Bucs Loss Not On Tanard JacksonOctober 18th, 2009
Jackson spoke on the Buccaneers Radio Network just after the game to talk about the loss, which Joe places firmly in the lap of his defensive coordinator, who is really just offensive.
“Guys were wanting to get a “W” and doing whatever we needed to do and it wasn’t enough. We fought. Sammie [Stroughter] made a great play. The defense [forced] some turnovers and it was not enough. We’ve got to keep fighting.”
On his interception that tied the game at 21-21, Jackson gave all the credit to Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme.
“I just read Jake’s eyes,” Jackson said. “It was a free play. I was on Jake’s eyes the whole time.”
On the final drive, Jackson claimed the Bucs knew what was coming but couldn’t stop Carolina.
“I don’t think they were going to pass that whole drive,” Jackson said. “If you cannot stop the run in the fourth quarter… we couldn’t get off the field. That will beat you up and that’s what happened.”
Jackson never tried to hide his frustration.
“It’s very frustrating,” Jackson said. “I know we are better than that. We wanted it so bad. It’s frustrating.”
Joe knows you are better than that as well, Tanard. If you only had a defensive coordinator, things would be much better.