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What they're saying about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Carolina Panthers game

Raheem Morris, Bucs coach, on tackling:

"We've got people in the hole you expect to make those tackles, you'd like to make those tackles, and they're not, so I've got to do a better job coaching on how to make those tackles this week."

Josh Freeman, Bucs QB, on the offense:

"You can't afford to turn it over or you'll get down quick. The first half, really excluding the first fumble, we only had two drives and scored on both of them. Then, the second half, came out, turned the ball over really on three possessions, and when you do that, it is tough, especially when you go into the half trailing by 10."

Mason Foster, Bucs LB, on Morris' future as coach:

"I really don't think about that; I just play and let the people who do that job, do their job."

Tanard Jackson, Bucs S, on the defense's play not measuring up to the past:

"We know that. You know that. The coaches know that. The fans know that. That's even more a reason why it is frustrating."

Cam Newton, Panthers QB, on breaking Peyton Manning's rookie record for passing yards:

"That goes to the contributions from those people behind the scenes. You've got Steve Smith that I'm throwing to. Brandon LaFell has stepped up his game. There's an awesome line that has been protecting me throughout the season and two awesome tight ends. They make my job easy, and all I have to do is put the ball in their vicinity and they do the rest."

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com NFC South blogger:

I know there's a small minority out there who say Morris should keep his job, replace himself as defensive coordinator and make a switch at offensive coordinator. Yeah, that's brilliant and no doubt would put the Bucs straight into the Super Bowl next season. Actually, it's ludicrous. It's like having a refrigerator that hasn't worked in more than two months and saying, "No need to call a repairman or get a new one because this thing just might kick in at any moment." The Bucs keep taking steps back, and the team is in total disarray. There's also the matter of Morris' contract, which runs through 2012. If the Bucs somehow were even thinking about keeping Morris, they'd have to extend him because you can't go into a season with a lame-duck coach (just ask the Panthers how that worked out with John Fox last year). If you do, you run the risk of the players tuning out the coach. Looks like some of that already has happened. It would be awfully tough to give Morris an extension as a reward for the way the Bucs have finished this season. I'm sure the fan base would be thrilled if that happens.

Josh Alper, ProFootballTalk.com:

As for the Bucs, it's getting really hard to think that they won't be starting over with a new (coach) next year. Tampa has regressed terribly this season under Raheem Morris, and he doesn't seem to have any clue about how to turn things back around. This was (the) ninth straight loss and the team hasn't been competitive in far too many of those losses to make the case that Morris is on the right track.

Tom Sorensen, Charlotte Observer:

Tampa Bay quit. Not every player. But too many not to notice. Despite winning only two games, I did not think the Panthers quit on John Fox last season. They couldn't score, true. Yet Fox retained respect until the end, especially from the defense.

What they're saying about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Carolina Panthers game 12/24/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 24, 2011 9:53pm]
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