Raheem Morris in league of his own

TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the best things about coming out to One Buccaneer Place or covering a Tampa Bay game (anywhere) is getting a chance to hear Raheem Morris talk to the media.

It’s more than a little refreshing. No offense to John Fox, Mike Smith or Sean Payton, but they don’t come close to Morris in terms of entertainment value. Fox never says anything. Smith is a master of being very polite, but not really saying anything interesting. Payton is a bit more quotable than those two.

But Morris is in a league of his own. I just sat through Morris’ Wednesday meeting with the media and I don’t even have to go to the tape recorder to bring you the highlights. I was able to jot down seven one-liners from Morris. All of them had value. Try finding that in any news conference with Fox, Smith or Payton.

Here are Morris’ highlights:

  • “You’ve got to keep building respect so, hopefully, some of those guys can go next year.’’ -- on Tampa Bay not having a player selected to the Pro Bowl.

  • “He’s certainly provided a blunt force, no pun intended.’’ -- on rookie running back LeGarrette Blount.

  • “It’s hard to say. We’ve got so many steals.’’ -- when asked if getting Blount, an undrafted free agent, who was cut by the Tennessee Titans at the end of the preseason, was the biggest steal of the year.

  • “He kind of looks like a Ninja turtle.’’ -- on rookie fullback Erik Lorig, who was drafted as a defensive end.

  • “I don’t think Sean Payton goes into any game lightly. I don’t think that’s in his makeup.’’ -- when asked if he thought the Saints might ease up if Atlanta is beating Carolina, which would lock New Orleans into the No. 5 seed for the playoffs.

  • “I’m going to take a nap on the plane.’’ -- after he was asked how he planned to monitor the results of late-afternoon games if the Bucs win Sunday.

  • “Stats are for losers. You’ve got to see who my stat guy is.’’ -- I can’t remember what the exact question was, but you get the point.