Tampa Bay Buccaneers focus on the finish
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris said the theme of his team meeting today was finishing games, specifically the four-minute offense.
That's playing with the lead, trying to run out the clock. So the Bucs spent a chunk of Saturday's morning practice working on that, "which could be boring for a fan, but you've got to do it, got to practice it."
Morris pointed to the Bucs Super Bowl season in 2002, and how they did the four-minute offense so well "12 (four minute drives) to be exact."
"When you finish in the four-minute, you can run the ball effectively, keep the chains moving, throw safe passes when you have to," Morris said. "Make smart decisions like slide before you go out of bounds. Not get penalties to give the defense an advantage...If we can end that thing in a victory formation, I'd be ecstatic."
Morris has made it a point to single out some players in terms of showing teaching moments, little places they can improve. On Saturday, it was TE Kellen Winslow. Winslow made a great catch before going out of bounds on the drill, despite his efforts to stay in.
Winslow and Morris then had a little face-to-face meeting, and yet another example of how the first-year coach is stressing situational play and doing the little things right.
"Whether it's stepping out of bounds or staying inbounds, you've got to be detailed," Morris said. "Kellen knew it right away as soon as I blew that whistle. That's part of the learning process."
- JOE SMITH