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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris' Thursday quotes



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

(On Stylez G. White apologizing for not having a sack in eight games)
“I’m glad to hear that for two different reasons. Not because I feel like Stylez is letting the team down. He’s doing the best job at getting pressure. He leads the team in pressures and quarterback hurries. I’m glad to hear his disappointment in something that I thought he was doing well. He has been rushing the passer and has the ability to get in there and play the run force. Stylez has kind of increased his role around here this year being the third end, not having the luxury of being the fourth, coming in on just pass rush situations. He has been asked to stop the run and he has been playing the run well. He is in there doing full-time defensive end situation unlike 2007 when he came in as the fourth pass rusher to go out there and get seven sacks. I’m glad to hear that he is a little disappointed in himself for not getting a sack and that lets you know that we are going in the right direction with the players, how they feel and how they think.”

(On what he learned about himself so far this season)
“I’m not sure because everything that I do is really [about] us. It’s about Mark Dominik and I making decisions. It’s working with a unit, working with the people you trust and the people you care about and everybody establishing their own means. The thing that you learn about yourself, obviously, you don’t have the opportunity to get up in front of a group, stand there, demand and motivate people every day. By the practices today and by the practices that we’ve had, you wouldn’t know that we were 0-4 unless you looked at the record. They come out there and practice the same way that they did in week one. We have to maintain that and turn those things into wins. That’s what you know about yourself. The only thing that we are right now is what you put on tape. Right now, I’m a 0-4 football coach and I have to do better than that and my team needs to do better than that. That’s just the approach that we are taking. What I want every day is a learning experience for me so at the end of the year I created some of me a little more. Right now, we just go in everyday and get better.”

(On adapting to the running back rotation)
“Like I said in that room in the first week when Earnest [Graham] differed to those two guys. We never really got to the 2-2-1 [rotation]. It was just the 2-2. He deferred his reps away to those guys and that was a sign of that room. Ever since then, we’ve had some minor injuries. It has been 2-2. It has been 2-2 and whatever else you can get. That’s kind of where we are right now. We just have to go out there and let them play. Maybe Cadillac distinguished himself a little bit more against Washington. It may be a 3-2 [rotation]. We just have to go out there, see what it looks like, see what Cadillac can handle and be smart at the same time. I’m not going to run a man into the ground, especially when I have studs on the fence like I have in Earnest Graham and Derrick Ward. I have guys that can go in and do the job effectively.”

(On Kellen Winslow leading the team in receptions)

“I think it's a case of that's where the open routes have been right now and that's where the comfort zone has been right now. You would like to believe that's going to open some things up. Maybe they stack the box a little bit more for Cadillac and Derrick if we continue to run the ball like we did last week and as we did in the first game, and that opens up more things in the passing game. It will open more things for the receivers and some of those guys, just like it did in the second week of the season when it opened up the big gain for Kellen Winslow because of what we did the week before versus the Dallas Cowboys. Now we get that thing back rolling, slowly. We have a little offense generated last week, missed a couple layups, and missed a couple opportunities. We have the new quarterback in there, he's have his feet wet and now it's time for him to go out there and turn the gas on.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:44pm]


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