On perceived money restrictions for the Bucs
"We are able to do whatever we want in Tampa. [Budgets are] never a concern for this organization. We will build through the draft and add as we need to."
On Brian Price and Gerald McCoy:
"We stayed with our board. We took who we thought was the best player available. We brought him in and talked to him in Tampa about the possibility of picking him if he was still there at the 35th pick. We asked him what he wanted to play and he was on board with us about playing [different positions alongside Gerald McCoy].
"We are happy to have Brian Price. People on the east coast don’t know much about him but people on the west coast do.
"McCoy is a fantastic kid. You can understand how he can turn it on and be the face of the franchise. He can plug right into this defense right away. We believe [production on the defense will go up]. That’s why we went back to Price. The way McCoy plays, he will get others to produce around him.
"Price has great leverage and great use of his hands. He can go full throttle and create disruption. That is what we look for, anything to collapse the pocket. With his leverage, he can play nose tackle. Now we have two legitimate inside pass rushers."
On Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams:
"Both have size and that’s what I believe in. In the west coast offense, I’m, a big believer in getting out of breaks and getting open. Ben can get yards after contact. The same thing with Mike Williams. He has big play ability. He can attack the football and dominate games. Both should have a great opportunity not just to play, but to start.
"[Williams] is competitive. He made mistakes and paid the price. He is coming in with a new clean slate. It made a lot of sense for us in the fourth round to bring him to Tampa."
On Josh Freeman:
"I expect him to deliver the ball quicker. It was good experience for him to win two of the final three games to end the season. He’s excited to play with the two young guys and Sammie Stroughter and Reggie Brown."
[Joe's note: No mention of blocking icon Michael Clayton. Hhhhmmmm?]
"[Lack of experience at receiver] is not as concerning. It’s a position that a player can jump into and produce. Look at Percy Harvin. [Rookies] can be productive. Stroughter certainly was for us as a seventh rounder.
"We will just look for Freeman to have more accuracy and limit turnovers. He had some great moments last year but also had five interceptions against Carolina. He put us in position to win in six of nine games and that was important. He just needs talent around him."
On Alex Van Pelt and Greg Olson:
"Alex Van Pelt is a great hire. We have four young guys at quarterback, partially because we have Alex Van Pelt. I am looking forward to the quarterbacks taking advantage of Van Pelt.
"Olson will have his own offense. He will try to get this offense in the right direction."
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