Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris doesn’t hesitate to stick his neck out for Aqib Talib.
Morris admitted that he broke NFL rules by calling to check in on Talib when Talib was arrested during the lockout, and on Sunday, after Talib picked up a costly personal foul penalty against the Bears, Morris said he was willing to take the blame for that.
“I will hold myself accountable for any of Aqib’s actions,” Morris said.
The action in question on Sunday was Talib picking up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for jawing at Bears receiver Roy Williams and grabbing his facemask after a play. That kind of penalty is stupid at any point in the game, but it was incredibly costly for the Bucs because it came after a third-down sack with the Bears holding a three-point lead with three and a half minutes left in the game. The automatic first down gave the Bears time to run two more minutes off the clock before the Bucs got the ball back.
If Morris’s post-game comments were designed to take media heat off his player and put it on Morris himself, fine. But privately, Morris should be holding Talib accountable for his own actions. Talib is a talented player who does far too many stupid things.