Morris expecting full effort from Saints
One of the interesting subplots in Sunday's Bucs game is whether the Saints will put everything on the line if and when it appears the Falcons are comfortably ahead of the Panthers, a result that would significantly lessen the importance of the game for the Saints.
If Atlanta wins, the Saints will be locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs regardless of their outcome against the Saints.
But the Bucs are still expecting a vintage Saints-like effort on Sunday. That's particularly true, coach Raheem Morris said, because of the personality of Saints coach Sean Payton.
"I don't think Sean Payton goes into any game lightly," Morris said today. "I don’t think that's in his makeup or his nature. He's a guy who is going to come out there and try to cut us and cut us deep. It's a division foe. When we're in between the lines, we definitely don't like each other. We love each other off the field. That's one of my guys. He's a great guy to be around. We'll go out there and compete at the highest level. I guarantee you that."