You have to give Bucs head coach Raheem Morris credit for being confident, and bringing that mentality to his team. So when Morris stood behind the podium during his weekly Monday news conference and pronounced his belief that the Bucs were the best team in the NFC, most took it for exactly what it was.
Morris being Morris.
Nevermind the Bucs (4-2) reside in the NFC South with the Falcons (5-2) and the defending champion Saints. As Morris told reporters, it’s something he tells his team every day. It just so happens he told everyone else this time, delivering a message to his team via the media.
Morris stood by his story on Tuesday, explaining his motivation.
“I wasn’t really comparing ourselves to other teams in the NFC, it’s not about those guys,” Morris told The NFL Network. “To us, those guys are gray matter. It’s just about us getting better, it’s about us being humble, it’s about us using the statement as motivation.
“It’s simply a belief. When you go out and say you’re the best, what you’re saying to yourself and your team has to resonate through the team. We’re not going to let people dictate how we enjoy our wins. Somebody has to finish the season No. 1. Why not us? Somebody has to do it, somebody has to go out and be great. Why not us? I want my team to understand that, that we can do it as well.”
— Frank Tadych