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Tampa Bay Buccaneers players have Raheem Morris' back



Raheem Morris has been asked repeatedly the past few weeks whether the Glazers, even privately, have offered him any assurances that he will be back next season.

The Bucs owners have been mum on the matter, but Morris' players have had more to say.

Many publicly expressed their support for Morris after Sunday's season-ending loss to the Falcons. But it's their effort that really reassured the first-year head coach.

“I knew they have my back,'' Morris said. "When I look out there on Sunday and see them playing as hard as they are, you are talking about Geno Hayes playing hard, Quincy Black and Tanard Jackson throwing around his body at (200) pounds. Those guys go play hard. They play hard.

"To see what Jeremy Zuttah was able to do yesterday. He injured his arm pretty bad early that game and he finished that game. Second play of the game. To see him do that, I know he has my back. Those guys don’t blink, they remain unwavered. They are not soft. That’s how you know they have your back. It’s not really about what they say; it’s about what they do.”

Morris said he will meet with the Glazers sometime this week to talk about the progress of the team, as he did at times during the Bucs' 3-13 season.

"Our owners, it's all about progress,'' Morris said.

Asked to point out the team's successes this year, Morris cited the toughness the players showed under difficult circumstances, including the purging of several veterans, including popular linebacker Derrick Brooks, changes at both coordinator positions, and starting a rookie at quarterback.

“It’s a tough team,'' Morris said. "I know it was rough on a lot of us, I know it was a tough year. I know it wasn’t what you wanted it to be but they are a tough team. I know that when I turn on my tape of my team and I watch them play down the stretch, you see nothing but hard, tough play. You see those guys never quit.''

Morris said the Bucs will use the next month to review tape and evaluate the entire organization, from himself to his staff and his players.

Despite an ESPN report that said special teams coach Rich Bisaccia will take a job at the University of Tennessee, Morris said none of his assistants have approached him about leaving.

"Nobody told me they're going anywhere,'' Morris said. "None of that stuff is going on.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:53pm]


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