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Morris: Freeman has bright future

2/14/2012

The coach who drafted Josh Freeman believes the quarterback has a bright future.

Raheem Morris, who was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a 4-12 season, said in this radio interview that he expects Freeman’s career to prosper.

He’s gotten smarter, gotten wiser,’’ Morris said. “Obviously, he’ll get a new offense and some new things, but it’s all about situational football for him. He’s gotten to that point where he can call his next play. All those things are going to happen for Josh Freeman because he wants it so bad.’’

Morris drafted Freeman in 2009. Things seemed to be on the upswing when the Bucs went 10-6 in 2010 and Freeman threw 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. But disaster struck last season as the Bucs started 4-2, but failed to win another game.

That cost Morris his job. He has landed as the defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins.

Morris said he holds no ill will toward the Buccaneers.

“I’m not going to sit here and cry over spilled milk,’’ Morris said. “The Glazers gave me an unbelievable opportunity when they looked me in my face and shook my hand and told me it was an opportunity ob. I knew exactly what that meant. That meant that we had to go out there and win. I wasn’t able to get that done this year and I’ll take all the heat for that and my coaching staff and we did. Hopefully, the next guys can get it going."