Tag:Raheem Morris
Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 4:25 pm

Hot Routes 3.7.11 got your DWI updates right here

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

LaDainian Tomlinson has not talked to the Jets this offseason, but he says he’d be willing to take a reduced role if that’s what the team asked him to do.

Braylon Edwards’ DWI case is adjourned until May. His attorney needs more time to try to get certain bits of evidence excluded. Edwards’ case was already adjourned once in November and again in January. He was arrested in September. The legal system’s absurd leisureliness once again shines brightest on the highest profile cases…

Oh, and Sergio Kindle’s DUI case has also been postponed. (Attorney scheduling conflicts.)

Looks like not everyone would lose money in a lockout (gotta love T-shirt hawks).

The Indianapolis Super Bowl host committee does not believe Super Bowl XLVI is in jeopardy. They think “common sense will prevail”.

Labor strife isn’t getting in the way of cheerleader tryouts for the Ravens.

The Chiefs are putting cornerback Kevin Ross in their Hall of Fame.

Greg Jennings talks about the “team on my back” video that has gone viral.

One person speculates that Charlie Weis left Kansas City because he knew the Chiefs would be slashing salaries in the event of a lockout.

Former Jets quarterback Ray Lucas is making great strides in his recovery from drug addiction.

Raheem Morris and some of his staff will be visiting the Rays’ camp. NFL coaches like to study baseball training camps in order to pick up some new techniques for how to rest players.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:52 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:29 am

Hot Routes 2.3.11 everything else

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Philadelphia’s decision to promote offensive line coach Luis Castillo to defensive coordinator has stunned plenty of folks.

Maurice Jones-Drew admitted his mistake in spouting off about Jay Cutler.

Sam Bradford got a haircut. Mixed reviews.

Raheem Morris finished second to Bill Belichick in Coach of the Year voting.

Jared Gaither’s people met with the Ravens, but they’re not close on agreeing to a long-term deal at this point.

Take that, NFL! An AP poll reveals that a majority of fans would rather NOT have an 18-game regular season.

One guy who knows quarterbacks pretty well says the Panthers shouldn’t dump Jimmy Clausen just yet.

Jay Cutler wasn’t the only Bear who took a pain injection before the NFC title game. Brian Urlacher got one, as well.

John Elway says it’s not a foregone conclusion that the Broncos will trade Kyle Orton.

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Posted on: January 8, 2011 6:18 pm

Bucs give Raheem Morris an extension

Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Morris (US Presswire)
At this time last year, people were talking about who the Buccaneers would give Raheem Morris’ coaching job to (Bill Cowher was the hot name). Now, per Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the 34-year-old apple from the Dungy Tree has the kind of job security that other NFL head coaches in Florida can only dream of.

Morris signed a two-year extension that pays him $2 million per season. According to Cummings, “a series of playoff-related incentive clauses allow Morris to nearly double that payout over the two-year lifetime of the agreement.”

It is believed the Bucs are working on a similar deal for general manager Mark Dominik.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 5:55 pm

Explaining LeGarrette Blount's short-yardage woes

L. Blount (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

A question that was whispered by fans and media in Tampa, Florida a few weeks ago has evolved into a full-on shout: "WHY CAN’T 250-POUND RUNNING BACK LeGarrette Blount PICK UP FIRST DOWNS IN SHORT-YARDAGE SITUATIONS?"

No one from the coaching staff has publicly elaborated on the cause of Blount’s problem, but Raheem Morris indicated this week that the Bucs may consider turning to Cadillac Williams or, better yet, fullback Earnest Graham on third/fourth-down-and-short.

"It doesn't bother me," Blount said or the possible demotion, according to Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. "He's the head coach, he's the boss. He's going to do whatever he needs to do to continue our drives, to continue the success of our offense and our football team. If he looks at Earnest for short yardage situations, if he looks at Cadillac for short-yardage situations, either one of those guys will get it done. They're veterans, they know how to get it done. They know what to do in those situations. If (Morris changes it up), I wouldn't be mad at him at all."

Morris, as the head coach, can’t publicly elaborate on the cause of Blount’s problem. But we can. Against a crowded front, the undrafted rookie becomes indecisive (anyone can see that). WHY is he indecisive? Because he doesn’t like to get hit.

Blount is not a physical player. Watch closely and you’ll see that, often times, he stops his feet right before contact. In other words, he braces for impact. Short-yardage situations call for impact. It’s not in Blount’s nature to respond with ferocity. Blount sees impact in terms of something to receive; someone like, say Jerome Bettis, sees impact as something to deliver.

Blount’s most telling short-yardage failure this season was the fourth down goal-line play late in the game at Atlanta. The play was designed for Blount to steamroll inside. But his initial instinct was to bounce it outside. It was a snapshot of Blount’s mentality. Just because a player is big and hard to tackle once he’s running with momentum in the open field doesn’t mean that player is a power back.

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:50 pm

Talib gets defended, doesn't get fined

A. Talib has had some off-the-field issues, but Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris defended him this week (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib and one of the officials working the Tampa Bay-Baltimore game last Sunday simply had a conversation.

No, no, there was no obscenity-laced shouting match that we wrote about here. No, the official absolutely did not call Talib a (lewd term for a female body part), and Talib, in response, did not threaten to hit the official in the mouth and teammates did NOT have to hold him back.

Nope, according to Bucs coach Raheem Morris, it was just a conversation.

"He didn't do anything wrong," Morris said, via the Tampa Tribune. "He was just in conversation. He was just in conversation, so I'm not going to sit here and act like Aqib did anything wrong toward the official because I'm not into that. That's between those two men and whatever happened happened."

Naturally, Morris’ defense seems a tad ridiculous, even if the NFL won’t fine Talib, according to the St. Petersburg Times’ Rick Stroud.

As Martin Fennelly writes, though, he can’t believe Morris’ defense of Talib, because Talib is such an emotional wild card.

Writes the Tribune’s columnist:

Plenty of people inside One Buc Place keep their fingers perpetually crossed. They hope Talib doesn't do something stupid and endanger his livelihood or his team's chances. The guy is crazy talented, but sometimes he's just crazy.

How does someone who is clearly on the commissioner's radar get into it with an official?

That rotten pass interference call Talib was angry about happened late in the first half, not the second. Morris, who went crazy himself at the time, was calmed by game's end. Every Bucs player made it to the losing locker room without going ballistic, all except one. Talib remains a wild card, the wildest, in fact.

For a guy in Talib who has a history of off-the-field issues, perhaps Morris shouldn’t be so quick to jump to his defense. Even if the NFL said he didn’t commit a fineable offense, maybe glossing over a potential problem isn’t the best option.

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 9:07 pm

Mike Williams' urine test was clean

M. Williams passed a urine test administed by the Tampa Bay organization (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers WR Mike Williams, arrested on a DUI charge last week, was so confident a urine test taken by police would come back clean, he asked the club to give him another test so he could get the results quicker.

According to the Tampa Tribune, the organization agreed, tested him at an independent facility, and liked the results they saw.

Said coach Raheem Morris: “He’s completely clean.”

Hey, bravo to Williams for being clean and for being so willing to show it. But Pro Football Talk detects a potential problem for the Buccaneers.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT’s Mike Florio, “We did not know about it or agree to it. We are looking into it.”

The problem, Florio writes, is that individual teams don’t have the authority to issue a drug test unless it’s spelled out in the player’s contract. Though Williams apparently requested the test, that doesn’t necessarily mean the team can perform it.

The good news, though. Williams is drug-free. Which would make Nancy Reagan smile.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 6:37 pm

Raheem Morris explains Williams decision

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While expressing disappointment with rookie WR Mike Williams – who, as you know, was arrested this morning on a DUI chargeBuccaneers coach Raheem Morris also explained why he’ll start Williams on Sunday anyway.

"It’s always a tough decision when you have to make decisions about mistakes made and errors made," Morris said, via the St. Petersburg Times. "You have to make those tough decisions and I have my normal process that I go through."

OK, so Morris didn’t really explain anything. But he was also asked his thoughts about one of his standout players being out so late (Williams was arrested at 2:48 a.m. and then blew under the state legal limit on the Breathalyzer) when he was supposed to be at Tampa Bay’s practice facility at 8 a.m.

"These guys are grown men,” Morris said. “You don’t have any rules when you leave your job … It’s supposed to be common sense that you go home and get ready to play a very important football game. A bad decision by an individual player."

But the Times also speculates the Buccaneers might believe Williams’ charge ultimately will be dismissed. So, that could explain why Morris is going to “punish” Williams “internally” and not discipline him in regards to playing time.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 10:33 pm

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers at Buccaneers

Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine, who’s missed the past four games, badly wants to get back into action after dealing with a quadriceps injury, while T Jeremy Trueblood (out the past two contests with a knee) looks to return as well. Both are questionable and game-time decisions.

Faine had full participation in all three practices this week, while Trueblood was full-go for two of them, but Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris wants to see how they look in pregame warmups before giving them the go-ahead.

For Carolina, RBs Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) are out and won’t play. So that’s, you know, not a great sign for the Panthers. LB Nic Harris, meanwhile, is probable.

Lions at Bills

It looks like QB Shaun Hill will get the chance to replace the injured Matthew Stafford for the second time this season. Hill, who broke his forearm the first time he took over the Detroit offense this year, is probable to make his return to the game. Among the questionables for the Lions: DE Cliff Avril, S C.C. Brown, CB Chris Houston and CB Alphonso Smith.

Also, K Jason Hanson is out, and in response this week, Detroit signed Dave Rayner. Which is unfortunate, because I think all of us would have liked to see Ndamukong Suh take another crack at kicking point after attempts and field goals.

Three players Buffalo really could use this week are out, including LB Andra Davis, LB Shawne Merriman, and WR Roscoe Parrish.

Eagles at Redskins

There are seven Washington players on the injury report. All of them are questionable. They include OT Stephon Heyer, S LaRon Landry  QB Donovan McNabb, LB Brian Orakpo, WR Brandon Banks, RB Clinton Portis, and RB Ryan Torain.

Of those seven, Portis won’t play but Torain will, along with McNabb. A decision about Banks will be made gametime. The Redskins would like to have him back, because he’s been so good as a return specialist.

Eagles G Max Jean-Gilles, who’s been feeling the effects of a concussion, was cleared to play today. He remains questionable, though, on the injury report. Meanwhile, G Nick Cole is probable, and coach Andy Reid hasn’t determined who will start between the two of them.

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