What was Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris doing mentioning rap videos and pool parties during Tuesday’s press conference? Cracking up the media members by using some funny analogies.
The effervescent Morris, who is always smiling and willing to take some playful jabs at the beat writers and local Tampa Bay media members, was in rare form on Tuesday. When asked how he described his squad, which is the second-youngest team in the NFL, coming off the bye week, Morris said, “They were just lively, man. They are young. They are twenty-something for the most part. You can tell. It’s like a rap video every damn practice.”
When that response raised eyebrows, Morris was asked if he could elaborate on the rap video analogy.
“These guys go out there with a bunch of energy and they can’t wait to do what they do,” Morris said. “They don’t moan and groan. There’s no doom and gloom. They got a breeze in Tampa for the first time in a couple months. The practice didn’t seem as long. The sweat – there wasn’t as much sweat out there. No bleeding. No crying. It was awesome. That’s a lively bunch. I like it a lot.
“You could feel the energy when you walked in the building today. Everybody was happy to see each other.”
Morris then got a bit animated when describing how much he wanted his young team to grow and develop into winners like the neighborhood Tampa Bay Rays, which captured the American League East title for the second time in three years.
“This town doesn’t deserve to throw pool parties every time we get a win,” Morris said of his 2-1 Buccaneers. “This town deserves the Rays and what the Rays have been able to do – playoff-bound, out there fighting for themselves and going out there and winning the A.L. East. You guys (the media) probably wrote them off, too. That’s what they went out and did. We want to be that. I’m not saying we’re going to do that right now, or when we’re going to be able to do it. That’s what we’re building for.
“I told you guys (the media) a long time ago that we wanted to build a team that would have long-lasting winning. And we’re starting that. We have young players, ascending players. … We have a young team and we’re growing into that direction. I hope I can get there faster than what you guys (the media) think I can because then I can really come up here and make you look bad. Nah, I wouldn’t do that to you.”
Morris was also asked if he envisioned his young receivers – Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn and Sammie Stroughter – developing into star pass catchers like Cincinnati’s Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, whom the Bucs have to play this week, minus their flamboyant personalties.
“I don’t mind those guys’ personalities,” Morris said. “These guys have been good guys in the league. The incident in Philly with T.O. … look at T.O. T.O. is the second all-time leading receiver in the National Football League. I’ll take that all day. What year is T.O., 15 years? If I’m looking across at a 15-year vet in Mike Williams, that means I’m here 15 years and I’m pretty happy. I’m Jeff Fisher at that point. Then it’s time to throw a pool party in Tampa!”
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