Raheem Morris spoke briefly to the media after Sunday’s 45-24 loss to the Falcons, the team’s tenth in a row. Frustrated and disappointed Morris wasn’t talking like a man thinking he will be fired however.
“Obviously, this was a disappointing loss,” Morris said. “You have to admire the moxie that the guys came out with in the second half. There were significant names such as Elbert Mack who really came out there and was fighting for us. This is not the season we wanted or expected. But we will need to re-dedicate ourselves and get ready for this offseason. We’ve learned a lot from adversity and from that we will bounce back into shape.
“We got outplayed by a better football team. They went out there and played hard. They came out of the box and got on it quickly. We didn’t tackle and that’s an issue. In the second half, we went back and re-focused. We played a little bit better in the second half, but obviously not enough.”
Speculation Morris could be fired as soon as Monday has been swirling the last few weeks but the Bucs head coach wasn’t in the mood to discuss his future.
“If I was in the business of working out my future I wouldn’t be coaching,” Morris said. “I’m going to go to work tomorrow until they tell me to stop. This is not the time to talk about this type of stuff. We have to go out there and play football and that’s what we’ll do.”
Morris was asked what he was thinking as he walked off the field Sunday evening.
“I was thinking about Elbert Mack and how he went out there and played in the lineup. I was thinking about Michael Bennett and how he responded. Elbert Mack went out there and put on his helmet. With Ronde Barber out with his elbow, Elbert Mack got out there and gave that certain type of effort.”