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Great Hire: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Raheem Morris
3 Reasons Raheem Morris Has Been A Good Hire For The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay has proven to be one of the more progressive organizations in the NFL in hiring head coaches. Tony Dungy was regarded as the nice guy. Jon Gruden was brash. Raheem Morris was unproven. Morris has quickly shown in his second season the ability to be a player’s coach.
1. Key Veteran Respects Coach Raheem Morris
Ronde Barber could have retired particularly after the struggles in Raheem Morris’ initial season. Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled throughout the season and finished a 3-13 record. Barber perserved through last season came back even hungrier this season and is having a great season. Barber has become the most accomplished secondary defender in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 40 career interceptions. Barber has been very supportive of his coach in the media and understands that Morris is on the verge of building a consistent winning team in Tampa Bay. Clearly, Morris has a coaching style that has brought out the best in a quality veteran like Ronde Barber.
2. Key Rookie Succeeds For Coach Raheem Morris
One of the hardest things for a coach to do in the NFL is get immediate production out of a rookie player. Mike Williams was a receiver with first round talent many teams chose not to select because of his prior issues at Syracuse. Coach Raheem Morris and pro personnel team did their research and believed Williams would be a productive receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Williams has exceeded expectations already with over 40 receptions and six touchdowns. Williams just last Friday probably did make a mistake with a possible DUI, which let Coach Morris and the team down. The situation could have been a distraction for the team, but Coach Morris did not let that happen. Less than 48 hours later, Williams was able to make a huge touchdown contribution in the win against the San Francisco 49ers. The Buccaneers have traditionally struggled against the 49ers, especially on the road at San Francisco. In a potentially difficult situation, Coach Raheem Morris still managed to get the best out of a young player.
3. 7-3, The Real Test
Getting to 7-3 has not been easy for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, yet after ten games, the Buccaneers are in the hunt to win a division title. The Buccaneers have improved and already had a successful season. The real test for the Buccaneers will be next season to see if Coach Morris can build on this season with another successful season next year. Coach Raheem Morris has proven to be an excellent hire for the Tampa Buccaneers in just two seasons and a player’s coach capable of improving the team each season. The Buccaneers look like a team ready to be a consistent winner in the NFL.