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Morris on Bucs defense: "It's already out of hand"

Rosenthal pointed out earlier today the specific concerns of Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris regarding the team’s defense.  Morris also expressed Monday general concerns with a unit that began to plummet last year once word of long-time coordinator Monte Kiffin’s departure leaked and has only gotten worse since Kiffin — and multiple key veteran players — left the organization.

Asked Monday if he can keep the struggles on the defense, for years the strength of the franchise, from getting out of hand, Morris said (per JoeBucsFan.com), “It’s already out of hand.”

But Morris didn’t seem to be concerned by the fact that, statistically, Tampa Bay has the second-worst defense in the league. 

“We’ll move up gradually throughout that process,” he said in comments distributed by the team.  “A couple more teams play Drew Brees [and the Saints], we won’t have that problem.”

What Morris seems to be overlooking is that the Bucs still have to play Drew Brees and the Saints. 

Twice.

The Bucs also play the Giants, Eagles, Falcons twice, Panthers twice, Patriots, Dolphins, Jets, Seahawks, and Packers.

So, frankly, Morris shouldn’t count on moving up, unless the list to which he’s referring is “worst teams in the NFL.”

Then again, the Bucs already occupy a high position on that one.

And somewhere in South Florida, Jon Gruden is smiling.

Wait, he never smiles.  Let me try that again.

Somewhere in South Florida, Jon Gruden is sneering in a manner that is intended to convey satisfaction. 

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20 Responses to “Morris on Bucs defense: "It's already out of hand"”
  1. dietrich43 says: Sep 21, 2009 5:02 PM

    Somewhere, Jon Gruden is dropping f-bombs out of the side of his sneer……
    The Bucs, Lions, Rams and Browns are all “competing” for the No. 1 pick next year.

  2. sim448 says: Sep 21, 2009 5:04 PM

    this guy is in way over his head. well, we can all get nostalgic, because the old bucs are back.

  3. Bob Nelson says: Sep 21, 2009 5:05 PM

    They are just behind the Rams in the race for the number draft pick next season. They will be moving up.

  4. Vikes-N-Favre says: Sep 21, 2009 5:06 PM

    Monte Kiffin was their defense.. When you lose your leader, you lose your mojo.. The days of Tampa Bay being the best defense in the league are gone..

  5. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Sep 21, 2009 5:06 PM

    OK – so can any of you morons please explain to me how Jacoby Jones’ supposed catch was ruled a TD on Sunday and Murphy’s was not?
    Anyone care to elaborate on the differences between the two? Anyone? And I’m looking straight at you, Flowerio – but we all know you’re too gutless to mention anything negative about Jones’ call. Did the officials get that one right, Flowerio?

  6. bucco bruce says: Sep 21, 2009 5:08 PM

    Morris is out of hand, he’s out of his league. His presser today showed just how arrogant he is. He thinks he really was involved in the 2002 Super Bowl Championship, but he was a quality control coach. Don’t they fix equipment and fetch coffee? He should be doing the same currently.
    Gruden is laughing because as Morris was named Defensive coordinator last December before Gruden was fired, and after watching this team so far this year, if this is the way Morris handles the team, the defense would have been putrid under Morris.
    Gruden is laughing all the way to the bank, still under contract and getting paid for MNF without having to deal with the swill now at One Buc Place. Miss you on the sidelines, but enjoy MNF now more.

  7. Xpensive Wino says: Sep 21, 2009 5:22 PM

    Big fan of yours and big fan of this site but damn dude, you guys need to have someone proof your stuff before it’s posted. If I had a dollar for every word you guys leave out of sentences, I’d be rich. PFT is big-time now, but these repeated mistakes are bush league. I nitpick because I care!

  8. MattMoore For 09 says: Sep 21, 2009 5:22 PM

    FOR A MONMENT I THOUGHT THE CAROLINA PANTHERS WERE GOING TO BE THE WORST TEAM IN THIS DIVISION. BUT GOOD old TAMPA BAY HELP US OUT. I BET DERRICK BROOKS IS LOOKING LIKE JON BEASON OR PATRICK WILLIS TO YOU BUC FANS NOW.
    WHAT MAKES IT WORST IS THAT BY THE TIME YOU GUYS BECOME A SERIOUS CONTENDER AGAIN MOST OF YOUR PRETTY SOLID OFFENSIVE LINE WILL HAVE EITHER REACH LOWER 30S OR GONE TO A CONTENDER.
    OR JUST FINISH IN LAST PLACE THIS YEAR AND YOU ARE GUARNATEED TO WIN THE DIVISION NEXT YEAR.

  9. Magnum says: Sep 21, 2009 5:22 PM

    Somewhere in South Florida, the glazers are regretting buying into the Raheem Morris hype! Fire him now! He’s in over his head!

  10. magsdad1 says: Sep 21, 2009 5:22 PM

    And people think McDaniels is a joke?
    Sheesh.

  11. Hap says: Sep 21, 2009 5:23 PM

    So, The Eags are done, too ? Jim’s gone.
    So,The G”s are done, too ? Spag’s gone.

  12. Okey says: Sep 21, 2009 6:04 PM

    The quality of a team is a reflection of it’s leadership and so Morris is a crappy leader. Morris only has his own self to blame for the mess that the Bucs are in right now. The sooner they realize Morris isn’t a winner the sooner they can look for a REAL HC!

  13. bearsrule says: Sep 21, 2009 6:12 PM

    Welcome to the beginning of the end for the Bucs. There’s an old saying, Raheem, ” be careful what you wish for………”

  14. Bigbluefan says: Sep 21, 2009 6:19 PM

    Hap
    The Giants do not wrap them self around anyone coach or player they are a complete team top to bottom
    Strahan leaves they win the div
    Tiki gone Win it all
    Shocky gone party in the parking lot
    plex gone eli throws more then ever
    And of course set the stage for jerrys house of waffles
    ITS a TEAM not a Coach or a player

  15. barry0181 says: Sep 21, 2009 8:37 PM

    Here’s the deal…..Raheem Morris may be over his head but give him a chance…..I don’t blame him….I blame the Glazers…….They are cutting costs like you wouldn’t believe……We (and when I saw we I mean the Bucs) are 30 million under the cap……I don’t care who the coach is- If you don’t have the talent you aren’t going to win- plain and simple…..I say they sell the team who will actually spend money…..I know DeBartolo has been wanting to buy them for years now……

  16. skinny pigeon says: Sep 21, 2009 9:23 PM

    As someone who bought season tickets for the Bucs starting in 1978, I’d like to make a points.
    Dungy started 0-5 as the Bucs head coach.
    In 1979, after going 0-26 for the 1976 season and the first 12 games of 1977, the Bucs were number one in defense.
    Morris/Dominick dumped players who would not have made a difference in either result of the first two games.
    The Bucs will be back. In three years.

  17. slipkid says: Sep 21, 2009 9:35 PM

    yes i noticed a lot of folks have stfu about mcdaniels…
    thebucsuc.
    lions dont look that bad.

  18. TCH4ever says: Sep 21, 2009 9:36 PM

    My goodness all this Raheem hating is ridiculous. Its the second week of the damn season. Granted they dont look like a New York or a Pittsburgh but its not like they havnt played some decent teams. They have one of the hardest schedules in the league.
    The offseason moves were questionable but ultimately the Glazers were the ones to sign off on them. Raheem is in the middle of a young, rebuilding Bucs team and is an easy target being a first year head coach and given his experience and age. Give the guy a chance. In no way do they look like a Cleaveland or a St. Louis. I have watched both games this year and Tampa has been in both, late in the game with chances to take the lead. Tampa’s offense has surprised me while their defense has disappointed to say the least. They have enough talent and experience on their defense to right that ship and become a more balanced team. I am not saying they will win the super bowl or even win 6 games for that matter but they will have a few surprises in store this year.

  19. Bubba Maximus says: Sep 21, 2009 10:35 PM

    I’ve been saying it since the preseason: the Bucs are headed for a 2-14 season and the first pick in the 2010 draft.
    Did anybody read SI’s preview of the Bucs? In it, “Coach” Morris admitted that he’s always been arrogant. Why a guy who’s never been anything but a position coach was so full of himself is beyond me, but hopefully this season will teach the “coach” a little humility.
    In the meantime, when you look at their schedule, there’s not a single game that makes you think, “yeah, they’ll win that one.” Obviously, there will be a few games the Bucs CAN win, but I can’t imagine them being favored in any of their 14 remaining games.
    Through two games, the Bucs have given up a ton of big plays, and they’ve committed a ton of penalties. Those are two characteristics of a poorly coached team.
    The Bucs thought they were getting the next Mike Tomlin, but it looks like they got the next Lilly Tomlin instead.

  20. pfinfl says: Sep 22, 2009 7:42 AM

    Jon Gruden is in Tennessee.

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