On Monday night's edition of The Raheem Morris Show heard on 620 WDAE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris discussed what the team's plans are heading into the offseason, and what the Bucs can do to improve as a team moving forward.
"We're youthful," Morris said. "We need some veteran players, so we'll get some veterans here with these young guys and have them grow. We'll also add some more young guys with the upcoming draft and we'll have these guys get better. They'll have this offseason together again, have continuity with their coaches again, and have the ability to come back here and perform. It's just about doing the process over and over again until you get it right. We know the areas that we have to improve in, and those are the areas that we'll focus on. Those are the areas we'll change and get better in."
The first-year head coach emphasized that it won't take just one big free agent acquisition or draft selection to turn this team around and that there is more than one missing piece of the puzzle to get this team headed in the direction he wants them to go.
"This is not basketball where you can go and find LeBron James and it's not baseball where you can go and buy C.C. Sabathia and change the whole dynamics of your franchise," said Morris. "We drafted the young quarterback [Josh Freeman] and he can help you change that, but you've got to get some people around him, you've got to get some people on the other side of the ball from him, and you've got to get some people to believe in what everybody's trying to do and get on the same page. Football is the ultimate team game, I believe, and it's the ultimate joy and relieve when you put it all together. I know right now it's miserable, but you've got to learn to love to be miserable before you can go out and win."
The Buccaneers still have six remaining games to play before the season comes to a close, including this Sunday's matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. The combined record of the team's remaining opponents is 31-29, and that includes the undefeated Saints, who the Bucs will have to face again in New Orleans.
"We want to finish these last six games here and go out hard, finish strong, and play them to the best of our ability so when we all get back together and have a chance to do this again, we'll never forget this season," said Morris.