A defiant Dilfer gets up quickly;
If you think Trent Dilfer was crushed by the Browns' seven-sack performance, you're only half right. Dilfer was indeed the body at the bottom of the pile most of Sunday afternoon, but afterward, things in his world already were starting to look up. When it came to sack talk, Dilfer invited opponents to bring up the topic again and again.
"Personally, I've always liked people blitzing," he said. "I just hope the next five or six weeks teams blitz every week. We'll just be more ready for it and I'll be more ready for it. And mark my words, teams that do that to me, they're going to pay for it."
The Browns got away with it, dropping Dilfer seven times for minus-45 yards. Six of those dumpings came in the second half as Tampa Bay tried to rally from a 19-0 halftime deficit. Dilfer finished 20-of-36 for 255 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. "We picked up the blitz many times very well," Dilfer said. "We just couldn't pick it up well enough. We couldn't score on (a blitz). But I definitely think it's a good learning experience. I'm happy that I persevered. I never gave up."
Tony Mayberry witnessed the carnage up close. And he came away impressed with Dilfer's diligence. "Trent showed a lot of poise," Mayberry said. "`It's easy for a young guy like him to get rattled, getting hit that many times. But if they bring six and you have five to block, you're going to get hit. He did a good job of standing in there and taking it, not letting it get to him too bad. You want to have a day like this and then pull out a win. But he handled himself well and he'll learn from it."
Don Banks, The St.Petersburg Times 1995