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No matter Morris' fate, Bucs say players will pay, too



JACKSONVILLE -- As the Bucs tried to collect their thoughts in a somber locker room following Sunday’s loss, some were adamant their coach shouldn’t take all the blame for the loss.

“We don’t look like a team that can compete right now through 60 minutes,” CB Ronde Barber said. “That’s everybody’s fault. You can’t put that on the coach.”

Ultimately, coaches are held responsible for their team’s play. But players don’t escape unscathed, and that’s something several veterans made reference to, saying players need to realize their jobs are on the line, too.

“We have to win for us,” Barber said, referring to him and his teammates. “There’s no doubt about it. If they don’t know it, they will. This league will chew you up and spit you out if you let it. I think they know that. We just have to be a better football team.”

Veteran C Jeff Faine offered a similar warning.

“People are going to say it’s an indictment on the coaches, but it’s on the players,” he said. “We’ve been playing this game since guys were 5-years old. We know the ball is everything. Ball security is everything. We’ve got to play smart.

“It’s a terrible position we’ve put (Morris) in. The way that we’ve lost and the fashion in which we’ve lost, it is a terrible position for us as players to put him in. This is a very, very young team. Unfortunately I think a hard lesson is going to be learned this offseason. This is the NFL. They don’t play around here. There are going to be a lot of decisions made very soon.”

[Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2011 8:12pm]


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