Greg Schiano: “They Trusted Their Training”
Greg Schiano says it’s all about trust and belief and that was no more evident than Sunday afternoon when the Bucs came back from what looked like a sure loss to snatch victory from the Carolina Panthers.
“They trusted their training, they trusted each other,” Schiano said of his team.”That’s the belief in themselves, their belief in each other. It applies to many guys and none more than Josh Freeman.”
With the score 21-10 in the fourth quarter, the Bucs refused to quit. “For these guys to keep fighting says a lot,” Schiano continued. “The first quarter, everything was going our way then the thing totally flipped on us.”
“And my hat’s off to Carolina, they played a heck of a game. And Cam, he didn’t turn the ball over. The things we needed to happen, we weren’t getting.”
The touchdown ball that Freeman threw to Vincent Jackson late in the fourth quarter to pull his team within two, Schiano said, “that was a laser to Vincent Jackson.”
On the two-pointer, it was offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan’s call. “Sully said ‘I think this is it’ and he was right,” Schiano said.
In the end, with the overtime touchdown, the Bucs walked out of Bank of America Stadium with a 6-4 record and find themselves in the thick of the playoff race for an NFC wildcard.