Tag:Raheem Morris
Posted on: August 29, 2010 12:05 am

Raheem Morris pulls no punches in criticism of DE

Posted by Andy Benoit

Enjoy Raheem Morris while he’s young because, chances are, he won’t be this candid about his players once he’s been a head coach a few years. Check out what Morris had to say about 31-year-old defensive end Stylez White (courtesy of Anwar Phillips of the Tampa Tribune):

"Stylez is my Allen Iverson, and he's not going to change," Morris said. "He's gotten better. He's gotten better the last couple of days and practiced (better) throughout training camp than he has in the past, but he is Allen Iverson."

Morris gave White that label last season because of his practice habits.

White, 31, has been known to pace himself during practices, to the frustration of his coaches. While they have worked hard to push his buttons, White does not always leave everything out on the practice field.

In fact, ESPN reporter Pat Yasinkas recently labeled White the "Biggest Disappointment" of Tampa Bay's training camp because of his practice habits and his lack of leadership skills.

"It's never acceptable, and he's gotten better, but like I tell him every day, we're going to tolerate him until we can replace him," Morris said.

White has heard Morris' criticisms for more than a year and he has tried to brush them off. Morris has jokingly threatened to send him back to Best Buy or the Arena Football League, both are employers on White's resume.

Although Morris is sometimes joking, White admits he has been bothered at times by his coach's criticism, and he thinks it is unwarranted.

"It's completely overblown. Completely overblown," White said. "I do pretty good at practice. I'm just trying to get back in game shape."

Wow. How often does a coach a.) say this to a player, b.) tell the media he said it to a player and c.) have that player, who is nearly as old as the coach, not utterly rebel?

White, whose first name used to be Greg, is a solid but unspectacular end. He had 6.5 sacks last season and 13 sacks over the two years before that.

White was a seventh-round pick out of Minnesota in 2002. He bounced around the NFL but never caught on anywhere. Eventually, he wound up as a member of the Arena League’s Orlando Predators. When he left the Arena League in ’07, Predators head coach, Jay Gruden recommended White to his brother Jon. White joined the Bucs in 2007 and replaced Simeon Rice.

Most guys with the Arena League/Best Buy employee type background attract labels like “blue collar” and “hardworking”. How many of them change their name to Stylez and draw practice habit comparisons to A.I.?

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:52 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 9:53 am

Hot Routes 08.25.10: Bleeding nose and sore toes

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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- Donovan McNabb will sit out Washington’s third preseason game due to a sprained ankle. FB Mike Sellers also will be out.

- San Diego running back Ryan Mathews has undergone a procedure that would stop his nose from bleeding during games. The procedure sounds less than appetizing.

- Don’t say that Jaguars WR Jarett Dillard isn’t specific. In this article, Dillard explains exactly how many receptions he wants to make this season. That number is 67.

- Yesterday we wondered why the Redskins would sign Tyrone Carter given the team’s depth at safety. Now we know. Starting free safety Kareem Moore is expected to be out four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn medical collateral ligament in his right knee.

- Ravens OT Jared Gaither doesn’t need surgery, but he’s not going to rush back, either.

- Well, at least Patriots RB Lawrence Maroney, who has just eight carries in two preseason games, has kept his sense of humor .

- Pisa Tinoisamoa may win the strongside linebacker job in Chicago after Nick Roach underwent minor knee surgery Tuesday.

- Jimmy Clausen is practicing but may battle a sore right big toe all season.

- Wondering which team will log the most travel miles in 2010? The answer: San Francisco, with 35,219 (thanks, in part, to the London trip).

- Kellen Winslow (or, since he’s a member of the Bucs, Kellen “Losefast”) may not play at all this preseason . He’s healthy – Raheem Morris just has no need to evaluate him at this point.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 3:07 pm

Josh Freeman could be back for opener

J. Freeman, with a bandaged thumb, passed along words of wisdom to J. Johnson (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Buccaneers seem confident that QB Josh Freeman – who broke the tip of his thumb on his throwing hand Saturday – will return for the team’s season opener. He’ll just have to play in a little bit of pain.

Until then, though, GM Mark Domenik, filling in for the absent Raheem Morris at the team’s news conference, told reporters he would like to sign another quarterback in the meantime.

As the St. Petersburg Times writes, that quarterback could be undrafted rookie free agent Jevan Snead – who was released by Tampa Bay at the end of last month.

“It is a broken bone in his thumb, so he's just got to let that actually fuse back together,” Domenik said. “But it's a lot about the swelling, it's about being able to grasp the football, to hold onto it and be accurate with the ball. But this week, he's going to be extremely limited to almost doing nothing, just to give him a chance to really get his body healthy and move forward from there.

"Injuries are part of it and you deal with that in every aspect of the game. I think every sport handles injuries the same way. It's just part of the nature of the beast. You just continue to prepare the guys behind them and I think our coaching staff has done a very good job with our two young quarterbacks in Josh Johnson and Rudy Carpenter. I think they both played their best game this last week, so you just have to prepare the guys behind them to step up if that were to happen. But certainly, we're looking forward to Josh being out there against the Cleveland Browns.''

As we pointed out here , having to play Johnson or Carpenter during the regular season wouldn’t be the ideal situation, considering Johnson is 0-4 as a starter and Carpenter has never played in an NFL game.

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 8:19 pm

Mike Williams getting first-team reps in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed their wide receiver issues (or, at the very least, attempted to address those issues) in the draft: taking Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams in the second and fourth rounds, respectively. Williams and Benn are both quite talented: whether they work out in the long run, of course, is yet to be determined.

But it sure does seem like they're going to get a chance to play -- Williams, in particular, is getting run with the starters after a "dynamic" offseason for the Bucs. Sayeth head coach Raheem Morris:

"He's a big, tall, fast guy who can go out there and make plays, and right now he's running with the ones. So he'll have an opportunity to go out there and prove himself in the preseason. Depth charts don't come out until we play Cleveland (the first regular-season game). But right now, he's running with the ones (first team), and he's having a ball and his teammates are having a ball with him."

Morris also pointed to Sammie Stroughter as a guy who'll spend some time at the "X position" and cautioned that it wasn't fair to compare Williams to Benn, at least in the sense of Benn being drafted first (and therefore having theoretically higher expectations).

Williams is an interesting case, because he has tons of talent, obviously. But he quit the Syracuse team in 2009 when it appeared he might be suspended ... following his suspension for the entire 2008 season.

As Sean Keeley said this morniing , if you're a Syracuse fan, you should go ahead and prepare yourself for a discussion of "misunderstandings" while he was at Syracuse. If you're a Bucs fan, well, you'll probably end up being a little bit less upset, provided Williams can keep his head on straight and handle the pressures of being a starting rookie wide receiver in the NFL.

Since, well, you go ahead and look at that roster and tell me who's beating him out for the job. In all seriousness, though, Williams and Benn are a pair of guys that, if they pan out the way Tampa hopes they will, could form with Josh Freeman to create a pretty formidable offensive core.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 11:30 pm

Keydrick Vincent looking to start for Bucs

Last week, we wrote this about how the Buccaneers’ signing of Keydrick Vincent could mean that he was going to challenge for Jeremy Zuttah’s LG starting spot.

Looks like that’s what Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris has in mind, as well.

According to the St. Petersburg Times , Morris said Vincent indeed will have the chance to take Zuttah’s job.

--Josh Katzowitz

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