When Raheem Morris took the podium for his end-of-the-season news conference Monday, he stressed that he will take the next month to evaluate his first season as a head coach and the Buccaneers.
When pressed about changes needed to be made following a 3-13 season — including personnel and in the coaching staff — Morris wouldn’t get into specifics.
“That’s what the whole next month is for,” Morris said. “We talked about the other day, about myself, about going in and looking at the last six games since I’ve started calling the defense, and evaluating that. Looking at the tape. Looking at what you’ve got, looking at your stats, looking at what you’ve done, looking at all that type of stuff. Just really taking a deep breath, sitting back, and looking at what you really did and what was successful.
“This whole next month is when you do that.”
Morris displayed a bit of his trademark emotion when asked about his current roster and his relationship with his players. When a reporter suggested the players supported him as coach, Morris said his team never quit this season.
“I knew they had my back,” Morris said. “When I look out there on Sunday, and I see them playing as hard as they have … those guys go play hard. … Those guys go. They don’t waiver, they’re not soft. That’s how you know they have your back. It’s not about what they say, it’s about what they do. I see them go out there and give everything they had.”