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Bucs' Morris has players' attention, but lacking results

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By Dan Parr

With pressure to end a losing streak mounting and speculation about his job security growing, Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris snapped in Week 13. He ejected one of his own players from the game against the Panthers after  DT Brian Price drew an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty when he lost his temper on a play — which would have put Carolina in a 3rd-and-long. Price thought a Panthers player was trying to re-injure an ankle he had sprained a week earlier. Following a sixth consecutive loss, which sent the Bucs to 4-8, Morris' decision was one that could have cost him support from his players, but indications are that the group isn't turning away from the embattled head coach. The concern for Morris is that while he has been emphasizing the need to cut down on penalties, the message doesn't seem to be getting through and he had to resort to sending one of the team's core players on defense home from a game. The Bucs are among the league leaders in penalty yards with 780. Only six teams have lost more yards to penalties.

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