HEAD COACH MIKE MUNCHAK
(on Da'Quan Bowers)
Well he was special in the draft. From the film we watched in college, I thought he was really good. I know the injury was a big thing. He has a lot of talent but we haven't seen a whole lot on tape to figure out what he is really about.
(on if would have been nice to have Barrett Ruud in the lineup this week because he used to play for Tampa Bay)
Yeah it is, I think he has been talking with these guys about what they like to do…It's disappointing for him obviously, I'm sure he circled this on his calendar when we got him here. You always want to play well against a team that you grew up with. I know it's going to be a hard weekend for him not to be participating but he has been helpful and he will be helpful on the sidelines with the defense so we will certainly take advantage of any ideas he has.
(on Michael Roos playing through injury)
He hasn't been too bad, he just has to be careful. He is a smart player. He has 100 starts in a row for a reason. He knows how to compensate when he has something bothering him. He tweaked that thing, his groin, in the first quarter and played the whole game. A lot of guys wouldn't be able to do that. He is just smart at how he adjusts with injuries. Certain guys have a knack for that and he is one of those kinds of guys. Believe me, if he couldn't have played in that game it could have been a very big issue with two tackles going down. I think he will be fine though.
(on how big of a loss David Stewart would be if he is unable to play)
Tackles are tough to lose, there is no doubt about that. You don't realize how important they are until you don't have one or one is not healthy. He is a guy that not only brings the play, but he brings that demeanor, physical nature. He is always the kind of guy that is scrapping on the pile and bringing a little energy and you need to have a few guys on your team that do that other than being good football players. He got through over half of practice today. We didn't want to overdo it with the calf, he got through team, individual, and the first part of team. He didn't finish the last period but that's encouraging. Any time you are missing a starting lineman like him who has played quite a bit for the last six years, it's an adjustment.
(on Mike Otto's play)
In the game he did a nice job. It's tough coming in when you haven't played football since August, which he hasn't, in a hostile environment where you are passing every down and you are playing against good football players. That's why he is here and he has done a good job since his rookie year of doing that for us. We feel confident with him if he has to play.