“We’re Talkin’ ‘Bout Practice”

August 28th, 2010

Fear not Bucs fans, Stylez White is making progress.

That’s the message the Bucs are pushing in light of recent criticism of the Bucs favorite movie character defensive end Stylez G. White.

Bucs coach Raheem Morris likes to needle White for being the Bucs answer to Allen Iverson, noted non-basketball association point guard who disdained practice. But it seems some have begun pointing fingers at White for not showing up in preseason games either.

But all is good. Both Raheem and defensive line coach Todd Wash are saying White is coming around, so writes Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune.

If White does not make any big plays tonight against Jacksonville in Tampa Bay’s third preseason game, you can bet Morris will talk about practice.

“Stylez is my Allen Iverson, and he’s not going to change,” Morris said. “He’s gotten better. He’s gotten better the last couple of days and practiced (better) throughout training camp than he has in the past, but he is Allen Iverson.”

Morris gave White that label last season because of his practice habits. White, 31, has been known to pace himself during practices, to the frustration of his coaches. While they have worked hard to push his buttons, White does not always leave everything out on the practice field.

Later in the same story, White defends himself claiming that the criticism is “overblown,” and Wash also defends White for not “cruising.’

Joe sides with Stylez on this but also understands why Raheem may be using the fourth estate in an effort to motivate White.

Interesting that in the past week, a man thought to be such a player’s coach is suddenly chatty about players not performing up to their reputations. Perhaps Raheem is trying to channel his inner Tuna?

11 Responses to ““We’re Talkin’ ‘Bout Practice””

  1. Aldo Says:

    is just me or this Grella guy is making an impact in all this??

  2. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    Nice to see Stylez doing better in practice, but I’d also like to see him act more like a leader, and actually play up to his ability in games.

    Come on White!

  3. eric Says:

    What id like to see is some more of that McCoy “disruption” which was supposed to elevate the entire defense, including Stylez G.

    So far, it hasn’t manifested into more QB sacks or pressures. But perhaps the Dream hasn’t unleashed it yet and is waiting for the Brownies.

    Also like to see Brian Price get off the turf and show something against the Jags, and for Mr. Benn to showcase some of that vaunted YAC abilities.

    Way early, but a little underwhelmed with the top three stupendous draftees.

  4. tampa2ali Says:

    This is getting out of hand, Raheem needs to keep these comments out of the media. Lets take a look around the league, do you see Rex Ryan throwing any of his guys under the bus, what about sean payton, or wade phillips. No the reason why, you want to get the best out of every player on the roster. The message it sends is certain players (Aqib) are allowed to curse the coach out without any kind of remark from raheem. I think its just a much better approach to have a certian amount of respect for the soldiers you send to battle. Lets handle these problems within the organization and not in the public. Not only stylez white but sabby and any other issues being handled.

  5. Pete Dutcher Says:

    “Interesting that in the past week, a man thought to be such a player’s coach is suddenly chatty about players not performing up to their reputations. Perhaps Raheem is trying to channel his inner Tuna?”

    Or perhaps Morris is feeling the pressure and starting the blame game?

    Maybe not…

  6. eric Says:


    The blame game will ultimately be Rah v. Dom and the Glazers will be the jury.

    I am hoping they exterminate the whole building, including the scouting department. Like rats, you have to kill them all, otherwise they multiply

  7. Patrick Says:

    If Raheem could just keep his mouth shut, things would be better!! He’s already established himself as a guy who says one stupid thing after another.

  8. BamBamBuc Says:

    If Stylez were as good at football as Iverson at basketball, then maybe I could understand the whole “We’re talkin’ ’bout practice” thing. But he’s not…. not even close. I have no problem with Morris calling him out, none whatsoever. He’s a professional football player… he gets paid (professional) to play a game (football), and gets paid pretty well at that. If he’s unwilling to put forth the effort to become one of the best at his position in the sport, the team should find someone to replace him. Of course, he’ll stick around until that replacement is found, but he’s not a very professional “professional”.

  9. TJ Says:

    My ? is if he does not practice well and never has why is he starting

  10. ZeroExpectations Says:

    Allen Iverson’s

    Pretty funny.

  11. Smitty Says:

    “It’s never acceptable, and he’s gotten better, but like I tell him every day, we’re going to tolerate him until we can replace him,”

    This quote reminded me of ‘The Princess Bride’:

    WESTLEY: “Every night, the Dread Pirate Roberts told me…’Good work today Westley…I’ll most likely kill you in the morning…Sleep well!'”