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Does Raheem Morris Have To Cut Joey Galloway?
Posted Feb 3, 2009 by Anwar S. Richardson
Updated Feb 3, 2009 at 09:27 AM
Now that the Super Bowl is over, it’s time for us to shift our focus back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We are all caught up on the offseason news, and hopefully players who did not like former coach Jon Gruden are done airing their grievances and everyone can move forward.
Speaking of the future, here is a realistic scenario new coach Raheem Morris will have to address.
Bucs WR Joey Galloway had been very productive prior to this season. Galloway had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and was Tampa Bay’s main offensive threat. He sustained an injury last season, and even though he claimed to be healthy, Galloway was barely utilized. He finished with 13 receptions for 138 yards.
We all expect Tampa Bay to re-sign WR Antonio Bryant, but Galloway’s future remains unclear.
Not only is he 37-years old, but Galloway was Gruden’s favorite player (at least until last season). Galloway did not practice much during previous training camps and rarely participated in practices throughout the week because Gruden liked him so much.
However, Morris will need to establish his presence early, and often the easiest way for coaches to show players who is in charge is by cleaning house. There is no way players will take Morris seriously if he shows favoritism in his first season, especially considering veterans like Derrick Brooks always participate in practice when healthy.
So the question I’m throwing out there to Bucs fans this morning is: “Does Raheem Morris need to cut Joey Galloway?”