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Bucs player criticizes Morris for handling of Talib

Raheem Morris, Jerome Boger, Tom Stephan AP

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.

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26 Responses to “Bucs player criticizes Morris for handling of Talib”
  1. jagman225 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:42 AM

    This must be a slow day for news. The guy didn’t even play last week because he is injured and they still dog him.

  2. nogoodell says: Dec 14, 2011 8:42 AM

    The only time I would watch a coach to handle me is if it were Kate Moss

  3. jetlionlove says: Dec 14, 2011 8:42 AM

    So he made the decision to keep the guy and said he could get through to him, and he hasn’t had any issues since?

    Looks good to me. If they would have released him he would have joined another team (without incident) and they would have said he dropped the ball by releasing him.

    When you’re on the hot seat, you cant do anything right.

  4. mikekling says: Dec 14, 2011 8:43 AM

    If they wanted to release him, they should have released him. But like the article says, Talib is hardly the biggest problem for Morris. When your team gets blown out to a bad Jacksonville team, I think that’s a bigger problem in itself. Especially after the great season they had last year.

  5. captainwisdom8888 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:50 AM

    “certain guys that are impossible to get thru to”

    -Talib
    -Desean jackson
    -Any bengal not named dalton
    -Suh (what a joke he is)
    -Haynseworth (Aka Papa Suh)
    -Pacman, Moss, T.O

    -League is full of boogs

  6. klownboy says: Dec 14, 2011 8:56 AM

    I hate to say this, but Brother Raheem will be fired at the end of the season…

  7. seneca1ss says: Dec 14, 2011 8:58 AM

    Talib is best player on Defense by far. We have ZERO wins without him.

    Name the player; otherwise, this is complete hear-say

  8. damnws6 says: Dec 14, 2011 9:05 AM

    I hate this discipline/chemistry talk all the time. And this isn’t too the Bucs specifically, but all NFL teams.

    Can’t some teams just not be good? Can’t it be that the talent just isn’t there?

  9. hitmeimopen says: Dec 14, 2011 9:06 AM

    This story rings true in light of the fact that this club is also the final resting place for Albert (Fat) Haynesworth.

  10. seneca1ss says: Dec 14, 2011 9:09 AM

    Morris is NOT getting fired…….next subject pronto

  11. Patriot42 says: Dec 14, 2011 9:10 AM

    A team that is similar to the Chiefs soft schedule that went to the coaches head.

  12. shackdelrio says: Dec 14, 2011 9:17 AM

    Obviously, Raheem has lost this team. Too much talent to be this bad.

  13. okiny says: Dec 14, 2011 9:23 AM

    Yeah, that makes no sense. Why would a coach keep a terrible person with playmaking abilities? Unless he’s coaching New England, he’s got no right to do such a thing. Or Cincy. Or Dallas. Or New York. Or Oakland. Or…oh, wait, any coach would take talent over character? Nevermind, then.

  14. abninf says: Dec 14, 2011 9:24 AM

    “That’s my dog,” Talib said of Morris. “If anybody’s got the real true story of what happened, Rah does.”

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    Pretty much says it all.

  15. trevorthej says: Dec 14, 2011 9:25 AM

    Wait a second. Haynesworth is still in the NFL?

  16. nflfollower says: Dec 14, 2011 9:26 AM

    I dunno if they’re really lacking in discipline this year (Talib seems a lot better in that dept.), or if maybe they just aren’t that good of a team. Last year was a flash in the pan, I think they are still a team on the rise, it’s just happening a lot slower than some in Tampa were hoping for.

    A lot of talk about discipline around the league this year. It’s easy to be disciplined when you are the better team, you’re confident, you’re not desperate, and you’re playing with a lead while the other team is frustrated. So maybe there are just good teams, some in the middle, and then the bad teams.

  17. tjacks7 says: Dec 14, 2011 9:36 AM

    Name the player; otherwise, this is complete hear-say.

    ———–

    Probably the nickel or dime corner who thought he was gonna get more playing time this year.

  18. joetoronto says: Dec 14, 2011 9:42 AM

    jagman225 says:
    Dec 14, 2011 8:42 AM
    This must be a slow day for news. The guy didn’t even play last week because he is injured and they still dog him.
    ***************************************************
    An injured turd is still a turd.

  19. sethb222 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:08 AM

    When the “Player” has a name..I’ll believe Cole…Just like “Sources” until their named its all heresay and shouldn’t go to print.

    Definitely in a situation where your using it to support your own mission of getting Raheem Morris fired.

    Last 8 Bucs stories have you placeing Raheem on the Hot Seat. Their still playing hard for them. He iss nowhere near losing this team from a player perspective…

    He’ll be back

  20. pigskinflix says: Dec 14, 2011 10:27 AM

    Low budget coach; low budget team; lots of change likely, but it will be players – Winslow, Barber, etc. – “youngery”will rule as a lame duck to take heat for unpopular changes. Glazer’s have been here before and spots don’t change.

  21. firethorn1001 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:30 AM

    ‘Talib is best player on Defense by far. We have ZERO wins without him.’

    You almost have zero wins with him.

  22. Slim Charles says: Dec 14, 2011 10:45 AM

    “That’s my dog,” Talib said of Morris. “If anybody’s got the real true story of what happened, Rah does.”

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    Pretty much says it all.

    ————————————–

    What does it say? That a coach is sticking up for his player? I’m guessing you meant something else though.

    Sorry morons, but a team isn’t going to release one of its best players, especially when said player hasn’t even been found guilty yet.

  23. nunpuncher says: Dec 14, 2011 10:57 AM

    Aqib Talib was the assistant HC during the Jacksonville game and was in charge of keeping player morale up by wearing his gangstah-elf outfit and rapping “I Saw Mommy Pistol Whipping Santa Claus” on the sideline.

  24. dontouchmyjunk says: Dec 14, 2011 11:02 AM

    captainwisdom8888 says:
    Dec 14, 2011 8:50 AM
    “certain guys that are impossible to get thru to”

    -Talib
    -Desean jackson
    -Any bengal not named dalton
    -Suh (what a joke he is)
    -Haynseworth (Aka Papa Suh)
    -Pacman, Moss, T.O

    -League is full of boogs

    What has Desean Jackson ever done off the field to warrant being on this list? The dude is clean. He’s just pissed off at management. And if you followed his story, you would know he has good reason to be.

    You’re far from wise, captainwisdom.

  25. irishnativeson says: Dec 14, 2011 12:41 PM

    Most coaches are going to try to keep one of the better talents they have on the team. Management could have cut their losses with Talib and you could hardly lay that at Raheem’s feet. How Haynesworth got another shot comes down to one thing, depth at the position, injuries have taken their toll this year on a young squad that’s playing against a decidedly higher level of competition this year and they’ve lost their confidence, focus and tenacity. A great deal of that comes down to coaching and unfortunately even at this level some of these boys need some guidance, not to mention the proper motivation. Not that any one of us has ever had the talent but I’ll bet there are millions of guys that watch these “professional athlete’s” and say to themselves I think I’d give it a little better effort.

  26. cbrady2k says: Dec 14, 2011 4:50 PM

    I don’t know, someone is stalking my sister, has beat her and is ignoring restraining orders — I’m pretty sure I’m fine with what Talib did I only wish he didn’t miss.

    Tebow won’t have missed.

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