Raheem Morris’ Rapid Fall From GraceDecember 12th, 2011
A lot can change in just a few months in the NFL and embattled Bucs coach Raheem Morris is Exhibit-A.
Just a few months ago he was the darling of the NFL, a rising star. Affable, easy-going, likable and quotable, everyone seemed to like Raheem (except the sect of Bucs fans that wanted him gone the instant he was anointed as Bucs coach).
Well, now, Morris’ job hangs in the balance as the team is in an outright free-fall, and it’s not just the losing that is revolting Bucs fans, but how they are losing: penalties, turnovers, and a rush defense that can’t stop a cool breeze. It doesn’t help that the last-place Bucs have been steamrolled by lesser opponents both at home and to teams that are working on short weeks.
The numbers opponents are putting up are gaudy.
It is these factors that have pushed Morris to the brink of losing his job, so writes Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
Morris watch: More than ever, coach Raheem Morris is on the hot seat. It’s kind of amazing how quickly his stock has fallen and how badly this season has spun out of control. At the end of last season, when the Bucs finished 10-6, Morris was considered one of the league’s rising stars. Now, his future with the Bucs appears to be very much in doubt. The team is losing and not selling tickets. Morris is in a unique situation. The Bucs picked up options on his contract for this season and 2012. I seriously doubt the fan base would be very excited if Morris gets a contract extension. Another option would be to let him go into next season as a lame duck and that never works. Just ask the Panthers how things went when John Fox was a lame duck in 2010. The other option, perhaps the most likely now, is pulling the play on Morris.
It would be one thing if the Bucs were losing several games in a row in close games where the team has played well, not getting seal-clubbed by garbage teams.
It is that result, more than anything, that may have Morris updating his resume.