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.