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Bucs' Sabby Piscitelli, Raheem Morris in war of words

Buccaneers strong safety Sabby Piscitelli isn’t happy with the way he lost his starting job to Sean Jones.

And Bucs coach Raheem Morris isn’t happy with the way Piscitelli expressed his unhappiness.

I don’t think it was ever a competition,” Piscitelli said. “That’s just my opinion, and I’m going to go with it. I just, personally, don’t think it was ever a competition. That’s all I want to say on that.”

Morris replied by saying that Piscitelli’s problem wasn’t that there was no competition — it’s that he approached the competition as if it weren’t a competition.

“If he thinks that way then that’s probably why he didn’t get it,” Morris said. “I think you go out there and you do your very best at everything you do. That’s Sabby’s problem at this point. Again, that’s Sabby’s problem, not mine.”

Piscitelli said he was informed that he’s no longer a starter in a text message from defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake.

“I didn’t like that,” Piscitelli said of finding out that Jones beat him out by text. “So I told [Lake] I’d talk to him first thing in the morning, but I guess they already posted it [on the team’s web site]. So, I sat down with [Lake] in the morning and had a discussion like a man and talked to [Morris] later.”

It sounds like Piscitelli and Morris still have some issues to talk about.

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31 Responses to “Bucs' Sabby Piscitelli, Raheem Morris in war of words”
  1. toothpick says: Aug 25, 2010 4:55 PM

    He’s wrong for whining, but he’s right about the text message. That’s incredibly weak.

  2. noles426 says: Aug 25, 2010 4:55 PM

    Sabby lead the team with missed tackles and i’m pretty sure he was towards the head of the leaugue in that stat collumn. I’m a die hard fan and i’ll be the first to say he would have had to be John Lynch reincarnated in training camp to get that starting spot. IMO

  3. ModHairKen says: Aug 25, 2010 4:56 PM

    So, now the coaches notify the players about the starting lineup by text message? Brilliant! Boy, firing Gruden sure was smart.
    Here’s another pearl from Rah: “That’s Sabby’s problem, not mine.” Great! It will be your problem, Boy Moron, when he and Ruud and a few others get sick of your sucking up to Ronde Barber and other butt-buddies.
    Trivia time:
    Who is the only coach in Buccaneer history to sell out every home game? Right! Jon Gruden.
    Who is the only coach to go 9-7 two years in a row and be fired? Correct! Jon Gruden.
    Who is the only Tampa coach to win a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers? Three for three! Jon Gruden.

  4. Tim Tebow's Prayers says: Aug 25, 2010 4:57 PM

    That is a weak way to demote a man. Morris is easily the worst coach in the last 30 years.

  5. King Buccaneer says: Aug 25, 2010 4:57 PM

    THANK YOU RAHEEM!!!!
    This guy is complete trash. I’m sure if you watched ANY Bucs game that season, you would know that this guy BY FAR the weakest link on our entire team. Can’t cover, can’t tackle, and better not find the starting lineup, even though I’m not all that impressed with Sean Jones.
    Don’t worry Sabby, there will be a spot for you on our #1 ranked ST unit.

  6. Slow Joe says: Aug 25, 2010 5:02 PM

    Since when does an NFL team conduct their business like an episode of Melrose Place?

  7. BobsCountryBunker says: Aug 25, 2010 5:04 PM

    “Piscitelli said he was informed that he’s no longer a starter in a text message from defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake. ”
    Did it look like this: ..!.,

  8. petro says: Aug 25, 2010 5:11 PM

    Did that coach use :( at the end of said text?

  9. INTENSEG says: Aug 25, 2010 5:16 PM

    Im not a Bucs fan but that dude got burnt often. The Redskins game was the first one that comes to my mind

  10. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2010 5:23 PM

    Morris is out of his depth. Piscitelli is garbage but handling his demotion via txt message is weak. I have not seen many things that would seem to indicate Morris has a clue about being a head coach. The Bucs would have been better off with Gruden. Morris may be a good guy, and may know the defensive side of the ball but he is completely incompetent when it comes to the rest of the things a head coach needs to do. He will lose the respect of his players with playground antics like this.

  11. Gregjennings85 says: Aug 25, 2010 5:39 PM

    Piscatelli is a Gruden guy.
    Jones was brought in by Morris.
    In Raheem’s defense, he is the former DBs coach, and knows the position a lot better than JG.

  12. simple_simon1 says: Aug 25, 2010 5:46 PM

    King Buccaneer:
    “I’m sure if you watched ANY Bucs game that season, you would know that this guy BY FAR the weakest link on our entire team.”
    First, saying he’s the weakest link on a team that went 3-15? I doubt it. Secondly, I watched every game last year as well as the year before that and so on. He got burnt, mostly, due to bad coaching. You can’t change from a cover 2 to a man-man defense if you don’t have the personnel. Learn football before you sound off. Piscitelli is a good player and he’s a lot better than the person who just took his position. You’ll find out. They’re trying to make the defensive woes of last year relate to his play alone. By far the coaching was the biggest disappointment. It continues on I guess.

  13. SKINSFANTOM says: Aug 25, 2010 6:04 PM

    maybe MR. INCOMPETENT (PRES. O) can set up a beer lunch date and work things out like he did with those other 2 gentlemen. HAIL!!!

  14. bucsfan12 says: Aug 25, 2010 6:15 PM

    I agree that letting Piscitelli know about the demotion via text was pretty low. However, the guy clearly does not deserve a starting spot. When you can’t tackle or cover anybody, there’s an issue.
    Also, for those saying that the Bucs would be better off with Gruden that is very debatable. Right now the team is putting building blocks in place and they knew it would take some time. If Chucky was still in charge Brian Griese probably would have been the quarterback last year while Josh Johnson developed into the starter for this season. I think everyone can agree how disasterous that would be.

  15. 12TimeWorldChamps says: Aug 25, 2010 6:24 PM

    Who the hell cares? We’re talking about the orange winking fairy pirate Buccaneers. Didn’t they set the record in the 80’s for how many times you can go 2-14?
    Tampon Bay sucks. Might as well be in a high school league.

  16. Uthinkso says: Aug 25, 2010 6:32 PM

    The receivers that ran by Sabby since he has been here could have sent him text messages also. Ruud is average, never comes up with a big run stuff. Gruden was perfect….for two years… now the team is a shambles because of him. He sure left the Raiders in great shape, they have been awesome since the Bowl the year after he left ;)

  17. tombrookshire says: Aug 25, 2010 6:33 PM

    Why is a coach getting into a war of words with a player in the media? Coaching 101????

  18. Slow Joe says: Aug 25, 2010 6:54 PM

    @simple_simon1: Are you on crack? I’ve watched every Buc game since 1994, and last year Sabby must have set a world record for bad angles, missed assignments, and missed tackles.
    He’s a physical specimen, a great gunner on special teams, and has a ton of potential. But until he builds some sort of instincts in the secondary, he cannot be a starter for the Bucs.
    @12TimeWorldChamps: You’re a douchebag.

  19. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Aug 25, 2010 6:56 PM

    Tim Tebow’s Prayers says:
    August 25, 2010 4:57 PM
    That is a weak way to demote a man. Morris is easily the worst coach in the last 30 years.
    nah that would’ve been Jim Zorn or that other guy who went 0-16 i forgot his name

  20. DailyRich says: Aug 25, 2010 7:06 PM

    Whoo hoo! Back-to-back 9-7 seasons with a team patched together with aging veterans and no hope of developing rookies! Yeah, bring back Gruden!

  21. Setobakura says: Aug 25, 2010 9:08 PM

    The text message read: “D00d, j00r not the startin SS n e moar”

  22. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Aug 25, 2010 9:21 PM

    Shabby Piscitelli.

  23. LewD says: Aug 25, 2010 9:29 PM

    Sabby needed to learn to dap with:
    Raheem “Pants On The Ground” Morris ….
    that coach is a joke …

  24. zam says: Aug 25, 2010 10:05 PM

    As if he’d be any happier if they told him face-to-face he was benched. Whine much?
    He should thank his lucky stars he found a crappy enough NFL team to start with last year. He ain’t that good. He just has a cool name.

  25. Wick says: Aug 25, 2010 10:16 PM

    Raheem Morris was an abominable hire. It was easy to see he brought no credentials to the table at the outset – and proves to be even more obvious as he clumsily trips over every crack in the sidewalk.
    This train wreck will go on relentlessly for the duration of his regime – and will probably continue to linger on for at least several years after due to the gutted smoking wreck Morris will assuredly leave behind in his wake.
    Sorry Tampa – you cats are hosed.

  26. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 25, 2010 10:18 PM

    I’m not the world’s biggest Rah fan, but it was A) not Rah who “texted” Pissandmoancitelli and B) how do we even take Sabby at his word that this was how he was informed. Maybe dude found out like I did when the Bucs released their new depth chart the other day. Sabby takes horrible angles, and it is not a case of bad coaching, it’s a case of being a head case and not wanting to learn (or at the very least, not applying yourself).

  27. ModHairKen says: Aug 25, 2010 11:01 PM

    DailyRich, you anusclown. 9-7 with aging veterans and a Super Bowl winning coach is better than 3-13 with clueless, overrated sub-25 year olds and a inexperienced head coach who cannot even articulate a cohesive thought.
    Recall the Bucs were 9-3 in 2008, and people were discussing another Super Bowl before the 4 game losing streak ended the season. They were one or tow plays away from winning two of those four games, and would have made the playoffs. To be better in 2009, all they needed were a few more veterans.
    But, we know what happened. The owners must have said cut the payroll because Dominik and Morris came in unprepared and unqualified and terrified to tell the Glazer boys that they needed the players that were dumped. Can anybody say Derrick Brooks would not have been one of the 53 best players on last year’s team? It was about money.
    Wick is right, we are hosed. But, the owners will feel the pain less than us. Every 10,000 no shows or empty seats is only $100,000-$250,000 in lost revenue — a quarter to half million loss per game is only $2.5-$5.0 million per year — much less than it would cost to pay a qualified coach and to bring in free agents and vets like 2002 when Gruden brought in Ken Dilger, Michael Pittman, Keenan McCardell, Joe Jurevicius, and Greg Spires — good but not great players who helped the Bucs win the Super Bowl.

  28. VikingsWorldOrder says: Aug 25, 2010 11:04 PM

    12TimeWorldChamps says:
    August 25, 2010 6:24 PM
    Who the hell cares? We’re talking about the orange winking fairy pirate Buccaneers. Didn’t they set the record in the 80’s for how many times you can go 2-14?
    Tampon Bay sucks. Might as well be in a high school league.
    ——————————
    Well I guess that makes the fact Green Bay lost to them all the more humiliating. I’m only 32, so my memory is a little foggy, but the Packers werent exactly setting the standard for excellence for much of the 70s and into the 80s. I’m sure the record bears this out, but if I’m wrong, correct me. Tampa Bay has won a super bowl in the last 10 years, you fine sir have not.
    Yes, I’m aware the Vikings have never won the big one, heard it a million times. But before you go ripping on the pewter pirates, you might want to make sure you didnt get beaten by them last year. That’s truly sad.

  29. slizz says: Aug 26, 2010 8:21 AM

    # noles426 says: August 25, 2010 4:55 PM
    Sabby lead the team with missed tackles and i’m pretty sure he was towards the head of the leaugue in that stat collumn. I’m a die hard fan and i’ll be the first to say he would have had to be John Lynch reincarnated in training camp to get that starting spot. IMO

  30. TampaBayTae says: Aug 26, 2010 11:12 AM

    Sabby should shut his mouth! I don’t care if the told him by carrier pigeon. Dude is a bum, who is lucky to be in the league.

  31. GoBeavs74 says: Aug 26, 2010 3:48 PM

    Sabby was a prima donna in college too. Was the fastest guy on the field, so he never worked to become a good safety. He won’t last long in the league, and I won’t feel bad for him flaming out. He’s a jerk.

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