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Raheem Morris hot seat

Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:01 am
Representatives of Tampa Bay Buccaneers ownership spent part of Sunday night and Monday morning speaking to players and others throughout the organization about coach Raheem Morris, according to an agent who represents one of the Buccaneers players.

This isn't a shock. This is what a smart team does when it's deciding whether or not to keep its head coach. You gather as much intel as possible before making a decision.

The real shock is how ownership has been able to -- for the moment -- keep their decision a secret. Nothing -- for the moment -- has leaked.

Actually, one sentiment is beginning to (slightly). Ownership doesn't truly want to fire Morris but feel they may not have a choice. The team has lost 10 straight games and there's little question Morris has lost the locker room. Bucs ownership, I'm also told, is extremely concerned about the effect bringing Morris back will have on ticket sales for next season.

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Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:06 am

Raheem Morris hot seat


Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:15 pm

Raheem Morris hot seat

1) To blame this on the ManU debt is nonsense. Despite that debt, ManU remains a big money maker and probably the most valuable sports property in the world. There is no money going from the Bucs to MU. 

2) This does not absolve management entirely. The team is still being run as a business and the truth is the Glazer sons are not the astute businessmen their father was. Malcolm understood risk and the need to view a business as more than just a money venture. The sons are just MBA type technicians. That's why, since Malcolm's stroke's, we've seen a loss of community involvement by the team and a reduction in the adventuresomeness of the team's direction. Sure, the Glazer boys are dunning a money making business. But, like in any business, if you gouge your customers to make short term gaines, you'll lose in the long term. Unfortunately, the reality is that Malcolm will not ever return to control of the team and we can not change the sons. Unless the league can intervene or some wealthy tycoon makes them an offer that makes acounting sense to them.

3) I wanted Morris to be successful and certainly last year was a good beginning. One has to wonder, though, what happened "in the locker room" this year. The trip to London seemed to be the turning point. Is it possible for Morris to regain the trust and discipline of this team? It's hard to imagine after the extent of this fall. Sure, the owners might force him to bring in a DC and then fire Olsen and bring in a new OC - but then does Morris simply become the figurehead?

4) Regardless of what happens with Morris, Olsen must go. This offense has way to much talent for what it has shown. It lacks creativity and Olsen shows an acute lack of ability to understand the flow of a football game, going conservative when surprise is called for, and vice versa.

5) I don't think that Dominic has done a bad job. I think there is some good talent on this team. I lay the offensive problems at Olsens feet. The defense is hampered by an exceptionally bad linebacking corps. Mason Foster might have a future, but the other LBs all should be looking for work next year... in the insurance industry.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:55 am

Raheem Morris hot seat

ESPN just reported that Morris and the entire staff were canned...

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:14 am

Raheem Morris hot seat

Jibber Jabber,

While that is something certainly worth looking at, I would ask this, who have the Bucs lost in the last few years to free agency that has had a significant impact on the team?  Frankly I don't recall losing any significant pieces to free agency in the last few years.  And bringing high dollar free agents doesn't always work and can often cause more harm than good.  I am more for building through the draft for a long term run at greatness versus selling out for one or two years.  Gruden tried that and except with the Super Bowl season it failed miserably as he tried to shore up an aging team.  Money alone doesn't make a championship team (just ask the Yankees).  It's also a very good strategy to tie up young talent at a lower cost basis for a longer period of time.  I am guessing the Bucs have done an okay job at that.   

As fans we want the owners to spend whatever it takes to win championships.  We forget from an NFL perspective it is a business first and foremost and in most cases it must turn a profit.  Yes you do have to spend, but you have to spend smartly, if just throwing money at the issue was the solution, Washington would have like 10 championships in a row!   

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:54 am

Raheem Morris hot seat

Glazers should fire themselves. I would love someone in the media to start asking the Glazers some tough questions -- such as why the Bucs have had the lowest payroll in the league for 7 years while the Bucs organization has been one of the most profitable NFL teams over that span and if their lack of spending/profit grabbing from the Bucs is related to the massive debt of Man U. Instead we focus on the coach (who was terrible) when the owners won't spend enough to let any coach win. GLAZERS OUT!

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:48 am

Raheem Morris hot seat

Run the dam ball idiot!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:47 am

Raheem Morris hot seat

I've never been so embarrassed to be a fan of this team...

Here's the main issue...

We didn't regress or have some disappointing close loses...we were DESTROYED in most of our losses... and some of those losses were by terrible football teams (Jaguars). The buccaneers haven't had 10 straight losses since the 70's! As a fan I'd like to sit back after a disappointing loss and optimistically look and say, "what did we do that was good?"... that was impossible this season.

I still believe Tampa Bay is extremely talented, and we've done well in the draft. As others have mentioned we were a 10-6 team last season and I DON'T care if it was to teams with losing records... 10 wins is 10 wins... and we beat the Saints and Falcons this season as well. That should say a little something...

A good core of the fan base was saying Raheem wasn't ready for this job, perhaps they are right, perhaps the Bucs got lucky under Morris' coaching in his second year. Look at Teebow... lets face it, he's not very good, yet he had a great stretch of wins this season. How long do you think that will last for? Mark my words, he'll flop next season and they'll be another quarterback controversy in Denver. This is the NFL, eventually your flaws will show...

Back to the point...By getting rid of Raheem, the Bucs accomplish (2) things. The first would be a fresh start with a young talented football team that has the 5th pick in the NFL draft...not to mention some house cleaning...Biggers, M.Lewis and Black (Why did we pay him more money?)...they all need to go, unless I'm missing something...  The 2nd thing it would accomplish, is that a name like Brian Billick or Bill Cowher or even Jeff Fisher, with those names alone, can bring the fan base back... I think the fans like the young talent the Buccaneers have, they just aren't convinced the coaching staff is the right fit. A Coach with credibility will immediately draw fan interest and once we start getting those "W's"... perhaps we can get the fans to the stadiums and stop these damn blackouts. I think the Bucs can pull a 49ers run next season with a new coach...

BTW...Not just Raheem needs to go, but Olsen and perhaps Dominick need to walk... Some days Dominick looked like a genius, but there other days he was a complete train wreck... Giving a Quincy Black a new contract was just as stupid as giving Clayton a new contract... dumb! The jury is not out on his draft picks either... guys like Benn, Williams, Lewis, Biggers regressed this season.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:41 am

Raheem Morris hot seat

He's gotta go. 2 awful seasons out of 3. Plus you generally can't keep a guy when a team collapses the way they have, losing 10 in a row, many in blowout fashion. That's a team that's given up, and it's not likely they've been ravaged by injuries more than any other team, though it does seem like they don't have a'lot of talent on the roster.

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:18 am

Raheem Morris hot seat

He should not have been a head coach to begin with! The Bucs have also wasted time on quarterbacks the past years ... Chris Simms. Gradkowski, and now Josh Freeman. The Buc's problems start with the ownership ... the whole organization has becoma a joke! 

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:02 am

Raheem Morris hot seat

2 years is not enough time i have seen it befor where a team steps up in a coach's first season and plays well and then the 2nd year takes a step back give the man 1 more year if they stink next year the decision is easy

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