Raheem Morris says lackluster practice an isolated event
CBS analyst Rich Gannon remarked during Sunday's Jets-Bucs broadcast that Tampa Bay's practice on Friday was not up to par.
That sentiment was echoed after the game by coach Raheem Morris, who said he told his players that Friday's lackluster practice impacted their performance in Sunday's 26-3 loss.
Today, Morris defended his team's practice habits, saying Friday's practice performance was not the norm.
"That’s not a fair statement," Morris said when asked whether such practices were commonplace. "We had a bad Friday practice. A terrible Friday practice. It was horrible. I told them right after practice on Friday. I told them on Saturday morning. And yesterday after the game I talked about it with (the media). But throughout the season, that was more of an exception. Individually, people have bad practices, but collectively as a team, it’s been rare and far between that we have just a bad practice."
As to what was so discouraging about Friday's workout, Morris said, "We couldn’t get anything going on offense. The defense was a little bit sloppy. But the defense came out and responded and played well (on Sunday). That wasn’t the first bad Friday we’ve had in my time around here, but I had to bring it to their attention so they know. Friday is about speed. It’s about explosiveness. It’s about being correct and getting everything the right way. And we didn’t. we have to clean that up."
Friday practices are considered one of the most important of the week in the NFL because they typically concentrate on scripted plays that team open the game with, redzone and goal line work and fine-tuning complicated portions of the game plan.
Morris opted not to take any dramatic steps during the practice beyond calling out his players afterward for their lack of attention to detail and intensity.
"It wasn't the time," he said. "You sat back and watched the practice and couldn't believe what you were seeing. You (huddle) up at the end of practice and let them know what just happened and you let them know there was going to be a direct response for this practice. And there was. It's called getting your face beat off 26-3. I can't give a better example than that."