November 14, 2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not known as a lackadaisical team. They fancy themselves a "youngry" group -- young and hungry and willing to get after you. They weren't that on Sunday against the Texans, though, and head coach Raheem Morris knows it.
"On defense, we had some issue with effort on some of the big plays, the two big plays, and that's something that's very uncommon,'' Morris said on Monday. "You have to play as hard as you can at all times, despite the adversity.''
Uh oh. That sounds like it might be bad news for Bucs players who don't want to get killed this week in practice. Anything else, coach?
"For this week we can't be concerned about preservation as much,'' Morris said. "We have to get our physicality better and that's what we intend to do. The answer is putting on some pads.
"I have to get as many (padded practices) as I can, based on the rules, to get these guys going. We have to make plays in pads — both on offense and defense and on special teams.''
Yeah, the Bucs are not going to enjoy this week of practice. Raheem Morris will not be concerned with preserving anybody. They will put on the pads and hit. And hit and hit and hit and hit and hit and hit, until Raheem Morris is convinced that the "physicality" has improved.
It's not unwarranted. Arian Foster(notes) ran on them, Ben Tate(notes) ran on them, and Matt Schaub(notes) threw all over them, though he only needed to do it 15 times. On the other side of the ball, they couldn't get anything going. Josh Freeman(notes) was just 15 of 33 for 170 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, and LeGarrette Blount(notes) found just 34 yards on 10 carries. The Bucs were not competitive.
Oddly enough, Albert Haynesworth may have been the lone bright spot for the Bucs. I'm sure he's glad he got there just in time for a hellish week of practice.
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