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Morris: Jim Bates will "more than likely" be at Carolina game

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Though Bucs coach Raheem Morris is seemingly taking the role of demoted defensive coordinator Jim Bates day by day, he said Bates has continued to help break down film and opponent's tendencies, and will "more than likely" come to Sunday's game in Carolina.

Morris also said Bates gave him some advice before he called his first game as defensive coordinator Sunday against Atlanta.

"We're just going about the same process, he's been looking at tape, he's been up in the office, grinding," Morris said. "I go to him, he comes to me. We'll meet at the end of the week. He saw my call sheet. He talked to me about the tempo of the game a little bit. He told me to, 'Go out there and relax, shut everybody out, tell everybody to be quiet on the phones and just go feel the game, call it like you feel it.'

.."We're together right now and that's what I'm going with, I'm taking every day I can from him."

As for Sunday's game in Carolina?

"We're not going to make (him) full participation in the game, but he'll be at the game more than likely," Morris said.

- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:50pm]

    

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