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Raheem Morris fired by Buccaneers

Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:55 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 12:32 pm
 
The coaching hot seat begins to claim victims: Tampa Bay parts ways with Raheem Morris

By Ryan Wilson

Raheem Morris' tenure in Tampa Bay lasted less than three years. He was introduced on January 18, 2009 as Jon Gruden's replacement and now, after a 4-12 record in 2011 (including a 45-24 Week 17 drubbing at the hands of the Falcons), he becomes another up-and-coming young head coach who showed promise only to flame out shortly thereafter.

Black Monday

On Monday, the Buccaneers announced that Morris, along with his entire coaching staff, had been fired.

“We want to thank Coach Morris for all his hard work and dedication as head coach of the Buccaneers," Bucs co-chair Joel Glazer said in a statement released by the team.

In three seasons, Tampa Bay was 17-31, sandwiching three and four-win seasons around a 10-6 effort in 2010, and never qualifying for the playoffs. Expectations were high heading into the season, and only higher after the Bucs started 4-2.

"I have a lot of respect for the passion Coach Morris gave to our team, but this change is one we felt was necessary," General Manager Mark Dominik said.

And then the wheels came off. Tampa Bay lost 10 in a row, most in convincing fashion. They allowed at least 24 points in each game over the final two and a half months of the season, seven times allowed more than 30 and gave up more than 40 on three occasions.

Thus, Morris' firing wasn't a surprise, even to him.

"It was the way we finished the season,'' Morris said, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. "The game-losing streak. You don't have that and survive in this league and we all know that. It is what it is, you have to be ready to deal.

"They blew it up. I have nothing bad to say about the Glazers, Mark (Dominik). The Glazers gave me a great opportunity and we almost pulled it off.''

Morris has been on the proverbial hot seat since Thanksgiving or so. Last week, he made it clear that he wanted to finish what he 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," Morris 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.”

When Morris was hired, team co-chairman Joel Glazer called him "a leader, [who] commands the respect of the team ... and his peers … Raheem can relate to today's NFL player … The game has changed a lot. It's always changing. ... If you don't adapt to those changes, you can't compete."

Gruden, who led the Bucs to a Super Bowl title following the 2002 season, had been unimpressive in his last three seasons. He was 4-12 in 2006, and 9-7 in 2007 and 2008. Morris was supposed to be the younger, newer version of Gruden. Turns out, he wasn't. And now the Glazers begin the process again.

Morris shouldn't be out of work long. He was a 32-year-old defensive coordinator before he got the Bucs job and he'll likely return to that role. And if things go well, there's every reason to believe he'll get another shot at a head-coaching gig in the future.

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Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Raheem Morris fired by Buccaneers

TiredofCrap2--  A little research, check out the population of China.  They are .7% population black.  There is a reason why.  You are just a hater and a racist whatever your color is.  You will complain and whine until you get what you want but have no ability it seems to do for yourself.  You make your racist comments, why don't you check your options out before you complain.  You might get what you ask for.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Raheem Morris fired by Buccaneers

Raheem Morris  worked  cheap apparently,   the  whole  team is  working on the cheap as  well.  Apparently  all the CASH is going to  Manchester United of English Soccer   and The Buccaneers   are  getting the  raw  end of the deal ant the crumbs.    Our  best player  on defense  is  a  15 year  fellow named  Rondee  Barber  - he  is the  best  but  surrounded  by alleged felons and  misfits  and players  cut from other teams.  Hired  by the  Bucs  because they  are  cheap hires .    The  new staff  needs to implode the team   -  but  better  yet  convince the  Glazer's  Foundation  to  re-allocate some of it's  CASH  to Tampa.  Question is  when will the CASH strapped Glazer's  sell  the  franchise?   Do it  soon  please  we in Tampa  need a  team.   Jimmy  Johnson - Super Bowl champs Dallas Cowboys  1992 and 1993  and  National Colege champs Miami Hurricanes - college team said he  could fix  the Bucs.   Why not  fire the GM  as  well  and  give  Jimmie Johnson total  control  enough CASH  to  put a decent team on the  field and  get Tampa  a decent professional  football  team.   

 




Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:52 pm
 

Raheem Morris fired by Buccaneers

Raheem  Morris     worked  cheap apparently,   the  whole  team is  working on the cheap as  well.  Apparently  all the CASH  is going to  Manchester United of English Soccer   and The Buccaneers   are  getting the  raw  end of the deal ant the crumbs.   

Our  best player  on defense  is  a  15 year  fellow named  Rondee  Barber  - he  is the  best  but  surrounded  by alleged felons and  misfits  and players  cut from other teams.  Hired  by the  Bucs  because they  are  cheap hires .    The  new staff  needs to implode the team   -  but  better  yet  convince the  Glazer's  Foundation  to  re-allocate some of it's  CASH  to Tampa.

Question is  when will the  CASH strapped  Glazer's  sell this  franchise?

The  answer  is  when they  do  the fans  in  Tampa Bay will have  a  franchise  that  will sell  the  extras,  have  TV  coverage again and  make the community  of  Tampa Bay a heck of a lot happier  - it  can't  get much worse.   

Jimmy  Johnson  Super bowl champs  Dallas Cowboys 1992 and 1993 and  National Champs  Miami Huricances - college team   said  he  could fix it  -  give  him total control  fire the GM  and  I know he could - but he's  still going to need some CASH.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:52 pm
 

Raheem Morris fired by Buccaneers

Dude, Your stupid racial rant earlier needed a response.  They should remove you from the forum.  You are another keyboard warrior.  What is funny is you want the Rams to come back to LA.  The funny thing is that no one wants to go back to LA.  You guys are killing each other over Shoes.  I don't know how you guys are going to act when they take your food stamps away!


tiredofcrap2
Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:41 pm
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Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:39 pm
 

Raheem Morris fired by Buccaneers

i have mixed emotions on this. in defense of morris he took over an aging team on the decline. the decision was made to rebuild the team via the draft. early on it seemed that raheem and dominik were doing very well in the draft. the issue with going young is that you are going to hit bumps in the road. you cant build a team solely through the draft and i dont think raheem was givin all the tools needed to succed. you also cannot build a team solely through free agency. where the mistakes were made is they did not supplement the team with any free agents. i think many of their issues is with their youth. they've drafted 4 defensive linemen in the 1st and 2nd round in the past 2 years. unfortunately not many defensive lineman play well in their first couple of years. even the great warren sapp wasnt great during his 1st 2 years. in defense of the firing this team gave up!!  it was obvious that they were not trying and you have to hold raheem accountable. the defense was terrible and i think i could have rushed for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns against this defense. i dont think this team is that far away from getting back on track. freeman needs a weapon and i would load up on defensive backs and linebackers through the draft and free agency. hopefully the d line will come around with experience. the offense is better than the offense we had when we won the superbowl but the defense is terrible




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:27 pm
 

Should have "fired" the Glazers

One of the oldest cliches in professional sports is that you can't fire the owner.  In this case, though, that is exactly what should have been done.  The Glazers would rather pour all of their money into Manchester United than the Bucs.  Ever since they bought Manchester United, the Bucs have gone back to being one of the worst franchises in the NFL.  
 
They made Jon Gruden look like an idiot, and now they have turned Raheem Morris from a coach of the year candidate into another fired ex-head coach.  If the Glazers don't want to spend enough money to turn the Bucs into a contender, they should be forced to sell the team.  
 
As much as it hurts, I wish everyone in the Tampa Bay area would boycott the Bucs.  Why pay NFL ticket prices when the Glazers aren't spending enough money to put a decent Arena League team on the field?    How in the world are they going to hire another coach to try and win without the players to do so?  
 
Since addled William Clay Ford has become too senile to be involved in day-to-day operations with the Lions, the Bucs are now back to familiar ground: the most poorly-run franchise in the NFL.   Bleep the Glazers.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Raheem Morris fired by Buccaneers

Reputation 99   you are  and  aren't  correct.   The  Glazers   are   strapped  for   cash  thus pouring their millions into Manchester Uninted  soccer club -  leaves  sub players  and big  holes for the  Bucs.    Living here in the Tampa  area  the ( the Glazers)   got  rid of most of their  veterans  -  salary  issues.   We  as fans get the  short side  of their folley  with the  English soccer team  commanding the lions share of the cash for sporting  teams.

I heard  Jimmy Johnson  ex Cowboys - Super Bowl Champs 92 and 93  say  on FOX  sports yesterday  he  could fix the Bucs   -     I really think he  could   - but still  Johnson or  whoever takes the  job needs  more  cash than  the franchise  has available apparently to fix the problems.   If the  player is  not asking for too  much dough  he  can  play here in Tampa,   until  they  re-allocate  some of the cash from  soccer to football  we will have  a  crappy  team  for  more years  to come.    We  see  Miami and  Jacksonville  on NFL  TV  now   damn  blackouts  and  that's  likely to continue  for  quite  a while.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Raheem Morris fired by Buccaneers

This is stupid. The GM should have been fired first for not making any significant free agent moves in the offseason and for allowing Raheem Morris to remain on as the defensive coordinator as well as allowing Olsen to remain the offensive coordinator.

The Bucs should have hired new coordinators and then gone after veterans to fill the inexperienced secondary and OLB positions on defense. On offense, the Bucs need at least one complete RB, a speedy savvy veteran WR to compliment an underaged receiving corp, draft a promising receiving tight end, improve the offensive line, pick up a veteren pocket passing QB to mentor Josh Freeman, and draft for talent and value more than just team-building. The Bucs also need to improve their conditioning and fundamentals.

This should have been the plan in this offseason with Raheem getting another year to prove himself. Now what the hell are they doing? Just trying to be cheap again? How long will it be until an entire new coaching staff is assembled and a new team philosophy implemented with this underaged team?

The NFL should step in and hold owners like the Glazers' feet to the fire or disasters like the Bucs will continue to erode NFL fan bases as team interest wanes in the wake of irresponsible/apathetic ownership who shortsightedly put immediate profits ahead of team building. Do we really want the NFL to be like the NBA where only a few select team markets dominate the entire league?

Raheem is a talented but inexperienced head coach, but lacked the right supporting coaching staff and vetern leadership in the locker-room and had a buttload of injuries along with suspensions on defense. He did the best he could with what he had. His smoke and mirrors approach in 2010 proved he has what it takes to coach in the NFL.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:33 pm
 

Raheem Morris fired by Buccaneers

SAHommie, I am a black man that feels that Morris should have been fired before last year ended...He has the right personality, but x's and o's wise, he is about as qualified to be a head coach in the NFL as Mike Singletary.


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