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Raheem Morris isn't long for Tampa Bay

Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:14 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 8:15 pm
Morris might not make it to 2012 with the Bucs. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It doesn't take much imagination to envision a scenario in which Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris gets fired. After a 10-win season in 2010, his second as an NFL head coach, Morris appeared to have turned around an organization that had lost its way under Jon Gruden. He had his young franchise quarterback in Josh Freeman and a team full of overachievers. Now, nearly 12 months later, the Bucs will have to beat the Faclons to get to five wins. And whatever happens in Week 17, come Monday morning, Morris could be looking for work.

When asked about that possibility, Morris, 35, offered this (via Rapid Reporter Scott Purks): "I will never fire myself. You don’t go from being a Coach of the Year candidate to being the worst coach in the league to getting fired within a year. It’s about us. It’s about everything."

Morris is right: it's not just about coaching. It's a confluence of events that have led the Bucs to this point. Just like last season, when the culmination sound football and a lot of luck led to a 10-6 record. Maybe Tampa isn't a 4-11 team 16 weeks into the 2011 season. But perhaps they weren't a 10-win outfit a year ago, either. More likely: they're somewhere in between. An average football team that had a run on good luck in '10 and a run on bad luck in '11. It happens.

But the NFL is, as they say, a bottom-line business. Which means blaming ill-fated bounces for your plight won't help you keep your job. And that brings us back to our original point: Morris, in all likelihood has a week left in his current gig.

Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times suggested as much Monday on NFL Network's "Around the League."

“I think [Morris' future in Tampa is] probably more than a little bit in doubt,” Stroud said. “Regardless of what happens on Sunday, it’s most likely that Raheem Morris won’t be asked to return next season.”

There were rumors several weeks back that the Glazers considered dumping Morris before the end of the season but that they didn't feel comfortable giving the interim job to any of the assistants currently on staff. That doesn't bode well for their futures with the Bucs, either.

Morris, of course, wants to finish what he's started.

“I believe in my guys. I believe in the system. I believe in the program. I believe in what we do and everybody in this building, so it’s a buying-in factor," he said. "Either you buy in or you don’t. And we want to building this thing young and we want to develop a team that goes out and wins — and wins consistently.”

Incidentally, it's the lack of winning consistently that has Morris in his current predicament.

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Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:01 am
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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:23 pm

Raheem Morris isn't long for Tampa Bay

Well, if the Bucs are about Sports ... then Morris keeps the job as stability is a key component to team success.

But the Bucs, and the NFL, are also about Entertainment, and the Pirate Ship needs to be packed with happy people chewing Cialis, downloading NFL apps, swilling $10 beers, and wearing those god-awful colors (old and new) while celebrating wins. 

My money is on the Entertainment aspect winning out ... especially with all of the big name coaches available for hire (Mariucci, Billick, Parcells, Cowher, Kiffin, etc).  Pretty much everybody except Chucky.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:21 pm

Raheem Morris isn't long for Tampa Bay

I was a Buc, when John McKay was announced as the first head coach, and has been one since. We had lots of losses, but one thing we had constant was John Mckay was our coach. There have been a few coaching changes since then and would probably more in the future. I was glad to see Jon Gruden go and was probably skeptic about the hiring of Morris. Somewhere down the road we have to stabilize our team and build it around our franchise quarterback and the team as well as the fans would know the coach year after year. I would hate to see our team play coaching carousal as we did with quarterbacks a few years ago. Last season with our record being 10 wins, we were all slapping high fives saying we had found our franchise quarterback and Morris was the coach or the team.. What happen to the coach that won 10 games last season that we now want to hang out to dry? Everyone knew the schedule would be a little tougher. We also have to put into the equation that perhaps Morris has a few pieces of the puzzle that are still needed. Installing an offensive system with the correct players take a little while and you do it brick by brick. There are times when you would not put enough mortar around the brick or the brick might not be the correct brick. This happens, you don’t throw out the construction foreman because he fails to get the correct brick each time. Getting rid of the construction foreman, each time something go wrong would put us in the position of constantly laying bricks and not building anything, just lying bricks. Some on this board seem to think that bringing in a big time, named coach would solve all the problems we have with our team. I don’t see the Eagles getting rid of heir coach because he has a bad year. I see the same at Pittsburg, the coach is a constant. We could become the Raiders and start firing coaches mid-season or every year. We say where they went during each coaching change. They have not been prevalent since Jon Gruden was the head coach. Look at the number of coaches they have gone through. I am willing to give this coach 2 more uninterrupted years of putting together a team before letting him go. After 5 years anyone should be able to get the players and coaches he would need to make his system successful. We really don’t know if last year was a fluke or is this year is a fluke ,we are all Monday morning quarterbacks, with one goal in mind fire the coach, who has not caught a pass, thrown a touchdown, tackled anyone or intercepted a pass. The solution is fire the coach, there are no other solutions except one. Getting rid of Morris would solve all the problems of the Bucs.





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