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Bucs deny cleaning up Raheem Morris quotes

NFL_morris_250.jpgOn Saturday, the folks at pointed out that the quotes from press conferences conducted by Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris often end up being altered to a certain extent, once they are transcribed and printed in the various publications of the traditional media.

On Sunday, provided an example of the phenomenon, which suggests that perhaps the team has been making subtle yet significant revisions to his words.

Said Morris regarding what he has learned in after a year as a head coach, via and his own mouth:  “Now, I’m at a different stage.  I’m at a different point.  I’m like Josh
Freeman, as a head coach.  I’m at a different point where I got

Said Morris, via the local newspapers:  “Now, I’m at a different stage.  I’m like Josh Freeman as
a head coach.  I’ve got a direction, and we know exactly what we want to

The fact that the same quotes appeared in two different print publications suggests that the team distributed a hard copy of the quotes, with the words gently massaged.  But as points out, “I’m at a different point where I got direction” (which is what Morris said) and “I’ve got a direction, and we know exactly what we want to do” sends two different messages.  “I got direction” implies that, in 2009, Morris had none at all.  “I’ve got a direction, and we know exactly what we want to do” implies that, in 2009, he had a different direction — but nevertheless a direction, and thus not “no direction.”

It would be naive to assume that the P.R. folks who are charged with making the team look good would never adjust a quote in the hope of helping out the head coach.  Our guess is that, 99 percent of the time, it’s never noticed.  When it is, the responsible parties need only to invoke the catch phrase of the one of the products of our modern-day Shakespeares.

UPDATE:  The Buccaneers deny changing any quotes from Morris.  “We do not clean up, nor even transcribe or circulate press conference quotes to
the media who cover our team,” spokesman Jonathan Grella said via e-mail.  “You can ask each of them yourself.”

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17 Responses to “Bucs deny cleaning up Raheem Morris quotes”
  1. robert ethen says: Jun 27, 2010 12:32 PM

    Morris slips the guys in P.R. the odd used jersey for their kids. In return they give him a few extra I.Q. points. Everyone wins.

  2. cailte says: Jun 27, 2010 12:42 PM

    Bucs need to clean up a helluva lot more than Morris. Besides, intelligent speech may not be the essential ingredient to coach second tier talent and communicate with second tier ownership.

  3. RED GRANGE says: Jun 27, 2010 1:05 PM


  4. rovibe says: Jun 27, 2010 2:44 PM

    RED GRANGE — Dude, chill. That story was already posted here YESTERDAY. You missed it. Go check the archive before you spout off.

  5. sethb22 says: Jun 27, 2010 3:44 PM

    Bucs bashing on Sundays, WTF florio! Its just like last season! let me get an offseason.

  6. Slow Joe says: Jun 27, 2010 4:29 PM

    I like Rah, but yeah, half the time I have no clue what he’s talking about.

  7. simple_simon1 says: Jun 27, 2010 4:34 PM

    Actually, he’s simply reporting news that was covered by the actual Bucs’ sponsored web. He isn’t bashing, this time. There is no opinions mixed in he’s simply put the facts out there as according to……

  8. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Jun 27, 2010 4:46 PM

    “Bucs deny cleaning up Raheem Morris quotes”
    Do they translate them into English, first?

  9. bgdabengal says: Jun 27, 2010 5:23 PM

    Maybe 1 media outlet just stole it from the other media outlet?

  10. Dogsweat says: Jun 27, 2010 6:05 PM

    The Buccaneers of Los Angeles….

  11. allinSTACKme says: Jun 27, 2010 8:00 PM

    Shouldn’t this have been a sign in the interviewing process of Morris? Typically, if a person is not intelligent enough to speak (a good sign of said inability: the use of the word “axe” in place of the word “ask”), he’s not going to be smart enough to be a major key in an NFL franchise.
    If this post offends you, it’s directed at you.

  12. jaxdolfan says: Jun 27, 2010 8:25 PM

    Who is this Raheem Morris guy? Was he a player or coach somewhere before this? Is he the owner’s son or something? How did he get that job?

  13. ModHairKen says: Jun 27, 2010 8:31 PM

    Never has a man spoken so many words and said so little. Rah’s news conference quotes are incomprehensible. No great surprise that somebody cleans them up for the fatass lazy print media.
    The entire team from top to bottom is in disarray. 3-13 last year. They may win 6 games this year, but 3-5 home games will likely be blacked out.
    The team went 9-7 back-to-back under Jon Gruden, who was thanked with termination. If Rah Mo is less than .500 this year, the Glazer boys better can him or else they will look like hypocrites.

  14. cowboys1 says: Jun 27, 2010 8:32 PM

    hahahaha!!! RED GRANGE is an idiot!!!

  15. Dogsweat says: Jun 27, 2010 9:15 PM

    Morris and Coaches:

  16. JoeSixPack says: Jun 27, 2010 9:49 PM

    “The fact that the same quotes appeared in two different print publications suggests that the team distributed a hard copy of the quotes, with the words gently massaged. ”
    When you finally get your foot out of your mouth, that other shoe might drop Mike.
    … if the Bucs really aren’t distributing transcripts and that’s not what he said, and both are printing the errant quote verbatim then one of them is plagiarizing the other.
    Looks like you found a story – just not the one you initially thought.

  17. olcap says: Jun 28, 2010 11:55 AM

    Raheem Morris is a moron.

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