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Monday, November 1, 2010
Raheem Morris meeting with approval

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

I just took a look at the NFL Coach Approval Ratings over on SportsNation for the first time in a few weeks and got a huge surprise.

Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris has the highest rating of any NFC South coach. Yep, the same guy who went 3-13 and looked clueless for much of last year is winning over fans. That’s what happens when you’re 5-2. Now, if Morris could only sell some tickets.

Heck, Morris is the fourth-rated coach in the entire league with 85 percent of the voters approving of the job he’s doing with the Buccaneers. He’s one spot behind Bill Belichick. Seriously. Note to Morris: Print that page out and have your agent send a copy to One Buccaneer Place, addressed to Vice President in Charge of Contract Extensions.

Atlanta’s Mike Smith, who also has his team off to a 5-2 start, is just one spot behind Morris with an 84-percent approval rating.

New Orleans’ Sean Payton is in the middle of the pack at 76 percent and I think he would have topped 80 percent if he hadn’t called that pass play in the end zone to offensive-lineman-turned-eligible-receiver Zach Strief in Sunday night’s victory against Pittsburgh.

Then, there’s Carolina’s John Fox. Somewhat surprisingly, Fox has a 17-percent rating, which is a little higher than I expected. The two guys lower than him are Brad Childress and Wade Phillips, who have ratings in the single digits.