Raheem Morris on Bucs woes: Look to the schedule

Reuters

Raheem Morris was asked this week why the Bucs have been struggling.

His surprisingly honest answer:  The schedule.

“We played a couple of tougher teams,” Morris told Green Bay reporters Wednesday, via Pete Doughtery of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

On one hand, this sounds like excuse making for a coach facing some heat. On the other hand, it’s true.

“The games that we have lost were to the Houston Texans, who are in first or second place in their division. We also lost to the Chicago Bears, who are second in their division. We lost to the New Orleans Saints, which lead our division, and we’ve played some tougher teams. We played the Detroit Lions who are second and third in their division and are off and rolling. We’ve played some really tough teams,” Morris said.

Grantland.com argues that the last six game stretch of Tampa’s season was historically tough. We’d argue that the way the Bucs lost some of these games (48-3 to San Francisco, 37-9 to Houston) indicates they are a mediocre team.

Then again, they were probably a mediocre team last year when they loaded up against a soft schedule.

That’s essentially what Morris is saying.

56 responses to “Raheem Morris on Bucs woes: Look to the schedule

  1. I’m very much a Bucs fan, and I don’t think Tampa was “real” 10-6 team last year; they had a very easy schedule. Six wins were from the NFC West and the two Carolina games and, while they hung tough in every game except for the early-season beatdowns by the Saints and the Steelers, they were what they were; a very young team that showed lots of promise FOR THE FUTURE. This year, the schedule has been very hard, and, it’s the youngest team in the league for the second year in a row; with the addition of Fat Albert, there are a total of three players on the active roster 30 or older. With a team this young, you need time together in order to “gel”, and, thanks to the extremely short offseason that time wasn’t there. Sure, there are informal workouts, but they’re called “informal” for a reason.

    I’m of the opinion Tampa will start being “good” next year, and for four or five years after they have a very good chance of being a solid contender. They need to play together and have some of the skill position players wake up a bit (Mike Williams and LeGarrette Blount, I’m looking at you), but another year and an actual real offseason should help that.

  2. If you cannot beat a quality opponent then you are not a good team. Every year the good teams win games against quality teams. The Pats went 11-5 without Brady but failed to beat the winning teams that year. They missed the playoffs. No surprize.

  3. Those other teams might not be so high in their divisions if you, you know, gave them a loss instead of a win.

  4. Freeman finally came back down to earth. They are a flat out mediocre team that surprised everyone because of their easy schedule last year. They were the NFC’s version of the Kansas City Chiefs last year.

  5. Strength of schedule is a sham. It looks right for the bucs but on the flip side it’s well they only beat the bucs who have a losing record. It doesn’t show the bucs were beat down by all the best teams in the league and their respective records….. now the poor bastards got Green Bay coming. I would say the 49ers, Packers, Texans, Bears, Lions, Saints and Falcons both twice, and Dallas is about as rough as you can get, when trying to make the playoffs. It may not have seemed that way on paper at first but that’s certainly how it’s playing out. Dallas always has to be considered a tough game no matter their falters.

  6. except for the truly elite teams of the league, the schedule is OBVIOUSLY a huge determining factor in how good a team does. yes, the bucs did benefit from an easy schedule last year because they were a dumpster fire in 2009; the opposite is true this year…..and probably the opposite of THAT will be true next year. raheem morris is totally correct….and many football people were saying the same thing before the season started: the bucs were in for a down year.

  7. I can’t wait until the 49ers get blown out in the playoffs. Their fans are starting to get seriously annoying for someone that hasn’t won anything in 20 years.

  8. If he’s saying this publicly outside the locker room just imagine what he’s saying in private.

    He should be canned – immediately.

  9. As a Buccaneers fan since 1983 when I started watching Football, I have watched the ups and downs of the Buccaneers…. Mostly downs.

    I watched last year, and couldn’t wait for this year… I was very anxious for this year to start.. ya know, after Freeman’s spectacular year ast year… however, I am, to say the east, disappointed in their showing this year.

    I am scared to death this week and watching them get slaughtered by the Packers, but, as a fan, I will be there supporting them.

    The BIGGEST problem that I have seen with the Bucs, is this…

    COACHING! Their playcalling is down right horrible. I can predict, sitting from the couch, almost every single play they will do… and if I can do that, look at what a Pro Football Coach can do.

    Fire the O.C. and put Morris back at D.C. or Defensive backs coach or something… Hell, I’d even take Gruden back.

  10. Wait, he’s saying, “We can’t win in the NFL because we have to play NFL teams”.

    Yes, time to contract the Bucs.

  11. You can never use the schedule as an excuse but the 49ers, Texans, and Bears are maybe in the top 6-7 of the league. Plus, the Lions are solid. They did beat the Saints.

    They also beat the Vikings and Colts, which are games they should have won.

    I will say this also: The hardness schedule of 2011 > the softness of 2010.

    Everyone is expecting a blowout Sunday in GB. I will say this:

    – In the NFL, expect the unexpected.
    – Fear teams backed in a corner or winless.
    – All teams will lose eventually.
    – Teams on a short week struggle more than most.

    NOT saying the Bucs will win, but I expect a closer game than 45-7. Maybe 31-21. The Bucs have talent (they are not The Colts!) and just need to have the young player gain confidence.

  12. My God, when will this chump take responsibility for being the main reason the team is struggling?
    I’m sorry but the schedule might account for the record but not the standard of play.
    The schedule didn’t make the Bucs defenders such poor tacklers.
    The schedule isn’t the reason why the team is the flagged in the leaue.
    The schedule doesn’t call poor offensive gameplans like pulling Freeman in a 3rd & 4 so they could run Johnson one and only play.
    The schedule didn’t make the team quit on him.

    If the Bucs keep Morris they may have decent records every couple of years and they may have a talented roster but they will never be a quality team. Fundamentals and discipline have completely vanished from this team and ewhen that happens you can be no more than a pretender at best.

  13. cardiovascularendurance says: Nov 17, 2011 4:28 PM

    I can’t wait until the 49ers get blown out in the playoffs. Their fans are starting to get seriously annoying for someone that hasn’t won anything in 20 years.

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    The funny thing is these comments are most often made by a fan of a team that hasn’t won a superbowl ever… Not saying you specifically but that always seems to be the Seahawks’ fans etc. first resort

  14. @peytonwantsaflag

    What are you talking about? It’s common sense. The are playing better teams and not winning. It happens. Their obviously not that good based on talent. It’s not the head coach. He can’t tackle for them and he can’t catch the ball for them. But I’m sure you’re a Patriots fan or Steelers fan. You guys win everything. Moron.

  15. ‘Heem pointed out that due to a quirk in the schedule the Bucs were playing NFL claiber teams each week.

  16. Call me crazy, but part of me wonders thinks the Bucs win Sunday. Freeman is a quarterback who thrives in big game situations. He’ll need to do a lot to keep op with that offense.

  17. I also blame my schedule for my poor performance. I’m supposed to work 9-6 but if they would just let me work noon to 3 I’d be much more effective.

  18. So his argument is that they played better teams than they are? That is usually why teams have losses.
    It’s impressive to beat a tough schedule. It’s not an excuse to lose to a tough schedule.

  19. Hmmmm … I heard no complaints about last year’s schedule. Raheem enjoyed taking the credit no problem but it’s a different story this year.

  20. Way to inspire your boys Raheem. “It’s okay men, we faced a foe that was better than us in every way, and we lost. No shame in that. In fact, we will be facing Green Bay this weekend, and the whole world expects us to loose, and you know what, I’m pretty sure we will. So get a good night’s sleep, don’t worry about it” I’d imagine his speeches go something like that.

  21. @trbowman he’s had several big games this year and he certainly hasn’t thrived…. I want the pack to go undefeated. It makes the deflation that much better when it comes. They will likely make the Superbowl, and they will also be exhausted by then and get beat up on by a team with a strong defense.

  22. “Call me crazy, but part of me wonders thinks the Bucs win Sunday. Freeman is a quarterback who thrives in big game situations. He’ll need to do a lot to keep op with that offense.”

    Not this weekend.

  23. Does anyone remember last year when Raheem Morris said “We’re the best team in the NFC” because at the time, they had the best record in the Conference. Apparently to Raheem, scheduling only matters when they are losing.

  24. Eh, Raheem…..look to the mirror, dude. You have talent to develop and you’ve done the exact opposite. Your 2nd-year wideout and QB have taken huge steps backward on your watch. Speaking of watch, tick-tock-tick-tock.

  25. Funny. Last year when the media was heaping praise on him, I don’t believe I heard him say “Hey, look at our schedule!”

  26. I haven’t heard Harbaugh complain about playing tougher teams. Hasn’t stopped the 49ers’ success.

    Oh wait, I forgot, Harbaugh > Morris.

  27. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 17, 2011 4:29 PM

    If he’s saying this publicly outside the locker room just imagine what he’s saying in private.

    He should be canned – immediately.
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    He really should, no coach should ever talk like that.

    Some leader.

  28. He was just doing his best Burgess Meredith “Mick” imitation. ” I was carrying ya Rock, I was carrying ya!”

    Fire him today. A true head coach in the NFL would never basically say the teams we were playing were better than us.

    Drop the us. With that attitude the other teams coaches were better than you. Pathetic. Next we will hear it’s because they won’t switch back permanently to the Orange and White cartoon uniforms of the 80’s.

  29. heyguru1969 says: Nov 17, 2011 5:18 PM

    Eh, Raheem…..look to the mirror, dude. You have talent to develop and you’ve done the exact opposite. Your 2nd-year wideout and QB have taken huge steps backward on your watch. Speaking of watch, tick-tock-tick-tock.

    uh… Morris doesn’t coach the offense… That would be on the OC and the Positional coaches.

    Raheem will gladly take the blame for that crap Defense tho… Those LBs are playing some horrendous football.

  30. Of course he’s right, but if you can’t beat any playoff teams, what’s the point…

    Raheem… “You play to win the game”

  31. Good ol Raheem aint going to admit it has anything to do with his defense sucking. He is now the third black coach to step into a situation where he inherited a team ready to take off on its own and took all the credit.
    I think the guy in Pittsburgh inherited a pretty good team as well.

  32. deelron says:Nov 17, 2011 4:18 PM
    “Lose to an 8-1 team and not even get a mention. 49ers can’t even get respect from a coach they ripped 48-3, figures.”

    Wonder if these new niner fans were wearing Reggie Bush Jerseys in 09…. freakin’ big time fair weather fans, all of a sudden yappin’.

  33. The talent is there. The youth is there. The potential for growth is there. Last year was abnormal. The rebuilding will continue from the draft. It dose look like a coaching change may be in order.I am a Bucs fan and I can wait!

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