All of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players contacted in the hours immediately after the announcement that head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen said they were shocked by the news.
Receiver Antonio Bryant (on 'The Monty Show' on Sporting News Radio):
"I'm very surprised, you know I felt very comfortable, especially in the environment. It's a family atmosphere and everybody got along well, and it's shocking, but that's the nature of the business.
"I feel a sense of loyalty to anything that is Buccaneer. Jon Gruden was definitely a Buccaneer, he gave his all in everything. He was very devoted and a passionate guy about the game. I'm still a Buccaneer until March 1 and just the opportunity that he gave me, the organization, the ownership and the Glazers, I trust their decision in knowing that they feel they made the decision to do the right thing."
Center Jeff Faine:
"I was very, very shocked," center Jeff Faine said. "I definitely did not see this coming. I thought we would add a couple of pieces to the puzzle and improve on what we had. I thought we had a solid foundation. Now, we're going to have a complete overhaul."
Defensive tackle Jovan Haye:
"Despite the wins and losses, Coach Gruden had a certain fire to him. He demanded a lot. I can't complain about him. He found me on the practice squad when I was on the practice squad, down and out, and gave me a chance. How dare I complain about him. It's sad to see."
Fullback B.J. Askew:
"I find it shocking. It's kind of like a kid at Christmas who wakes up and finds out all his presents are gone. It's shocking like that. I would have bet my whole contract Coach Gruden and Bruce Allen would be here. Obviously, the Buccaneers decided to go in a different direction."
Defensive End Stylez G (Greg) White:
"Yes. It did catch me off-guard. I just work here. Hopefully I'll continue working here next year."