Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

With Bucs' Losing Streak at 7, Heat's on Morris; QB Struggling, Team Frustrated, but Coach Says Job Security Not an Issue

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

With Bucs' Losing Streak at 7, Heat's on Morris; QB Struggling, Team Frustrated, but Coach Says Job Security Not an Issue

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Byline: Garry Smits

With Jack Del Rio gone as the Jaguars' coach, has Tampa Bay Bucs coach Raheem Morris inherited the hottest seat among NFL coaches?

The 41-14 loss to the Jaguars Sunday at Everbank Field was the seventh in a row for the beleaguered Bucs (4-9) and it was sealed in a matter of less than eight minutes in the second quarter when fumbles by punt returner Preston Parker and quarterback Josh Freeman were returned for touchdowns and an interception of Freeman led to another score.

Freeman was sacked twice in the second quarter and the Bucs had four penalties - an intentional grounding call on Freeman (his second of the game), a hold on a kickoff return by Parker, a neutral-zone infraction and 12 men on the field that gave the Jaguars an extra down in the red zone before the first of Maurice Jones-Drew's four touchdowns.

For the game, the Bucs had seven turnovers, three sacks, 12 penalties for 97 yards and converted only 3-of-11 third-down plays. It also was the fourth time in five games the Bucs had given up 35 or more points, which should sting Morris, who was a defensive assistant at every previous stop before becoming the Bucs' coach three years ago.

In addition, Freeman (16 of 30, 181 yards, two interceptions) did not convert a third down passing after the Bucs' first possession. On Freeman'sawatch, the Bucs have turned the ball over 23 times during their losing streak and have converted fewer than 30 percent of their third-down plays.

The Bucs' 10-6 record last season seems a distant memory now. And Morris didn't dodge the issue when asked about his job security.

"If I was worried about my job security I wouldn't be coaching," Morris said. "I would be holding a microphone in front of another coach right now. I'm going to keep coaching and do what I have to do."

Most Bucs players backed their coach Sunday.

"A lot of people are going to blame this on our coach, when it's not his fault," said running back LeGarrette Blount, who fumbled twice. …

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