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Raheem Morris: 'We're the best team in the NFC'



Raheem Morris was as pumped as ever after the Bucs secured their last-minute victory here at Raymond James Stadium today. And he wasn't shy about making a few bold statements about his young team, which is fast becoming one of the surprise stories of this NFL season.

"I like where we are," Morris said. "We’re 4-2. We’re the best team in the NFC. Yeah, I said it. We’re excited."

It's not clear whether Morris was making reference to the Bucs having the best record in the NFC or whether he was suggesting they truly are superior to the rest of the conference. Either way, Morris is feeling confident about his team, and rightfully so after they managed to win a game that seemed out of their reach for most of this mistake-filled day.

"I told you we’re going to be young and exciting," Morris said. "That’s what we got today. We got two teams on the rise. We easily went out there and put together one of the worst first halves of my tenure. If you want to add the Saints game, you could say six quarters. But this team plays 60 minutes. There’s no doubt about that. They have no give-up in them. They have nothing but fight."

Regarding the play of running back LeGarrette Blount, Morris wouldn't commit to anything in terms of a lineup change with Cadillac Williams. But with Blount getting a team-high 11 carries for 72 yards, it's clear the Bucs believe he can help them. Blount would have had a 100-yard-plus day were it not for a 46-yard run that was called back for an illegal block, one of numerous penalties on the offense today.

"All of those things will be (decided) in time," Morris said. "It’s a team football game. LeGarrette Blount was able to get us rushing yards today. Cadillac Williams was able to make some big-time catches today and actually scored the game-winning touchdown. Everybody has a role for us right now. We’re not going to play the game of (throwing) daggers and throwing stones and (worrying about) who’s going to run out of the tunnel. I think that’s the most important thing for us."

And then he showered Blount with praise.

"You can’t say enough about the young man," Morris said. "I wish they didn’t take away that big run from him. He runs hard, he runs resilient, he runs tough. He’s kind of a symbol of our football team."

[Last modified: Sunday, October 24, 2010 6:02pm]


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