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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' tackling their 'worst' under Raheem Morris



First-year head coach Raheem Morris called the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 24 missed tackles during Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills the "worst tackling performance of this whole new regime."

"Missed tackles are definitely the frustration issue, more than just getting beat physically," Morris said Monday during his weekly news conference at One Buc Place. "A missed tackle is a technique, it's a want-to, it's a will. It's the stuff that has nothing to do with talent.

"It's the hustle, it's the hit, the capoff. You've got to have all of that stuff going. And yesterday, we had a bunch of missed tackles. We looked at the tape, and it's going to be clear enough for those guys today when they watch it."

Though the defense struggled as a whole, particularly losing the battle upfront, Morris said he liked the way linebackers Geno Hayes and Barrett Ruud flew around the field and made tackles.

Also from the news conference:

+ Morris said center Jeff Faine (triceps) is "definitely out" for this week's game against the New York Giants.

+ Wide receiver Antonio Bryant is day-to-day with a knee injury.

"It won't shock me if he plays this week, and it won't shock me if I have to go without him,'' Morris said.

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


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