Let’s go ahead and call Sunday’s game in Cincinnati the Dezmon Briscoe Bowl. That’s what it’s become all of a sudden.
Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis created a bit of a stir on a Wednesday conference call with the Tampa Bay media when he criticized the Buccaneers for signing Briscoe, whom the Bengals drafted and cut in the preseason, to a practice-squad contract that’s worth about four times what practice-squad players are usually paid.
“That’s a first,’’ Tampa coach Raheem Morris said with a laugh because the general perception among Tampa Bay fans is that the Buccaneers are frugal.
But the smile quickly disappeared and Morris fired a pretty good shot back at Lewis.
“I’m really not concerned about Marvin Lewis’ comments about how we run our organization," Morris said. “It’s a credit to our management, and our ownership, and what we want to do and how we wanted to get him. That’s really all there is to be said there. I heard that comment and that’s Marvin’s opinion."