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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Raheem Morris fires back at Marvin Lewis

By Pat Yasinskas

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."