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Bucs' shakeup at linebacker leaves Geno Hayes benched



Coach and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris shook up his linebacker corps Sunday, inserting Adam Hayward into the starting lineup on the strong side, moving Quincy Black to the weak side and benching Geno Hayes, the former starter on the weak side.

It was a move made in an effort to get better performance out of the group, specifically, Hayes.

“We needed some better play out of the (weak-side) linebacker position,” Morris said.

Hayes conceded, “I just have to be more consistent. Got to keep it moving.”

Hayes has been the starter in the previous 24 consecutive games, but Morris likely became weary of the on-again, off-again nature of his play.
Black, meanwhile, said he was comfortable playing wherever he was asked to contribute.

“I play linebacker,” he said. “That stuff doesn’t matter. That’s just a label.”

[Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2011 7:57pm]


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