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“It’s Not Like There’s Six Games Left.”

November 04, 2009 at 10:24am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

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This Rick Stroud article was written to show that the Bucs haven’t given up and that there is still a lot of pride on the team, which was nice of him to do. And it did contain one of the more encouraging bits of coaching I’ve seen from Raheem Morris.

On Tuesday, Bucs coach Raheem Morris attempted a little reverse psychology by showing his team a highlight reel of sorts from the first seven games. Yes, it lasted more than a few minutes.

“I showed them everything we’ve done well,” Morris said. “We had some players stand out the first half of the season. We had Kellen Winslow do well at times. We had Cadillac (Williams) do well at times, Derrick Ward do well at times, Michael Clayton the first game of the season, A.B. (Antonio Bryant) had his ups and downs.

The praise started tapering off there are the end, didn’t it? But Morris obviously understands the value in positive encouragement and he put together a highlight tape to remind them all that they can play the game. It’s just a matter of all of them having their good plays at the same time. So good for Raheem (that sound you heard was commenter JScott passing out and hitting the floor because I had something nice to say about Morris.)

But in the middle of Antonio Bryant talking about how everyone is still working hard and cares about winning, this little quote slipped through.

“I’ve been on teams where we had bad records and guys did things to show that they didn’t really care to be here anymore or that the season is completely over,” he said. “But for us, it’s not like there’s six games left. There’s nine games. That’s a lot of games to break this thing and potentially make people scratch their heads.”

Is 0-10 some magic point where everyone throws up their hands and says “fuck it”? I don’t want to read too much into this because Bryant may have just been talking out his ass, but it seems like a weird thing to randomly say. Is there a feeling in the locker room that they’re going to try as hard as they can for the next few weeks, but if it doesn’t work out, that’s it? Or maybe Bryant’s time in Cleveland introduced him to the tendencies of a losing culture. Although, to be fair, Cleveland never went 0-10 while Bryant was there (their ten-game records during Bryant’s stay were 3-7 and 4-6.) If nothing else, the Bucs going 0-10 will show the coaching staff which players have the character to keep fighting and which ones they can cut ties with. For now, it sounds like everyone is on board.

“At the end of the day, I respect it because nobody is coming late to meetings and nobody is being lackadaisical about being where they have to be or doing what they have to do; that shows you people are still fighting and wanting to win.”

And then he added, “Well, except the kickers.”

8 Comments to ““It’s Not Like There’s Six Games Left.””

Wordy Sanchez

wordy_sanchez (November 04, 2009 at 11:10am:

“Michael Clayton the first game of the season”

Well at least he’s not delusional about Clayton. Anyone know the cap hit if we bag this turkey in the offseason?

Mark S

Mark S (November 04, 2009 at 11:40am:

An ESPN analyst said that “defense has been legislated out of the game.” He went on to say that close (low scoring) games are history and that the Saints/Falcons 35-27 game is the modern version. I think we had a 13-10 game with the Colts this year. If Peyton Manning can be held to 13 pts, then defense still lives. But for the sake of debate, do the rules that exist today spell the doom of Buc Ball?

Scott

Scott (November 04, 2009 at 12:34pm:

I think, outside of the sweeping changes made in 1978, the purpose of most new rules is for the sake of safety and keeping the most profitable players on the field rather than stifling defenses. It just so happens that offensive players are the ones who benefit the most. Defensive players are the attackers — the ones that do the hitting. So it makes sense that they are the ones who are more regulated.

In fact, the league recently removed the “force out”, which greatly benefits defensive backs. They also enacted the rule prohibiting blindside blocks above the shoulders (the “Hines Ward” rule), making downfield blocking more difficult for receivers. Defense is alive and well. Media-types just like making sweeping generalizations because it gets them attention. ALL MEDIA PEOPLE LOVE DOING THIS ALL THE TIME!

Mark S

Mark S (November 04, 2009 at 12:41pm:

@Scott LOL

campyone

campyone (November 04, 2009 at 12:44pm:

The fact that he’s trying to give them positive encouragement certainly is a good thing. But how sad is it when the season highlights are that three players did well at times, a WR had one good game, and another one had his ups and downs.

Wordy Sanchez

wordy_sanchez (November 04, 2009 at 03:11pm:

The analyst in question was Mike Wilbon on Tuesday’s episode of Pardon the Interruption. I don’t know how much difference there is in reality, but rat-a-tat jibba jabba on a sports news/variety act doesn’t mean much to me. I do enjoy the show much both those guys talk out of their sphincters for the majority of their daily 22 minutes.

Matt Price

Matt Price (November 04, 2009 at 05:03pm:

Wordy, they’ve been saying this every year since the early 1980s — “the death of defense”. And yet we’ve had some of the best defenses of all time since then — the Bears, the Ravens, the Bucs. . . all dominant.

JScott

JScott (November 04, 2009 at 10:10pm:

i had to read that paragraph a couple times over before a smile slowly crept across my face… Still hoping Freeman silences all the chatter

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