Morris: A Test Of True Grit

Dayne DurantiCorrespondent IJune 6, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: Defensive backs coach Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

As fate would have it the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new young head coach, five quarterbacks competing for the starting job; three young pups, one back-up caliber and one aging sage. The Bucs have nine positions on the field that are being filled by rookies. There have been some damned solid acquisitions, which I hope to see more of. This season could be viewed by many as a “re-building” year, yet I don’t think so.

 I am thinking of this season as a science experiment. The Buccaneers are either going to be very good, or they are really going to suck. Either way, there is no faking it for new coach Morris and the gang, because even if the Buccaneers were trying to rebuild, it is like rebuilding a house during a hurricane. Have you seen the Buc’s schedule?


 Dear God. I have heard of baptism under fire, but I wouldn’t wish this initiation on anybody.


 Dallas, Buffalo, Giants, Redskins, Philadelphia, Carolina, Patriots, Packers, Dolphins, Saints, Falcons, Carolina, Saints, Seahawks, Jets, Falcons.


 I would predict a season of 4-12. I don’t know though, there is something about Raheem Morris and the gang that is exciting me, making me very anxious.


 At first when I heard Monte Kiffin was leaving Tampa I was sad, next Gruden and GM were fired. And then Derrick Brooks (which I’m still pissed about.) I had given up on the Bucs for at least the season. But then I started paying attention.


 It’s going to be interesting either way. I thing the Buccaneers may surprise a few people this season.


 My only request of you Mr. Morris is, please take some chances. You have nothing to lose! The Buccaneers have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL this season and nobody expects much out of you at all. That makes you very dangerous.  Take some risks, make some exciting play calls, have some fun.


 That was my biggest complaint about Jon Gruden. He was so boring and conservative, bland and safe.


 If you are going to lose, lose big! You just may win a few by surprising people. The Buccaneers have the weapons and the firepower, all they need is the grit.