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Morris: No dramatic second-half adjustments

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September

Raheem Morris was no more able to explain the Bucs' slow start in Sunday's 24-20 win over the Vikings than the second-half comeback that evened the team's record at 1-1.

It was just a matter of executing the gameplan, he said.

"I don't know what's going on with the team in the first halves,'' Morris said. "It is what it is. We've got to go out there and play the game the way we need to play it, and we certainly did in the second half. We certainly were able to come out and execute our gameplan and do our job.''

"It's just a matter of us being young. It's a matter of us having the ability to come out and play faster, play smarter, play wiser, play harder in the beginning and play more consistent. That's all it was. There's no dramatic second-half adjustments. There is, 'Go do your job, and do it fast.' And that's just what they're doing. We've got to start the game that way.''

Once again, the rally was led by quarterback Josh Freeman, who engineered numerous fourth-quarter comebacks last season.

"Yesterday, it was 17-0 and he was as cool and as calm as he's been,'' Morris said. "He's on the sideline getting everything corrected that we need to get corrected. He came over there one time, his mouth bleeding, he looked me right in the face, 'We got this, we're okay.' And I'm looking at my quarterback's mouth bleeding. It's kind of a situation that you don't want to look at too often. But he got things rolling for us and was able to come back in the fourth quarter, and it's becoming a signature move for him.''

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2011 1:02pm]

    

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