Raheem Morris shows some thin skin

Reuters

After last year’s 10-6 record, the bar had moved up for the Buccaneers in 2011.  At 4-5 through nine games, the Bucs are showing signs of stress and strain.

Recently, the Bucs have been pushing the fact that they have a difficult schedule, even though their schedule is virtually identical to the schedules assigned to the other teams in their division.  The only glaring difference is that the Bucs played the 49ers in the NFC West, while the Saints faced the Rams (the Saints lost to the Rams) and the Falcons played the Seahawks (the Falcons nearly lost in Seattle).

Other than the fact that the Bucs play the Cowboys while the Saints play the Giants and the Falcons play the Eagles, the schedules are identical.

But this item isn’t about bashing the Bucs for making excuses.  This is about whether coach Raheem Morris is too worried about what others say about his team, even as he tries to act like he doesn’t care.

In response to a recent column from Mike Lombardi of NFL.com that blames the Bucs’ uncanny inconsistency on coaching, Morris said the criticism didn’t bother him, even though it appears that Lombardi found a way to get under Raheem’s skin.

Without even being asked about the column, Morris had this to say at a Friday press conference, via Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times:  “Here’s the deal.  When we were young kids, right?  I went to school, I was 6 years old, 7 years old.  And this guy saw my grandmother and said my grandmother ran like a bulldog.  And I beat the heck out of him.  I beat the heck out of him.  I went home and my mom was so disappointed that I beat the heck out of him.  She said, ‘Don’t worry.  It doesn’t matter what people say about you.  It doesn’t matter what people say about your family.’  So I learned that lesson a long time ago not to get upset with clowns that don’t really know what they’re talking about that have something to say.  So we’ve moved on.  I learned that lesson.  I don’t have to react to that kind of stuff.”

But he did react to it, by making a point of the fact that it didn’t bother him.  Which means that, at a certain level, it bothered him.  Otherwise, he would have said nothing about it.

And it possibly bothered him because it was accurate.

Either way, Morris needs to find a way to get his team to play well on a consistent basis, regardless of whether they’re playing a tough slate of games, or an easy one.  And he needs to realize that, when things aren’t going well, criticism goes with the territory.

26 responses to “Raheem Morris shows some thin skin

  1. When you talk about coaching problems….it’s not Raheem. He’s one of the best young coaches in the league.

    Look no further than Greg Olson.

  2. They have been blown out by the Lions, 49ers, and Texans ( and by Monday, the Packers). They are also the most penalized team in the NFC. There IS a COACHING problem!!!!!!

  3. trbowman says: Nov 18, 2011 5:01 PM
    When you talk about coaching problems….it’s not Raheem. He’s one of the best young coaches in the league.
    Look no further than Greg Olson.

    Yeah, I guess that’s why we are fielding a historically bad D.
    Olson has plenty to do with that side of the ball doesn’t he?
    And don’t even try the whole “The D is tired because the O sucks” excuse either, this D sucks from play number one of games, just look at how long it took them to “get tired” and give up big plays against the Texans.

  4. maybe the talent really isnt there.

    but last year they played some good teams tough, and sure barely beat a slew of bad teams.

    this year they cant stay in games.

    they might win 7 games. carolina twice and jax.

  5. ‘Don’t worry. It doesn’t matter what people say about you. It doesn’t matter what people say about your family.’ Then she bit me in the leg.

  6. LMAO His grandma runs like a bulldog! Lol! I dont even remember what the article is about I just know that Raheem Morris grandma looks like a bulldog when she runs!

  7. If he never gives the Media anything, they say he’s boring and turn on him……YOU CAN’T WIN with those clowns

  8. Either way, Morris needs to realize that, when things aren’t going well, Reporters will find a way to get under his skin and criticize him, and even when things are going well, reporters will still find a way to get under his skin. Its their job, its what they do best.

    “Media” if we cant find anything bad to talk about we’ll just make it up, so you might as well just go ahead and give us something to print.

  9. it amazes me that people like you mike can say whatever you want about a coach or a player but if they dare to respond in any way they are thin skinned. you on the other hand just do not print responses from people who disagree with your take on things so who else is thin skinned?

  10. The only glaring difference is that the Bucs played the 49ers in the NFC West, while the Saints faced the Rams (the Saints lost to the Rams) and the Falcons played the Seahawks (the Falcons nearly lost in Seattle).

    Other than the fact that the Bucs play the Cowboys while the Saints play the Giants and the Falcons play the Eagles, the schedules are identical.
    OK… SO they are identical except they play different teams… I see you and the Ryan brothers share logic!

  11. This team is sloppy and undisciplined. I’m a season ticket holder and I get to see them in person. It’s worse than their scores indicate. They can’t tackle (or won’t). They commit stoopid penalties all game long (40yards in the first half last week). They laugh when they drop passes. They can’t even be bothered to tuck in their jerseys. So who is to blame? The fans? The beer guy? NO, it is THE COACHES. There is no accountability or consequence. This week they had to practice in pads as punishment. How about teaching some fundamentals?

  12. Maybe he should try to come up with another ghetto slogan like “youngry”……..maybe his question from earlier in the year when he asked, ” Why not us to win the division ?” has been clearly answered…….or maybe just maybe they will turn it around , win the division , go to the playoffs dominate, win the super bowl, he wins coach of the year and the team gets a cool nickname to match “youngry”…………………..Yea right, …..Los Angeles Buccaneers is more realistic

  13. You know they’re in real trouble when their star QB goes on the record calling his new teammate Albert Haynesworth “his mentor”. What could be scarier than that? That head coach better get some stuff straight in his guys’ heads or this is gonna get REAL ugly!!!

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