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Raheem Morris says Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed effort, had too many mistakes vs. San Francisco 49ers

Bucs coach Raheem Morris argues with officials, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the third quarter Sunday.


Bucs coach Raheem Morris argues with officials, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the third quarter Sunday.

TAMPA — To those who watched the Bucs get dismantled by the 49ers, it might have appeared as if the team took most of Sunday afternoon off. But coach Raheem Morris watched game film Monday, and he said effort wasn't the problem.

"They actually played hard," Morris said. "It's hard to say that with the score, but if you look at the tape, you see the hustle. We didn't play smart or consistent. We had some major busts, some major misses.

"Some of it was good players; some of it was the anxiety of being out there. The hard play was there. We just didn't play as well as we had throughout the season."

But Morris will not keep this film in his archives. Once he saw it, he moved on to film of the Saints.

"I'm already done," Morris said. "I'm watching Saints film. It's gone. … Drew Brees is about to come in and play quarterback. Can't worry about the 49ers anymore."

Fine is not fine: The Bucs and Morris were fined $250,000 by the NFL for having illegal contact with players during the lockout. While Morris did not say who will pay the fine, him or the Bucs, he did sound as if he disagreed with the decision.

"I called (TE Kellen Winslow) to congratulate him on his baby," Morris said. "It wasn't an easy thing for them, so I called him. I'd do it again if I had to, whether it was a lockout or not. I made five calls during the lockout. It's been dealt with."

Morris flagged: The Bucs had nine penalties for 96 yards Sunday, one of which was on Morris, who said he was simply discussing the rough play of the 49ers and the official misunderstood him.

"I got one, too, whether it was right or it was wrong," Morris said. "I think it was a misconception. We figured it out at the end of the day. It was an emotional moment for him, and I told him it shouldn't have been emotional for him. It should only have been emotional for me."

Roster changes: DE George Johnson was added, and TE Collin Franklin was released.

Payton praise: Saints coach Sean Payton was asked by New Orleans' Times-Picayune to compare Bucs QB Josh Freeman to Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton.

"I think he has great leadership and intangibles," Payton said of Freeman. "When I say this, I know how this works, all of a sudden (today) I'll read where I didn't think Newton possessed these traits.

"But I would say Freeman's much further along right now in his development. And I'm not saying Cam won't get there. I'm just saying I think they're different a little bit. … He's a big, strong, physical player who I think has very quickly developed into one of the better quarterbacks in our league."

Freeman appears: Freeman joins Florida CFO Jeff Atwater today at Northeast High in St. Petersburg as part of a program to test students' practical money skills. The program is called "Financial Football," an NFL-themed educational video game and classroom curriculum. The event starts at 10 a.m.

Raheem Morris says Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed effort, had too many mistakes vs. San Francisco 49ers 10/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 9:29pm]
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