Punishment For Penalties

October 31st, 2011

Lots of things need to be cleaned up for the Bucs as they return from a weekend off. That would be penalties.

The yellow laundry left on the field the first seven weeks of the season has killed the Bucs, who had 71 penalties this season. That’s an average of 10 a game which is simply unacceptable.

This has not been lost on Bucs coach Raheem Morris, who is beginning to punish the offenders in practice, so reports Buccaneers.com.

Morris estimated that 47 of those 71 calls were of the variety his players could control. He emphasized to his players how much damage they have caused, not only in 493 penalty yards but in the gained yardage that was subsequently lost, and in the promising drives that were killed.

One of Morris’ main points harkened back to the sore subject that the Bucs have been battling all season – slow starts. Tampa Bay has found itself in catch-up mode frequently this season, and while they have finished strong enough to have four wins against three losses, they haven’t always been able to come all the way back.

“We talk about holdings, false starts, whether it be offense or defense,” said Morris. “We talk about procedural issues with wideouts, or tight ends moving at the same time, things of that nature. And then you really show the ones that took away plays from us, or some of the things that we’ve been talking about the whole time, and I know it’s easy to say – fast starts. You can’t have fast starts if you don’t execute in the beginning, and you get yourself penalties to get backed up, get in second-and-10, second-and-20-type situations. That’s not going to be conducive to fast starts.”

Also in the article, it documents how Morris last week in the Bucs’ lone practice prior to the league-mandated time away from One Buc Palace, Morris made his players run “gassers” for penalties.

That’s great to learn. If talking and scolding doesn’t get the point across, physical punishment will. Pretty soon, players are going to get sick of running sprints.

If you don’t want to be treated like a high school player, don’t pull stunts that would get a high school player benched. Real simple.

19 Responses to “Punishment For Penalties”

  1. Jerrjenn2 Says:

    That’s the best news I’ve heard all day! The penalties must be reduced for the Bucs to make a playoff run.

  2. BonesMahoney Says:

    Did Raheem run Talibs gasser for him since Talibs dumb penalty was “on him”?

  3. Dan Says:

    Bones. dont be silly, he was saying its on him to get on talib. he was saying that we should blame him for not being harder on talib, which he is saying he will fix. theres nothing else it could mean so stop purposefully being dense.

  4. stimpy Says:

    This Sunday will be a good test for the coaching staff. Well see if they indeed improve the slow start and penalties.

    I hate to say it; but if we continue with this trend then its got to be something the staff is not doing right.

  5. Bucc Fan In Hawkeye Country Says:

    Trueblood is about to be in the best shape of his life….

  6. Architek Says:

    If this is true Talib should have a gasser credit line because it’s not enough time in practice to run what he owe for his infractions.

  7. SteveK Says:

    Can we add Gassers for Drops?

  8. KD Says:

    If the gassers applied to missed blocks Lumpkin would run like a Kenyan.

  9. Mauha Deeb Says:

    I figured all the rancid fish & chips they ate last week would be plenty of “gassers” for the year.

  10. Bucbeliever Says:

    If I were coach I’d make the run laps while stating each situation and how the guys screwed up a game for each penalty. Clearly guys need to be called out. The team is so youngry that they’ll bounce back. Bucs and Saints both coming off tough losses…should be best game of season.

    GO BUCS…use that Blount!!!

  11. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    What about the idiotic 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty that our unqualified HC got? I notice he didn’t lump himself into his explanation.

    If he doesn’t exhibit discipline, how can he ask his players to?

    BTW- most coaches stress discipline and emphasize avoiding penalties before week 8. This guy is clueless.

  12. McBuc Says:

    Thomas, you are an idiot, that was an unusual flag the your boy Chucky would have gotten manyn times over if it was called an a reg basis. He also gave himself a hard time for that after it happend..Than again, you hate hime for some unknown reason, so this logic does matter to a jack ass like you.

  13. McBuc Says:

    Stimpy…what about the last time the Bucs beat the Saints, was that a good test for the coaches? If so they cam through with flying colors. Why is the second game different? Maybe this is a good test of Peyton and his staff as well.

  14. Architek Says:

    Great take McBuc!

  15. Jimmy Says:

    Rah is starting to run out of excuses Thomas.

    First few weeks as a coach he had to run both of his coordinators.

    Then he runs assistants — coaches he hand-picked just like his fired coordinators.

    He’s a defensive guy and he’s the defensive coordinator and his teams have never been in the top half of the league.

    Now he’s saying Talib’s penalties are on him.

    I think Rah has used up his excuses. Better make the playoffs Rah, or which assistant is going to be the next scapegoat?

  16. McBuc Says:


    “Now he’s saying Talib’s penalties are on him.”

    How is this an excuse? How is righting mistakes in coaches an excuse? If anything, he is admitting that Talib needs to be coached up better, and last year he let go two coaches that I would bet he did not pick. Even if he did, he saw the mistake and fixed it. It would be foolish to keep with guys that do not fit the system just becasue you picked them. I guess I do not see owning a mistake and taking action to correct the error as an excuse, then again maybe you have not entered the working world yet and have yet to learn these trates.

  17. Jimmy Says:


    Point is, Rah-rah is running out of excuses.

    It’s one thing to admit mistakes so long as those mistakes are corrected. Having gotten rid of his defensive coordinator (and inserted himself into the same position) and unloaded his defensive line coach, the defense is only slightly better than Rah-rah’s first year (29th in 2009, 27th now).

    So Rah-rah takes the blame for Talib? It can be argued Talib is worse today than he was when Rah-rah took over the team. It took Rah-rah nearly three years to figure out how to handle Talib, really?

    More and more Rah-rah seems like he is over his head. He better hope for his sake the Bucs make the playoffs… this year.

    Those empty seats at Bucs games are not going to magically fill up with another season without the Bucs in the playoffs. The NFL is a business.

    If the revolving door of assistant coaches isn’t getting the job done, maybe it’s time for a new guy to be sitting behind the head coach’s desk?

  18. McBuc Says:

    Jimmy, I still do not see replacing the assistances as an excuse. I agree they need to reach the play-offs, but geez man it is week 8 and they are 4 – 3. The sky is not falling yet. I would also argue that the defensive line is playing better under the new coaches. If you thought last years coach was getting it done you must have been watching a different team. Asst coaches come and go on every team. Stop living in the past, many thought they would greatly regress this year, but they are ahead of the curve and ready to make a run. Maybe wait until at least half the games are played to start panacing. Excuses, give me a break. Just do not turn into a Thomas and give excuses to why they have won a few.

  19. Bobby Says:

    Jimmy, have you washed your face after pulling your head out of your @#%?