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Buccaneers could be headed for Hard Knocks

Raheem Morris,  Bill Welke, Tim Tschida, John Hirschbeck

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris, center, jokes with the umpiring crew while bringing out the Tampa Bay Rays line-up prior to facing the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring training baseball game in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Umpires with Morris are Bill Welke, Tim Tschida and John Hirschbeck, from left. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Raheem Morris may not break out as many f-bombs as Rex Ryan, but he’s always entertaining in front of a microphone.

And it looks like Morris could wind up wearing a microphone for much of the summer.

Pat Yasinskas of’s NFC South blog reports that the Bucs are the “leading candidate” to be featured on Hard Knocks this summer.

There is one major obstacle in the way, of course. There may not be a training camp this summer. Unless HBO is interested in Hard Knocks: Lockout, the show may take a year off.

It can often be difficult for NFL Films to get teams to agree to do the show, but Yasinskas says the Bucs and NFL Films have been engaged in talks to do the show. While nothing is final, that indicates a willingness by the Bucs to take the plunge.

Doing the show would make sense for the Bucs. The team struggles to sell tickets and they have a very low profile nationally.

A long work stoppage isn’t going to help the Bucs on either of fronts.