DT Price on ejection from game by coach Morris: 'like getting a whuppin' from your dad.'
Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price said he believed a Carolina Panthers' player was attempting to re-injure his ankle, sparking his outburst, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ejection from the game by coach Raheem Morris last Sunday.
After watching tape of the Bucs 38-19 loss to the Panthers, Price said he overreacted and apologized to Morris, his teammates and the organization.
“It’s kind of like getting a whuppin’ by your dad,’’ Price said of being told to leave the field immediately by Morris after his third quarter penalty. “You can’t really take it too personal. You know when you mess up and you’re like, “Man, I wonder what kind of whuppin’ I’m going to get or what kind of punishment. It’s all love. He’s my coach and I love him to death and I love playing for him and I love this team and I just want to apologize to the owners and (general manager) Mark Dominik and Raheem.
"I let my emotions get the best of me. I thought something else happened, but watching film, I felt bad because I saw something else. I mean, I just reacted off something I thought went wrong.''
The penalty, which negated a second down sack of quarterback Cam Newton by linebacker Geno Hayes, sustained an eventual touchdown drive by the Panthers.
Price suffered a right ankle injury two weeks ago against the Titans and had to be carted off LP Field. He said he had been warned by Morris about personal foul penalties. The Bucs, who are among the most penalized teams in the league, were flagged nine times for 73 yards against the Panthers.
"Emotions are high, you’re trying to play angry and being a hulk out there and trying to destroy everything but I ended up self-destructing,'' Price said.
"I know guys look up to me so I can’t be doing that. We’re a young team and I’m one of their leaders. That’s pretty clear now and it was pretty clear before. He talked to me about it before, personal fouls and stuff like that. I screwed up.''
Was Price surprised Morris sent him to the showers?
“I was like, “Dang,’ Price said. "I know it was all emotions because we were losing and things were happening and third-down-and-long, I get a stupid penalty. Pretty selfish. I kind of knew I screwed up. I wasn’t expecting it, but I kind of knew I was coming out of the game.
"This is the NFL. The angriest guy is the best guy, you know? So I try to remember that. When you look back in history, all the most angry defensive players were the greatest ones. When I get on that field, I just try to be angry for no reason, like just flip out, but I’ve got to keep it contained.’’