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Faine: "Unfair" for Coach Morris to "get the hook at this point"



Bucs center Jeff Faine said Wednesday that despite the team's 1-12 record, coach Raheem Morris has done a good job this season and deserves a chance to return in 2010.


"Oh, yeah. One hundred percent. One hundred percent,'' Faine said, when asked about Morris' future. "I think anytime you're drafting a quarterback in the first round, you have to give it an opportunity to see some maturation at that position. That position is so key, I think without seeing some true light on that, I think it's very unfair for him to get the hook at this point.''

Faine listed several factors that Morris has had to deal with this season that have contributed to the poor record -- starting three quarterbacks, including rookie Josh Freeman, the Bucs' first-round pick; and hiring and dismissing both offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski and defensive coordinator Jim Bates.

"I think he's done great. I really do,'' Faine said. "For the first year, I think he's done as good of a job as he could when you think about all the turmoil we've had, all the changes and things. And I give him kudos and credit for having the guts to make those changes as well. I think a lot of people in this position of being a first-year head coach, how do you fire both the offensive and defensive coordinators in the same year? With a first year general manager? I think it shows a lot of guts and a lot of confidence for them to say, "Hey, we made a wrong decision, we're trying to right this ship and we're trying to get it right and make the transformation and head in the right direction.''

But wasn't Morris responsible for hiring Jagodzinski and Bates in the first place?

"I don't know if that's the whole story,'' Faine said. "You don't know what happens in the front office and if (Morris) was able to make those decisions all on his own. And I'm not saying that he didn't. I don't know the facts, even. I think that moving forward, he's trying to make it right. Everybody makes mistakes, and if a mistake was made, they're trying to make it right.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:51pm]


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