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Coach Qoutes Thursday: Raheem Morris

by Staff Report on November 19, 2009

Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris answered questions from reporters after Thursday’s practice. He talked about the progression of linebackers Quincy Black and Geno Hayes…why the team decided to changes from the Cover-2…Tanard Jackson’s preparation and reads…the confidence the kicking game has brought to the team…the chess match that happens in divisional games.

HEAD COACH RAHEEM MORRIS
(On New Orleans secondary making more plays this year)

“I guess it’s a little bit of everything. It’s that unit, it’s that crew, it’s that coach, it’s their head coach, their new defensive coordinator. You’ve got to give them all credit. They’ve had a bunch of young guys in there for a little bit and people kind of took advantage of them for a little while, and now they’re starting to come into their own. You’re talking about Tracy Porter and Usama Young, and you’ve got a guy in there, a vet like Darren Sharper to show those guys the way. He’s been greedy in this league for a long time, stealing balls. They’re just doing a great job. They’re doing a better job of going out there and playing and finishing plays.”

(On the progress of Quincy Black and Geno Hayes this year)
“They’ve both had their ups and downs. We’ve seen Geno shine in the Washington game, we’ve seen him shine in a couple other games, shooting gaps. We’ve seen him make some plays. We’ve seen Quincy Black make splash plays at times. They’re both making errors at times just like the rest of our football team. They’re young guys getting better and better each outing. Last week they went out and played a little more physical. They were able to hit down the middle, they were able to knock people out of the way, they were able to do some good things last week. We’ve just got to continue to grow on that. I’m really pleased at where they’re going. Do I want them to get better? Yes. Should they get better? Yes. Can they get better? Yes. Do they want to get better? Yes. We’re just glad that they’re out there playing so we can get them evaluated and get them coached up.”

(On the chess match that happens when you play division opponents)
“It always is. Sometimes you have too much information on an opponent, sometimes you have not enough. This is the case where you know each other so well it could be a good thing and it also could be a bad thing at the same time. You tweak one little thing and you’ve got Ronde Barber telling you that that guy ran the wrong route, he wasn’t supposed to do that. You can get yourself into the guessing game. You can’t play that. You’ve got to follow your rules, play rules ball. But at the same time, you do have information on each other. They know what we’re going to do and we know what they’re going to do. We’re a little bit different, so it will be a little bit different for those guys when they come in to match up with us. But those guys, they’re going to be a little bit different on defense, some different things there. So the matchup has changed a little bit. We will re-familiarize ourselves over the next couple years and it will be a nice deal again.”

(On if division games level the playing field)
“I don’t know. For the players, they know each other so well, they’ve been around each other, they know each other’s tendencies as far as where a guy likes to step and some of those things that you don’t factor in as a coach. Usually the intensity picks right back up for those guys once they get familiar with each other. It’s kind of like playing basketball with each other. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot of fun to watch, a lot of fun to compete. Like I talked about earlier in the week, coaching against the Saints as a secondary guy was always fun. You knew you were going to make some plays but you knew also he was going to get some plays and it was going to be an up-and-down game for you. You couldn’t ride the emotional roller coaster. You had to come out of that thing and try to make more of them, and that was usually going to determine who won.”

(On if Drew Brees is one of the reasons the Bucs decided to change up from their Cover-Two)
“I wouldn’t necessarily blame it on Drew, but guys like Drew you can blame it on. Really, last year we started evolving into some quarters and doing some of the things we’re doing now with the guys we had last year. I wouldn’t necessarily blame it all on Drew, but it was different quarterbacks in the league that make you change up, different guys that understand the coverage, different guys that can look you off, different guys that knew how to deal with all-out break types of defenses. There are also guys that know how to deal with splits. The mixture of the two I believe is where you’re trying to go and where most people are trying to go. You’ve got to have the ability to do a little bit of everything. You’ve got to have the ability to have a bread-and-butter but you also have to have the ability to be changeable and do some things so you can win football games.”

(On Cover-Two)
“We’re playing some Cover Two; you can see it sprinkled in there. The funny part is we probably played more quarters last year then we have right now, it’s kind of a funny deal. We’re sprinkling in some more Cover-Two as we go, as the situation calls for it. You like it versus certain people, you don’t like it versus this guy, you like it versus this guy. We’re playing it as much as we need it.”

(On the Red Zone Offense)
“We have to get down there more to give us more opportunities, once you get down there and you start to get that confidence, and you start to grow in the fourth quarter like we have the past two weeks, those numbers are going to start to build up. Along with your whole offensive numbers, once you start playing well in that quarter, and in the red zone, and on third down, and you have more opportunities which provides you with more stats, it provides you with recognition as far as an offense. The offense you can see those guys developing, they’re developing slowly. You see Josh [Freeman] come in there and lead his team to what he’s doing in the fourth quarter. You see him come in there and really start to develop that red-zone threat and scoring and what Greg Olson is doing in the red zone is pretty good. You have to give the other guys credit as well, Richard Mann is also a part of that, Tim Berbenich, Pete Mangurian, all those guys. That stuff is slowly going to develop the run, Josh can open up the run game a little bit. The threat of Kellen Winslow and Antonio Bryant coming back, and all those type of people open up the run game. That stuff starts to trickle down the offense, then you start to see the other people playing better, which we’ve been talking about all year, we’re just starting to see it now.”

(On Brees’s bad game against Miami)
You have days like that you know. Drew came here one time and we had three sacks and four interceptions against him, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Drew just had an off day. Miami played well, they were able to go out there and cause some problems with their pressure packages, with their 3-4 looks and they were also able to go out there and get some base rushes and play some coverage behind it and play some of the match coverage’s and the switch coverage’s that we talk about to make him hold onto the football so he doesn’t have anywhere to throw. Drew does not want to run out of the pocket. Can he run out of the pocket? Yes, but he would prefer to throw the ball down the field because at the end of the day when you have that many yards passing, that’s what you like to do, that’s what you want to do, that’s what you’re best at.”

(On what can work defensively against Drew Brees’s)
I don’t necessarily want to say it’s all pressure. We didn’t necessarily have a whole lot of pressure when he had his four interceptions last year. We just made plays. Drew is the type of guy, when he plays football, he throws it up to his guys and he trusts his guys to make some plays for him. You have to stand up and be better than this guy and make some plays for yourself. That’s the way it goes. Last week, Miami defensive backs were able to go up there and make some plays for themselves. Then you have to get some pressure on him. They do a great job protecting him, it’s not that he gets sacked a lot because of what anyone does, it’s just about a blown assignment or whether they had a miscue. These guys, you have to capitalize when they make a mistake. You can go out there and force the tempo, and you’d like to believe that and try to do that, but they are number-one ranked in offense for a reason, they do a great job.”

(On Tanard Jackson’s preparation)
“Anytime you’re a man and you have your back up against the wall, you come out swinging. That’s the mentality. I don’t know if he necessarily prepares differently. I don’t know what he does at home, maybe he is talking about some things he does at home and some things that he is doing in the building. He has his back against the wall. He wanted to come out swinging. He wanted to prove to his team, his teammates and his organization. He had stuff to prove to the fans. He is going out there, playing well and doing a great job. Whatever he is doing, however he is preparing, just keep doing it. Let’s go out there and keep playing with that type of high production. The other day I went to him and told him that he was playing great and playing well. He looked at me in the face and said, ‘I’m missing too many tackles.’”

(On Jackson’s reads)
“He was one of the reasons that we started to go play some quarters. When you get guys with the skills like Tanarad Jackson, Sabby Piscitelli, those athletic type of safeties that can make those plays when the ball is in the air, they trigger on receiver movements and pattern reads, whatever the case may be, they allow you to do some of the things like that. When you are playing in the zones you can make some of those plays as well off the quarterback. You activate the safeties a little bit more. When John Lynch was here he had some more stuff when the guys were around the line of scrimmage. You do the things to play to those guy’s strengths. When Jermaine Phillips was at safety he did some things beyond the line of scrimmage. Tanard Jackson and Sabby are more deep field guys. You try to make Sabby a bigger guy, which he is, and he can go in the box and mix it up a little for you. At the same time those two guys have strengths at having the ability to pattern read, make some plays on the quarterback and see the ball come out and do a good job.”

(On the confidence the kicking game brought to the team)
“I don’t know about the team but I know it certainly gave the head coach confidence. Like I said the other day in the press conference, the team was elated. I’ve never watched that many people watch a field goal before. Everybody was up and excited. They were all looking at me like, ‘Kick it Coach! We can make it.’ It was a good mentality. It was a different edge. I hate to keep using this word and it’s hard to get away from but it’s a young and enthusiastic team. It never feels like they are out of it or feels like they can’t do it. Those are the guys you want to coach, those are the guys you want to believe in.”

Courtesy of Buccaneers Public Relations Department

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