Buccaneers HC Raheem Morris Rips Players for Lack of Intensity

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris stopped the team's mini-camp practice today to rip the players for a lack of intensity, Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports.

"It’s easy to get caught up with the fans in a game, and it’s easy to get caught up in the mode of a regular practice, walking off, talking to your (position) coach, being coached on every play," Morris said. "You have to get that out of you when you’re talking about game situations. That’s just not realistic. That’s not what happens.

"We have to increase our urgency in practice and you have to try to simulate it yourself. Everybody has to do it. When you come out to practice, you have to put yourself in a game-like situation. We have to increase the urgency with that tomorrow."

The Buccaneers completed the first day of a three-day mandatory mini-camp on Monday.

"It’s hard to turn it over," Morris continued. "It’s easy to sit in a meeting and say, 'It’s going to be a game-like situation today.' Then you have to go out there and (change) your mindset. It’s easy to go out there and run on the field like it’s an OTA day. That’s why I think it’s critical, I believe, for me to stop the practice, let them know where we are, refocus, and then you get the chemistry back."

Four NFL teams have had "Organized Team Activity" sessions canceled by the NFL and NFLPA due to the level of intensity during off-season workouts. With no OTA dates remaining on the Buccaneers' off-season schedule, Morris appears to be pushing the envelope in the last on-field sessions before training camp.

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