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Morris 'wouldn't change anything' about Bucs job

Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:19 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

As new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano continues to add to his coaching staff, former coach Raheem Morris, fired last season, looks back and thinks, well, everything during his tenure was fine.

“I wouldn’t change anything about it,” Moriss told WDAE in Tampa, via “You put yourself in a position of power and you put yourself out there and you want to go out there and want to be great and we had the opportunity and almost pulled it off. I take no ill-will, no negative feelings toward those guys, toward the Bucs organization at all. … Now we’ve separated and I wish those guys nothing but the best.”

In reality, Morris, out of three years in charge in Tampa Bay, had one good season -- in 2010 when the team went 10-6 (otherwise, his record was an unimpressive 17-31). But last season, it was clear the team had plenty of problems, including a lack of discipline and players that seemed to quit toward the end of the year.

"Here's the thing: in order to be a great team in the NFL, coming off a 10-win season, you're not going to surprise anybody anymore," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said during Super Bowl week. "So you're going to get everyone's best. And you can't do the same things if you're going to be great in this league. I learned that from Warren Sapp. You've got to give them something new.

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"I just think our discipline level dropped a little bit. We kind of had the second-year slump coming off a 10-win season and kind of living off that.”

Though Morris said he would be content not to change anything from his three years with the Buccaneers, he also realizes he made some mistakes.*

*If it was me and I had the opportunity to change my Tampa Bay tenure, I would change the mistakes I had made. But hey, that’s me.

“When you get put in those positions, you make more than one mistake and I certainly can tell you I made some mistakes,” said Morris, now the defensive backs coach in Washington. “… With all that being said, those mistakes you have to make in order to go into battle. When you make these calls and go through these things, you believe in them. When you look back, and reflect, if they were mistakes, it’s something you can sit there and deal with, and I do.”

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:45 pm

Morris 'wouldn't change anything' about Bucs job

vitamin-b, thumbs up regarding the (ill) wisdom of the initial hiring of Morris as HC; too early, not ready. As you say, the guy's got all the right stuff, but here's hoping that he gets the chance to figure out the details and only then gets another chance to be the man. Every time I see something like this go down, an image of Gerry Faust enters my head. HC of a truly historic HS program, but lost at sea in South Bend. When you don't know enough to know what you don't know, then you're in deep doodoo. 

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:59 pm

Morris 'wouldn't change anything' about Bucs job

Raheem Morris wasn't a bad coach its just that he was far too inexperienced to be a HC so early in his coaching career. Morris is a product of moving through the ranks too fast. Bill Belichick had the same problems with the Browns and he ended up being a pretty good coach. Once Morris get a firm grasp of how the NFL works as a whole he'll be much better in evaluating talent, and knowing what to expect. I will say that being a HC definately gives him so accredidations and valued experience that he could learn from.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:53 pm

Morris 'wouldn't change anything' about Bucs job

Same deal as Jim Zorn, not enough experience to be the HC. Although Morris was a lot better than Zorn.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:15 pm

Morris 'wouldn't change anything' about Bucs job

The only mistake was that he was hired in the first place. Dude was an assistant defensive backs coach in 2005 and the head coach in 2009? That's not the defensive backs coach, that's an assistant to the defensive back's coach. That doesn't add up. He never called a play in his life, never signled in a defense. You know how you know he was in way over his head? He's back to coaching a position. He didn't even get a coordinator gig and he's a former NFL head coach. That shows what people outside of the Tampa Bay organization think of him.

I like that he's high energy and it sounds like he's a good dude. But you can't skip that many steps on the way up and expect to be successful. It doesn't work that way. I don't blame him for taking the job. I blame the Tampa brass for offering it.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:24 pm

Morris 'wouldn't change anything' about Bucs job

"out of three hears in charge in Tampa Bay, had one good season -- in 2010 when the team went 10-6 (otherwise, his record was an unimpressive 17-31)."

This actually made me laugh.  If you take any coaches record and remove the winning season(s), it will be unimpressive. 

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