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Raheem Morris' Thursday practice quotes



Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris' Thursday practice quotes, courtesy of the Bucs:

(On how likely Aqib Talib will play)
“He didn’t practice today and was limited yesterday, so we’ll just have to wait and see. He’s day to day, he’s been like that for a while. Hopefully he can suck it up and go play for us again.”

(On Matt Moore versus Jake Delhomme)
“I remember facing Matt in 2007, obviously at the end of the season where we played a bunch of our backups that are starting for us now. They all had an opportunity to go out there and play against him. Matt Moore is similar, he throws accurate throws, I’m sure his coach in Carolina will have him do a lot of the same things. But I’m sure the focal point will be those two running backs and having them run the football again. This team ran for 500 yards against us so I’m sure Matt Moore won’t have a lot of pressure on himself when they can open it up like that.”

(On Hofstra Football)
“It was weird because it kind of happened out of nowhere. So I don’t really have a reaction right now, just kind of sad for all my people that are there. I just saw two of their coaches recruiting out here yesterday. It was obviously a shock for their football program and their football family. It’s just a sad state of affairs. Me and Marques Colston and Wayne Chrebet and Lance Schulters will have to have a memorial service or something. It’s a sad state of affairs for us.”

(On the Hofstra tradition)
“There is, Coach [Joe] Gardi was here, you guys met him. He’s the guy that kind of built that program for us and was the face of Hofstra for years, and still is. I’m sure he’s as heartbroken as anyone. You build a program from a Division III program to a National Division I-AA at the time powerhouse, to see it drop football with no real murmur or anyone talking about it. I don’t know what happened, but I got a courtesy call from people I don’t even know.”

(On QB Matt Moore getting the start)
“He came in young, coming out of his first year coming out of Oregon, he did a pretty good job against us. Threw the ball around well, played well, running the ball that game as well. We can’t wait to see him again, and hopefully we get a chance to make him throw.”

(On Josh Freeman liking to play on the road)
“I think he’s what we thought he was. He’s one of those kids that nothing really affects him, not bothered by pressure, not intimidated by anything. He’s out there playing his heart out, and he’s getting better and better every week, and you just have to let him go play and let him develop. That’s what he’s doing, he’s getting better and better every week. He enjoys it, that’s the kind of guys you like, you like the guys that like to improve.”

(On playing Carolina after losing to them this season and last season)
“You hate to say it’s just a pride thing. You’ll go back and you talk about how you scheme things. You’re talking about two teams. You are talking about us in 2008. We went out there, it was a 9-3 battle on Monday Night Football. This year, new defense, new everything, new regime. They did the same thing. They ran, we held them to a little bit less which is not good enough. It ended the same way. It was a more competitive game but at the same time it’s not good enough. It’s only good enough if you win. You have to go out there and try to get a win against the Carolina Panthers.”

(On last year’s Monday night loss to Carolina)
“There is no shell shock. There is only bounce back and get ready to play. At that point in your mind as a coach, you have four games to get in. That’s your mentality. My mentality was to move on. My mentality was to be very angry, we couldn’t wait to get back to the office and watch it, to see how we could get better at it and then move on to our next opponent and try to get our next win to get ourselves in the playoffs.”

(On several tough losses late in the game this season)
“You just have to go out there and get better in each situation. You have to get better in all of those situations. Last time it was a four minute drive led by those guys when you were behind. You have to get better in the four minute situation. You have to do things better in preparation and in practice you have to do things better in preparation for what they are going to do, when they are going to run the ball, how they are going to run the ball and what they are going to be able to do. You have to go out there and stop the run when you are talking about the Panthers in particular. You have to get better and better situational and you have to get better and better in everything you do. As far as Atlanta, you have to keep practicing, keep playing. You have to get your players on the same page as you. You have to talk to everybody, your quarterbacks have to be better, your quarterback on defense. Those are the things that you have to prepare for and the things that you have to get better with.”

(On the rivalry with Carolina)
“When I got into the league in 2002, we had two big games there. The big game there was a battle of a 12-9 game. That was a battle of the field goals, a battle of will, that was a battle of attrition. That game we won the four minute drill, we got the ball back for our offense. We did it twice. Those are the testaments of our good defense. In order for us to capture that dominance we have to get back to winning those type of games.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:50pm]


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