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Morris says Bucs deliberately went vanilla vs. game-planning Patriots



The Patriots' Way was to utilize more game-planning for the second preseason game.

The Bucs' Way was to deliberately use vanilla formations and schemes to better evaluate players.

The result was a 31-14 loss to the Patriots that was not nearly as close as the score indicates.

Coach Raheem Morris said Friday he did not want to give the answers to the test to his players, who failed on both sides of the ball against New England.

Tampa Bay picked up only one first down, had one yard rushing and 33 yards passing on offense behind starting quarterback Josh Freeman, who was sacked twice before leaving with about five minutes remaining in the first half. Defensively, the Bucs were no match for the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, who threw two touchdown passes and led four scoring drives on New England's first five possessions to build a 28-0 lead.

"They took a different approach to the game with how we played and how they played,'' Morris said Friday. 

"I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to pick up a certain look or scheme, because we did not give it to them that way. We just wanted to go play base ball, follow our rules, see who could pick up the rules, see who could do it, see who could communicate and see who could play on their feet. And that’s kind of how we want to judge those guys. Usually, that’s how you get the better players on your football team.

 “A lot of people ask questions: why don’t you gameplan for guys like the Patriots? It’s because I want to see what you can do without me giving it to you. Then I want to see this week what you can do while I’m giving it to you and you’re adjusting. It’s a level stage for us in how we want to prepare and we’ve kept that same level for a long time around here.''
Morris said the Bucs will do more game-planning this week in preparation for their preseason game Saturday against the Miami Dolphins. Typically, starters play nearly three quarters in the third preseason game.
“The thing about that, we’ve got our way of doing things and they had their way of doing things and I don’t want to knock anything anybody else does,'' Morris said. "I just know they prepared a little differently just based on film evaluation and talking to people and things of that nature.
"For us, it’s more about our guys picking things up in the heat of the moment and letting that player come out in order to find out who’s going to make our football team. If I give them all the answers to the test, you can get a bad player and he can show up and play decent enough to make your football team. If I don’t give all these guys answers to the test and they have an equal ground and a chance to compete and find out who knows what we do and how we want to do it the best. That puts us in a position to go out and play football to the best of our ability.''

[Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2011 6:37pm]


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