Six weeks after he was fired as head coach of the Buccaneers, Raheem Morris says he has no regrets.
Morris said on WDAE in Tampa that he stands by the way he handled his three seasons leading the team.
“I wouldn’t change anything about it,” Morris said. You put yourself in a position of power, you put yourself out there and you want to go out there and want to be great and we had the opportunity and almost pulled it off. I take no ill will, no negative feelings toward those guys, toward the Bucs organization at all.”
Of course, the one thing the Bucs would like to change is the 10-game losing streak to end Morris’s tenure, and Morris said he completely understands why that caused the Bucs to fire him.
“Everybody wants to win a championship, everybody wants to be their best self — obviously that didn’t happen,” Morris said. “Whatever happened during the season you put directly on me. . . . I wasn’t able to get it done this year and I’ll take all the heat for that.”
Now Morris is an assistant in Washington, where he’ll work for Mike Shanahan, a coach who was fired after an unsuccessful head-coaching stint in Oakland only to win two Super Bowls in Denver. Morris said he hopes his coaching career follows a similar trajectory.
“I lasted longer than him — he lasted about three weeks in Oakland,” Morris said. “When you get your opportunity make sure you’re ready and go out there and do it.”
If Morris does get another opportunity, he’s going to have to change some things, even if he says he has no regrets.