Raheem Morris tries to keep things simple vs. Lions
Because the NFL schedule comes out in late spring, it's conceivable coaches could spend months poring over film of their season-opening opponent. When the Bucs open against the Lions on Sunday, they will have, in some capacity, been preparing for the game since April.
But doing too much of that can lead to paralysis by analysis. And this is something Bucs coach Raheem Morris is well aware of. As a result, he's been trying hard to avoid this pitfall.
Sure, the Bucs will have scripted plays against the Lions and will have watched redzone cut-ups for hours on end and done all the requisite preparation you might expect. But there's a fine line where being thorough morphs into something counterproductive, Morris said.
"I try to guard against doing that," Morris said. "I’m an instinctual thinker. I like to think using my best instincts. If I can go out and prepare like I would normally prepare for anybody and get our team prepared to do what we have to do to win the football game, I think that’s the best way to do it."
One danger of preparing too much for the opener, Morris says, is the effect it has on players. The last thing the Bucs want is for their young players to go out and not play naturally because they're overloaded with information.
"That’s why I think in the preseason and in the offseason, you work on yourself," Morris said. "It’s about us. . . It’s about our guys understanding what we want to do and then going out and executing what we want to do. I don’t want to overanalyze. I don’t want my guys over-thinking and then they play slow.
"I’ve made that mistake before in coaching, and I don’t want to make it again."