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Quick hits from Raheem Morris' Monday news conference



Here are some highlights from Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris' Monday news conference.

On the Bucs' mindset:

"The toughness, how resilient, how hard they played. We go down 14-0, Freeman's looking at me like 'just give me the ball back, i'll make a play.' It's a never die, never quit, no nonsense type of mentality."

On the loss to the Falcons:

"There are no consolations, no moral victories, Morris said. "There's lessons to be learned every game."

On Sundays' critical 4th down play:

"No, (LeGarrette Blount) just made the wrong cut. He stuck his foot in the ground, he made a cut. His vision was different. That's part of a young football team making a mistake. But we'll learn from it and get better."

On the confusion surrounding their last timeout called in the 4th quarter:

"Our headsets went off. We had to use a timeout. You're supposed to reset the game clock. We never had the luxury of talking to our quarterback through our headset. But it is what it is."

On being 5-3 midway through the season:

"You're 5-3 and in a meaningful game yesterday with the Atlanta Falcons. For us, the most important game is this week."

On Morris' handling of LeGarrette Blount after Sunday's game:

"That can happen with anybody, that's just playing the game. You can't second guess players that way. Next time, go down hill and use your 250 lb. frame to get it done."

On their slow start offensively:

"They came off a bye. We need to get off on 3rd down. We had 3rd down destruction those two first drives. We made mid-quarter adjustments."

On the Bucs' tendency to give up points early in games:

"When you play great coordinators, you usually get the best from those people on their first drives."

On Micheal Spurlock's growth as a receiver:

"I've been able to watch Spurlock grow. You watch him make plays in practice. You put him in the game and he had to find his way, feel his way. Coming from the bottom as a receiver, he's gotten better and better every week. He's been a consistent person for us."

On facing tough running backs:

When you play Atlanta, Michael Turner and (Jason) Snelling, you're not going to stop those guys. You limit them to 100 yards. We're not the Ravens yet. "You have to get off on 3rd down to limit the amount of touches they have on the ball."

On the Bucs defense:

"They play really hard, really violent and really physical. But it's 3rd down. When you play Michael Turner, you hold him to 80 yards, you're happy."

On quarterback pressure:

"We have to get better at getting pressure on the quarterback. We'll find out a way as a team to do it."

On fan perception of the Bucs:

"I think the town is really buzzing. I think we're starting to get a little national attention. The buzz is starting from the energy we're bringing. It's an exciting brand of football that Tampa is trying to sell to people."

[Last modified: Monday, November 8, 2010 12:32pm]


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