Twenty minutes after his new club emerged on top in a frantic finish, Raheem Morris knotted his tie and walked out of the Redskins locker room, clutching a game ball.
"For a lot of guys on this football team, guys that work in this building and the owners, it's like family,'' said Morris, the former head coach of the Bucs, who now coaches Washington's secondary. "I don't have any ill will toward anybody here. Emotions wouldn't be anything hateful.''
Morris was fired in January after going 17-31 in three seasons with the Buccaneers.
"I just wanted to get a win with the Redskins to get us to 2-2 and it feels good,'' Morris said. "We played well in the first half and the Bucs got it going in the second half. I told our guys they've got really good wideouts and they made a push at the end before (rookie quarterback Robert Griffin) did some magical things.''
Standing on the visitor's sideline at Raymond James Stadium for the first time, Morris couldn't stop smiling during the pre-game warmups.
"That sun wasn't too bad in my eyes out there,'' he said with a smile. "Just seeing those guys come out in warmups, players like Aqib Talib and Ronde Barber, that was a lot of fun.''
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Ira Kaufman has long been both a great writer for The Tampa Tribune and friend to the Bucs UK and BUCPOWER.COM. He writes on all sports for the paper but during the NFL season offers his stories on not just the Buccaneers, but also the NFL in general.