After Joe Adams muffed that punt I suddenly missed Armanti's reliability fielding a ball. He didn't make a single mistake fielding punts last season, and only fair caught the ball 9 times so he was under some pressure for most of those punts. Didn't do anything great with them, granted, but with our offense which would you prefer? A high risk, high reward guy like Adams or someone who will never lose a posession for us?
He was able to make the jump from lost to reliable in one season. No reason to doubt he can make the jump from reliable to effective this season.
"I can take getting beat by a better football team, which they were.''
-- Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris, on the Carolina Panthers.
Now, this is a correction from my post of Monday morning. When I saw the quote used from his press conference after the 38-19 loss to Carolina Sunday, the quote read, "I can take getting beat by a better football team. I wish they were.'' Obviously, that makes it seem like Morris is giving the Panthers no credit for the victory. I have since listened to the audio from the press conference, and though it is difficult to hear, Morris does say, "I can take getting beat by a better football team, which they were.''
I regret the error. I'll also post a correction in next Monday's column, so those who don't re-read the column will understand that a mistake with the quote was made.