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December 16, 2011 @ 2:52 pm
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Morris Responds To Clayton's Claim

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Mark Cook

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ESPN’s John Clayton made a bold statement Wednesday evening saying that Raheem Morris would have been fired Monday after Sunday’s blowout loss to the Jaguars had management felt there was a suitable interim coach. Morris commented on the report during his Thursday afternoon press conference.

"I'm probably the most mentally tough person you could ever be around,'' Morris said. "I don't usually comment on speculation. If you don't feel like you're working for your job every day, you're probably not doing your job.''

Several players including TE Kellen Winslow told PewterReport.com this week they fully support Morris and hope he survives the turmoil of a losing season. The Bucs head ball coach appreciates the support.

"My guys support me through wins, losses [or] whatever,'' Morris said. "These guys are awesome. I know there's a cloud outside the organization, but when you come into this building, there's a bunch of rays of sunshine. We do our best to keep the rain away.''

Beginning with the last three game of 2009 (2-1) until the 4-2 start of this year, the 16-9 record Morris and the Buccaneers compiled was fourth best in the NFL during that time. However since that fourth win of the season in 2011 Tampa Bay has now dropped seven straight, with each loss more ugly than the one before.

Despite the rumors, speculation and general doom and gloom, Morris remains upbeat and knows criticism comes with the territory.

"It's pretty much the same staff that went out there and won 10 games and everybody loved us,'' he said. "This year, we're not having the same success. Obviously, it starts with the coaches and then goes to players and management. That's how it works in this business. For those who are given a lot, a lot is expected. It's just the nature of the beast we live in.''

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    I think we all need to look at Raheem in a different context. He should have never accepted this job in the first place. It was given because the Glaziers knew that he is the kind of guy who will get kicked in the head repeatedly without complaining to them. He's a great soldier. It's really up to someone else with more maturity to throw the towel in for Morris before he suffers irreparable damage to his career and psyche. I don't think that Morris is the bad guy here. He's a tomato-can fighter who won't quit or ask for help. The perfect patsy for the Glazier boys.
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    I think we should go in a defferent direction with the whole staff... GM included. Punter only, come on. We need corners and safties to win.
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    I couldn't agree with those four comments more guys.
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    You know Raheeem... I am glad it is all rainbows and unicorns inside One Buc Place. But when I get my $5,000.00 season ticket bill on the heels of watching your gutless team get spanked by the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars for their 7th loss in a row... it aint so sunshiney at my house. In fact, it just plain sucks. So you just need to take your ray of sunshine attitude somewhere else. Of course they love and support you. For example, the two worst linebackers in the NFL Hayes and Black know they only have jobs as long as you are around. Of course they are going to blow smoke up your butt. They are SCARED TO DEATH of you getting fired. I am sure you are a wonderful human being and I wish you well. But you are a LOUSY NFL HEAD COACH. I am sorry - but you are. And we need to move on.
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    Raheem, the bravado is getting old. It might be refreshing after the 2nd or 3rd loss in a row, but when you are baring down on double-digits, it's comical. Especially when it's so apparently clear that your team is turning a deaf ear.
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    Hes mentally tough - fine. But how does that address his competence to be a head coach in the NFL ?
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    Its just a shame all that "mental toughness" that Heemie claims to possess doesn't reflect in his team's mental toughness. They give up - get blown out, and he gets out-coached on a weekly basis. Yeah buddy, that's REAL mental toughness alright.....
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