Raheem Morris says he has been talking to players

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The temporary lifting of the lockout in late April served as a stretching of the rubber band, giving teams the ability to talk to players and making it hard, once given the chance to chit-chat, to ever go back.  Since then, it has been reported by folks like Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com that lockout-forbidden communications are occurring, and NBC’s Rodney Harrison, who is still plugged in with plenty of players, told PFT Live he knows it’s happening.

The league apparently has opted to look the other way, possibly due to the rampant nature of the violations.  Really, would it be fair to chase down one team and then not use those same resources to catch someone else?

As a result, we’ve said that the only teams who’ll get in trouble will be the teams whose coaches or players choose to talk about the fact that they’re talking to each other.  And Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris has given the NFL the first piece of potential proof in this regard.

Per JoeBucsFan.com, Morris recently told Steve Duemig of WDAE radio that Morris talks to players like LeGarrette Blount, Sammie Stroughter, and Dez Briscoe “all the time.”

We’ll defer to JoeBucsFan.com’s partial transcript for the context.  Though the comment may not be a smoking gun, it could be strong enough to at least prompt the NFL to place a phone call to One Buc Place, at a minimum to let Morris know that if he continues to say things of that nature the league eventually will have to do something about it.

30 responses to “Raheem Morris says he has been talking to players

  1. Morris has always been more vocal than most coaches. Usually that is refreshing. This time he would’ve been better off taking a page from Belichick’s book.

  2. Just make sure you don’t talk about Alex Smith and you’ll be ok.

    Stupid lockout.

  3. “best teamin the nfc.. pfft”.

    LOL, yeah right. Best team at going 2-14 the most times. Tampon Bay sucks.

  4. I think it’s great. IMO, it is illegal and a violation of the freedom of speech provision to impose such a decree. In any event, it is petty and childish, a perfect example of cutting off your nose to spite your face. Let them talk, where’s the harm?

  5. The league in this case is like the United Nations. They will send a threatening worded statement on what may happen if they choose to ignore the rules. If they ignore that statement, they will probably send another statement. Rinse and repeat.

  6. If he is talking to his players on a regular basis, that would potentially give the Bucs an enormous advantage over teams following the rules.

    Make them forfeit 2011.

  7. I love the Bucs haters on here. Hate us all the way into the playoffs next year baby.

  8. animals1977 says: Jun 10, 2011 2:16 PM
    LOL, yeah right. Best team at going 2-14 the most times. Tampon Bay sucks.
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    2-14?
    Really?
    I guess that’s why they have 9 or more wins in 3 of the past 4 seasons and 4 of the past 6.

    Infact Tampa hasn’t had that few wins since 1986, why don’t you join us all in 2011, a lot has happened in that quarter century you seem to have missed.

  9. killxswitch says:
    Jun 10, 2011 2:03 PM
    Morris has always been more vocal than most coaches. Usually that is refreshing. This time he would’ve been better off taking a page from Belichick’s book.
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    Or he can say he misinterpreted the rules…

  10. Even their “coach” can not follow rules well…… Now wander some of the players are going off script….. Reflection of their leadership!

  11. I thought the commish said it was OK to talk to players as long as it was social and not about football. So what’s the problem?

  12. robholiday says:
    Jun 10, 2011 3:07 PM
    I thought the commish said it was OK to talk to players as long as it was social and not about football. So what’s the problem?

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    My thoughts exactly. Talking about them throwing passes to school kids doesn’t sound like it’s going to give them some kind of advantage.

  13. If he is talking to his players on a regular basis, that would potentially give the Bucs an enormous advantage over teams following the rules.

    Make them forfeit 2011.

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    Wishful thinking from a pathetic Bungal fan…

  14. bronco1st says:
    Jun 10, 2011 2:17 PM
    I think it’s great. IMO, it is illegal and a violation of the freedom of speech provision to impose such a decree. In any event, it is petty and childish, a perfect example of cutting off your nose to spite your face. Let them talk, where’s the harm?

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    Do they even teach Civics in school anymore?
    The 1st amendment only frees you from Government prosecution. It does NOT apply when it is a violation of thge rules of private organiations.

  15. The bucks are pretty good. Can’t wait for them to play my lions the first week in the season, if the lockout ends…. Also enjoyed it when we spoiled your playoff dreams last year with our second string qb!!

  16. Oh he was talking to a fellow human being? Why is this a headline. What’s next, “Raheem Morris drives car to Kroger, gets milk.”

  17. Keep talking to the young bucs Raheem!! Hey, maybe you can give nambdi asumga a ring too!!!

  18. tyelee says:
    Jun 10, 2011 2:55 PM
    Even their “coach” can not follow rules well…… Now wander some of the players are going off script….. Reflection of their leadership!

    ++++++++++++

    “Now wander”? Did you mean “no wonder”? I think the only reflection around here is your piss poor grasp of the English language reflecting on that you have a puny little brain.

  19. Quote “Also enjoyed it when we spoiled your playoff dreams last year with our second string qb!!”
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    The refs beat us that game. In fact, we have an apology letter from the league to prove it!

  20. “animals1977 says:Jun 10, 2011 2:16 PM

    “best teamin the nfc.. pfft”.

    LOL, yeah right. Best team at going 2-14 the most times. Tampon Bay sucks.”

    The Bucs have made the playoffs 7 times since 1997…They won a Super Bowl less than a decade ago…They havent gone 2-14 since 1986. They are indeed one of the best teams in the NFC…and they have the best young Quarterback, Coach, and General Manager in football…

    You Jackass.

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