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.