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Raheem Morris fires back at critic

Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris had some harsh words Friday about a column that took him to task.

NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi wrote: “Being inconsistent happens. It happens because there is not a high level of competition at practice, bad practices are tolerated and there is no attention to detail. And all this occurs because no one is accountable.''

Without even being asked about the column, Morris brought it up to the media.

"Here's the deal,'' Morris said. “When we were young kids, right? I went to school, I was six years old, seven years old. And this guy saw my grandmother and said my grandmother ran like a bulldog. And I beat the heck out of him. I beat the heck out of him. I went home and my mom was so disappointed that I beat the heck out of him. She said, 'Don't worry. It doesn't matter what people say about you. It doesn't matter what people say about your family.' So I learned that lesson a long time ago not to get upset with clowns that don't really know what they're talking about that have something to say. So we've moved on. I learned that lesson. I don't have to react to that kind of stuff.''

OK, point taken and I don’t necessarily agree with what Lombardi wrote. But doesn’t Morris blow his whole point about not worrying about what other people say out of the water by even bringing up the column? He obviously cares (way too much) what other people think about him.

That’s a trait that’s very prevalent around One Buccaneer Place. There are a lot of people in that building who read every single word that is written about the Bucs. For some of them, that’s their job. For others, they simply want to see what’s being said about their team. And that’s understandable for most of those people. But Morris doesn't fall into the group of most people.

When you’re an NFL head coach, you have to have very thick skin. (See: Atlanta’s Mike Smith standing up last Sunday and basically saying, “Go ahead, fire the criticism straight at me. I can take it.’’) Plus, NFL coaches should have more important stuff to do than reading newspapers and websites -- things like watching film, coming up with game plans and practicing.