A lot of people have accused Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris of being too soft on his players through the years. The frequent knock is that Morris is too much of a players’ coach.
I think there’s some truth to that. But Morris wasn’t soft Sunday in dealing with defensive tackle Brian Price. After Price was called for a personal foul in the third quarter, Morris took Price out of the game and told him to go home. Morris was so angry he even let an expletive slip in his live press conference. We can’t use that here. But here’s some of what Morris had to say about Price.
“Because it's foolish, it's selfish to your teammates, to everybody in your organization, to your fans,’’ Morris said. “That's terrible. That's just selfish behavior to get a 15-yard penalty, in that situation, when that's all we talk about, when that's all we discuss. You just can't do that to your team.
"When you give up a penalty, after a third-and-15, those are things that are not smart, not fair to anybody on the football team. Not fair to anybody that's coaching that football team. Those things are unacceptable.''
Good for Morris. He needed to take a strong stand on this one. But I’m wondering if it might be too little too late.