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August 18, 2011 @ 11:46 pm
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Raheem Morris' Post-Game Comments After 31-14 Loss

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Opening statement:
“Evening guys, obviously we came out…let’s start with the positive first,” Coach Morris said. “I love the way the guys fought back. I love the way the guys responded for [the] two minute drive to go out there and stop and get off the field.  A couple times in that first half a fresh defense. The things we got to fix from tonight obviously are the self imposed penalties verse a big time team. You cannot have those. Those things will kill you. We obviously have a lot of work to do. This is an accountable young football team that will go back to the line and be ready to deal so we feel good about it.  We started flat…something that you got to try to avoid. It was kind of like a bad practice in the beginning and then it kind of came out of it and kind of started to play a little bit harder, but we got to avoid those flat starts at all costs because they come back and hurt you especially verses a very good team.”

“Well, obviously we did not get anything going on offense,” Coach Morris said. “Did not have a whole bunch of time back there. The New England Patriots did a great job presenting different looks and really brushing on there [and] giving them a bunch of pressure so  we did not get what we wanted there so we got to try to come out next week and get. You know good thing with practice so we got to get out here and do it again next week.” 

Did you keep Freeman in longer because having little success?
“Yes, yes you know you want to go out there and have a nice run with him,” Coach Morris said. “Give him the same kind of deal  last week give him twenty plays [and] get him out, but you know we try to get him in there [and] try to keep the first team offense in and get those guys going a little bit longer. Kept him in a little longer than you wanted…try to get something going. We were not able to. Kept the defense out there a little bit longer trying to get something going. They got something going with the two minute drive and got those guys obviously they got something to look at there tomorrow and feel good about it. We got to get it going on offense with the first team.”


Impressions of offensive line:
“I got to look at the tape,” Coach Morris said.  “Obviously I do not know if it is all offensive line. You know it could have been…some of the protection stuff could have been back stuff and issues…stuff of that nature so I will go back and look at it. We will look at it as a unit, we will look at it as a core, but they out-physicaled us up front there is no doubt about it. They won the upfront battle for sure and we will look at that and correct the mistakes.”

Case on other side of ball too?
“Both sides of the ball,” Coach Morris said. “They just won the upfront battle and I was bringing that up. They definitely won those battles early [and] they won them often early. We started to have a little bit of fight back there in the second half and I was very proud of those guys, but our time was too late. They did play their guys you know pretty deep, [but] that it is not an excuse by any means. I like the fact they played their guys because now you get a chance to really get a good parameter of who everybody is.”


Was it disturbing losing battle up front?
“It is always disturbing,” Coach Morris said. “You know, but it is something you can learn from definitely with a young football team. You know the importance is significant. You know last week we were able to dominate up front. This week we got dominated early. This week we tried to fight back there at the end..or fight back somewhere towards the middle there, but you got to start fast, you got to play fast [and] you got to come out of the tunnel ready to go and we were not tonight.”


Will your team learn more from game like this than last week?
“Well, you learn more from them all,” Coach Morris said. “They all got learning experiences. You know obviously tonight I cannot come up here and say I couldn’t see anything negative on the field like I did the following week. You are able to see some negative things right up the back that you can correct and that is always something you can learn from. Something you can be…you know have some teachable moments for when you go back to work.”


What happened on Hernandez TD over Foster?
“Na that was not Foster that was actually me,” Coach Morris said. “I called a single six down [and] I did not have enough defense in. We were supposed to carry him right there with Quinty and did not carry him that was it. You can put that one on Raheem and the second one they just did a great job of just tricking us… our safety there Sean Jones on that second one on a cover two. The first one I usually do not do that, but it was preseason and the second one was on me. I mean the second was on Sean Jones.”


On playing team like Patriots:
“No I do not think so,” Coach Morris said. “No I do not think so. I think they…the thing you got to realize when you play this game which was great to play early especially because the thing that New England does just as good as anybody [and] you know the two teams that come to my mind are New Orleans and the Patriots is their tempo. When you got a quarterback who was able to come out there and control the tempo the way he was…he never lets you settle down [and] he never lets you get going and you can see rookie play when that happens. You know you can see Clayborn turn into a rookie. Some of your upfront guys turn into rookies when you got a guy to come up and take that tempo. Especially when you are playing that type of a team that is hitting on all cylinders [and] been together for a while [like] Wes Walker. I mean I know they got a new guy in Ocho, but for the most part that team is pretty well assembled and have been playing together for a while in the same system and they knew exactly what they wanted to do in every situation [and] he was in complete control and they went out and did a great job in execute.”


Any overconfidence in first game:
“I do not know if there is a such thing as over confidence, but you play the New England Patriots and you go out there overconfident then that is your fault,” Coach Morris said. “That is kind of like overlooking somebody or something of that nature, but you know there is no such thing as overconfidence with a young football team. They have to go out and play. We started the game flat [and] did not play well at home and that is something we got to change. Something we got to work on from last year as well.”


Did tonight’s game hurt the team’s confidence?
“No, I mean it should not, “Coach Morris said. “You know this is a league of bouncing back. This is a league of next opponent is the most important. You know right now the Miami Dolphins are the most important opponent for this team and they got to get ready to prepare like that. Hopefully you can see the Patriots again…that would be a great sight for all of us.”

Transcribed by Victoria Horchak

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    Prior to the draft I said we needed to sign a backup guard. Zuttah is doing a good job at backup center. We need a backup guard that can learn our offense and fill in if Larsen or Joseph go down this year. We can't depend on Zuttah to cover all those positions. Lee has been a bust so far in preseason, holding players as they run by him, and Dotson is said to have great promise, but he is still a diamond in the rough, and can't be depended upon yet; so we actually could use a veteran tackle as welll. Lee showed athletism blocking on passing downs last year, so I can only assume he did not get in shape in the offseason and is slowly working himself into shape now. Maybe he will pull out of his present funk. I am hoping so. The first string line has the ability to play a lot better than they showed the Patriots, but they have not played together really since the first of last season before the injuries (with the exception of the KC Preseason Victory). They will be ready by the Detroit game, I am hoping.
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    I just love our Coach. You can bet he saw what most of us saw and will make adjustments. I'm believing he is seriously looking at a real back up Center since Zuttah is the best we have for backing up at our OG's and OT's. We need to bring in some OL; not all the ones here should be here. Time to find some more TE and CB players who can play this year. I hope everyone realizes that TJ will not help us for several weeks if at all this year. Maybe Talib justice is happening. I am not a prayer person, but it must be working one way or the other? Our Defense will get better; right now we are suffering from youthism. I think McCoy should be switched to LDE. I don't believe he can play LDT in the NFL. Okay, time for a couple you to attack me. Go Bucs! Get better! I care!
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    Guys-This team today is a learning experience. I just don't understand fans, Everytime if Tampa does bad someone comes up and says they suck! Well Fans there is alot of the rest of the kleague that are far worst then Tampa bay. Look at what Coach Morris and GM had to overcome these past two years. And I believe this this old supporter from From Day one thru 0-26 and thru the 2002 SUPER BOWL CHAMPS. Come On Guys give thenm a break, They can't get everyone. They have a plan, Please be patient THey will win this years. GO BUCS
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    Terrible loss and a bad performance almost all the way around. I am still confident that the team can turn this around though. A lot of young players got their eyes opened last night. Now it is up to Raheem and co. to take those lessons and mold them into better players.
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    Ohhhhhhhhh nnnnnnnooooooooooooooo we suck again!
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    Raheem must have been really shaken up by the team's performance - he could barely speak intelligibly.
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    I think it may come back to bit them that they did not sign any free agents to help this team. What were the problems listed above: O-line, Secondary and Running back blitz pickup. Positions they could have easily addressed in offseason with doug free, jonathan joseph, or namdi, veteran running back like bush, brown or williams. I hope they turn it around. Billichik made Rah look like a rookie with his play calling.
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    Guess we didn't need any free agent O-line??? O-line looked like they were still in high school. Secondary too!! GO BUCS, still love ya!
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    My favorite play was when Donald Penn was trying to block the DE with his butt!
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    News Flash! Bucs Fire Equipment Manager!!!! The Bucs fired their equipment manager after the drubbing by the Patriots. Mark Dominick said that it was an inexcusable error. When asked what the error was he stated that the equipment manager forgot to have the team put on their Big Boy pants for the game. (sic)
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    I think we came out a little too over confident last night and were put in line by a good team! Morris will get them grounded again this week!
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    I saw a Bucs D with no secondary at all...no pass rush at times...and zero run stopping skills! Confusion in the middle will go on for a while with a rookie at the helm but what i am most worried about is the DB being very confused out there it looked like training camp. Maybe shutting out KC was a bad thing the kids have to have there *censored* handed to them to learn...well it just happened. Patriots are playing pre season like they have something to prove and i guess they did! Go Bucs!!
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    the way the patriots destroyed our offensive line was disturbing. no blitz pick ups. very frustrating to watch, especially when faine and joseph command high value contracts. on the flip side was good to see mccoy and clayborn cause them problems. bowers looking very average at the moment, crowder and bennett should be 1 and 2 at left end.
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