Could the courageous – and unlikely – victory by Raheem Morris’ Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the New Orleans Saints be an emphatic response to fears that former Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher is on the verge of taking over the lowly squad.
On Sunday, rumors swirled around the league that Tampa Bay brass has had enough of its experiment with Morris, the youngest head coach in the NFL. The Bucs have been embarrassed throughout the year, only mustering a meager 3-12 record.
But after notching its second straight win – and spanking the kingly Saints to boot – could that victory be just the sign that the front office needs to take a second look at Morris.
Or is the turnaround too little, too late?
When asked after Sunday’s game whether Morris was worried that he would be stripped of his position after just one season, he said he has no time to worry about such things,
Jim Flynn of PewterReport.com, reports.
"I have a great relationship with my owners," Morris said in his post-game press conference. "The thing I know about those guys is they didn't hire me last year in a meeting. The thing I know about these guys is I've had a seven-year relationship with them. They interviewed me for seven years, and I've been around these guys. So, I'm pretty sure if I was getting popped, fired or whatever you want to call it, my owners would come tell me like men because that's who they are and that's what they want to be. I'm sure Bill Cowher [wants this job]. Everybody wants this job - it's the best in football. I want it, too."
Morris, 33, is joined the Bucs organization seven years ago as a defensive quality control coach. Since then, Flynn notes, Morris has been promoted to defensive backs coach, defensive coordinator and head coach, the last two promotions coming within the last year.
The Buccaneers wrap up their season next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.