Bucs coach Raheem Morris says he isn’t worried about his job security, but it’s become a popular topic in the Tampa area. If Morris gets canned, some will trace it back to his decision to keep Aqib Talib on the team after the lockout.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports writes that G.M. Mark Dominik and Tampa management wanted to release Talib after his latest arrest, but Morris talked them out of it.
“Wrong message,” a Bucs player told Cole. “Raheem believes he can get through to anybody and he can, to an extent. Guys do listen to him. But sometimes they have to see that you’re going to back it up . . . [Talib] is a huge talent, but you have to know there are certain guys who are impossible to get through to.”
Talib hardly seems like Morris’ biggest problem this year. He hasn’t played great, but he hasn’t made any more off-field news. Still, the attitude that talent trumps discipline has taken hold with this Bucs team.
We’re not sure it can be traced back to Morris’ decision about Talib, but the Bucs don’t play like a disciplined football team.