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Raheem Morris backs Mason Foster on illegal hit



Asked today about Mason Foster's hit on the Patriots' Chad Ochocinco that drew a personal foul on Thursday night, Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he wasn't upset at his rookie middle linebacker.

Instead, Morris said, "That’s something you just have to coach and get a little better at. Obviously they’re going to err on the side of caution with the National Football League but you don’t want to deter Mason either. We’re not going to let that be a deterrent for us in how physical we want to play. We’re going to abide by the rules obviously but you’ve got to kept that type of mindset in your Mike linebacker’s mentality."

As for whether Foster could've avoided the hit, during which Ochocinco was hunched over, making his head area difficult to avoid, Morris said: "It’s bang-bang. There’s going to be some questionable ones like that all year. The human element (from the officials) is definitely going to be a factor. But the way it’s been explained to me and all the other teams is they’re going to err on the side of caution and I don’t have a problem with it. I didn’t blink."

[Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2011 4:40pm]


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