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Raheem Morris' Wednesday quotes



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

(On the injury report)
"Barrett Ruud was limited in practice today, ribs. Kellen Winslow was also limited in practice today, knee."

(On if he thinks either Ruud or Winslow will miss Sunday's game)
"I don't believe so. We've got to play it day-to-day, obviously, but we're looking forward to those guys playing for us. They were out there at practice, locked in as far as what they could, and they were limited. We feel good about it."

(On if there will be personnel changes on defense)
"No, there will be no significant personnel changes. There will be nothing that's worth talking about. We'll use a bunch of guys like we've been using all year. We've been using a bunch of different people in a bunch of different roles. I don't think there are any significant changes that come to my mind."

(On if there is an update on Jim Bates' status with the team)
"No, it's still the same as it was yesterday and we'll just leave it at that."

(On if Jeremy Trueblood will play)
"Trueblood? Yeah, he's not even on the injury report. He's up and running, he's bouncing around, full participation in practice. He's up and go."

(On playing Matt Ryan last year)
"You know in the first meeting he came out in the second game of his NFL career, didn't look great in his first game [against Tampa Bay]. He certainly got better during the season, so when we went to go see him he was better. He was a lot more in control, a lot more poised. He was able to make all his throws, able to go through all his checks and he presented us more problems. So I'm looking forward to getting the best out of Matt Ryan."

(On Ryan's second season)
"He hasn't been playing as well as he did last year, but during that second half [against the Giants] when they made the strong comeback he was in rare form. He can do that. He can turn it on and turn it off any time."

(On the running game showing signs of life)
"It did last week. You didn't see the one back have the breakout day. It was kind of like a 40-yard, 40-yard, 50-yard kind of a day for all the backs. But at the end of the day, Josh Freeman helps that stat, he has the ability to scramble. And those guys did a nice job running the ball. We talked about it early, right after the game actually – getting into those manageable third downs is your ability to run the football. When you're able to get to third-and-four, third-and-two, third-and-three, some of the ones that you should be able to get on third down are the ones that you know when you're getting better in the run game."

(On how his taking over defensive play calling has changed his day)
"I don't know if it's changed as much as you'd like to believe. It's just the way I've always done it for me. It's the same as me going in there installing to the DBs, installing to the defense and doing everything I've got to do, putting in everything I want to put in. We're meeting with the coaches differently. We're doing all those things the same. It's just what we do and what I'm accustomed to doing and how I like to do it. So we're making the calls fit our guys and doing it how we want to do it."

(On what his imprint on the defense will be)

"You'll just have to wait 'til Sunday to see that. I don't want to give Atlanta anything. We'll just go out there, and I hope it's a good imprint. I hope it's something that's going to remain there and become a fossil."

(On playing four of the next five games on the road)
"The NFL is always tough. By the time you look up you're 1-9 and you've go to figure out how to get better. That's just what I'm doing right now. You can't worry about how tough the stretch is, how tough the road is ahead of you."

(On the importance of Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson)
"Any time you're lucky enough to have a guy that's as sharp as he is, talking about quarterback development and quarterback play, and also have the kind of relationship he can have with [Josh] Freeman and all the guys, that's been a great move all year. That's been a room that's been positive. They've been giving us great things on the field, talking about effort, talking about playing fearless and not scared. All those types of things. Now they've made some mistakes, they've had some troubles, but to have Olson, to have that type of mentality, that type of swagger…we actually got in trouble for celebrating, I guess, in the Miami game, but that's just his emotion. We need it. He kind of got me going. He punched me in the chest, I had to react. That's the kind of guy you want in your organization, the kind of guy you want on your team."

(On what the Bucs are playing for in the last six weeks)
"We're playing to get better. We talked about it yesterday – we're playing to progress. You've got to go out there and try to progress every day and we're trying to play better. One day we want to be in a situation to come out of that bye and say, 'We need three games to get to the playoffs. We need four games to lock up the division. We need two games to lock up the NFC. We need eight games to go undefeated and beat the Patriots' record.' Whatever the case may be, we want to be saying that coming out of the bye week one time and we want to have a plan, want to have direction and want to know how to finish strong. That's all this is a preparation for. Last year at this time we were in position to go to Atlanta and win a playoff game and we were not able to do it and we lost that game. This is the team that knocked you out of the playoffs last year. We don't forget and I don't forget. I've got to remind it to my players at some point here and we've got to go down there and try to get back at these guys and stop them from their playoff run because it's a miserable feeling."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:49pm]


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