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December 14, 2011 @ 12:59 pm
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UPDATED Winslow: Losing Morris Would Ruin The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow talked briefly to the media this morning and made it clear he feels head coach Raheem Morris should stay.

Having steered clear of the media spotlight for the most part this season, Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow took a few minutes to speak a few members of the press about his head coach Raheem Morris.


“If something were to happen to him we would be devastated and hearts would be broken,” Winslow said. “We play for him.”


Winslow elaborated more, saying it will be disastrous for the team to lose Morris.


“It’s just not his fault at all. It is just us. Coaches coach and players play. We can’t have anything happen to him. We just can’t. It will just ruin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”


While on record Winslow also defensed quarterback Josh Freeman and feels he and Freeman have a good chemistry.

“It is tough. Whenever you win or whenever you lose they’ll bring you up and bring you down just as fast. You have to have a midlevel mind and stay even keel through it all. [As far being in synch with Freeman] We are. We just haven’t connected. It’s just execution.”

The former Miami Hurricane star says this week’s game has significance.

“I just see it as doing our jobs and protecting this organization. That’s all I see it as.”

PewterReport.com also asked linebackers Geno Hayes and Quincy Black and quarterback Josh Freeman about their thoughts on the coaching situation and proverbial hot seat Morris is on.

“It’s a touchy situation honestly,” Black said. “Rah doesn’t want us to want that for him. He wants us to work because it is our job. That’s our job. His job is to get the most out of us and our job is to perform and that’s how he wants it and he has made that clear to us.”

Hayes, just as Black did, refused to get too in-depth but seemed supportive of Morris.

“Hopefully we can (keep the pieces together with Morris) But I’m not going to speak much on that right now. That is irrelevant right now. I don’t really pay that much attention to that. Right now I’m just focused on football.”

Freeman echoed what Hayes said about focusing on football not what is being said on the outside.

“Like I said you can only control stuff that you can control,” Freeman said. “For me that is preparation and that’s executing my assignments to the best of my ability. All the other stuff really it is grey matter white noise. If you worry about everything else it is going to take away from what you need to do on the field and ultimately that’s what matters.”

Morris commented on being under fire during his Monday afternoon press conference.

“When you’re coaching you are always on the hot seat. That’s the mentality of what we do. We were on the hot seat when we went 10-6 and we didn’t go to the playoffs. You can still get fired. I got fired when I was 9-7 and I became the head coach that same year. You’re always on the hot seat. I try to tell guys all the time. If I was worried about being fired I certainly would not be coaching. I would have taken that physical education job in Long Island that I turned down 15 years ago. But that’s not what I do. We’re entertainers. We’re in this thing to win football games. I got a lot of guys in this locker room that are counting on us not to show mental weakness and we won’t do that."


Last modified on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:14
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    Sorry Scubog, my apologies, I was just commenting on Pinkstob's optimism for a team of quitters. We all deserve better. Whether you live in Florida, Texas, or North Dakota.
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    The Bucs being quitters I disagree with. Their performance this year suggests that this team plays it's hardest against teams no one thinks they have a chance to beat. They played very well against the Saints, Falcons and Packers. I warn you, nothing hurts your reputation more around here than saying the Bucs have no shot of winning a game and they win it. Ask bucfan47, if you can find him...
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    Everyone is so quick to bash Morris and Winslow, or our draft choices the last view years, for our lack of success this season. I'd like to see anyone who's posting on here try to fill Winslow's shoes with two knee surgeries. He impresses me ALMOST every game. Some had also made a comparison between how Gruden ran the team as apposed to Morris. Don't forget, Gruden also coached a losing Buccaneer team in 2003 2004 and 2006. The 2002 two bucs were a seasoned elite force having nothing to do with Gruden. The 2011 Bucs are basically a college team with a few veterans mixed in. I'll agree, thus far Freeman's performance has been below his talent level. I'll also agree Williams hasn't come close to establishing himself yet. BUT, finger pointing is childish and not a characteristic of a true fan. Stand behind your team and stop crying about our record. You can't win all the time.
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    Maybe I may have been real hard on the Head coach. Maybe lets give him one more year.
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    REGIME CHANGE PLEASE. WHO ARE WE KIDDING? THE GUY IS AN EMBARRASSMENT. AS HE EVEN SAID, HE WAS FIRED, THEN HE WAS HIRED TO BE THE COACH. HE HAS NO IDEA HOW TO DO THIS JOB. HE MIGHT BE A GOOD COACH ONE DAY, BUT TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY. FIRE THOSE...BUMS
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    Windslow, you know what would help this team? If we can find your replacement. You have regressed beyond what you are getting paid.
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    You know what another problem is? Q. Black calling coach Morris "Rah". I doubt he'd be calling coach Fisher "Jeff", or coach Cowher," Bill".
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    You know what alot of the problem is? Our G.M. gave up a second round pick for Winslow,moved up in the draft for Stocker. Mean while our rivals found one of the best T.E.'s in the the NFL, Graham,and the other brought in Gonzalez. The Pat's have 2 pro bowl T.E.s.And what happened to the 2 T.E. sets we were suppose to see? Bad owners,bad management,bad coaches. It's going to take a seasoned coach who's also a good talent evaluator, who can work with Dom,cuss he ain't going any where, that can turn this thing around.
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    YOU PLAY FOR HIM?! your team is 4-9, if that's how you play for him he needs to be fired before the season is over. The fact of the matter is he is a friend more than a disciplinarian, so at times he tends to lose control of the team until he does something like reward a player by letting him leave a game early...oh and Raheem, your actually not "Entertainers" your athletes, meaning your not supposed to ENTERTAIN but WIN FOOTBALL GAMES..I havent been this frustrated since the great Gruden collapse of '09..This is supposed to be Tampa 2.0 and we are stuck with the beta version. Just bomb the rest of the season so we can get Morris Claiborne and start to repair this sorry excuse of a team
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    It sure seems that ay rocket. You would think the way they got Gruden years back that they wanted to win. Were is all that agressivness... You may be on to something...
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    man take that bag off you sound like dave damacheck or whaterver his name is wear your buc gear to the games with pride and hopefull that those kids will turn it around one day be patient WE WILL GET BETTER ONE DAY.let me ask you this would u tattoo a bucs flag on yourself. kuz i didi have it tatooed on my chest i live in el paso texas. i dont wanna bragg or anything like that us as bucs fans we gota unite and help the team from a fans standpoint key word is SUPPORT
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    Architek79: Not sure why you mentioned me since I made no comment to this article nor did I make any claim that the Bucs would/could defeat the Cowboys. I believe you are mistaking me for Pinkstob. But I will say this, the Jone's sure don't play like the talent they claim to possess would warrant.
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    Horse...I have read your posts on the last few articles and have noticed that you are trying to convince everyone to join you in not renewing your season tickets until they fire Morris. While I appreciate your passion and your proactive attitude I believe you might be helping the Glazers out with their plan. This may be the conspiracy theorist in me but I think the 3 year plan that everyone is talking about is all wrong. I think the Glazers are looking at it as a 6 to 7 year plan. Years 1 to 3... the team cuts all costs significantly and save as much money as possible. This will piss off the entire fan base and make people not come to games. Years 2 through 6...be as bad of a team as possible and try to get as many games blacked-out as you can so that in year 7 they can petition the NFL to help them out of their current lease and move the team to England. Since the team has been terrible, nobody will miss them and they will have an argument that all of their games are blacked-out so why not move.
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    rocketglass, that's a good one; pass the fish and chips please.
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    If that would "ruin" them - then what the hell would he call where they are now? I guess losing has become acceptable to them.
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    Scubog, the Bucs have no shot in hell to beat Dallas. From the ownership down. They are a superior franchise and it is evident but the owners, coaches, and players. I don't care what this clown says, when you are throwing fits because you aren't getting the ball, can't block, and slow, you have no room to say anything. The only thing that should be coming from this team is find a way to first compete and then maybe win. This team are quitters and I don't like quitters. I am expecting a walloping Saturday and I hope they celebrate all game to embarrass the Glazer's and their product.
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    I really think Morris needs to stay. We have an extremely young team and in my opinion Morris is great. He inspires players to play, and that means a lot in the NFL. I believe a DC and replacing Olsen needs to be the focus along with bringing in good young talent and a few great free agents. Those of you that call for Morris to get fired probably came into the season with totally unrealistic expectations. I was telling a buddy of mine at the begining of the season I thought the team was a 6-10 to 7-9 team. He thought they would be in the NFC championship. While I wish I was wrong, I wasn't. I'm behind the Bucs win lose or draw. I love this team and can't help but watch every game. Even when all my friends and my wife are messing with me about it, I don't care. This team will get back on track I truly believe that. Morris and Dom are the guys for the job, I think they've done terrific in the drafts they've been in. Tell me you don't want Williams, Benn, Grimm, Lorig, Blount (I know we didn't draft him but still Doms and Morris's idea), McCoy, Price, Foster, Bowers, Clayborn and even Hayensworth on the team. These guys were brought in and that's a great start, so don't be foolish and say we need an overhaul...look at the Niners, they are just about the same team they were last year but they are playing great football and winning close games. Go Bucs, be fans and not whiners.
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    I was going to read your long post until I read your first sentence. At that point I realized you don't know what your talking about.
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    KRAZIE915 - I am a season ticket holder back to 1976. Can't get any more longevity than that. I am wearing my Yucs' Paper Grocery bag over my head to the game. Hope every one does. Bucs should wear retro jerseys all the time if they are going to play like them!
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    man take that bag off you sound like dave damacheck or whaterver his name is wear your buc gear to the games with pride and hpefull that those kids will turnit around one day be patient not greedy.let me ask you this would u tattoo a bucs flag on yourself. kuz i didi have it tatooed on my chest i live in el paso texas. i dont wanna bragg or anything like that us as bucs fans we gota unite and help the team from a fans standpoint key word is SUPPORT
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    The overrated distracting Winslow and the embarrassing “tacklers” Black and Hayes should themselves be gone next year regardless of who is coaching.
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    I'll always support the Bucs, no matter what. They are my team. But my love for the team is above and beyond any singular player or coach or FO official. The truth is that Raheem is not the right man for this job. I like him personally, I'd love to hang out with him. I think he's a good person. However, it is obvious he does not possess the management skills necessary to lead and motivate a professional NFL team. Not many people do, honestly. He needs a few more years of seasoning, maybe at the college level, before he is given another shot. I definitely think he CAN do it, just not right now and not any time soon.
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    Why don't the above interviewed just resign and then there would be more money availalbe to help Raheem find better players. I am sure they would be willing to do that since they think so much of Raheem as a Coach. (Ha Ha)
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    I read Q. Black's response 2 or 3 times and it didn't make sense to me. His answer seemed to have nothing to do with the question. Anyways, my message to K2 and the rest of the players is that winning cures everything. If you can win this game against the Cowboys in dominant fashion in front of a national audience that will go a long ways to keeping Morris around. It won't change the minds of most of the fans around here, but it will go a long way towards winning support for Morris in the media and around the nation. Most people haven't seen the Bucs play since MNF so they haven't been soured by the losing streak like the fans. If the Bucs beat the Cowboys national support for Morris will grow. If the Bucs continue to win after that the Bucs fans will start to come back around. Bucs fans are the wishy-washiest fans in the league.
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    pinkstob my mistake, should have lead in with a clearer sentence. I asked Quincy if they felt like they need to play for Raheem's job. I think the answer will make more sense. Crazy busy day today, but no excuse. MC
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    Thanks for the clarification MC. Keep up the good work!
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    Hey Krayzie915, you wouldn't happen to be Aquib Talib or Tanard Jackson, would you?
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    no but ima kriminal and smoke weed like em
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    Then lets get rid of "just us." Because "just us" cannot play professional football the way it should be played. Mr. Winslow is obviously just as bright as his father (check out some of the drivel that came out of his mouth over the years). His ignorant support of Raheem is another indictment on him. Coach Morris is one of the guys who coddles them, doesn't encourage veteran players to challenge his babies, and throws himself under the bus every time they screw up. Jeff Fisher, where are you?
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    "we play for him"...Scary!!!
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    im so sick and tired of all you fake fans that talk smack in fact if they were winning u dumbasses wouldnt say nuthing ud all be on raheems nutsack. morris aint going nowhere ok deal with it i have its hard to watch the games but i sit there smoking bud watching them lose hoping 4 a win, a sack, a int sumthing but its ok im on the bucs side even if they win or lose.all im tryin to say is STAND BY YOUR TEAM NO MATTER WHAT.OR WALK THE PLANK AND JUMP SHIP
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    Well, I question K2's effort on multiple plays this season. I also question his need to INTERFERE in every other caught pass (at least he could be subtle enough to get away with it). As far as "ruined", I kinda thought the team WAS ruined already at this point. "Rah" vs. Coach Morris, I think, is the biggest problem, and it can't be fixed without a new coach at this point. You only get that first chance to be a coach vs. a buddy, and that chance is long gone. They might love the crap out of him, but no matter what they say, the DO NOT RESPECT HIM. Fisher for HC, Del Rio for DC, ??? for OC. Veteran QB (to provide PLAYER advice, mentoring), veteran MLB (let Foster play a year or three at either OLB spot) and a veteran receiver or TE (K2 doesn't count).
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    Sorry Kellen, I understand and even respect your loyalty to your coach, but his time has come. If you didn't want him fired you should've thought about that when we started this skid. Whatever you and your fellow teammates were supposed to do, whether it was execution-wise, in practice, or a combination of both, you didn't play or produce nearly enough to defend your coach. I keep hearing 'it's execution problems', 'we're not executing', blah blah blah. Guess what? If a coach can't get his team to execute then someone else will be rewarded with a shot. If Kellen wants to think that's all the players' fault (which surely is a major contributing factor) that's fine. But it's time for heads to roll.
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    How can they be runied any more than they are now.
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    "Ruin" the Buccaneers ...umm has he not been paying attention to the scores of these games? Oh wait its Winslow, as long as Free keeps throwing the ball his way he doesn't care.
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