field goals:"You're on the road, you're playing against a hostile environment, you have fourth and inches and you want to be aggressive in those situations, in those times. They just make a couple big plays on you. You feel like you can get a yard on anybody. You feel like you should get a yard on anybody or an inch on anybody. They stood up and made big time plays and we fumbled the snap away on one of them. Those things just can't happen. We have to at least get two of those in order to give yourself an opportunity to at least get three. You can't have a turnover; you can't have a turnover on downs. In some of those situations, if they do stop you, it becomes a big, huge play for those guys and it was."

On the play of QB Josh Johnson today: "It's really hard to grade Josh on some of those plays, on some of the drop balls he had today. He could have had an 80-yard bomb on the first throw of the game. He had some opportunities for other people to catch some passes from him, but we dropped some passes today. He still had a few turnovers which were deadly in the red zone. We can't let those happen. He did use his feet well and he took chances downfield; the things we asked him to do. We have to continue to get better. We executed a couple two minute drives well, very well. We have to continue to get better. We have to continue to grow with him and we have to help him. (TE) Kellen Winslow stepped up big today. He had a big game for him and he helped (QB Josh Johnson) out big time. He caught some nice passes."

On Josh Johnson handling the blitz: "Josh did a nice job of getting to where he was supposed to get to as far as protection. Everybody has to be on the same page. When he makes the call, everybody has to get it and you can't make excuses for yourself which we did a little bit in that first half. In the second half, those guys responded. He knew where he was supposed to go with the ball. We just have to protect him better. We have to be locked in. We can't get distracted by the noise and the environment or what's going on or can't hear. There's no excuses in this league. You have to go out there and play football."

On whether he was disappointed with the play outside of Josh Johnson:"There's no doubt about that. The guys around him have to step up for him. Like I said, on the positive side, (TE) Kellen Winslow did step up for him. We need everybody. When you're talking about playing a young quarterback like Josh, having him go into a hostile environment like Philly, somebody has to step up and make a play for him. When you have zero coverage in the back end, and he puts the ball in, you have to catch it, you have to make somebody miss and go score. Period."

On whether he is satisfied with where the team is mentally at this point: "No, we have to be a tougher football team on ourselves. We have to catch those balls; you can't have that happen. We have to go out there and play."

On whether he will make any changes: "We have to go to practice first. We have to go to practice and see who can step up and perform and see who can catch those balls and throw to those people. That's what we'll do."

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