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Morris: I don't think Bill Cowher decides who coaches Bucs

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Bucs coach Raheem Morris said Monday the only assurance he has received from the owners of the Bucs "is that I've got to do my job tomorrow.''

One day after the Bucs' upset New Orleans 20-17 in the Superdome -- the biggest victory under Morris -- he continued to discount reports that the Glazers have contacted former Steelers Super Bowl coach Bill Cowher to gauge his interest in coaching in 2010.

"I don't think Bill Cowher makes those decisions,'' Morris said. "I think our ownership does. I know I don't, so I don't worry about it.

"When was the last time you've seen one of my owners speak publicly? That's not what we do around here. We don't have to answer to all the critics. That's not our job. They came out when they got a rumor about them and (Bernie) Madoff. Good. That's what they do. We don't do that stuff. We don't have to.

"The assurance they gave to me is I've got to do my job tomorrow. That's what you've got to do. When you're put in a position to coach a football team, you coach it. And that's what you do until they tell you to stop and that's what I'm going to do now.''

Morris also denied a report on ESPN that special teams coach Richard Bisaccia was headed to join Lane and Monte Kiffin at the University of Tennessee and that defensive backs coach Joe Baker and defensive line coach Robert Nunn won't be back next season.

"Again, all rumors,'' Morris said. "Rich Bisaccia is under contract last time I checked. All my guys are. We make evaluations on everybody at the end of the season. We're just coaching and we've got one more game to play. I know it's fun for you guys to do the coaches' carousel, but for us, it's reality. It's life. This is what we do.

"This game is not for everybody. Not for the mentally weak. It's not for the soft. It's not for everybody. For me it's about production, going onto the field and progressing. All that other stuff is gray matter. All that other stuff just messes you up for next week...you can start thinking about all that stuff and get caught up and lose sight that Matt Ryan is coming to town and you've got to tackle (Michael) Turner. That's how you get messed up. I prefer to think about Atlanta coming up here. I prefer to watch that tape upstairs and enjoy myself. I prefer to look at my guy's progress and development. And to see that locker room yesterday, I prefer to do that. That's just how I'm made up.''

Following that game Sunday, Morris said he believed if he were about to be fired, the Glazers would approach him 'like men.' But he said Monday he didn't need any public votes of confidence from ownership.

"The Glazers don't do stuff like that,'' Morris said. "They come in your office and we talk all the time. They don't have to do that. That's not their job. They're the boss. Did your boss tell you you're going to be writing for the paper tomorrow? I'm pretty sure I'm going to be here tomorrow as well.

"I don't think I'm going to find out on SportsCenter is what I'm saying about that. These guys are high character people and high quality people. They'll come knock on my door or I'll get a call from somebody to come down and see them..Again, when you do what I do, you can't worry about that. You've got to go do your job. If you worry about that, you'll get diced.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:52pm]

    

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