Bucs running back Earnest Graham is one of the team’s most experienced players, and as such he’s seen everything the NFL has to offer – including firings.
Monday’s firing of coach Raheem Morris wasn’t unexpected by Graham, who figured there would be a price to pay after the season the 4-12 Bucs just completed.
“I wasn’t surprised,” he said. “We know how this works with the way we finished the season. Under the circumstances, I don’t think anybody can expect to have a job after this.”
Graham was injured and lost for the season Oct. 23 but had played under Morris for each of his three seasons as head coach. Graham also has been on the Bucs’ roster since 2003. Morris joined the club as an assistant in 2002.
The blame falls on Morris and players, Graham said.
“It’s about the team,” he said. “We’re all in this together and the blame has to fall on everybody. It wasn’t totally our fault and it wasn’t totally Raheem’s fault.”
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