Of the coaches who are potentially on the hot seat, Raheem Morris of the Bucs continues to be one of the most controversial. Plenty of people think he’s safe, even though he’s under contract for only one more year, which forces the Bucs to decide whether to extend his deal, to let him coach as a lame duck, or to move on.
The Bucs could be moving on.
Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune reports that, absent “signs of improvement,” Morris could be out.
With Gruden’s buyout now completed and with Morris on the low end of the coaching salary structure, it wouldn’t be all that expensive to make a change.
Hurting Morris is a perception that he doesn’t command respect/fear in the locker room. The players call him “Rah,” and the recent thumb injury to Josh Freeman at a shooting range will do nothing to change the notion that Morris doesn’t sufficiently control the locker room.