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As lockout drags on, Bucs coach Morris laments lost time

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 02:11 PM
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris knows many of his players are working out collectively during the NFL lockout.

Morris just does not want to know the details.

Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman has been holding workouts with several players in Tampa, while backup quarterback Rudy Carpenter volunteered to teach rookie running back Allen Bradford the team's playbook in California, but Morris is uninterested in those specifics.

"I try not to listen," Morris said. "I don't want any implications that it's been set up by anybody with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We want to be the organization that does it the right way, so if those guys are doing that, that's great.

"I'm fired up for Freeman. That's the type of leader we bought here and I had no doubt in my mind he would be doing that type of thing. It's not shocking to me. It's kind of expected from the standpoint of business as usual for that guy."

While Freeman is reviewing old plays, he has been unable to learn any new wrinkles in Tampa Bay's playbook.

Morris said he traditionally uses voluntary workouts, minicamp and training camp to install plays, but has been unable to get ahead because of the lockout. Tampa Bay's coaching staff is figuring out ways to install plays after the lockout ends, whenever that might occur.

"We will try to continually stay above the cutting edge," Morris said. "My coaches are constantly staying in contact with me. I'm constantly in contact with those guys. Myself and (offensive coordinator Greg) Olson have to be on the same page as far as installs and how we want to put things in, along with having a new special teams coordinator in Dwayne Stukes.

"He's very fired up and inspired, but he's missed some of his days as well. It's a process, man. We talked about it during the season, having that Rosetta Stone type of mentality to get these guys acclimated as fast and often as you can."

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