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December 11, 2011 @ 9:01 pm
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Morris, Bucs Players Sound Off On 41-14 Loss To Jaguars

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Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris and the Buccaneers players discussed the team's 41-14 loss at Jacksonville after the game.

BUCS HEAD COACH RAHEEM MORRIS
Opening statement:

“Obviously, not the result we were looking for today. We are a frustrated football team. You come out and start out fast and do things right early, but we let them right back into the football game. Taking control of the football game and maintaining control, but then can’t get back into gear on offense. We didn’t help ourselves on special teams. We didn’t help ourselves on defense by getting the ball back fast enough. But next week, I’m excited. I’ve got three hours of practice a day. Lengthier time for us … we get chance to go out and work on some fundamentals. We’ve got to back to basic ball – ball security. You can’t win a game by turning it over seven times. There’s no way you can do that. We’ve got to go out and get back to ball security, fundamentals of football. We cut back last week, let’s go even further back. Let’s go back to training camp mentality.”

On what caused the team to unravel after starting with a 14-0 lead:
“They got the big play on special teams and then we had the big fumble. Obviously, you have to say the cause of unraveling has to be turnovers. There’s no doubt about that. We get a fumble and then give up four touchdowns. We come back and give up a big play on defense. That shouldn’t happen. Then you come back and give up another touchdown off another turnover. First, credit the Jags for getting the turnovers. I don’t want to discredit anything they did or their coach. To come out and have fumbles, to lose football games, a fumble on a punt – those are things you just can’t have.”

On rallying after the loss:
“We did a nice job practicing this week. We did a nice job executing. We came out early and showed what we wanted to do. We’ve got to maintain. The defense did a nice job going out there and getting off the field, giving the ball back to the offense.  We did a nice job on third down in the first half, giving us max possessions, but when you have a couple of fumbles and get backed up and give the ball away and throw another turnover. Those things just can’t happen. Go to your running game and start to run the football – doing a great job – you get a big run and we get a big fumble. Ball security… we’ll bring it back together this week and their head coach will get them going.”


On if he is surprised the team has to go back to fundamentals at this stage of the season:
“I wouldn’t say surprised. I would say disappointed. It’s more frustration for me than anything. You never leave fundamentals, you never abandon those things, but to keep learning lessons each week and to learn from adversity, obviously, we’re not. You can’t go out there and create your own problems. You can’t fix your problems and then go back to something else. We need to go out and get those guys to play fast to get off to a better start, but you can’t create your own problems by having turnovers – especially seven. Turnovers are a part of the game, but to keep making mistakes as far as penalties – whether you agree or you don’t – it just can’t happen.”

On the play of QB Josh Freeman:
“Obviously, he didn’t play well. You put him out there. You’ve got to play him. He’s healthy, we make no excuses about it. He took a couple of shots today and was able to get back up. Obviously, you can’t say without pain. He played through it, because he’s a fighter. He’s a guy for his team. He wants to go out and win for those guys. You don’t want to make any excuses that he had bad throws because of his shoulder. We had bad throws because of bad decision making. I want tell you guys that he’s not ready to go.”

On if this was his low point:
“I don’t deal on negative thoughts. Last week it was frustration because of foolish penalties. This week it was fundamentals. It’s an opportunity for me to get these guys going as far as fundamentals. Get these guys to hold onto the ball, get these guys to deal with ball security, get these guys to deal with tackling, with blocking … we’ve got to go out and handle those things. I don’t deal with low points. I don’t ride the emotional rollercoaster. I see it as a challenge to me and staff.”

On the fumbles:
“That’s on us. Don’t blame the weather. There’s no explanation on why you fumble the football. There’s never, ever going to be an excuse for that. You have to hold onto the ball. You carry everybody’s livelihood in your arms and you’ve got to hang on to the football.”

On if he is worried about his job:
“If I was worried about my job security, I wouldn’t be coaching. I would be holding a microphone in front of another coach right now. I’m going to keep coaching and do what I have to do.”

QB JOSH FREEMAN
On the quick offensive start against the Jaguars:
“We were able to get up 14-0, we ran the ball well, I was able to complete the fourth down pass to Kellen Winslow and we were able to get some points on the board.”

On the turnovers throughout the game:
“It is really turnovers in general.  When you’re a team like us, if you want a chance to win games you can’t afford to turn the ball over. I don’t know what the number was, seven today? It was disgusting and it really has no place in our game if we want to win.”

On his fumble that led to a Jaguars touchdown to tie the game:
“I went to tuck it and there was no ball in my hand. I got back and it was frustrating. I got to find a way to hold onto that ball, get out of the end zone and not allow that to happen. That allowed them tie the game up.”

On not being able to make any progress in the third quarter offensively:
“Once again, turnovers. I think we turned it over two or three consecutive possessions. It wasn’t that we couldn’t get anything going; we just never got anything going. It really makes it extremely difficult – if not impossible – to win football games when you turn the ball over like we did.”

TE KELLEN WINSLOW
On how does the team rebound after a tough loss:
“We just got to go back to work. There is nothing else we can do.”

On did the Jaguars do anything different than on film:
“Nothing at all. Similar looks, we just turned the ball over.”

WR MIKE WILLIAMS
On his thoughts on the loss:
“It’s disappointing to get a loss period.”

G DAVIN JOSEPH
On what went wrong:
“We still have the same underline issue of turning the ball over. That’s basic football 101. You have to keep possession of the ball and we didn’t do a very good job and that’s going to beat us every time.

On if they underestimated the Jaguars:
“You can win or you can get beat on any given Sunday. As long as you do the fundamentals you’ll have a chance and we didn’t do the fundamentals right so we didn’t give ourselves much of a chance today and the score reflected on that.”

On if can they rebound:
“We have the guys to get it back. We just didn’t make plays and we didn’t get that big spark that we needed. A lot of our drives ended really bland and when it was time to make a play it seemed like the Jaguars we’re making more plays than us.”

CB E.J. BIGGERS
On facing Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert:

“He didn’t play like a rookie. He did everything he had to do, he helped his team win, you couldn’t tell he was a rookie quarterback.”

On the game plan against Gabbert:
“Do what we had to do. Everybody make plays and do your job, that was the game plan. That’s all we had to do.”

On if it was the most disappointed he has been after a loss:
“Every loss is disappointing.”

DT ROY MILLER
On how he feels about the Buccaneers’ future after their seventh straight loss:
“It is kind of hard to look into the future right now. There is no telling what can happen. It is a horrible feeling; I have never felt this bad after a game.”

LB MASON FOSTER
On what did the Jaguars do or did the offense lack effectiveness:
“They just made more plays then we did. We just got to make more plays, we got to finish games.”

On the performance of Maurice Jones-Drew:
“He runs hard. He makes plays and he runs well behind the O-line so he’s going to make plays.”

On what did Morris say in his post-game speech:
“You just got to keep playing and keep showing up and keep trying to get better. You can’t give up, you just got to keep playing.”

Last modified on Monday, 12 December 2011 00:16
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    Time to move on and get a real HC, not Dungy. Dungy had his chance!
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    I've been a Bucs fan for 18 years and I recently moved to Houston, Tx and was contemplating puchasing the NFL ticket,but I am so glad I didn't. My dad calls me every week pissed on how the Bucs are playing. I used to go to Buffalo Wild Wings out here to watch the games and but wouldn't even spend my money to even watch it that way. Sitting around a bunch of Houston Texans fans cheering is so depressing when you watching your team fall apart. I like Morris' fire but I can't see in his after game speeches that he is overwhelmed and don't know what else to do. They really need to invest in better coaching staff. I'm going to always be a Bucs fan I just wish that there was a team that didn't have rollercoaster seasons.
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    Raheem is holding himself and the players accountable, although week by week it's getting harder and harder to listen to the same post game presser. Regardless of the direction the Glazers take after the season, it's time for them to be accountable to the fans.
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    Family first, which for me, often also entails making wise spending decisions. The Bucs are no longer providing my son and I any joy. Neither of us was able to make the Carolina game and neither of us honestly made a serious effort to juggle our schedules. I at least expected a solid effort and some heart on Sunday, but it wasn't there. Blank expression on the sidelines from Coach Morris. What else is there to do at this point? There were no answers, hence the look of bewilderment. I've personally had that look as a coach, so I know it well. Week after week when consistently nothing is working is beyond frustrating. I sold my Saturday night Dallas tickets, sadly, very quickly, meaning I likely put Cowboys fans in our seats. Well, what used to be our seats, as yesterday also knocked me right off the fence and made the decision to let the season tickets lapse an easy one. I'm a positive guy, I trust until given reason to distrust. I now solidly distrust the entire Bucs organization. They have my moral support, they have me as a fan, but I can no longer trust them with my hard earned money. I can provide my family with greater entertainment value elsewhere. In fact, Sunday Ticket and the ability to watch any team OTHER than the Bucs every Sunday sounds pretty good after this latest debacle.
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    mjohnson062, well put. By not committing to tickets will help the Glazers to make that decision to pull the plug. Once they make a change then I and many others will purchase some tickets; not until then though for me no matter how much they discount.
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    I got my ticket invoice for next year with the reduced prices, plus a 40% discount taken off if I renewed in December. If they play with heart, show promise, I sign up easily. Not now. I like Raheem, D line coaches, a lot of the new young players. But they haven't been serious about assembling a TEAM. This starts with the Glazers. They have to show me they want to win before they get another nickel from me.
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    I can't believe what I'm reading when I see many writing to get rid of coordinators... The head man is responsible for the entire staff. The problem is systemic... The buck stops at the top... Change must be complete. Not hap-hazard..
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    Is anyone aware if the players have been practicing with wet footballs this past week? I'm not sure how well that technique works but it at least would have shown that the coaches did everything they could to ensure the weather would not be a factor in this game.
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    I hate that I just renewed my insider account because I don't care about this team anymore. The Glazer's are cheap and unsuited to run a competitive NFL franchise. No more money from me. I support Pewter Report for supplying consistent product but the Bucs (Glazers) are in my rear view mirror. It's been nice guys but I can't continue this mess of a consumer/supplier relationship. I spend my money consistently but they consistently fail to put out a decent competitive product. I want to support an ownership and organization that cares and wants to win as bad as the fans. Sorry guys this is the end for Architek, I have reached my boiling point.
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    Architek79, hang in there. Just take a few days off and it will be okay. Just don't purchase any Buc Tickets and it will make the Glazer's have to do something.
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    Horse: Being a military man I would expect you to know that the ...---... became the universal distress call because of its' simplicity. It (SOS) really doesn't stand for anything. Raheem doesn't like the emotional roller coaster. How about the Pitt Drop at Pittsburgh's famous Kennywood Park or the Tower of Terror in Orlando? They just go straight down.
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    scubog, good ones.
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    IAM GOONA TO SAY A FEW MORE WORDS. AGAIN IAM A BASKETBALL COACH FOR OVER 37YRS AS A VOLUNTEER-THE FIRST I TEACH THEM IS BASIC TEACHINGS. THEY ARE SO BAD. THE SPORTS WRITERS REALLY TALK THEM UP. SO ARE GOOD PLAYERS AND SOME ARE GOING THROUGHT THE MOTIONS. WE NEED IS A NAMED COACH TO COME IN AND GET FULL RAIN OF THE ORGANIZATION AND IF THESE PLAYERS DON'T DO THE JOB GET RID OF THEM. AGAIN THIS IS JUST MY OPION, IAM SO MAD WHEN MY BELOVED BUCS MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT. LAST YEAR RECORD GOT TO THEM. EVERYONE SAYS THAT NO TRAINING CAMP HURT THEM. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT EVERYTEAM STARTED OUT THE SAME. GL HICKS A DIE HEARTED BUC FAN.
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    georgehicks, don't give up on the Bucs; just don't get tickets for a while and it will eventually make the Glazer's do something for the fans.
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    Well Guys and Gals- I spent my last dme to get the Sunday Ticket up here in East Tx. TAMPA BAY IS A VERY BAD TEAM PERIOD. ITS TIME TO HOUSE CLEANING THE ENTIRE OR MOST OF THE COACHING STAFF. MY DON'T COACH MORRIS BRING IN CARPENTER THIS WEEK TO PLAY AGAINST HIS FORMERTEAM. I BLAME THE LOSSES ON HEAD COACH MORRIS. NO#1 HE SHOULD HAD GOT A DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FIRST OF ALL. NO GUTS TO RUN THE BALL ITS 3 OUT AND PUNT. IAM STILL MAD ABOUT LAST YEAR DRAFT AND LETTING CADDY GO. I DON'Y UNDERSTAND THESE SPORTS WRITERS WHO SAYS WHAT TAMPA NEEDS. AGain if we move into the top 8. first pick I would go AFTER isA TOP RB OR ILB OR CORNER AND EYC. NEXT YEAR WE WILL PLAY ALL THE BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE. WHEN IS THE OWNERS GOING TON GROW UP NO WONDER THE FANS ARE LEAVING IN DROVES. I HEARD RUMORS THAT DUNGRY COULD COME BACK. I'D WISH AND LET HIM MAKE ALL THE CHANGES AND BRING WHO WILL FIT AND WHO DO'T FIT BYE BYE. AM GLAD ABOUT HAYNESWORTH, HE DOES FIT HERE, I DON'T SEE HOW TAMPA IS GOING TO WIN THE NEXT THREE TEAMS THE COWBOYS ARE A TEAM THAT ARE SLOWLY GETTING BACK TO FORM. THEY ARE TWICE THE TEAM THAN BUCS ARE. I WISHED DUNGRY, SAPP, AND BROOKS WOULD RETURN. THIS 66 YRS OLD FAN ARE JUST HOPING FOR A MIRACLE NEXT YEAR. GO BUCS
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    We also need to fire Greg Olson and look for a legit Offensive Coordinator. He has proved time and time again this year his play selection has underacheived horribly. 14 points against Jacksonvilles Defense? Also Raheem needs to put the Defensive headset down and leave it to someone who understands the concepts of Tampa 2.0
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    First round we are going Corner..Probably either Maurice Claiborne, Dre Kirkpatrick or Alfonzo Dennard depending on where we end up in the draft. At this rate it looks like Claiborne might come to us, would be a huge boost immediately.
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    Soooo... Draft party poll started anywhere. Corner, running back, wide receiver, LB. should get a nice pickup with a top 5 pick coming. Who are we taking?
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    Time to clean house! RM needs a defensive coordinator, so he can take time to coach! No discipline what so ever!!!!!
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    all I can say is... think of the good time we'll have next April when we get a top 5 pick....again!
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    This should have been a win. This team has not heart, no drive to win, no leadership. So the ship has sunk and now it is time to bring in the salvage team and recover the wreckage. New OC, new DC. I will support Morris, if he fires Olsen this week. If not, I guess the captain has to down with the ship.
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    This ship is sinking and I can't remember the dots & dashes for SOS. Can anybody throw me a life raft instead? Never mine, we're going to use our last three pad practices to learn how to stop the ship from sinking even though the water is at the bridge level and I don't know what SOS means anyway.
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    S-O-B should be our distress call....... SELL OUR BUCS !!!!! To someone who cares about winning......
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    Absolutely pathetic. Players quit. Coaches quit. Owners are never around too busy spending our money. Same old story. Guess what Bucs you've officially list this community now. Good luck getting it back.
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    Blah blah blah, we talk like champions, same garbage every week though.
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