Morris: Release of Piscitelli wasn't based on "one individual play"
Sabby Piscitelli's poor performance off the bench in the Bucs' 17-10 loss at Baltimore wasn't the final straw that led to his release Tuesday, according to coach Raheem Morris.
Piscitelli, the former second-round pick from Oregon State, replaced injured starter Cody Grimm after the Bucs' rookie suffered a broken left fibula blocking during an interception return in the second quarter.
Four plays after Pisciteli entered the game, a busted coverage led to Todd Heap's 65-yard touchdown reception. But despite facing quarterbacks like the Falcons' Matt Ryan, the Redskins' Donovan McNabb and the Saints Drew Brees over the next five weeks, the Bucs would rather turn the safety position over to one of three players that have never started a regular-season game.
Either special teams standout Corey Lynch or former practice squad players Vince Anderson and Larry Asante will play against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.
"It’s never based on one individual play or one individual movement,'' Morris said of Piscitelli's release. "It’s just about what’s best for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We went a different direction a couple different times. We’re going to go a different direction this time. You’ve got to do what’s best for your football team and what’s best for the young man as well. We feel good about it. Hopefully, he’ll go on and go out there and prosper and do well for himself. So we look for that.
“It’s part of everything. He’s been here for awhile, we’ve moved on. He’s moved on and we wish him nothing but the best. Our relationship, myself and Sabby, it will be personal it will be what it is. We’re very close and I wish him nothing but the best and I’ll be doing nothing but cheering for him once he does find a home.''
Morris would not disclose whether or not Piscitelli was responsible for the busted coverage against Heap Sunday.
"Like I said about the miscommunication in the first place, that’s always on me,'' Morris said. "Anytime you have a bust, you have an error of that magnitude, the coach has to take direct responsibility for it and I did. That’s what I told you guys after the game and I’m sticking by it.''