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September 29, 2011 @ 3:29 pm
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No Manning, Maybe No Collins, Morris Says Bucs Will Be Ready

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Victoria Horchak 


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As the Buccaneers prepare for Monday night’s game at Raymond James against the Colts, it is still uncertain which quarterback Tampa Bay will be facing. 

In the Indianapolis Colts' 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday night, quarterback Kerry Collins left in the fourth quarter with concussion-type symptoms. Backup Curtis Painter came in and finished the game for Indianapolis.

During a phone press conference with the Tampa Bay media, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said if Collins couldn’t play Indianapolis will turn to third-year pro Painter.

“Right now obviously Kerry (Collins) is still recovering," Caldwell said."He will not practice today and if Kerry can’t go then Curtis (Painter) obviously will play. Obviously he played a little bit last week and I think he's the kind of guy that will respond very well. Curtis is a tough minded guy who has ability.”

Buccaneer head coach Raheem Morris is not letting the uncertainty of who will be the opposing quarterback affect his team.

“It’s more about the system,” Morris said. “If you prepare for the best the system [a team has] to offer, you will be ready. If it comes out and it’s not as good as it’s supposed to be about then, hey, that’s not my fault. We've got to prepare for the system and what problems that the system can present. We will get ready for the Indianapolis Colts and what they do on offense and all the good things they do on offense. Their press and their play-action pass and the things that they can do. The balls they throw down the field and how he can control at the line of scrimmage.

“I am sure those guys get better and better every week and they will start to develop every week. We are talking about a team that has won ten games — I cannot remember the last time they hadn’t won ten or whatever the case may be. You are talking about putting one guy in and getting him to go and once that thing gets going you can run into some problems. Hopefully it's not this week.”

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    BUCS never do well with rookie or back up QB's..hope that's in the past..just saying
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    This is the classic TRAP game.....every team is an NFL team with PROFESSIONAL players. We cannot take this lightly and we really need to get out fast and score touchdowns. If we can get them down by a couple scores then it may be game over. They may not have the come back capability if we can make them pass and rush the crap out of them. If we let it be close.....well as much as I hate to say it...they are the COLTS....andsince I live in Colt country I have seen them do the impossible more than once. I need bragging rights....my truck flys the flags and is most definetly a BUC TRUCK in a foriegn land. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Regardless of who lines up under center, he will still be an NFL QB capable of beating us. No, it won't be Peyton Manning, but there are still 52 other players on the roster of this true "team" sport. That said, I think our game plan will be to try to get ahead early and above all, don't turn the ball over and give the "headless horses" a chance. Horse as in "Colt" not our beloved poster.
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    scubog; Got it, no problem here.
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    This is the worse news for us to receive? We historically help nobody's become "star quarterback" when they replace a real starter. Please Bucs be ready and don't take this game lightly. We need to win this game. It is one of our must win games. Go bucs! Stay focus on this game only and not Monday Night Football. By the way, what a great come from behind Rays game last night.
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    Morris knows is it can be disastrous to get overconfident about the upcoming Monday night game. The Colts gave the Steelers a tough time before they lost. We know from last year just how tough the Steelers are. Morris just needs to remind his team that the Colts hung in the game with the Steelers better than we did last year so they have to be prepared for a big fight when the Colts have the added factor of being on National Television. They will be even harder to beat than when they played the Steelers in a regular game. We cannot let down. I am glad Raheem is taking the approach that he described above. If we play flat and overconfident we will lose, but I am confident the Bucs will be prepared to win.
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    Gary Brackett and Melvin Bullitt are also out. Doesn't matter. I do not want the Bucs to take this team lightly, they are the Colts and every man that plays will fight to the end to defend their reputation. The Bucs should block out the hype out and play this game as if they were playing Manning and the full Monty. They will never believe that they can be beat by the lowly Bucs until we convince them otherwise. Go Bucs, Use a cannon to kill a flea mentality. Take no prisoners!
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    Did we sell out or what?
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