Tag:Raheem Morris
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:48 pm

Hot Routes 11.12.10: Balance for the Jets rushing

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • LaDainian Tomlinson's been the story of the Jets rushing attack so far this season (yes, his dominance outweighs how terrible Shonn Greene has been). But the tides could be turning -- Rex Ryan wants to see a "more balanced" split in carries (anticipating about 50 carries a game) between Greene and Tomlinson going forward. RB coach Anthony Lynn points out that Greene -- whose YPC is up near 4.8 in recent games, while Tomlinson's is under 4.0 -- is "built for November, December, January." It makes sense, particularly if the Jets can get some separation in working towards a playoff spot, because there's no reason in wasting LdT during meaningless games of the regular season.
  • How safe is Mike Singletary's job in San Francisco? Tim Kawakami's already putting together a list of potential replacements.
  • Dom Capers, who's killing it with a depleted Green Bay defense this season, isn't inclined to talk about head coaching jobs right now.
  • Joe Flacco believes the Ravens left "a little bit too much time on the clock" for the Falcons Thursday night. This is technically correct, but, and I really hate to agree with Joe Thiesmann here, if you can get six when the Ravens got six, you take the points.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:58 am

F&R NFL Approval Matrix, Week 9

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 6:55 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 7:06 pm

Morris admits Bucs aren't NFC's best anymore

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Buccaneers played fairly well but lost at Atlanta Sunday. They’re now 5-3 and behind the Falcons, Saints, Giants and Packers in the NFC standings. So where does their confident head coach think they rank now?

“We can’t say we are the best team right now,’’ Morris said. "We do not have the least amount of losses, so that would not be an accurate statement by me this week.’’


The Bucs had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but LeGarrette Blount’s off-right-tackle run on fourth-and-one near the goal-line was stuffed. Two rare Josh Freeman interceptions (he has a total of just five picks on the season) had put the Bucs behind the eight ball before that. So had their inability to keep Michael Turner in check (each and every one of Atlanta’s 130 rushing yards on the afternoon seemed to be a productive, field position-shifter).

"They're a good football team, make no mistake about that," Morris said. "We were big-time resilient against a big-time team."

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 8:36 pm

Raheem Morris not quite as boastful

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So, Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris, would you care to amend your comments about Tampa Bay being the best team in the NFC?

"We don't have the fewest losses anymore, so we can't be right now,'' he told the media, including the Tampa Tribune, after the Buccaneers fell 27-21 in Atlanta. "If I were to say that now, it would not be an accurate statement.''

OK, there you go (though it doesn’t sound like he thinks he’s wrong. Even now.)

But while people scoffed at his statement two weeks ago, Morris is not far off. The Buccaneers fell a yard short on a fourth and one from Atlanta’s 2-yard line late in the fourth quarter as the Falcons preserved their victory. If LeGarrette Blount somehow scores on the play, Tampa Bay likely wins. And then what?

For now, at 5-3, there aren’t many teams in the NFC that are clearly better than Tampa Bay. The Giants, yes. The Falcons, yes. The Saints, probably (New Orleans did dominate the Buccaneers 31-6 three weeks ago). The Eagles and the Packers, maybe but leaning toward yes.

But if there’s one thing we know, it’s this. This isn’t the same Tampa Bay squad that finished 3-13 last year. The Buccaneers are much better. Maybe not the best team in the NFC, but definitely closer to the best than most of us thought possible.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:57 pm

NFL Week 8 Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 8 is here. And it's sooooo spooky. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration, but there are some terrifyingly awesome matchups on the slate. For instance, Randy Moss' return to New England when the Patriots and the Vikings square off.

So Andy and I do what Andy and I do, which can best be described as "break down the week's action, podcast style." It's a Week 8 Halloween bonanza, and we figure out whether the Titans should start Kerry Collins or Vince Young, why Raheem Morris won't stop taking crazy pills, if the Packers-Jets matchup is a Super Bowl preview, whether or not the Dolphins and Bengals are underachieving and what the hell the NFL is doing in London.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:17 am

Hot Routes 10.26.10: Math means Morris is right

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- You have to love Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris’ … um … stubbornness in the face of the stats that tell the world that the claims he’s making are completely wrong. From today’s Tampa Tribune: “Even after it was pointed out that the Bucs rank 23rd in the league in total offense and 22nd in the league in total defense (including 31st in the league against the run), Morris refused to alter his claim. ‘Stats are for losers, so you keep looking at stats and we'll keep looking at wins … I mean, you are what your record says you are in this league, and right now we're tied for the fewest losses (in the National Football Conference), so that makes us the best team.’ His logic is flawless.

- Hooray for Patriots SS Brandon Meriweather! He didn’t get in trouble this week with the NFL. That thrills Bill Belichick to no end.

- Chiefs coach Todd Haley has a weird sense of the schedule and where his teams stands in the AFC West. But whatever, because whatever he’s doing is working.

- How many times will Cardinals RB Tim Hightower have to fumble before Ken Whisenhunt replaces him in the starting lineup with Beanie Wells? Apparently, four is a pretty good number. Sounds like Whisenhunt could insert Wells into Hightower’s role.

- Eagles QB Michael Vick is predicting he’ll be 100 percent by the time Philadelphia plays Indianapolis on Nov. 7.

- Speaking of 100 percent, that’s where Jets CB Darrelle Revis says he is right now after fighting through hamstring problems. If you click the link, be prepared for plenty of analogies regarding Revis Island.

- Speaking of Eagles players who are injured, coach Andy Reid said WR DeSean Jackson has passed his concussion test. He also could be ready for the Colts game.

- Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall can NOT believe Bears QB Jay Cutler still would throw his way if their teams met again. “If I had to play Jay Cutler every single week, man, I'd be in the Hall of Fame,” Hall said in his latest bit of trash talking. Turns out, Hall will be in the Hall of Fame. Well, his jersey from last Sunday (when he picked off four passes) will be, at least.

- If you want your hair to look exactly like Troy Polamalu’s locks, I have an easy solution for you. Hair and Shoulders shampoo is not included, though.

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:35 pm

Tanard Jackson to enter rehab

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to a report on NFL.com, Buccaneers S Tanard Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely (but, at the very least, for a year) after violating the league’s substance abuse policy and program for the third time, will check into a rehab center in the near future. 

Steve Wyche writes Tampa Bay will keep Jackson, even though his suspension hurt the Buccaneers last Sunday. In his place, they had to start rookie seventh-round pick Cody Grimm, and he didn’t play very well, allowing Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace to catch a 46-yard TD pass from Charlie Batch.

Andy suggested last week that Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik might want to place a call to Ken Hamlin, but Hamlin re-signed with Baltimore today, so that option is out the window.

Coach Raheem Morris has said, though, the Bucs will continue to look for free agents who can help minimize Jackson's absence.

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