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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris' Friday quotes



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

(On injuries)
"[Jeff] Faine is out for the game. Probable is Roy Miller; doubtful is Maurice Stovall; Antonio Bryant is questionable; Earnest Graham, questionable; Clifton Smith, probable; John Gilmore, probable; Elbert Mack, probable; Matt McCoy, questionable; Carnell Williams, questionable; and Kyle Moore's out. Yesterday, the meniscus; [Moore] had surgery today. It didn't happen yesterday in practice. He's been practicing on it, trying to tough it through, but it's smart to go ahead and have surgery and deal with that as we go."

(On if Williams still has soreness from the turf game in Buffalo)
"It's just soreness from the turf. He was out here today, full participation, but we'll just have to wait and see."

(On Derrick Ward potentially getting a lot of carries)
"Ward might get a full dose of his former teammates. We'll see what we've going on with that. We've still got some other guys working, B.J. [Askew] back there and things of that nature. We'll just have to go see."

(On not scoring in the first quarter yet)
"I hate to say you've got to get off to a good start. It's just not what we have to be as a team. You have to finish, you have to play the whole game. It's nice to get off to a good start. It would be nice to get out there and jump out to an early lead so we can really see what this team is made of, but it's not the most important thing. But we'd like to."

(On not having a full deck of cards at receiver yet)

"I don't know if anybody has the luxury enough to have a full deck of cards anyway. Everybody in the league goes through the same problems. I don't want to act like my problems are any worse than anybody else's. We all have them. The Giants have gone through their fair share of problems at safety, they've gone through their fair share of problems with the same guys on their injured list at receiver. This is a league where you play through pain. We're expected to and we play through it and we do it. We coach in pain."

(On how much a win this week would mean)
"It's all about wins. We enjoy our wins the same, we enjoy them all no matter how they come, no matter when they come. A win is a good deal. I always hear people talk about ugly wins and I don't know what an ugly win is. They're all pretty. You're very fortunate to get them in this league. It's hard to win in this league and we respect them all."

(On playing a "big-time" team)
"The fact that a big-time team is coming in is awesome. We love that. The challenge of playing against a team that you respect, a team that you want to model yourself after somewhat, a coach like that, a team like that, a team not far removed from the Super Bowl. That's an awesome challenge. That's an awesome thing to have coming in here and we look forward to the challenge."

(On if Derrick Ward will start)

"I told the team at the beginning of the week that we were going to start Derrick. [I told them] on Wednesday when the team came in. Derrick's going to get the first crack at his old boys. Like I said and like we all know down here, I don't really know if we have a starter. We've got a three-headed monster. They all see the same amount of time, they all see the same reps, they all see what they've been doing and we're going to try to get even more in depth into that this week."

(On Antonio Bryant)
"He's one of those guys, he's got to do it at the stadium and we'll find out that day. He's one of those guys."

(On what he saw in Bryant that made him questionable this week when he was doubtful last week)
"Movement. Out here he had a couple limited days. His work with the trainer. All those things. His mentality. Just all those things. He's getting better and better as we speak."

(On if Corey Lynch would be active on Sunday)

"We'll find out on game day. We call him 'HBO' around here. HBO will be a game-day decision. He knows all the positions. I give the kid credit – he's come in here and he's really locked in. He's a really serious guy. He's learned everything we do, he's back there making calls and he's a really sharp guy. He's locked in with our special teams coach and our defensive backs coach."

(On if Torrie Cox was a backup plan at safety)
"Torrie's been out there practicing and playing at both positions. He's kind of been a dash-and-slash and whatever else you want to call him. That's what you've got to be in this league. The more you can do, the more valuable you are, and Torrie has definitely proved that he's valuable and proved to be a reliable guy at whatever we ask him to do."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:42pm]


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