There’s been plenty of noise made by fans the past week, about Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris reiterating he’s philosophical core beliefs, with regards to what schemes he runs. As he once again uttered the phrase “Score or get the ball back” which he previously mention shortly after he became the franchises eighth head coach.
Now another precise and eloquent tongue roller has been rolled out. Shortly after the Bucs finished their final OTA practice last week, Morris took to the podium at One Buc Place to address the hoards of media members in attendance. This time Morris gave fans a reason for hope. With a subtle, albeit compassionate catch phrase, as he told reporters the Bucs are ‘trying to build a lasting contender”.
With reports of rumored blackouts on the horizon, anything that gives fans a glimmer of hope from what’s transpired over the past 18 months in Buc nation, is a welcomed change. Just the thought of general manager Mark Dominik and Morris attempting to build a lasting contender in the mold of the Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers or Philadelphia Eagles is up lifting, whether you’re a fan that’s seeing things through pewter and red tinted glasses or even a creamsicle haze these days. The hope and excitement surrounding the youthful talent that’s been assembled over the past two years should have your level of excitement on the rise. If for nothing else, to see them grow as individuals and a cohesive team in the coming seasons.
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In a recent chat, ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas, told a recent participant that the whispers here’s heard from One Buc Place this past week were that DT Gerald McCoy, the Bucs first round pick and third overall selection in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft was more of an impact player than first thought and expects him to become a face of the franchise.
I say McCoy for the Bucs. I heard this week Bucs now think he’s even better than they thought when they drafted him…Expect him to become a face of the franchise.
High praise indeed, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. It was one week of practice in shorts against an offensive line missing two thirds of the starters do to injuries or hold out situations.